The Washington Redskins found their franchise quarterback in the 2012 draft. In the midst of all the despair and controversy surrounding Robert Griffin III’s knee injuries, it’s about time the world was reminded of that.
Looking back through Griffin’s highlights, there are many plays that stand out, for differing reasons. From the obvious deep-ball touchdowns to the scrambles that picked up crucial first downs, Griffin raised the level of performance throughout the team.
With the help of Alfred Morris, the offense suddenly became one of the most potent in the league. Critics and cynics waited for teams to figure out the pistol, play-action and read-option plays, but it never happened.
These detractors still maintain that this offense will ensure Griffin has a short career, that Mike and Kyle Shanahan are exposing him to too much danger by making him run so often. In response to this, just one question should be asked:
How did Griffin’s injuries occur?
The answer to that question is, of course, that he was injured on scrambles, not as a result of designed running plays. It’s true that he needs to learn how to protect himself better, but he did just that after the concussion suffered during the Atlanta game.
The LCL sprain during the game against Baltimore was a freak occurrence that had about as much to do with the Shanahans’ offense as Rex Grossman, while the final injury that tore his LCL and re-injured his ACL came from a bad snap, a sack and a roll-out in the first quarter.
Should Shanahan have taken him out of the game? Maybe so, and I freely admit to being one of the people screaming at the TV for Kirk Cousins to take the field in the second half.
However, both Griffin and the team thought he could see them through, which he had done against Dallas a week earlier.
The fact that Griffin ended the year on a hospital bed doesn’t take anything away from his magnificent play, which resulted in a 10-6 season and the team’s first home playoff game since 1999.
As his rehab gets underway, let's remember Griffin's top five plays of the year.