During the Rookie Mini-Camp at Redskins Park, some former Redskins greats were on hand to check out the highly anticipated "savior of the Skins". Joe Theismann and Rick "Doc" Walker were on hand to watch the first real practice for RG3 as a member of the Washington Redskins.
Theismann, himself, spoke very highly of Griffin on Friday. “When you spend time and talk to Robert, you don’t find a more humble guy,” Theismann said. “He understands that he is here to become a part of the Washington Redskins. And he understands the importance that he has to play for this franchise to move forward. I think that’s very important that guys know where they stand, and know what they need to do.”
That's pretty high praise from a man who doesn't give it lightly. Theismann was the last TRUELY good QB in Washington, and despite his flaws off the field, he was worshipped by the faithful. And he knew his place in D.C. For Joe to give this young man praise of that nature, well, I have to believe there's something special about to happen.
Former Redskins tight end Rick “Doc” Walker was also on hand during the first practice, and said, “What I love about this young man, is that he enjoys working–that he enjoys getting better…This is the process, this is what it’s all about: when they start working on the game. He’s so athletic, but he’s got the discipline that it takes to get the little things accomplished.”
When you've got former greats watching a young player, and giving nothing but positive reviews of his performance, you know you've got the right guy. It's now up to the ownership and coaching staff to give him the tools he needs to create something awesome in Washington.
Will he become a Superbowl QB this year? Likely not, there are still plenty of issues to be addressed on the team. But will RG3 make us better? Absolutely. If he doesn't lose his head and he keeps focused on being the best player he can be at his position, there's a very good reason to believe the hype that Washington is finally headed for a turn-around.
Keep Shanahan happy, get Kyle to quit calling 70% passing plays when they're uneccesary and continue to build depth on the O-line and defensive secondary, and you've got a recipe for success.
Robert Griffin III is handling all of this attention and scrutiny like a 10 year veteran of the league, let's just hope he continues to do so, and is able to grow in a stable environment.
Note to Dan Snyder: Quit putting your stupid nose in the middle of football things. Just sign the checks and sit in your owner's booth entertaining Tom Cruise. let football people handle the football stuff.