Washington Redskins legend and hall of famer Darrell Green recently stated that he didn’t think the Redskins had a leader. When London Fletcher was mentioned, he stated that Fletcher was an old leader, more out of respect than on the field. This begs to question why Green is suggesting that Redskins QB Robert Griffin III is not a leader on the team?
And I would say this, RGIII’s leadership has been more by example than a vocal leader, and that’s not a surprise to me. When he was drafted he stated his intention was not to come in a try to run all over the veterans on the team, but to gradually become a vocal leader, and earn his teammates respect.
Griffin’s work ethic and lead by example style quickly garnered him praise from his teammates and coaches, and he was voted a team captain during the 2012 season. And Darrell Green may be right in that maybe RGIII hasn’t been the vocal leader that the Redskins truly needed up to this point, but there are reason for this.
One thing that stunted that leadership growth was his knee injury. RGIII’s rehab set a lot of things back for the team, including preparation for this season, and I believe his ascension into becoming a more vocal leader. Another thing to remember is that RGIII is still young, and the more experience he gets at being the leader of a franchise, the better a leader he will become.
So, do you think the Washington Redskins have a leader? And if so, who might that leader be?