How the Washington Redskins Can Keep Robert Griffin III Healthy

Korey Beckett@@KoreyBeckettBRContributor IIIOctober 8, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 7: Robert Griffen III #10 of the Washington Redskins prepares to take the field against the Atlanta Falcons at FedExField on October 7, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. The Falcons defeated the Redskins 24-17. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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Well, it finally happened. Our worst nightmare became reality when Robert Griffin III went out with a concussion in the third quarter of a 24-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons this past Sunday.

Then, in came fellow rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins, who tossed two beautiful passes. The first of which was dropped by Pierre Garcon. The second, however, was hauled in for 77-yard touchdown by Santana Moss.

Robert who?

Then, Cousins derailed on the comeback trail with consecutive interceptions on the final two drives to seal the Redskins' third loss of the year, and eighth in a row at FedEx Field.

We want Grossman!

Obviously, I jest. I wouldn't even wish Rex Grossman upon the Cowboys. It did become clear, though, that Griffin's clutch playmaking ability was sorely missed.

He should be good to go for next Sunday's game against Minnesota, but sustaining his first professional concussion just five weeks into his career is a bit unsettling.

The question begging to be asked is: How can we make sure that this never (and I mean never) happens again?

Obviously, the problem starts with Griffin, himself. We know he's fast and likes to make big plays with his feet. But it seems like he doesn't know that he wasn't crafted out of some unbreakable, supernatural substance (although that is what most Redskins fans believe).

Once he scrambles past the offensive line (more on them later), it's his responsibility to find the sideline or hit the deck when trouble approaches. I don't ever want to put my hood over my face again when he takes a huge lick.

We all held our collective breath after that last one knocked him out of the game. And like Angela Bassett, we're still waiting to exhale.

If Tom Brady took that hit, it would have been a 45-yard penalty. Unfortunately, RG3 hasn't built up the clout in the league that Brady has. Until he does, he needs to protect himself instead of looking to the refs (both unionized and replacement) for help.

I hope he learned a lesson from last week and will learn to slide, but he's not the only reason that this injury was inevitable. It starts up front and then branches out from there.

On designed runs, it's not the fault of the offensive line if RG3 takes a big hit, obviously. But there has to be some accountability when it comes to the pocket passes. If Griffin has to scramble before completing his first read, that's where the trouble starts.

Sometimes, it's not just the offensive line that has caused some of the improvised, nail-biting scrambles. The receivers haven't been given enough time to get open thanks to their struggles, though. They aren't running traditional routes due to the scrambles and they're having a bit of trouble adapting to that style.

Hopefully they figure it out sooner rather than later, because it is a slippery slope play after play and it starts to sound like a DIRECTV commercial.

If the offensive line can't block, Griffin has to scramble. If Griffin has to scramble, then the receivers have to get open. If the receivers can't get open, Griffin has to run down the field. When Griffin has to run down the field, he gets hit by a large defensive player. When he gets hit by a large defensive player, he get's injured. And when he gets injured, Redskins fans start questioning their existence.

Don't let Redskins fans question their existence. Just make sure RG3 doesn't get hurt.

I would hate to see such talent wasted due to a series of head injuries. I have loved watching him play so far and I don't want it to go back to the way it was. I, along with all other Redskins fans, are having too much fun right now.