Washington Redskins: Who Wears the Crown Part II

Tom NataliCorrespondent IOctober 24, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21:  Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins drops back to pass against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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It’s seven games into the season. Why don’t you ask the St. Louis Rams if they would have preferred Sam Bradford over Robert Griffin III.

Jeff Fisher and the Rams stuck with their former No. 1 pick, giving the Redskins the opportunity to select a quarterback the league has never seen.

Sure, Mike Vick had blazing speed, but not RGIII's maturity.

Sure, Cam Newton was a sight to see last year, but look at him now.

Robert Griffin III is playing at an MVP level. What’s even more incredible is that he’s doing this with only one good offensive lineman (Trent Williams), one good wide receiver past his prime (Santana Moss) and a rookie running back that came out nowhere (Alfred Morris).

Just imagine Robert Griffin III teaming up with someone like Brandon Marshall or Calvin Johnson. Imagine him with a good defense (there is no way the Redskins would be 3-4 if their pass defense could hold up).

He’s a remarkable football player and person, for that matter.

He’s so special that within seven games as a professional, he is already the best player on his team. He plays the most important position on and off the field and faces the most difficult tasks.

From his first career touchdown pass (the 88-yard touchdown to Pierre Garcon), to executing the two-minute drill against Tampa Bay to win the game, to his 76-yard touchdown run against Minnesota to his Houdini-like elusiveness on a fourth down conversion to Logan Paulsen against the Giants.

He’s blowing past NFL defenses on a weekly basis with very little help, excluding Alfred Morris.

I have to credit the Shanahans and how well they have handled their prized possession. The offense has completely changed. A college-style offense with a heavy dose of play-action passes has been adopted.

I had high expectations for Robert Griffin III.

I thought he was going to use his legs more often than not. I figured he would have his rookie ups and downs, which is basically a rite of passage for any quarterback at the NFL level.

He’s maybe had a handful of bad plays in seven games—that’s it. Rex Grossman averaged a handful of bad plays per quarter last year.

In addition to that, Griffin is getting better game after game.

He’s prevented himself from sustaining any other injuries after his concussion against Atlanta. He’s reading defenses in spectacular fashion (Santana Moss’ fourth-quarter touchdown against the Giants proves that) and has always remained eager and humble.

I also want to ask all the non-Redskins fans what they think of this trade now. I can recall countless analysts, writers and general fans criticizing the Skins front office for making such a bold move.

What’s incredible is that Griffin has the opportunity to change the NFL. For as long as I can remember, the prototypical quarterback has been 6’4", 230 pounds and a pocket passer who is highly intelligent.

RGIII has Olympic-type speed, God-given arm strength and the intangibles that are a quintessential aspect to becoming a successful quarterback in this league. 

I do need to backtrack, however, even though I’m singing Griffin’s praises, and deservedly so. He still has nine more games to play this season.

Watching Griffin at the end of the year is going to be the real test because defenses will have enough tape on him to combat his skill set.

If Griffin and the coaching staff can make the necessary adjustments, and I believe they will, then the sky is the limit.

This article is set up to be a debate as to which player wears the crown. Can I involve Alfred Morris in the conversation? I can try, but I would be wasting my time and the time of everyone who reads this. The same can be said about London Fletcher.

Griffin is so much better than everyone else on this team it’s a joke—a good one, for that matter. For the first time in my life, the Redskins are must-see TV. Despite their record not being a reflection of that, RGIII and his team are providing much-needed excitement for Redskins Nation.

And we have a long way to go.