Let me say one thing, when Robert Griffin III came out of Baylor in the 2012 NFL Draft, I was one of his bigger supporters. In fact, I ranked RGIII as the best player of the draft, ahead of Stanford star Andrew Luck. RGIII had amazing athletic ability, and had so much upside. What makes this such a twist of fate is that destiny started to destroy RGIII. Once, not long ago, RGIII was one the most exciting players in all of sports. Now? He is the poster child for failure. What brings up the question. What caused RGIII’S downfall? There are many factors.
To say that RGIII never recovered after tearing his ACL in the 2012 Playoffs is a understatement. RGIII’s career completely fell apart afterwords. RGIII’s knee injury forced him to completely change his style of play. He could no longer rely on his legs, he now had to be a pocket passer. Well, that is not who RGIII is or will ever be. It also forced RGIII to adapt, which has contributed to him taking sacks, making bad decisions which forced him to hesitate. RGIII became a shell of his former self.
2. Horrid coaching
Jay Gruden might be the least productive coach in the league. How is RGIII supposed to succed if his own coaching staff could care less? Mike Shanahan became too dependent on RGIII after his injury and unintentionally pressured RGIII to recover from his injury too soon. Also changing his offensive scheme didn’t do RGIII any favors. Jay Gruden is the opposite. Jay Gruden was hired to fix RGIII and Jay has done the complete opposite. RGIII got worse, and Jay constantly called him out. This offseason, Jay claimed that RGIII was the unquestioned starter. That didn’t last even into the last preseason game. After RGIII’S concussion, Jay immediately named Kirk Cousins the starter, claiming it was a “easy” decision. Wait what? Obviously Jay doesn’t know a thing about keeping his word. RGIII probably doesn’t trust Jay, and quite frankly I wouldn’t ether.
3. Miscommunication within the front office
To show the Skins commitment to RGIII, they took his option which will pay him 15 million next year. So in a sense, they are paying RGIII to be on the bench. The Skins sacrificed a lot to receive RGIII which is why they still support him. In fact, the G.M Drafted Brandon Scherff this year to protect RGIII. It seems like the organization and the coaching staff are on completely different mindsets. A organization and their players can’t succed without a consistent goal.
4. RGIII’s attitude
Granted, the relationship between RGIII’s and the fans/media is very toxic. RGIII hasn’t helped himself ether, but the lack of support and the media criticism makes the whole situation worse. Also being thrown under the bus by your head coach doesn’t help
Ether the coaching staff has to go or RGIII or maybe both. One thing is sure: RGIII will not succed in the environment he is in. A change of scenery might be best.