Training camps are underway. The preseason has officially kicked off and the 2015 regular season is just weeks away. With that, let’s continue our look at the NFL, team by team, highlighting the good news, the bad news, and the overall impression.
Washington Redskins (4-12, 2-4 Div.)
Good News – No injury or competition for RGIII
Robert Griffin III is the unquestioned starter under center. Head coach Jay Gruden made the announcement months ago. It was a surprising move, given how last year went with Gruden publicly calling out Griffin’s attitude and play, but it is reassuring for Griffin nonetheless. He is healthy and is not in a direct competition for his job this preseason, meaning he can focus on improving his knowledge of the offense and improve his chemistry with his wide receivers. This appears to be the best way to improve a Redskins offense that ranked 26th in the NFL in total points scored a season ago. Remember, this guy did pull this off as a rookie.
Bad News – RGIII is still the starting quarterback
The decision to start Robert Griffin III this year makes sense. He is the best option available. That still doesn’t make the quarterback situation good. Yes, he was sensational his rookie year, accounting for 4,015 yards and 27 touchdowns. However, he has not been the same since his knee injury. He is not comfortable in the pocket. He no longer trusts his instincts, and has been both injury and turnover-prone ever since. In the two years after his rookie year, RGIII has thrown for all of 20 touchdowns against 18 interceptions. He was benched last year in favor of Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy. He finished out the year as the starter only because McCoy got hurt. Luckily for the Redskins, they still have Alfred Morris in the backfield, but their passing game is in need of serious work.
The Redskins will once again be the bottom-dwellers of the NFC East. Robert Griffin III is not what he used to be and cannot be morphed into a pocket passer the way Jay Gruden wants him to. If this team gets more than four wins this year, they should be happy, meaning the Redskins will be looking for a new quarterback and possibly a new head coach in 2016.
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