by Chris Lingebach

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) – This radio station wouldn’t be called ‘The Fan’ if it didn’t gauge the pulse of the fan. And in the case of Robert Griffin III, that fan is Rich Eisen of the NFL Network.

“He’s awesome,” Eisen told 106.7 The Fan’s Lavar and Dukes Thursday. “I just love everything about him. And just the way he treats the fans, and the way he goes about his business.”

Eisen gushed about Griffin saying he is well on his way to becoming the biggest sports superstar the this region has seen since Ray Lewis or Cal Ripken, Jr.

“I’m familiar with the area,” Eisen said. “The mid-Atlantic area has been in constant search for somebody remotely close to [Michael Jordan] … So personally, maybe not someone since Cal has there been somebody with the potential to be so beloved.”

There was more to the RGIII love fest.

Eisen was enamored with a tweet sent by the young quarterback to Jeremy Maclin after the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver blew out his knee.

“It’s just like everything is right with him,” an impassioned Eisen said. “I just hope… just don’t cut right when there’s Haloti Ngata. Just get out of bounds. Was that Sean Weatherspoon who blew him up for Atlanta? I mean, just avoid those hits, man, and do your thing.”

Eisen went on to laud Mike Shanahan’s decision to err on the side of caution and not to play Griffin in the preseason.

“I am fine that he is not playing preseason,” Eisen said, also dismissing suggestions that Griffin play sparingly in the fourth quarter of the final preseason game just to knock off a little rust.

“Against guys who are going to be at the Home Depot in 16 hours? I mean why in the world would you do that?” he wondered.

Eisen also took a crack at predicting the outcome of the NFC East, but ultimately concluded that the Cowboys are too unpredictable, the Giants have a Hall of Fame quarterback, and the Eagles remain the great unknown under first-year coach Chip Kelly.

He did stipulate that a healthy RGIII and Brian Orakpo, along with Alfred Morris continuing his pace from last season, could give the Redskins as good a shot as any.

“I can’t make a prediction right now, but for sure the Redskins are in the mix,” Eisen said.


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