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Are The Redskins Making The Right Decision By Benching Robert Griffin III?

Submitted by on November 26, 2014 – 9:45 amOne Comment
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Robert Griffin III hasn’t played very well for the Washington Redskins so far this season. After going down early in the year with an ankle injury that kept him sidelined for a few weeks, RGIII returned to the Redskins’ starting lineup on November 2 against the Minnesota Vikings. And the thought was that the Redskins were his team for the foreseeable future. But since returning from his injury, RGIII has looked really bad in three consecutive Redskins’ losses. He has only thrown for two touchdowns in the three games, while throwing three interceptions and giving his team very little chance to win ballgames.

As a result of his struggles, the Redskins are reportedly going to put RGIII on the bench this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts and let RGIII’s backup Colt McCoy get a start. McCoy led the Redskins to a win against the Dallas Cowboys last month and the belief within the Redskins camp is that, right now, McCoy gives Washington a better chance to win than RGIII. There’s one problem with that, though: The Redskins don’t really need to win right now. At 3-8 on the year, they’re already out of the playoff hunt. So at this point, they should be looking to the future, not worrying about what their record will be at the end of this season.

With that in mind, it really doesn’t make much sense for them to play McCoy over RGIII. Unless they’ve already decided that RGIII isn’t going to be with the team next season, they should let him try to prove that he’s their man moving forward. And by putting him on the bench, the only thing the Redskins are doing is complicating things at the quarterback position.

McCoy is not a long-term solution for Washington. So the Redskins are either going to need to roll RGIII back out next year and spend next season trying to figure out if he’s the franchise quarterback they’re looking for or draft a quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft and cut ties with RGIII this offseason. And if they’re thinking about taking the first option and giving RGIII one more year to prove himself, then why not just play him now? It’ll save the Redskins time and give RGIII one more opportunity to show the Redskins what he’s got.

What do you think about the Redskins’ decision to bench Robert Griffin III? Does it make any sense, given their current record? Let us know.

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