Thursday, February 14, 2013
Positive buzz on RG III
By Tim Kavanagh
As the Washington Redskins' 2012 season ended with a loss to the Seattle Seahawks on a dreadful playing surface at FedEx Field, they saw a disheartening vision: franchise QB Robert Griffin III crumpled to the torn-up turf, with what would later be confirmed as torn ligaments in his knee. In the time thereafter, there was much debate over whether HC Mike Shanahan was right in trotting the QB back out there when he did not look like himself early in the contest, but what's done is done; we've been focusing instead of the timeline for Griffin's return, and there's been an update as of Thursday.
According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, some Redskins officials have been so encouraged by RG III's recovery that they believe he has a legitimate chance to start in Week 1 of the 2013 season.
That would certainly be a remarkable development, but not an altogether surprising one, given the returns we've seen from other NFL players with torn knee ligaments recently. Moreover, if true, it would make Redskins backup QB Kirk Cousins a bit more expendable, and potentially give the Redskins a rather nice trade chip this offseason.
On the other hand, ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano wonders why there is so much of an emphasis on getting everyone's hopes up with the season months away:
Dan GrazianoWhat's the rush with RG III?
"As we've discussed here before, Griffin himself should have no say in this. He lost that privilege when he talked his way back into a playoff game he clearly had no business playing after the second possession. He's a tough kid, a hyper-motivated kid and a determined kid, and all of that is admirable. But the responsible adults around him need to have learned their lessons from what happened early last month in that game. And the most important lesson of all is to be unbelievably careful here. Whether Griffin can play in Week 1 of 2013 should not be the Redskins' primary concern. They need to be thinking about all of the Week 1s to come."