The Redskins gave up an unprecedented haul of picks to draft second in the 2011 NFL draft. Had Robert Griffin III been mildly impressive, or pedestrian, or terrible in his first real game action, fans and pundits would have preached patience.
You can’t judge a quarterback by the first game of his first season, they’d say. You need to focus on small signs of potential rather than the big picture, they’d say. A trade like this can’t be judged for five years, they’d say. Patience, they’d say.
But after what he did on Sunday? Forget all that.
“My big winner is Daniel Snyder, because he took Robert Griffin III,” Tony Dungy said during the “winners” segment of NBC’s Football Night in America, in a clip that was later distributed by the team. “He’s been looking for that star-power guy. He’s riding home on his plane right now saying, I found him.”
Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks, meanwhile, wrote that the Redskins got a steal, that knowing what we know now, “the Rams might wind up demanding Washington's first-round picks in perpetuity, plus insist Daniel Snyder pick up the tab for all those costly improvements St. Louis is seeking for the Edward Jones Dome.”
“If Griffin keeps this up, no price would have been too high, no package too costly,” Banks also wrote.
“If you didn’t see RGIII, you weren’t watching the game. He was everywhere,” the Times-Picayune’s Larry Holder wrote. “Griffin outplayed Drew Brees in his first professional game. It’s not often you can say that.”
“This is what it looks like to have a real NFL quarterback taking snaps for your team,” Dan Graziano wrote on ESPN.com. “RG3 has undoubtedly arrived, and just by doing so he has changed everything for the Redskins.”
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER...
Jason Reid: “The Shanahans intended to put it all on Griffin, and they did.”
Mike Wise: “It’s the calm during the storm that defined Griffin best Sunday.”
Sheinin: “If Washington was already gripped by RGIII fever...what will become of the region now?”
Boz on the Nats: “Trailing 8-0 in the eighth, much of the crowd — 99 percent probably praying that their DVRs had recorded Robert Griffin III’s debut properly— was still around, starting a rally chant.”
TWEET OF THE NIGHT, I
Eric Bickel of the Junkies.
Skins winning w/ RG3 for sports radio is equivalent to a Blizzard hitting for news radio.It doesn't get any better than this.— Eric Bickel (@EBJunkies) September 10, 2012
TWEET OF THE NIGHT, II
From a fan.
Don't tell anyone, when RG3 scrambled away from the defender & threw across to Fred Davis, I cried a little bit. Swear to god. #HappyTears— Adrian (@pearlbullets) September 10, 2012
TWEET OF THE NIGHT, III
Bryce says hello.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Nats are at the Mets at 7 on MASN. The Ravens host the Bengals at 7 on ESPN. All TV/Radio listings are here.
AN RGIII RAP VIDEO
It features a burning Troy Aikman jersey, obviously.
ANOTHER NEW NATS CELEBRATION
After Jayson Werth tied the absurd rain-delayed Nats game in the bottom of the ninth on Saturday, Michael Morse tousled his hair. Repeatedly.
AND ANOTHER NEW NATS CELEBRATION
A truly inspiring GIF of 28,000 Nats fans making shark chomp motions in honor of Roger Bernadina. It’s from last week, and Bernadina didn’t come through at this particular at-bat, but this is awesome.