Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III walks off the field after an injury during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Detroit Lions, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)
The Washington Redskins are again in familiar territory: dealing with an injured Robert Griffin III. But unlike most seasons, Griffin’s latest injury doesn’t come at a critical point of the year with Washington’s season hanging in the balance. RGIII suffered a concussion in the team’s Thursday win against the Detroit Lions, but early reports indicate that the fourth-year starter will begin the 2015 campaign on time. But for longsuffering Redskins supporters, Griffin’s latest mishaps is just the latest mishaps in what might turn out to be another lost season for the Washington Redskins. Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley of the AFRO Sports Desk debate on Washington’s outlook going into the new season.
Green: It’s a shame that Washington hasn’t figured out by now that it needs a top tier backup if they’re going to continue to advertise Griffin as the starting signal caller. Washington’s poured so much time, effort and resources into the Griffin selection that their loyalty to him is almost mandatory. If RGIII was the starter for any other team then his job may already been lost at this point. But, in the District, he’s the man. And since Washington just gave him a summer contract extension, Griffin will man the ship again, but his injury concerns are exactly why Griffin’s tour in the District could be coming to an end. An early season stinger won’t put Griffin on the shelf, but it’ll be enough to stall success in D.C. for another year.
Riley: The Washington NFL team has spent all summer putting together a quality roster around the incumbent Griffin and they may have a contingency plan in place. They appear to be set at running back and the front seven positions, and those two areas are where Washington will lean on during the year, regardless of the quarterback. Ironically, the two backups behind RGIII might potentially be better than the front man. Colt McCoy and Kirk Cousins have performed well at times during their stints as starters and if Griffin was to miss extended time this year, I really can’t see where Washington would miss a beat.
Green: Arguably, the most important position on an offense lineup is the unit up front, and early signs suggest Washington has a way to go before they can tout a formidable unit. So, regardless of quarterback, running back or whatever else position on the offensive side, Washington might be limited. The mobile RGIII might be the best fit for that attack if crater-sized holes are going to be the consistent norm for Washington. Having him dinged up or sidelined is only a setback for what Washington wants to do this year. As long as the oft-injured Griffin is the starter in D.C., we’re going to continue to have these conversations about another lost season for the Washington NFL team.
Riley: As long as the oft-injured Griffin is in Washington then the franchise will continue to build up other aspects of the team in spite of the position. Griffin’s best season in Washington was backed by a strong running game and a solid defense. The team is set to get back to those principles, and success could be on the horizon. Washington might be better off with Griffin out. And, considering the turnover that the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles have had, I don’t see why Washington can’t challenge Dallas for a possible division crown. These last few seasons have prepared Washington for playing without RGIII, so his absence won’t derail anything that Washington wants to do this year.