Last week, barely a month after Robert Griffin III had major surgery to repair two ligaments in his blown-out right knee, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Washington Redskins were already somehow under the impression that their franchise quarterback had "a legitimate chance" to be ready to start in Week 1,
Encouraging, even exciting, but also somewhat absurd and probably insignificant.
As ESPN's Dan Graziano so eloquently stated, the Redskins "need to chill out."
There's absolutely no way to know anything at all about Griffin's chances to play NFL football seven months from now. It's too early to assess how much healing has already taken place in the various damaged parts of his knee and how much remains. It's impossible to predict what kind of setbacks he'll endure in his recovery. And it's myopic and irresponsible for any reasonable, thinking human being to sit there and say, without any other context, that Griffin can do it because Adrian Peterson did.
Someone or several someones within the organization either overreacted to early but meaningless indications that the recovery is going smoothly, or this was a furtive effort to get the fans fired up and increase positive chatter regarding the team.
Regardless, it was silly and unnecessary.
The majority of Redskins fans I communicate with on this blog and elsewhere are more concerned with Griffin's long-term health. They'd love to see RG3 start in September and make a Peterson-like comeback, but they're rational enough to know that, in the grand scheme, Griffin and the team will both be better off if he doesn't push his return and sits out as many regular-season games as necessary until he and all of the medical experts in his life are comfortable with him taking real snaps.
I'll admit that hearing the upbeat news from Schefter last week made me smile, regardless of the fact it was irrelevant. It's much better than getting news than was the opposite. That said, it was a tweet from RG3 this morning that really made an impact.
Robert Griffin III @RGIII
Feel like I need to say this..Although my goal is to start Week 1, that doesn't mean I will compromise my career to do so.2/19/2013, 4:40:12 PM
Right now, Griffin's mentality takes precedence over his ACL and LCL. He might have made a mistake by pushing himself too much in the NFL playoffs in January, but this indicates he's not going to make the same mistake.
He added in a second tweet that there's "no rush," and that has to be his approach. As painful as it may be, Griffin, the Redskins and their fans have to think about 2014, 2015 and beyond. I don't know if the team has fully grasped that yet, but it appears RG3 has. That's great news.