WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — In Robert Griffin III’s second game back from a dislocated left ankle, he led the Redskins to their second straight loss, helping them along to their second straight 3-7 start to a season.
Griffin completed 71.8 percent of his passes for 207 yards, a touchdown and 2 interceptions, and was sacked six times. Griffin also ran the ball 6 times for 41 yards.*
Monday morning, The Junkies drew a new comparison with regard to RGIII’s development — or lack thereof — as a quarterback.
“I’m beginning to have a Vince Young vibe with RGIII, meaning I can’t see him in the league at age 30,” said one host, John-Paul Flaim. “The league is gonna make a determination on RGIII — not just the Redskins — the league is gonna make a determination very soon that he’s not a good quarterback when it comes to throwing the ball downfield, and that 2012 was a mirage.”
“I think [Jay] Gruden wants him to have all of the flaws there on tape so that during the offseason, he’s going to walk in to the brain trust and say, ‘This is not the leader of the football team that I’m going to coach,'” John Auville intimated. “‘This is not the guy who’s going to lead us to the promised land.'”
“Well, there’s no way he can stay healthy behind that line,” said Jason Bishop. “For six more games, for 24 more quarters; I just can’t see it.”
“That’s why it is a little hard to just completely write him off as a downfield passer, completely,” Eric Bickel noted. “Because when he does have a little bit of time, the pocket just collapses around him.”
“And it’s not all on him,” Auville said. “This is not an all guns trained on RGIII. It’s the whole system.”
“No, but he’s the most important guy on the field,” Bishop said. “And he just looks like a deer in the headlights out there. I expected him to be much better yesterday. The offensive line didn’t help him, but he just didn’t look like a quarterback.”
In a later segment, Bickel would go on to reiterate the Vince Young comparison.
“Do you understand how All-World Vince Young was coming into the league?” he said. “Do these players understand how fleeting these careers are?”
In fairness to Vince Young, he at least made two Pro Bowls before beginning his career descent.
*Correction: The Redskins ended the first half on Roy Helu’s 30-yard touchdown run, to kick off with 11 seconds left, which the Bucs would burn. The sack-sack-missed field goal came earlier in the 2nd quarter.
Update: Opinions can change with time.