About eight months ago, shortly after the Redskins had renewed hope of their fanbase by drafting Robert Griffin III, I left Gotham the blogosphere to pursue an opportunity in my career field. In those past eight months, I’ve witnessed the rise of a champion. I watched as the 2nd and the 173rd overall picks in the 2012 NFL Draft lead a young team through the NFC East and to it’s first division title in over twelve years. Alfred hit home runs. Robert learned quickly that sliding will likely add years to his career, and even possibly his life. The Redskins learned what it takes to not only defeat opponents, but to overcome adversity- whether it be catastrophic injury or a deficit in the fourth quarter versus the eventual Super Bowl champions. The Redskins season ended, however, on the most somber of notes.
With 2:31 left in the first quarter of a NFC wild card round game versus Seattle, fans witnessed one of the poorest examples of leadership ever displayed by Mike Shanahan. Many arrived at FedEx Field cautiously optimistic about the team’s playoff chances. With 2:31 left in the first quarter and a 14-point lead, they saw the beginning of the end. Even before the team had scored for a second time, Robert was limping off the field. Most knew then that Kirk needed to be out there, but this is more about the choice to leave Griffin in. Ten out of ten times, if you ask a player “can you play?” – he will answer “yes.” It was clear that RGIII wasn’t getting the ball down the field. How he remained in the game until that final non-contact blow, fans may never know. The injury to Griffin’s knee could be an Adrian Peterson or it could be a Derrick Rose. He could be running hills and taking contact in September or he could be rehabbing and Captain Kirk is splitting snaps with Rex Grossman in practice, nobody can know for sure until week one.
The Redskins have taken significant steps forward in 2012, but the road ahead is unsure with a quarterback on the mend and some key players becoming free agents. Will Fred Davis return from injury to the Redskins or will he head elsewhere? Will London Fletcher be the same, or even on the team, off of ankle surgery? Will Tony Romo finally realize the Cowboys have a star on the side of their helmet and start throwing to them?
The 2012 Redskins showed a lot of heart. They proved their worth and made due with injury, salary cap restrictions, and multiple rookie quarterbacks behind center. The future is bright for Washington, even with uncertainty surrounding the 2012 Rookie of the Year.
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