Robert Griffin III isn’t going to hang up his cleats anytime soon, but can we all just admit that he’s basically done? He’s never again going to be the quarterback he was at Baylor or even the one he was in his rookie year in Washington. It’s all over.
Every year, it’s the same narrative in camp. He’s healthy now, the Redskins want to see him making progress and getting better, and RGIII wants to prove himself. He has high hopes for the season. And every year, we get the same results. He looks confused and nervous in the pocket. He gets hit a ton and he gets hit hard. In short order, he’s injured and back on the sidelines.
He got hammered repeatedly in the game against the Detroit Lions. He missed throws because of it. He got rattled. Then he fumbled the ball, tried to dive on it, and ended up with a concussion.
It’s not all RGIII’s fault. The line isn’t very good. On the hit by Levy, Griffin stood strongly in the pocket while the blitz came unchecked. He threw the ball—it went high and off the wideout’s hands, but he still threw it. There’s nothing at all he can do about an open blitz, other than getting the ball out faster or getting down.
But it’s not all the line’s fault, either. Griffin doesn’t look confident on a lot of his snaps, like he’s unsure where the ball should go. He holds it too long. That ball should be out in three seconds or less every time, but he’ll hold it, glancing all over for an open wideout, then try to take a few steps like he’s going to scramble, then get hit. And those sacks are on him, as well.
It may be that he needs to do a better job before the snap. Brady and Manning often get the ball away so quickly because they know the mismatches before they even snap the ball, so they know where the pass is going. They understand the defensive set and how to beat it.
Griffin appears to be trying to read the defense during the play, rather than before the play. It takes longer, and it leads to hits. And hits lead to injuries.
It’s just hard to imagine it going any other way at this point. He’s going to come in, throw a few nervous passes, and get hurt. He’s already hurt, and it’s the preseason.
Are they really that much worse with Colt McCoy and Kirk Cousins? Certainly not. Granted, it was against backups, but here are the numbers for those two, combined: 13 completions, 18 attempts, two TDs, no picks.