Are the Redskins putting too much pressure on RG3 to perform right out of the gate?
Head Coach Mike Shanahan has already named Robert Griffin III the unquestionable starter in Washingon. This occurred before the end of the rookie mini-camp.
So impressed with his understanding of the play book and comfort on the field, helming the ship were they that Coach Shanahan went ahead and made the call. This should put to rest any lingering QB controversy garbage that the media were so interested in stirring up when the Redskins drafted Kirk Cousins in the fourth round.
It's great to see such support of the player they just signed. It's a good sign, in all honesty. To me that means the coaches have seen exactly what they want to see out of him at this point in his very new career and think that they have the pieces and parts in place to make him successful right out of the gate.
That's also what worries me. What if they don't have the pieces and parts? What if he gets mangled week after week after week because of a porous offensive line with inexperienced players learning the zone blocking scheme? What if the running backs aren't able to provide the relief valve RGIII will need if the receivers aren't getting open for him?
And what if all of these bad things happen? Will that sour the team on Griffin as it did Jason Campbell? Another first round pick who was thought to be the saviour in Washington, only to find himself the victim of a coaching carousel where he could never get used to the ever changing offensive system.
I sincerely hope that this is the right move for both Robert Griffin III and for the Washington Redskins. We all know that the ownership and front office traditionally has very little patience for losing. And that's strange as well. Considering how well the organization has been losing for the past two decades under the current ownership.