November 4, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) prepares to throw the ball against the Carolina Panthers at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

For Redskins, Griffin Looks To Solidify His Leadership

The Washington Redskins are a midst a three-game losing streak, and seemingly free-falling in the race to win the NFC East.  After the season began with promise and hope with the drafting of Robert Griffin III, injuries and lackluster play down the stretch appear to have dampened the hope that team and its fans have.

As the Redskins look to the final seven games, there are many questions.  Can the team make a run and make the playoffs?  Will the Redskins be able to compete and win games in the NFC East?  Will the defense be able to pick themselves up and keep games from being so close or get out of hand?  These are questions that many fans have, but one thing for certain is we have a quarterback who is looking to put his stamp on a season before it’s too late and considered lost.

In the fourth quarter in a loss to Carolina, Griffin launched himself into Panther defenders because he felt it would excite his teammates and get them to increase their intensity.  While a rookie sacrificing his body to inspire his team is concerning, you have to admire the young quarterback’s resolve and refusal to submit to the obvious.  The obvious being, that the Redskins are not a very good team right now.

In the next few weeks we will be looking for two things. 1.  Will Griffin be able to continue the success he has seen for much of the first half of the season?  It appears that he has been “slowed” as of late, but will he be able to make adjustments? 2.  Will he able to jettison the option and be free to have the playbook opened up more in his favor?  He mentioned prior to the bye that he would talk to the Shanahans regarding the his role with the option and perhaps opening more passing plays.  We will see, but one thing is for sure…this kid will not quit.


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