May 6, 2012; Ashburn, VA, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) talks with Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (12) during rookie minicamp at Redskins Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Redskins officially name Griffin III the starter; Good or bad?


From the title of this article, I’m sure most of you assumed the opposite of the point I’m trying to convey. The majority may think I don’t believe Robert Griffin III shouldn’t be named the starter, hence the headline “Good or bad?”. That is the complete opposite of what I believe here, and there are many reasons behind that. What I’m trying to get across here is this:

Are the Redskins making it too easy for Robert Griffin III?

Yes I know he is an absolute freak athlete with un-matchable able speed to go along with a damn good arm. Yes I know he is a Heisman trophy winner and  torched almost every defense he played in his junior season at Baylor. And yes, I know that the Redskins have not stumbled upon a diamond this big a shiny in quite some time, so they want to make him as happy as possible, as they should.

The thing is, when you treat a rookie phenom with such royalty and immediately hand him the starting position in the rookie’s first mini-camp, expectations may not be met.

Look at New York Jets signal-caller Mark Sanchez as a prime example. He was a college star, and supposedly the savior for the Jets franchise, until everything was handed to him from the beginning. Sanchez, like Griffin, was attained for a hefty price in the draft. If you remember, the Jets traded up to the number five spot in the NFL draft by giving up their first and second picks, along with three quality players. Coming out of USC, Sanchez was never given legitimate competition, and that may be a reason as to why he isn’t the player he probably should be. Years after they drafted him, New York finally decided to bring in a quality back-up who may seriously contend for the starting job, in most part due to the fact he is Tim Tebow, the most polarizing athlete on the planet.

Don’t get me wrong here, I am not comparing Mark Sanchez to Robert Griffin III. What I am doing is comparing the Jets easy-going tactics to what the Redskins are doing right now.

As hard as it may be to believe, Mike Shanahan’s head is lodged somewhere where it shouldn’t be, and that could turn out bad for the Redskins. But who knows? All of this red-carpet stuff the Redskins are laying down for RG3 may be what he needs to exceed in the NFL. It no doubt gives him a lot of confidence, since the team is basically willing to put their legacy on his shoulders.

Maybe a smart thing to do would be challenge RG3 in training camp with Kirk Cousins, the quarterback the Redskins controversially selected three rounds after Griffin. If you spend that high of a pick on him, at least use him in some way that will push RG3 to his complete best and help him perform at the high level he should.

I don’t disagree with what the Redskins are doing here, all I am doing is questioning it. If you haven’t given this subject much thought, sit back and ask yourself:

Are the Redskins making it to easy for Robert Griffin III?

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