When it is Christmas time in the league, some teams will ask NFL Santa for a playoff berth, a Super Bowl victory or a Monday Night Football win.
Even others will ask old Kris Kringle for a viable starting quarterback or the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft.
The Washington Redskins should take the unconventional route because all the ’Skins want for Christmas is for franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III to stay healthy. If all goes according to plan, Mike Shanahan will wake up and see a giant roll of bubble wrap under his tree on Christmas morning.
The nation’s capital will likely make the playoffs this year, if they beat the Dallas Cowboys at home in Week 17. And while a Super Bowl victory would be nice, the Redskins will be able to pick up a lot more hardware if they keep rookie phenomenon RG3 healthy.
Griffin has quickly become a popular player in the NFL, but the same playing style that makes him so favored among fans also makes him incredibly injury-prone.
On October 7, the Rookie of the Year favorite left the Washington Redskins' 24-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons with a mild concussion after taking a hit to his head in the third quarter. He did not return, but was able to play the next week.
But it was not all happy in Washington as RG3 suffered another injury more recently on December 9 when he sustained a Grade 1 LCL sprain late in a game against the Baltimore Ravens, which the Redskins won in overtime, 31-28.
Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins was able to win that game and the ensuing one versus the Cleveland Browns, but he is no Griffin.
The Baylor product is probable to start this week against the Philadelphia Eagles, but his chance of re-injury is very high.
The Redskins are a young team and should be competitive for many years to come, hopefully even capturing some Super Bowl titles.
But that whole future rests on the arm (and legs) of the rookie superstar.
Without him, the ‘Skins are an alright squad. Cousins has shown he can win games, but the jury is still out on whether the rookie from Michigan State can be a legitimate starting quarterback in this league.
I’m not taking away from anything that he has done, but most people would rather have Griffin under center. That includes the Washington front office.
They have to keep their star healthy. They have no choice but to keep him on the field as he brings in victories and money for the franchise.
So, this Christmas the Washington Redskins are making a wish list and checking it twice.
If they want to be a competitive franchise, that list will include a huge roll of bubble wrap for the bona fide superstar Robert Griffin III.