After RG3’s first, and hopefully last, serious injury of the season, a mild concussion, many pundits around the league, and the social networks, are discussion how this was expected. Robert Griffin has been labeled “The most exciting player in the League” by many and continues to live up to this name every week. But with this level of excitement and unexpected brilliance comes a risk. Throughout the season RG3 has been subject to several vicious hits, some the result of play calling, others the result of putting his body on the line to get the extra yard, which some analysts refer to as “poor decision making”. Nevertheless, RG3 singlehandedly turned a stagnant Redskins offense into a fun to watch, high scoring machine.
RG3’s style of play is great to watch and is great for that particular play/series but in the long term it can be detrimental to the team. RG3 is not only the Franchise quarterback but also the Franchise. He is the marquee player, the reason people fill the seats every week. Without him in the starting lineup the team loses a lot of its appeal to the moderate fan (but not to us die hard fans). Also, without his talents we have to rely on Kirk Cousins who, as I previously blogged about, is a phenomenal talent, but has taken very few snaps in games being as though he is a rookie as well.
In regards to “changing” his style of play my take on that is that it will come with time. RG3 is a rookie, let’s not forget. He will learn when it is wise to slide or run out of bounds (which he should have did against the Falcons) instead of taking unnecessary hits (which he took on Sunday and got knocked out of the game). As long as this is not a consistent trend moving forward, I believe Griffin can continue to be exciting to watch but also make wise choices regarding his safety and will “live to see another play”.
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