Should Robert Griffin III Have Played During the NFL Preseason Last Month?
Did you see Robert Griffin III make his long-awaited return to the football field against the Philadelphia Eagles last night on Monday Night Football? If not, then there’s only one thing you need to know: He stunk. At least for the first half. Although RGIII did have a pretty big second half and came surprisingly close to leading the Washington Redskins to a big comeback win against the Eagles, he didn’t look sharp at all during the first half. His throws were bad. His timing was off. And he looked hesitant to move around much in the pocket. All in all, he played about as poorly as you would expect him to after missing the entire NFL preseason while continuing to rehab the knee that he injured at the end of last season.
So the question has to be asked: Should the Redskins have tried harder to play RGIII during the preseason? Should they have inserted him into just one preseason game—even for just one drive—to help him get his legs back underneath him? Should they have been less cautious and let him do his thing in a preseason game to avoid what happened last night? We think that they should have. Because what ultimately ended up happening was that he needed a whole half to get back into a rhythm. It’s a rhythm that he could have established last month had he been allowed to play in the preseason.
Ultimately, we don’t really blame the Redskins for holding RGIII out of the preseason and taking every precaution necessary to keep him healthy. But we also hope that the entire NFL learned a lesson here. The NFL preseason, while mundane and, for the most part, pretty meaningless for fans, is essential for NFL players, especially those who play the quarterback position. It helps QBs like RGIII get back into the swing of things on the football field. So we hope that, moving forward, NFL teams take the preseason a little bit more seriously when it comes to their star players. Clearly, they need the preseason just as much as the second and third string guys. So we hope NFL teams adjust accordingly and make sure that guys like RGIII get their reps during the preseason to avoid situations like the one that took place last night.