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Why did RGIII suffer the "Sophomore Slump"?

There have been reports recently that Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is looking very good in offseason workouts.  A sign that he may be on track to return to his rookie form of the 2012 season.  And while some pundits speak of RGIII’s slump in 2013 as him being a draft bust, what was the real reason?

RGIII’s critics will contend that he spent too much time making commercials and documentaries leading up to the 2013 season, and that’s why he slumped.  Others say that the NFL simply caught up to him and adjusted after a season of defenses learning how to figure out the read-option, closing down on his passing lanes.

But I contend that the devastating knee injury Griffin suffered in the playoffs of 2012, more than anything was the reason for his 2013 slump.  When I hear criticism of Griffin the player, it amazes me how often critics only begrudgingly or not at all mention the injury, and focus so much more attention on these other reasons.

However, just as it didn’t surprise me that Griffin slumped in 2013, I’m also not surprised that RGIII is showing signs of his game progressing this offseason.  Because now he can actually work on his game and practice with his receivers, as opposed to having to devote the majority of his time rehabbing an injury.

Even the best quarterbacks in the NFL need reps in order to improve their games, and need practice in order to maintain a high skill level.  Could top quarterback miss an entire off-season of work and still be great?  Anything is possible, but I doubt it.  So I’m not sure why it should be any different for Robert Griffin III?

I’m not trying to make excuses for Robert Griffin III, I’m just asking the question.  Should a quarterback just simply be able to snap his fingers and be great without getting extensive work in the offseason?  Of course not.  But it seems that was the expectation by some for Robert Griffin III.

Did the NFL catch up to him in his second season?  Probably.  But his knee injury more than likely affected his passing mechanics than that.  So, I’m not predicting an all=pro season for RGIII in 2014.  But if he can devote time to improving his game without injury, then she should definitely have better results than in 2013.

 

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