First and foremost, how about that win this past Sunday over the Ravens. It wasn't pretty but neither was the weather and that comeback was fantastic. A couple things to take away from that game, first I think we all collectively held our breaths when we saw Robert Griffin III take that hit on the game tying drive. Then we held it again when he had to be helped off the field. Second, I'd like to go on record as saying I was one of the few people who liked the drafting of Kirk Cousins. My thought was I'd rather have a back-up like Cousins grow-up in Mike and Kyle Shanahan's system then ever seeing Rex Grossman under center ever again. On Sunday in the fourth quarter Cousins has shown us just how quickly he's grown-up in it. On the touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon he scrambled outside the pocket to buy time (something Rex could never do) and delivered an accurate pass while still moving, again something Rex can't do. Then on the two-point conversion they ran a draw with Cousins and the Ravens' didn't even know what hit them.
Sunday, like last Monday night were those kind of games where you can see things starting to come together and even though ownership has thought this for a decade, it finally looks like we are maybe one or two more players away from really contending to be the best in the NFC. Those pieces are obviously on the defensive side of the ball. Where the offense could use some improving I'd rather see the team spend high draft picks on defense as well as our handicapped salary cap (thanks John Mara).
Back to RG3's injury. This week we head to Cleveland and it's not the cake walk that folks are making it out to be. Sure their offense is pretty terrible, but so is our secondary so throw those stats out the window, but also the Browns' defense is extremely tough. They've kept Cleveland in just about every game this season and pretty much single handily beat the Steelers. So to say we should just sit RG3 isn't as black and white as it might seem looking at Cleveland's record.
If coach Shanahan were to ask my opinion (and I feel he should every once and a while) I'd say dress RG3 but start Cousins and hand the ball off to Alfred Morris 50 times. If we fall behind we can put Griffin in for a spark and maybe take the lead. Once we have the game under control put Cousins back in. This way we minimize the injury risk to Griffin but at the same time still have him as an option if we need him. No matter who starts I think we need to feed Morris the ball early and often to tire out the Browns' defense and to keep RG3 from taking too many hits and risking his knee. We're probably going to have to win out to make the play-offs so keeping him healthy down the stretch to play in Philly and at home against the Dallas Cowboys is a must.
Now normally I like to just stick with on the field stuff when it comes to the Skins. As long as the players aren't doing anything that could get them suspended I tend to leave their off the field stuff alone. However yesterday on ESPN's First Take columnist Rob Parker said some very ignorant things about our beloved RG3.
“My question is, and it’s just a straight, honest question: Is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother? He’s not really. He’s black, he does his thing, but he’s not really down with the cause. He’s not one of us. He’s kind of black, but he’s not really like the kind of guy you really want to hang out with. I want to find about him. I don’t know because I keep hearing these things. We all know he has a white fiancee. Then there was all this talk about he’s a Republican, which there’s no information at all. I’m just trying to dig deeper into why he has an issue. Because we did find out with Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods was like, ‘I’ve got black skin, but don’t call me black.’ So people wondered about Tiger Woods.”
Parker's comments are some of the stupidest things I've ever read. Questioning someone's blackness, isn't this the kind of thing Civil Rights Leaders were fighting against 60 years ago? I'd like to ask Parker what he considers a "black man" because to me we're all individuals and classifying ourselves by something as simple as skin color is the lowest form of simple mindedness.
RG3 by all accounts is a stand-up guy who seems to always say and do the right thing. That doesn't make him any less or any more black then the next African-America it just makes Griffin a nice guy. The only thing about RG3's personnel life that I care about is that he's not doing anything that can get him hurt or suspended. Who he decides to marry or vote for is none of mine or Parker's business. So Griffin, keep on keepin' on and we'll see you on Sundays (hopefully well into January).
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