All right, Rex isn’t the answer just as John Beck isn’t the answer behind center for the Redskins.
- Mike Wise
Robert Griffin III has Redskins, fans heading for a relapse
But it’s almost frightening to watch this instant infatuation Washington fans and media members have developed for Robert Griffin III, who looks tremendous in Spandex but has yet to put on pads and helmet for an NFL game.
But at least he’s in good company.
We are turning into the dog from the movie “Up.” Someone blurts out, “Quarterback,” in this town, and we jump. Our tails vibrate for hours. We don’t know what we want; we’re more fickle than Michaele Salahi.
We’ve met the enemy, Washington; it’s us. We were supposed to keep Daniel Snyder sober from his shopping addiction, from throwing away draft picks and mortgaging the future on one player.
Remember the Shanaplan? Build. Build. Build. We were supposed to advocate for stability, the notion that slow and steady wins the race.
But as soon as the first shiny object runs by, we can’t help ourselves.
Pre-Shanahan and Bruce Allen, everybody skewered Snyder because he treated every player he wanted like a new bike in the toy-store window: I want that one.
Yet that’s exactly what we’re doing with RG III.
Sal last month on acquiring a fused-together Manning, who will probably play with a G.I. Joe swivel arm in September: “Do it.” JR I on RG III, whom he suddenly has a bro-mance with: “Do it. At any cost.”
I thought they were actually hyping movies. You know, where the ad guy takes the two kind words out of a critic’s blistering review — “Muppets on Ice:” Electric! Opulent! — to push sagging ticket sales.
Look, Robert Griffin III is a special quarterback capable of having a successful NFL career of 10 years or more. And, of course, there’s no discounting that the potential of an African-American star in this city makes Griffin even more appealing.
But no one knows for certain if he will be a Pro Bowler, if he can dissect NFL defenses the way he dissected an Alamo Bowl opponent.
I hate to break this to everyone, but someone wins the Heisman Trophy every year, and often it’s a quarterback. In fact, Gino Torretta has a trophy, too. Next season, Matt Barkley or Landry Jones will probably vie for the award that goes to college football’s best player.
Why not build up the offensive line, the receiving corps or find a shutdown corner and then go all-in for Barkley next year? He was thought to be a higher pick than RG III, after all, before he decided to return to Southern California.
All we apparently know about RG III in the NFL is that the St. Louis Rams are not interested in drafting him at No. 2. Trading Sam Bradford to make Griffin their starter is not in their thinking. That means Jeff Fisher believes Bradford, who is not as nimble in the pocket and certainly not the dual threat Griffin is as a scrambler, has a better NFL future ahead of him.