RGIII is doing just fine these days. However, you can’t help but wonder what could’ve been if Washington hadn’t bailed more or less on his development once he went down with a knee injury in the playoffs as a rookie. The former No. 2 overall pick came back too soon for the following season, which led to a coaching shift from Mike Shanahan to Jay Gruden.
Welp. Gruden preferred Kirk Cousins over RGIII. To the point where he’d send him out to be the f*cking scout team safety. Yes, that actually happened. No, Gruden could not even remember Cousins’ first name in a press conference. He called him Kurt.
Classic coach who doesn’t adapt his system to fit his players’ strengths, and instead shoehorns guys in as square pegs in round holes. I almost nauseated myself with the number of clichés I just spouted off. Why actually, you know, do your job and try to develop the guy the organization invested the No. 2 overall pick in when you can just simply GIVE UP!? What a joke, Jay.
Rookie-season Robert Griffin III walked so that Lamar Jackson could run. I know, I know. That sounds a little disrespectful to Russell Wilson. What I mean is, RGIII had all the physical tools you could want for a QB in 2024. The problem was, he was just a little ahead of his time, to the point where, shocker, the team that needed many years to rid itself of Dan Snyder as an owner totally tanked his confidence, career, and any chance at being a long-term NFL starter.
Since leaving the Commanders franchise in 2019, Gruden was the offensive coordinator in Jacksonville during the 2020 campaign. He was out of coaching for a year before becoming an offensive consultant for the Los Angeles Rams. I’m on RGIII’s side on this, yet I don’t think anyone was set up for any sustainable success in Washington under Snyder’s ownership.
Just listen to Alex Smith break down the situation in Washington. This clip was from almost two years ago but is evergreen in describing the Snyder era.
“There’s a lot of distractions in that entire organization.”
Asked Alex Smith what his advice for new #Commanders QB @cj_wentz would be — and he revealed how off-field issues crept into his game day focus in Washington.
As for the Jalen Hurts side of things, I feel like my brain is going to fry if I have to watch them run it back with Brian Johnson as their offensive coordinator and Nick Sirianni as head coach. Howie Roseman and Jeffrey Lurie will not let this mayhem stand. So Gruden did have a point. He just wasn’t the guy to make it.
Once Hurts gets a Shane Steichen-esque play-caller again, he should be fine. I guess those don’t grow on trees. I know going from Steichen to Johnson is arguably the biggest drop-off of an offensive coordinator transition in NFL history.
Static formation all hitch into all-out pressure that isn't the least bit disguised…that's just bad ball any way you cut it. This is the playoffs. In the NFL. What am I watching??
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