Robert Griffin III Must Not Rush Back to Action for Washington Redskins

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IAugust 26, 2013

Aug 19, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; A Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) walks off the field after warm ups prior to the Redskins game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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Sitting Robert Griffin III to open the season wouldn't be the worst thing that could happen to the Washington Redskins in 2013. 

Head coach Mike Shanahan must ensure his star quarterback is 100 percent ready to play, and the quarterback's health isn't the only aspect he needs to monitor.

From every report coming out of Washington, RG3's recovery from last season's knee injury has gone as well as anyone could expect. Mike Jones of the Washington Post recently reported that Dr. James Andrews examined Griffin's knee after a 90-minute workout and said it, "looks good, looks strong. Movement looks fine."

However, Dr. Andrews isn't a football analyst. He is a world-renowned surgeon who knows his business when it comes to knees and other oft-injured joints. 

ESPN's Ron Jaworski is a football analyst and is an expert when it comes to quarterback evaluations.

He recently made some comments on Mike and Mike in the Morning after watching Griffin practice, which are sure to be unpopular with fans of the Redskins, as noted by Michael David Smith of

I was watching him throw the football—there were a few clips—and I was concerned in the weight transfer. I didn’t see the clean mechanics I’ve seen in the past...from my eye, I didn’t see the clean drops, the weight transfer, stay on that back foot, snap the hips, that I’d seen out of him.

Jaworski was quick to point out that he isn't there every day watching the quarterback, but that RG3, "just looks a little different right now."

Last season, Griffin completed 65.7 percent of his passes for 3,200 yards with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions for a passer rating of 102.4. After such an impressive rookie campaign, the Redskins must be cautious about throwing him back into the fire before he's fully ready for the heat. 

Even the slightest bit of inconsistency in his mechanics could lead to big mistakes, and big mistakes will inevitably lead to a loss of confidence.

Confidence is one of Griffin's deadliest weapons. 

Conversely, a lack of confidence would threaten his development significantly. 

The moment he starts second-guessing himself, RG3 will be in danger of suffering a significant sophomore slump. 

Shanahan must ensure that his star quarterback is back in form in order to protect the young man from suffering such a fate.

The Redskins can survive without the Heisman Trophy winner to open the season. However, the team would be devastated if he comes back too soon and either re-injures himself or starts turning the ball over.

This is a delicate situation.

As good as things were for Washington last year, the Redskins will be in trouble if RG3's return to the field of play isn't handled with care. 


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