Prior to the 2012 season, the Washington Redskins were the perennial laughing stock of the NFC East. While the New York Giants were developing Eli Manning into a Super Bowl MVP, Mark Brunell, Jason Campbell, Rex Grossman and Jon Beck all consistently turned in mediocre performances at quarterback for Washington, which despite talent at several skill positions, relegated the Redskins to the basement of the division on a fairly regular basis. However, last year's arrival of Robert Griffin III rejuvenated not just a fan base that was starving for success, but a team that now has the talent to do some serious damage around the league.
Giants safety Antrel Rolle says that he's dreading seeing Griffin take the field once he recovers fully from ACL surgery.
“I’m gonna let him take his time, get his rehab,” he continued. “I want him 100 percent. He’s a huge playmaker in this league.”
The NFL is more than just a league of 32 professional teams competing for a championship. In many respects, it's an exclusive fraternity of talented players that regardless of team affiliation, genuinely respect each other. RG3 is a great quarterback, and if healthy, he's going to wreak havoc on the Giants defense for the foreseeable future. But the bond between professional football players extends much farther than the playing field.
With a full offseason to learn how to defend the read-option offense, the Giants are going to have a more complex and effective gameplan on how to defend mobile quarterbacks next season. Additionally, Griffin is undoubtedly going to be encouraged to run less and throw more this season in order to avoid another serious injury, which will partially limit his versatility.
As talented as RG3 is, the Giants need to stop publicly bowing down to him in the media. Griffin is a great quarterback, a strong leader and if he can fully recover from surgery, will win a lot of games in the NFL. But Big Blue is going to take the field against Washington twice every season, and for Griffin to see a bevy of players singing his praises in the media is only going to give him a confidence boost when he sees those players out on the field.
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