RGIII this, RGIII that. There’s a lot blame being thrown at Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III for the problems facing the team this season. The media seem to be taking every opportunity to report a controversy around the young QB. But RGIII is actually one of the bright spots for the team when you consider the real problems they have.
Here are five that have nothing to do with Robert Griffin III.
1. Atrocious Special Teams – Look at these pathetic numbers! Should RGIII kick, punt, return kicks, and play on the coverage teams too?
- 31st in the league in Field Goal percentage
- 32nd in the league in Punt Average
- 32nd in the league in Net Punt Average
- 31st in the league in Kick Off Return Average
- 31st in the league in Punt Return Average
- 31st in the league in Opponent Punt Return Average
2. Poor Defensive play – I guess RGIII should play both ways, and then maybe the Defense would be more affective, huh?
- 28th in the league in Total Defense
- 26th in the league in Passing Yards Allowed
- 19th in the league in Rushing Yards Allowed – And no that’s not a good ranking.
- 30th in the league in Points Per Game Allowed
- 20th in the league in Sacks
3. Coaches not being held accountable – What does it take to get fired around here? Mike Shanahan constantly defends special teams coach Keith Burns, but what exactly is he defending? The Redskins defense has been consistently ranked near the bottom of the league since Shanahan became head coach, and yet defensive coordinator Jim Haslett is still there. The stats don’t lie. Is RGIII to blame for this too?
4. Poor decisions by Mike Shanahan –
- Remember when Shanahan Traded a second and a third round pick for a washed up Donovan McNabb? Those picks could have possibly been two starters right now.
- Failure to take Robert Griffin III out of the playoff game against Seattle when he clearly wasn’t fit to play, resulting in a torn ACL. Some coaches would have been fired for blunders like these, but not Shanahan.
- Refusal to fire mediocre coordinators. Again, look at the numbers. Why do those guys still have jobs?
- Hiring his son as his offensive coordinator. Yes, Kyle Shanahan had been an NFL coordinator before. But would Mike even consider firing his own son? Nepotism has no place at this level of the NFL.
5. $36 million in cap penalties – And yes I put this last, because I know Mike Shanahan will put it first. But I wanted to point out that there are many other problems the Redskins have that have nothing to do with this.