The Washington Redskins are currently in turmoil, and it doesn’t all have to do with their lackluster play and record so far this season. Their longtime nickname is the subject of conversation for even some of the biggest world names, and it is turning into a battle of words and suggestions.
You laugh now, but there was a time, very recently, when it was a debate. There was a time, when we thought the kid had commandeered the throne. There was a time when, when we thought it was the dawn of one empire, and the dusk of another.
When you think about a typical middle linebacker, who comes to mind? I think about guys like Ray Lewis and Mike Singletary. Linebackers who set the tone for their entire ballclub, guys whose personalities are too big and whose hits are too hard to ever mistake them for average.
The Redskins offense found their best rhythm of the season on a drive where they switched to the hurry up offense after the Raiders took a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter. The Redskins appeared unstoppable during that drive but Griffin was flagged for intentional grounding which derailed everything.
Pryor took a nasty shot to the head as he was hit by multiple defenders on what appeared to be a design run. And maybe this will serve as the 1,000th warning to Redskins nation as they clamor for Robert Griffin III to become more of a threat in the run game.
The statistics might say that Washington’s chances of making the playoffs are razor thin, but the statistics also counted them out last season.
If Robert Griffin III is unable to establish the offense, the Lions might get their first win in the Redskins house since 1938. Of course, there is the possibility that Detroit might simply hand them the game.
RG3’s lack of an identity trickles down not only to the offense but to the defense as well. It may seem a little harsh to blame the 0-2 start completely on Griffin, but sometimes the truth is harsh and it can hurt.
Neither David Wilson nor Ray Rice got off to the flying start they wanted last week. The Broncos absolutely flattened the defending Super Bowl champs by a score of 49-27, while the Cowboys edged passed the Giants 36-31 in the opening week of the season.
Monday night football began with Robert Griffin making a grandiose entrance fit for the King of Kings. But it ended with the burgundy and gold celebrating only a moral victory. Deep down inside, all members of the franchise understand that an 0-2 start could be a real possibility as they prepare to dance with the Green Bay Packers.