They’ve played twice before in the Super Bowl. But their next two fights could go a long way toward determining whether either team gets back there in the near future.
As MDS pointed out earlier today, the Rams regard the Redskins to be the frontrunners for a trade for the second overall pick in the draft — the pick that undoubtedly will be used on quarterback Robert Griffin III.
But the Redskins and the Dolphins are, in our view, intertwined when it comes to two of the biggest names in the 2012 offseason. They’re both likely to chase Peyton Manning if/when (when) the Colts cut him, no later than Thursday of this week. And it’s likely that Manning will simply use the Redskins’ and Dolphins’ interest to drive up the price that some other team pays for his services.
So then, after the two teams swing the bat (and hit themselves in the face with it), the sense of urgency to acquire a viable alternative will increase, making both teams even more determined to get in position to get Griffin.
And then the Rams will be able to sit back and let the Dolphins and Redskins keep driving up the price.
Maybe that’s why the Rams are putting the word out that the Redskins will be the winners of the RG3 sweepstakes. It could be that the powers-that-be already believe that it will come down to Miami and Washington, and that putting out the idea that the Redskins will win could be all the Rams need to do to get the Dolphins to kick the process into overdrive.
Coincidentally, Friday’s PFT Live included a little bit more about the off-field skirmishes in which the Redskins and Dolphins soon will be engaging.