January 7, 2013

Regarding the Jan. 7 front-page article “Injured Griffin deepens pain of the Redskins’ playoff loss”:

FedEx Field was electric Sunday. Along with other fans sitting in the stadium, I had cautiously high hopes for the Redskins, despite knowing that star quarterback Robert Griffin III was not 100 percent.

I’m a fan and season-ticket holder, not a football expert. Something seemed odd when the usual pregame fireworks display didn’t go off for the team’s official entry onto the field. Finally, the fireworks appeared — for one player, Mr. Griffin.

Mr. Griffin is a great guy and promising player, but other players take a lot of hits, get sore muscles, bruises and injuries, too. Team play was one of the most refreshing aspects of the past season. I hope the Redskins organization promotes that over the commercial value of a single player.

Kathy Hargett, Potomac

The Washington Redskins went 10-6 and dazzled us all. They came back from a horrible start and won the NFC East. They inspired us with a pair of rookies, Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris, who won the hearts of the D.C. metro area.

However, the only reason the Redskins made the playoffs was the calm, cool and collected backup quarterback Kirk Cousins. He won two crucial games and we let him down. With two minutes left, against the Seahawks and the Redskins down by 10 points, the FedEx stands were clearing out. Why would a team that had come so far fight to win when their own fans couldn’t stay in their seats? The Redskins fought hard and lost. The fans pretended to care and abandoned the team.

A team to be proud of has to have a fan base that sees things through until the end.

Brynne Burgess, Washington

We here in the other Washington want to wish Robert Griffin III a complete recovery so that he may play again but hopefully with no injuries. As far as Redskins coach Mike Shanahan’s decision to leave him in the game despite the risk to his already compromised knee? Hindsight is easy, as is writing about the mistakes after they happen. Be well again, RGIII.

David Hagen, Selah, Wash.