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PFT: Did the Redskins make a mistake in drafting RG3?

Nov 29, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT

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The guys on the TV version of Pro Football Talk took up the question of whether or not the Redskins made a mistake in trading up to be able to draft Robert Griffin III.

I tend to agree more with Ross Tucker that in a few years the trade could look like a bargain. Still, at this point in time you can’t dismiss Florio’s case that it was a very risky move.

Take a look and hit the comments to let us know where you stand. 

  1. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Nov 29, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Here’s where I stand:

    Florio is a troll.
    ~

  2. burnzido - Nov 29, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Three things that would put RG3 back in elite status without him doing anything different:

    1. Improve the defense dramatically – I am a firm believer that a good defense is the best offense. If the Redskins could improve to a Top 10 defense RG3’s job becomes exponentially easier. I’m not sure if there is an easy fix to this one but something must change. Upgrade at SS, FS, CB, MLB, would be a good start. Hopefully some draft pics pan out.

    2. Upgrade the O-Line – I think we need to beef up a little as we are currently one of the lightest O-lines in the NFL. Although the Redskins O-line is doing a great job in the run game, it seems they’re often over powered or out matched in pass protection. Bottom line, the Redskins must give RG3 more time and protect him better when he drops back to pass. If he is not running for his life most of the time he might actually develop and improve his pocket passing skills.

    3. Upgrade at Receiver – Pierre Garcon and Jordan Reed are a good start. I would like to see another #1 type of receiver come the Redskins way. A more consistent every down deep threat. We all hoped Hankerson would bust out but I’m afraid that ship may have sailed with his latest injury. Mike drafted Brandon Marshall in the 4th round. Maybe he can work some draft magic again in the near future. Receivers that get open help the QB and the O-line be successful.

    Was it worth all the draft picks? Absolutely! If we can put the right team around him. We all saw what RG3 can do when the Redskins defense stepped up their play the second half of last season. I believe with a better defense, upgraded protection and weapons along with RG3s talent and work ethic we will no doubt see the young QB shine bright again. HTTR

  3. timwillhide - Nov 29, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Definitely worth it!!! The number 1 issue this year is the terrible pass blocking. We also need another WR. If the line would hould up in pass blocking we wouldn’t be having this conversation

  4. mickey1982va - Nov 29, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Really ?? Are you serious right now ?? RG3 was burning defenses last year… he’s coming off an acl injury and hasn’t performed well this year… now all of sudden, these people who are paid to run their mouth are saying it was a mistake to draft him ?! This isn’t fantasy football ! They kill me with this crap ! Unbelievable !

  5. derrick1987 - Nov 29, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    NO!!!! What a stupid argument. How can you judge a player or a trade after 2 years??? He doesn’t have the potential to be a top ten QB? Really? All he did was have he best season ever for a rookie QB. I hate to say this but if RG3 were white, we wouldn’t even be having this discussion…SMH!!!

    • mustang6984 - Nov 30, 2013 at 3:06 AM

      I don’t think he had “The Best Season Ever by a rookie.” He was beaten out by Russell in some stats, and others by Luck. He just got all the attention. BUT…I do believe that he will be a key contributor for the Redskins as long as HE understands he isn’t doing ANYONE any good when he plays while still injured.

      That and the Redskins NEED to give him an offensive line that will protect him! Their future rides on the ma’s ability to perform…which he cannot do if he constantly running for his life!

    • Robert - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      You’re right…his name is Luck! He’s put up very similar numbers this year and no one is mentioning his name.

  6. Daniel - Nov 29, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Their mistake wAs letting him play hurt

    • grizzlypete - Nov 30, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      Not firing SHAMahan was a mistake. He cared more about his job than he did about the health of his QB and the future of the franchise. SHAMahan is over rated scum/

  7. cobra617 - Nov 29, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    The most shocking thing about this clip was the D-Lineman I was trying to place sitting on the right. Then they said Shaun King and I was shocked. Ross Tucker was a lineman and looks smaller than the former QB King.

  8. mustang6984 - Nov 30, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    Seahawk fan here. So, take my opinion for what you want out of it.

    I think they wold have been dumber to have NOT taken him. The dumb things were:
    Letting him play this year when I think he might not have been totally ready yet.
    Not spending the off-season giving him a MUCH better offensive line to protect him. Had he been blesses with a better offensive line last year, we wouldn’t be having this chat now, because he wouldn’t have gotten hurt like he did.
    And, Once it became obvious that he was not 100%, then someone should have had the stones to step up and tell him that he wasn’t ready, and they were going to sit him out until he was a lot closer to 100%.

    I think he is the future of the Redskins franchise. Having said that, I think Russell Wilson was the better of the three starters from last years freshman class of NFL QB’s, and Kaep was the WORST! Luck & Griffin will get better…a LOT better. Kaep…has probably reached his peak.

    JMHO

  9. rayb47 - Nov 30, 2013 at 6:02 AM

    Did Washington make a mistake by drafting RGIII? No . Did Washington give up too many draft picks to move down it the draft to be assured they would be able to draft RGIII? Absolutely. That move set Washington back a few years in developing their squad. IMO no player is worth the price or draft picks Washington paid to get him.

  10. grizzlypete - Nov 30, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Florio is hard up for a topic and desperate for attention.

  11. fan72redskins - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Definitely a troll!!!

  12. damnyankee58 - Nov 30, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Yes, and here’s why:

    1) Money – The Redskins are paying Griffin almost TEN times what the Seahawks are paying Russell Wilson, yet their passing stats were almost identical last season. Many, far less-expensive quarterbacks could have performed as well as Griffin has this season.

    2) Suspect hands – Griffin fumbled too many times last season, and his ability to hold onto the ball hasn’t improved this season; he’s fortunate that more of those fumbles didn’t result in turnovers.

    3) Reduced speed and elusiveness – It’s obvious that Griffin hasn’t fully recovered from his 2012 knee injury; he has regularly been caught from behind while scrambling this season by defensive linemen. He might recover his previous quickness and agility, but that remains to be seen.

    4) Suspect defense evaluation skills – Griffin does not read defenses and pass coverages particularly well; a fact that is evidenced by the time it takes him to deliver a pass. Holding onto the ball so long puts a lot of pressure on the offensive line, and can result in him taking more hits in the pocket than he has to.

    5) Suspect decision-making skills – Griffin is going to end up like Michael Vick (injured, and sitting on the bench) if he doesn’t stop taking so many hits in the open field. He was fortunate not to have been injured while running last season.

    I believe Griffin has the talent to become a good pocket passer, but, as has been pointed out previously, the Redskins need to improve their offensive line, and give him better pass protection.

    Acquiring better receivers has been mentioned previously as well, and of course that would help, but, back to the money issue: a LOT of improvements could be made with the millions the Redskins are paying Griffin.

  13. Erik - Nov 30, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Primary responsibility of a QB? Take care of the football. Robert Griffin 25 fumbles in less than 2 seasons. Not counting his PICKS. Dude is a turnover factory.

    Next: To justify his big contract he needs to stay on the field. Guy came in with injury concerns and a major surgery….now another.
    Sure he can run but his quarterbacking sucks. Its not his lines fault he holds onto the ball and gets sacked. Its not his defenses fault he turns it over with bad choices. Its not his wide outs fault he cant read defenses. Yes hes athletic and can run fast and…Robert Griffin is the next Mike Vick.Mistake by Washington. Andrew Luck is the better passer and projects to have a longer career.

  14. kimmycho233 - Nov 30, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    a few nfl scouts called him overrated around the time the draft occurred.. and this was based on some of the things he’s struggles with… and no surprise he’s struggling with those things now
    ex.
    nfl scout : “Everybody is just assuming because of the Heisman and the socks and all that bs. . . . they are ignoring a lot of bad tape that he’s had,” a third scout said. “I don’t think he has vision or pocket feel, which to me are the two most important components of quarterbacking. He’s just running around winging it. He’s (Michael) Vick, but not as good a thrower.”

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/robert-griffin-nfl-draft-2012-4#ixzz2mAMMQpLH

  15. robert randall - Nov 30, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    The washington redskins made the right choice with rg3 just give him time. He’s doing fine the skins will be alright. Just play hard and finnish this season strong.and then next season let’s get the ball rolling early.. HTTR… fan for life!!!

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