I would like to preface this article/rant by saying that I am a lifelong Redskins fan, as many of us are, but I often side with the more realistic predictions for this wonderful franchise. I may be in the minority with this opinion, but that’s the wonderful thing about opinions, they are ours and we are entitled to them. Now, to the issue at hand.
I don’t know that you can go from one “sportscenter update” to another without hearing “franchise quarterback” at least ten times. You probably also can’t walk into a Modell’s sporting goods store in the DC metro area without seeing a number ten jersey, which is fine. The hype machine is doing it’s job. The franchise is raking in millions before Sir Griffin plays a down. There were a little over 24,000 people in Ashburn, Virginia for Fan Appreciation Day, last Saturday. I have no problem with promoting a new shiny toy. Deion Sanders, Dana Stubblefield, Clinton Portis, Albert Haynesworth, Donovan McNabb- all have been that new toy. The jerseys were pushed, advertisements for the team contained their images and it was business like usual. If Robert Griffin III was a proven veteran, I would understand, but he’s not.
RGIII and I have the same number of career touchdowns in the NFL and the same amount of victories. If you were at Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday, you heard some woman working PR (I assume) for the Redskins shouting into a megaphone “R-G-3…R-G-3″, in an attempt to start a chant. I, along with a few other fans, began to look at each other and say essentially “what about the other 89 guys out here?”
The Washington Redskins are a team, and will have to win as a one. Robert Griffin III is only a piece of the puzzle. I sincerely believe that RGIII is a good person, although he has an arrogant streak, which I’m fine with. He plays the role of “humble rookie” fairly well, but the organization is placing him first. Again, I repeat, I understand the angle from the Redskins. I’m just worried that others on the team may feel slighted. Yes, football players have feelings. Most will not care, they will drive their Porsche back to some suburb in VA and play NCAA 13 until they fall asleep, cool. My concern is that there is too much riding on this kid. A realistic expectation for this squad is 7-9 or possibly 8-8. We really know nothing about our QB. The media (including Riggo’s Rag) will continue to focus on RGIII, while London Fletcher starts another 200 games or Kerrigan and Orakpo go for double digit sacks. I just hope that “Bob” can do it all. I hope there is promise and I hope that he can even begin to resemble a Cam Newton-esque type of season. All I’m saying is that as fans, we need to “stay medium” until this kid proves exactly what he can do, on the field, when it counts. The Redskins could also do a better job of pushing the team instead of “the one”, but it’s Danny so we know how that will go. Anyway, remain faithful and don’t forget the preseason starts Thursday!
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