Robert Griffin III has got himself a big challenge this coming weekend, the biggest challenge of his career apparently says former Superbowl winning Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann.
Going into the third pre-season game versus the Baltimore Ravens, and their fearsome pass rush, Theismann said "It's a pre-season game, but it's probably the biggest game that Robert Griffin has ever played in his life".
The third pre-season game is normally the dress rehearsal game for the regular season, more film is watched on opponents and the starters play around half of the game.
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This will mean that RG3 and the first team offense will be playing against the Ravens first team defense, a challenge that Theismann believes will either make or break RG3's career in Washington.
"He'll probably have two or three practices, at least, to get ready for what will be a full dress rehearsal against some pretty good pass-rushers" Theismann said, according to the Washington Post.
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"It's going to be a great test for Robert going out, I fully expect him to play, hopefully a full half and then some. And then we can sit down and really make an evaluation, OK, where is he?".
Theismann's evaluation of the situation is spot on, after Saturday the Redskins will be in a position where they will have to make a decision on RG3, if he will remain the starter, or if the arguably better Kirk Cousins will take that role. Sadly for RG3, he will have to prove his worth to the Redskins in one-half of football against an elite pass-rushing defense, led by Elvis Dumervil and the ever hellacious Terrell Suggs.
An argument can be made that this is unfair to RG3, that he deserves better, I disagree with that, RG3 should not be the Redskins starter, if the franchise hadn't broken the bank to trade for him, if he was just some average joe who was this fragile, injury prone and downright anemic at quarterback, who always makes out as if it's not his fault and doesn't stop talking to the media, he would have been benched long ago.
The Redskins are 5-15 in RG3's last 20 starts, that's awful. He has become a total shell of the 2012 rookie of the year, he no longer uses his speed to shred defenses, which he is certainly capable of doing, instead he stands in the pocket and takes unnecessary hits trying to mould himself into a pocket quarterback.
RG3 is not a pocket quarterback, neither is he just a running quarterback, he is both! RG3 threw with great poise and accuracy in 2012 and then when he needed to, on a designed runs or by scrambling, he could outrun defenders for 15 to 20-yards.
Maybe the injuries he has sustained has taken a toll on him mentally, so much so he is afraid to run, maybe the Redskins don't want him to run, maybe Jay Gruden is imposing his authority on RG3, telling him to stand in the pocket.
All I know is that if RG3 continues to act like a statuesque pocket quarterback, taking huge hits and getting dropped like a corpse play after play, he won't be playing anywhere for much longer.
As for this game on Saturday, if RG3 hopes to beat the Ravens he is going to have to use his legs, he is going up against one of the best pass rushes in the league and standing behind that swiss cheese offensive line, taking hits all day long is only going to knock him out of the game.
I hope RG3 goes out and proves me wrong, proves he should be the starting quarterback for the Redskins; I hope he takes less hits, uses his legs on occasion, throws accurately, and gives something for the Redskins fans to be excited about, because they deserve it. If he doesn't perform well, then Joe Theismann may be right the Redskins could sit down and say, no, that was not good, put Kirk in.
I guess we will all have to wait till Saturday to see what the future holds for RG3 but right now, its not looking good.
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