Extra Point: Will RG3 Ever Be RG3 Again?
After sustaining a devastating knee injury in the Redskins playoff loss to Seattle last season, now sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin III is coming back in his second season as an NFL qb. Being one of the premiere rookie quarterbacks (or qb's in general) last year, Griffin's return is a much anticipated and nerve racking one for the Washington Redskins and the NFL as a whole.
Griffin's rookie year was, simply put, dominant. RG3 threw for 3,200 yards, with 2o touchdowns and only five interceptions. In the running game, he rushed for an astonishing 815 yards and 7 touchdowns. However, through two weeks of the 2013 season, Griffin has not had the same dazzling highlights and acrobatic runs as he did last year.
In RG3's defense, this is very much so not his fault. For one, his week one appearance against the Philadelphia Eagles was the first time he saw full speed plays since the 2012 playoffs. No matter what you think, there is no way one can come back after an offseason of rehab and put up insane numbers. (The only person to do that was Adrian Peterson last year, coming off a torn ACL. But come on, thats Adrian Peterson. He isn't a normal human being).
Second, RG3 has changed his overall play style. As many others, and I, have said before, there is no way, especially with his current injury, Griffin can continue to play the way he did his rookie season. If he at all wants to play more than five years in the NFL, he must transition to being more of a pocket passer. And this transition will not happen over night. I have already noticed Griffin playing a bit more conservatively through the first two weeks. It may take a few weeks, if not an entire season, before starts becoming comfortable in the pocket.
In conclusion, though I will miss the old, exciting, aggressive RG3, I understand we will never see him again. He will never be what he once was. However, I do have complete confidence that he will be able to come back, and return to once again be a premiere NFL quarterback.