Sep 14, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) watches after throwing the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
As we count the days until training camp starts, here is a list counting down the Top 32 Washington Redskins of 2015 – No. 9
No. 9 – Robert Griffin III – quarterback
Measurables: 6-2, 222 pounds
2014 Ranking: 4
Why he’s Number 9?
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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III didn’t have the kind of bounce back season in 2014 that many hoped he would have. It was marred by injuries and inconsistency which leads many to believe that 2015 is a make or break season for RGIII.
A freak injury (dislocated ankle) in week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars put Griffin on the shelf for six weeks. When Griffin returned to the lineup it created a firestorm of controversy as Redskins owner Dan Snyder was accused of making the call for him start in week 9.
This was after Colt McCoy had just led the team to its biggest win of the season. Griffin looked OK against the Vikings in his first start back but was unable to bring the Redskins back late in the game for the win.
Things unraveled from there as it seemed as though a feud was developing between Robert griffin III and head coach Jay Gruden. After more lackluster performances, Gruden benched Griffin in favor of McCoy but when McCoy went down with a neck injury RGIII returned as the starter.
Griffin didn’t have a very good season at all in 2014, so why is he ranked in the Top Ten of these rankings? Primarily because QB is the toughest position in the NFL and considering where Griffin was a few years ago, I think the potential exist for him to justify this ranking in 2015
Expectations for 2015:
Jay Gruden named Robert Griffin III as the starter during the offseason and while he will still need to compete with McCoy and Kirk Cousins to hold on the starting spot, the expectation is that he will enter week 1 as the starting quarterback for the Redskins.
While some anonymous critics have claimed that Robert Griffin III is done, he still has this season to try to turn things around. Another season of experience in Jay Gruden’s offense and the hiring of a quarterback coach should help Griffin’s game develop more.
I don’t expect RGIII to light up the league as a passer, however I do expect an improved performance in terms of finding open receivers and getting the ball to his play makers. Griffin clearly lacked confidence during last season after coming back from the ankle injury.
If healthy, this should help boost his confidence tremendously but can he stay healthy? The Redskins wont’ run him into the ground but I think they’ll use Griffin’s running ability a little more than they did last season.
RGIII’s dealing with the media during press conferences must improve also and I expect to see him handle himself better in this regard. I’ve said it before, the Redskins don’t need a human highlight reel at quarterback right now.
They need a competent signal caller who understands the offense and knows when to unleash his talent and when not to. The spectacular plays will come, but for now we need to see a more mature Robert Griffin III and I think this is the year he puts together a good season for the Washington Redskins.