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Should Robert Griffin III Be Redskins' Starter?

Sports 2012/05/07 14:47:31
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Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III was selected number two overall in this year's NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. As for being second string on the Redskins? That's not happening, according to Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan, who told the media over the weekend that he expects Griffin aka RG3 to be the team's starting quarterback. Training camp hasn't even begun yet and RG3 is already being thrown to the NFL wolves.

However, that may work to the rookie's benefit in the long run. He can prepare to be a starter as opposed to a guy watching on the bench, and he knows what he's in for. At least until he gets hit by an NFL-level defensive player. Still, it's puzzling there wasn't at least a quarterback competition between Griffin and a veteran, just to give him more motivation. Then again, the millions in Griffin's bank account should be motivating enough.

For years, Redskins fans have struggled watching their team go from coach to coach and quarterback to quarterback. There were some signs of progress with former quarterbacks Jason Campbell and Mark Brunell, but those were brief and didn't last very long. And while many fans may wonder why Griffin is announced as the starter so soon, they may also remember the infamously unspectacular Rex Grossman starting the last two seasons.

That'll cause them to wonder no longer. Can Griffin have immediate success like Cam Netwon, Matt Ryan, and Joe Flacco in their rookie seasons? He'll have his hands full in the NFC East—home of defending Super Bowl champs the New York Giants.

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  • Craig 2012/05/17 00:20:12
  • tom C 2012/05/11 18:52:03
    Yes
    tom  C
    Having been a Baylor fan and seeing him at the games...he works hard,learns quickly and can adapt...
    But i really dont understand the Redskins...why was their 2nd pick also a QB?

    As long as the line Gives RG3 some protection he'll be good...
    But you know every pass rusher in the league will be gunning to tackle the fastest QB in football..
  • boneman1 2012/05/10 18:25:23
    Yes
    boneman1
    You don't draft somebody #2 overall and not make them the starter.
  • Arel 2012/05/10 00:17:54
    Yes
    Arel
    Now they need a receiver.
  • KING 2012/05/09 02:52:06
    Yes
    KING
    Do they have a choice??????
  • Pedro Doller ~Inc. 2012/05/08 17:24:43
    No
    Pedro Doller ~Inc.
    McNabb
  • cmdrbnd007 2012/05/08 15:30:12
    Yes
    cmdrbnd007
    I think we will see that first rounders will be starting their first season.
  • jacktown kid 2012/05/08 15:14:14
    Yes
    jacktown kid
    Better than what they got
  • baboula 2012/05/08 15:08:31
    Yes
    baboula
    Considering their choices....but then the fans here think they are going to the Superbowl if they win a preseason game
  • ronbo 2012/05/08 15:05:49
    Yes
    ronbo
    I hope this time,s the charm. The skins are my favorite team but have struggled badly since winning the Super Bowl in 1992.
  • Andy 2012/05/08 15:05:08
    Yes
    Andy
    When you spend a FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICK...and the $$$ that goes with that... He Better be the Starter!!
  • smitty 2012/05/08 14:34:06
    No
    smitty
    +1
    Depends on what their front line is like.
  • antonio 2012/05/08 13:38:53
    Yes
    antonio
    he's ready but he's all hype u will see he will be like Jeremy Lin
  • the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA 2012/05/08 13:29:43
    Yes
    the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA
    Not like he has never played the game before.Plus he has playe dagainst some of teh ese players before. And with the money Get going .
  • CAPISCE 2012/05/08 13:18:20
    No
    CAPISCE
    He will be a bust
  • george 2012/05/08 12:34:35
    Yes
    george
    He better be! The skins need a quarterback and they are not going to sit their 1st round draft pick. He deserves some time to learn the NFL system but he better put his running shoes on because they will be coming after the rookie. NYG Fan
  • Wanderer 2012/05/08 11:17:12
    Yes
    Wanderer
    One chance at the slot...he ain't gonna muck around.
  • Callaway 2012/05/08 11:16:19
    Yes
    Callaway
    Considering what they gave up for him and the product they fielded last year sure why not. If Shanahan thinks he's ready he would most likely have the best view of how good he is and how fast he will progress. They won't throw the whole book at him and adapt at what he can best excel in. I do love how Sam Bradford is continually forgotten on how good he did in his rookie year on a really bad Rams team when rookie records at brought up of course this will be a free pass for Luck with the Colts.
  • Guido 2012/05/08 10:06:22
    Yes
    Guido
    Have you met the Redskins...you know the team without a quarterback for the last 40 years
  • Steven 2012/05/08 02:48:05
    Yes
    Steven
    Things are different than they were years ago. Quarterbacks now a days can come right in there and start. Look at Ryan in Atlanta. Besides he is already better than Grossman and minicamp hasn't even started yet.
  • Junior 2012/05/08 01:32:20
    No
    Junior
    If this kid is as rare as they come, that's all the more reason not to rush him in and possibly ruining his psyche as well as his career. Vince Young was ruined by misdirection over at Tennessee and he had excellent potential. I hope Colt McCoy over at Cleveland doesn't get done like that.
  • littlebuffalo55TBA 2012/05/08 01:31:43 (edited)
    Yes
    littlebuffalo55TBA
    If the Head Coach thinks he should! That the Fans think he should is just armchair talk.



    He seems talented and mature enough. But it's the Head Coaches call! That's why he has the job and not you! No offense!
  • MrFabulous47 2012/05/08 00:48:44
    Yes
    MrFabulous47
    100% yes. They have had trash at quarterback for years. I just hope Shanahan doesn't screw this kid up because he's something special.
  • Gregaj7 2012/05/07 21:59:15
    Yes
    Gregaj7
    What do you mean hasn't won a Super-Bowl yet?!?
  • joe mauro 2012/05/07 21:43:28
    Yes
    joe mauro
    tonight
    at the hotel
  • wes 2012/05/07 20:25:17
    No
    wes
    All players on a winning team should have to earn their positions on the team every game.......
  • James wes 2012/05/09 14:39:55
    James
    Then why did you vote no? The Redskins aren't a winning team!
  • Farnsworth 2012/05/07 19:01:28
    Yes
    Farnsworth
    +2
    He can't do any worse
  • keliffa 2012/05/07 18:15:50
    Yes
    keliffa
    They paid for him, give him a shot.
  • Smokey 2012/05/07 17:52:25
    Yes
    Smokey
    RGIII = Washington Redskins Superbowl

    RGIII Super Bowl
  • Farnsworth Smokey 2012/05/07 19:04:09
    Farnsworth
    +3
    LOL, don't get all crazy now. He may spen most of the season on his back, but I wish him all the Luck...not Andrew
  • Smokey Farnsworth 2012/05/07 19:05:59
    Smokey
    +1
    You know in Virginia/parts of Maryland/Washington D.C. we dedicated Redskin fans go crazy during off season! :) It has been a very long time since we went to the Super Bowl!

    joe gibbs super bowl
  • Farnsworth Smokey 2012/05/07 19:12:48
    Farnsworth
    +1
    I wish him the best, I hope he does Baylor and central Texas proud.
  • Smokey Farnsworth 2012/05/07 19:15:00
    Smokey
    +2
    Most things from Texas are GREAT! Especially that good tasting TX BBQ! :)
  • Farnsworth Smokey 2012/05/07 19:16:25
    Farnsworth
    +1
    that I can agree with for sure.
  • joe mauro Farnsworth 2012/05/07 21:44:31
    joe mauro
    ty
  • Marcus Herbold 2012/05/07 16:59:15
    Yes
    Marcus Herbold
    He better be the starter for as much as the Redskins gave up to draft him. I think the Redskins made the dumbest trade in the history of the NFL. They gave up 3 first round picks a second round pick and this years pick to the rams in return for the number 2 overall this year. That means they gave up 3 top 5 or 10 picks for the next 3 years and a high 2nd round pick to move up 4 spots in the draft for a QB that has never taken an NFL snap. Ridiculous!!!!! If they dont start RG3 then the Redskins are hands down the dumbest franchise in sports
  • Alencon 2012/05/07 16:12:09
    Yes
    Alencon
    +2
    Duh, yeah, why do you think they drafted him? Seriously, the Redskins need to shake things up and I'm a Giants fan. I thought it was funny that the Cowboys announcecd they intend to put pressure on Griffin. Ya think? I wonder why the Eagles and Giants didn't think of that (*cough, cough*).

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