“I’m told by Redskins sources they have not given up on RGIII,” NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported after four out of five co-hosts on ‘NFL GameDay’ said it was too early to label Griffin a bust. “In fact, there’s a possibility he could return to the lineup this year if Colt McCoy does falter. But the Redskins coaches I’ve talked to [say] that RGIII needs a little bit of a mental reset. They think he does have the skills to be a starting quarterback, maybe not the running ability that he had earlier in his career just because of the injuries, but he certainly does have enough talent to be a starter. But they think he needs to stand on the sidelines and watch and try to reset his brain to start making the football decisions that he did earlier in his career.”
Meanwhile, on CBS Sports Network’s “That Other Pregame Show,” Jason La Canfora said “people in that building do not believe [Griffin] will be back in 2015.” No one, it seems, can agree on whether Griffin will return to the Redskins next year.
“I don’t see how Daniel Snyder, the owner of the Redskins, can help but feeling burned given where RGIII is now,” Michael Silver said on NFL Network. “When they made the trade, they gave up a lot, but remember, as a rookie, this guy wasn’t just good, he wasn’t just promising; he was terrific. Not just running the ball; throwing it accurately, getting that team to the playoffs. And so do you give up on that? Even though it’s been bad coming off the knee injury, even though clearly the coach you’ve hired has not loved you, do you give up on that? I think it is too tough to call. I don’t believe RGIII is out of chances in the NFL. It is possible that Daniel Snyder will elect to move on. I think they probably will try to salvage it one more time.”
“I think it is the end of his time in Washington,” Kurt Warner said. “You know, he was so good his first year. And even impressed me with his accuracy down the field, his ability to make all the throws. But what’s different now is the system’s different. They’re asking him to see the field. And that’s the biggest question for me, it’s not physically can he make the throws and can he be accurate; it’s can he develop into that pocket passer, and it seems like Washington says that’s what we want, we want a pocket passer that can read coverages and play the game the way Gruden wants to play the game, so I believe it’s best for him to go somewhere else and try to find something that fits him better.”
“This is not a match made in heaven with the coach and quarterback and the system and all that sort of thing,” Steve Mariucci said. “He’s got to stay ready, because he’s one play away from being back in there playing for these guys and finishing the season. But I too think he needs to start someplace else and get a fresh start like Alex Smith did, and all of a sudden it’s a win-win situation. Maybe it’s his home state of Texas, I don’t know, Dallas or Houston. Maybe it’s the Eagles and they come out and they run that zone-read exclusively with RGIII, that’s what he does best. He needs a new start. But stay ready. There’s five games left.”
Later, Marshall Faulk questioned Gruden’s decision to go to McCoy with five games left, and Silver questioned Gruden’s own future in D.C.
“If you are trying to find out what you have in RGIII, let him play this out,” Faulk said. “Go through the struggles, and hope the people around him play better, and evaluate them. Because we know who Colt McCoy is. C’mon guys. We saw Colt McCoy in Cleveland. We know who Colt McCoy is. Is Colt McCoy your future quarterback?”
“Part of the problem is that we have an owner who has shown the quarterback too much support,” Silver said. “So I wonder, is Jay Gruden a one and done coach if it comes down to it? You mentioned Alex Smith. That guy endured about five benchings and lived on, but that’s an anomaly.”
“The only time we say an owner is showing too much support is when you start losing,”Michael Irvin said. “When RGIII was winning, he’s treating him like a franchise quarterback.”
Former Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw talked about what it’s like to be benched on “Fox NFL Sunday.”
“I’ve always said that you grow and learn by playing,” Bradshaw said. “And then there comes a point where your play is so bad you hit the bench. I did it, so did Robert. Now, while you’re over there, what do you do? Do you pout? Do you feel sorry for yourself? Surely, you’re devastated, you’re embarrassed. But you’ve gotta be honest with yourself. Exactly why am I over here? What can I do to get myself back out on that field? Whatever it is, you do it, whether it’s studying more. You have to be honest with yourself. I used anger as my way of getting back. I was mad. Not at the fans and the coach, but at myself, too, for putting myself in that position.”
Co-host Howie Long suggested that Griffin’s success as a rookie was because of the system he was in.
“As hard as this is to believe, I think this year has left RGIII longing for Mike and Kyle Shanahan,” Long said. “He just doesn’t fit this offense. They tailored the offense, accommodation of their zone sweep, and the read-option. Whatever team picks him up is going to have to tailor their offense, to a certain extent, to RGIII. But he’s going to have to find a way to stay healthy. How does he stay healthy? Well, the first thing I’d do is put together cut-ups of about 400 of Russell Wilson’s plays. This style of playing, as a mobile quarterback, keeps you playing week to week.”
Long doesn’t think Griffin has a future in Washington, while Jimmie Johnson questioned whether he has a future anywhere.
“I said a long time ago he’s done in Washington,” Johnson said. “He does not fit this offense, plus I have no confidence that he’s going to stay healthy in any offense.”
And in a silly segment on ESPN’s “NFL Countdown” “Mad Money’s” Jim Cramer said Andrew Luck’s a buy, buy, buy and Griffin’s a sell, sell, sell.
“How ‘bout RGIII?” Cramer said. “Here’s a quarterback that from the get-go looked like an Amazon, unstoppable, fabulous scrambler with a read-option, not unlike Kindle. But the hits, the Washington organization, the dreaded drop-back, and now even the out-of-the-closet criticism by coach Gruden have me thinking that sure, Griffin’s a retailer, but it turns out he might be Sears.”