Do you remember the great QB Vince Young was going to be? The man single-handedly led the Texas Longhorns to a national championship over the favored USC Trojans. He was supposed to succeed Steve “Air” McNair in Tennessee as the 3rd overall pick in 2006. Instead, Jeff Fisher didn’t even want to draft him (the owner wanted Young). He didn’t want to start him. The only legitimate weapon he had on offense was Chris Johnson. Young was benched when any opportunity occurred (I.e. Young left the game for a play or 2 and was cleared to come back in but Fisher would keep him sidelined). Fisher didn’t want to develop him either.
On top of all of that, it was rumored that Fisher was “black-balling” Young and it appears to be successful. After Young’s tenure ended in Tennessee, he played one year in Philadelphia and hasn’t been on a team for a full season, if any season. Granted, Vince acted immature at times like when he had “disappeared” that one time and throwing pads in the stands, he didn’t deserve the overall treatment for his career.
Does any of this sounds familiar when referring to Robert Griffin III? RG3’s rookie year was exceptional (RG3 Rookie Highlights), winning rookie of the year and leading the Redskins to a playoff berth for the first time in ages. Remember in the playoff game, RG3 injured his knee and could barely walk. Mike Shanahan kept him in the game. RG3 eventually tore his ACL. Between after that injury and now, Robert Griffin has been in a position to fail. Even though he might have rubbed people the wrong way with certain comments in the media and social media, he hasn’t had a positive environment.
Mike Shanahan and his son Kyle (offensive coordinator) were his coaches the first 3 years. RG3 rushed back his second season to try to play following the torn ACL. His recovery time was impeccable, but his play suffered. With the result of his sub par performance that year, the Washington Redskins struggled as well. RG3 was benched the last 3 games of the season for Kirk Cousins. Nothing changed for the Redskins in 2014, except Robert Griffin III dislocated his ankle and missed a good portion of the NFL season. His played continued to replicate the previous year.
Mike and Kyle Shanahan were terminated in the off-season. Washington hired Jay Gruden as their head coach. His primary focus was to “fix” RG3. However, in this summer’s preseason, RG3 was knocked out of the second game with a concussion. The 3rd preseason game is usually the dress rehearsal for the regular season, and he was initially cleared to play. However, another doctor reversed the decision. Jay Gruden announced that Kirk Cousins would be the opening day starter. Shortly after that announcement, another statement was made by the head coach that Kirk Cousins will be the starter going forward. Coincidentally, the same doctor that reversed RG3’s decision of his eligibility resigned (sounds skeptical).
RG3 needs a new start in a healthy environment. He needs to be around leadership that truly wants him there and do whatever they can to put him in the best situation to succeed. Despite the poor performances, the man can still play. I would take him in Chicago. It’s hard to have a winning culture in a toxic environment. He still needs to fix some of his mechanics and ego but if he was able to meet a head coach and organization half way, you will probably see brighter days from the 2nd overall pick from 2012. Where do you think Robert should go to? Personally, I believe Buffalo, Chicago, Houston, and Kansas City would be good destinations for him. I hope things changes for the better for him. We don’t want see another Vince Young situation.