The End of Robert Griffin III

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How the hell did we get here?

It’s tough sometimes to think that it was only four years ago that Robert Griffin III was the prince of Washington, DC. There was hardly an athlete more beloved, more revered, and more readily embraced by a fan base desperate for change. For a savior. For someone, anyone to pull them into football relevancy and, perhaps, finally get them back to the promise land.

How did we get from that, to people openly decreeing that they can’t wait until he leaves, and that they hope he takes anyone who dares talk about that electrifying 2012 season with them?

Four years ago, Robert Griffin III left an ACL on the battle ravaged, painted green dirt of FedEx Field. That moment — Griffin, in a heap, while millions at home had been screaming all day for then head coach Mike Shanahan to pull him out — is the moment when everything changed. The moment the savior became fallible, and the selfish sought to cover their own backsides, and the fans began to pin decades of frustration, anger and anguish on him.

You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been. Griffin’s fall has been recapped over and over, but it always positions him as the architect of his own downfall. He was done in by his own ego, the story goes. He figured that he knew it all, that those around him knew nothing. He was weird, too quiet. He spent too much time in the weight room, not enough in the film room. He was too close to ownership, he was the product of a “gimmick”, flash in the pan offense that he needed to develop out of and yet needs in he’s to have a career going forward.

The blame, it goes, falls squarely on Griffin’s shoulders.

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Report: Washington Redskins Will Keep Robert Griffin III, Are Slowly Trying to Destroy Your Sanity

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…This make no sense.

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Should Kirk Cousins Start Over Robert Griffin III

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I never got why fans disliked Joe Theismann until Saturday night. At that point I has stopped watching the Washington Redskins’ preseason game because of a Redskins Fact ad. But Twitter blew up after he said it, and it has caused a lot of reaction over the last few days.

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#Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers Hurt, Seneca Wallace Sucks, Packers May Be Boned

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It seemed like a fairly innocuous hit when Bears defensive end Shea McClellin slammed Aaron Rodgers none throwing shoulder into the ground, the kind that quarterbacks like Rodgers and others shake off and move on to the next play. But when Packers back-up quarterback Seneca Wallace trotted onto the field and Aaron Rodgers trotted into the locker room, that impending sense of doom set in. And when he re-appeared on the sidelines wearing sweats, the Packers season seemed to flash before everyone’s eyes.

 

The tentative diagnosis for Aaron Rodgers is that he has a small fracture in his collarbone, and that he’ll be out about 3 weeks, but all have been quick to point out that that is just the initial diagnosis. It could actually be much longer. The Packers face the prospect of having Seneca Wallace, or some other jobber off the street having to guide their football team while the Lions get hot and the Bears probably get their star quarterback back next week.

 

The Packers knew they had an issue at back-up quarterback. They knew that 2009 undrafted free agent Graham Harrell wasn’t any good. They knew that 2012 7th round draft pick B.J Coleman wasn’t much better. But they bought Vince Young into the fold too late. They then cut Harrell, and then cut B.J Coleman, and then cut Vince Young and replaced him with Seneca Wallace, a 33 year old quarterback with only 21 starts, and a record of 6-15. That’s the guy who has to lead the Packers for at least 3 weeks, if not more.

 

The importance of finding a solid, dependable back-up in the NFL should be stressed again and again and again, and then, oh yeah, again. The Packers solution to their back-up quarterback woes wasn’t to go out and entice a guy like Matt Hasselbeck to come home, or to sign a Ryan Fitzpatrick. It wasn’t to draft another quarterback. It was, essentially, to stumble bewildered into the season with a below average and pray that nothing happened to Rodgers.

 

Now something has. And the Packers may be well and truly boned if Seneca Wallace doesn’t morph into Russell Wilson or Doug Flutie.

 

Joe Gibbs once said that the most important player on your football team was the quarterback, and the second most important player was the back-up quarterback. Great seasons by great teams are too often derailed because front offices take the “wait and pray” approach. Mike Holmgren turned Green Bay into a quarterback factory, even with the seemingly indestructible Brett Favre playing there. You have to have a solid back up. It’s not a perk, it’s a necessity. 

 

When a guy like Josh Freeman becomes a free agent, why not sign him? (Besides the fact that he may or may not suck.) Do you really need that third string jabroni? Could he be any worse than Seneca Wallace? Because Seneca Wallace isn’t any good. The last time Seneca Wallace played in the league, they were having him catch passes from Colt friggin’ McCoy. CATCH passes. Not throw them.

 

The Packers best hope to save their season if Rodgers is out for an extended period might be Matt Flynn, who has now lost two starting jobs, AND two back-up quarterback jobs. Matt Flynn couldn’t even beat out Jeff Tuel for a back-up job. And the Packers might have to re-sign him.

 

Here’s hoping Aaron Rodgers comes back, because who knows how long the injury-ravaged can survive without him.