Presence of Robert Griffin III already felt in Redskins’ ticket office

AP

The NFL draft is still more than six weeks away, but Redskins fans are already going crazy about Robert Griffin III.

In a story that has to have Dan Snyder convinced that his team made the right move, the Washington Times reports that the Redskins’ ticket office is already feeling Griffin’s impact. One fan is quoted as saying that as soon as the news of the Redskins’ trade with the Rams broke, he wrote the Redskins a check for $2,580 to renew his two season tickets, which he had told a salesperson in the Redskins’ ticket office he would only do if the Redskins traded up for Griffin or Andrew Luck.

Other fans told similar stories, and it’s clear that Griffin is going to make a real difference at the box office. Although all of the Redskins’ games were technically sold out last season, they often played in front of thousands of empty seats. Even if the Redskins still have a losing record next season, they’re going to be playing in front of crowds that are excited about the presence of Griffin and convinced that the team is finally building toward a Super Bowl.

The presence of Griffin is being felt in other respects as well. Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post points out that when news broke of the trade on Friday night, the Post redesigned its front page at the last minute to put the story headlined, “Redskins bet big on QB of future” at the top. And the local sports radio stations broke their existing plans to go with wall-to-wall Griffin talk.

And if you really want to know just how crazy some Redskins fans have gone for Griffin, just listen to one of those sports radio callers.

38 responses to “Presence of Robert Griffin III already felt in Redskins’ ticket office

  1. This is something to be excited about. This gives us the chance to actually think that we are building for the future, not just playing for now.

  2. Wow are they getting ahead of themeselves. But whether they win or lose he is going to give them some excitement on the field like Newton. Love the kids attitude and sounds like a hard worker. Just hope he has good coaches around him or he’ll never have a chance.

  3. Lets just get this straight. The Redskins have never once said RG3 is their guy. The media and everyone else is saying that. If the Colts draft RG3 then Luck will be drafted. Both look like can’t miss qb’s.

  4. As everyone says, it’s a QB league. A team doesn’t go anywhere without a strong QB, at least, bordering on elite. Look at the Jets.

    This may end up taking 3 to 4 years to result in deep playoff runs or even a Superbowl, but FINALLY, the Skins have addressed the position of QB after a 10 plus year drought. It will be worth, the 2013 and 2014 picks if this works.

    If not, people will lose their jobs and the process will start all over again.

  5. It is easy to forget how draft picks are never a sure thing in the NFL. Griffin might be a successful player. Or he might be an absolute bust. Plus, the Redskins gave up so much to get the #2 pick. The team might not be able to build a long-term competitor around Griffin.

    I know DC fans have suffered a long time and are happy to have some potentially great news about the team. Optimism is fine, but hype like this often leads to bitter disappointment.

  6. I’m in a weird spot on this. I wish the kid all the luck in the world but I’ve never liked the Skins, I guess going back to when the Big Red were here and in that division. Now as a Rams fan I don’t want to see them win a game for two years so we get higher picks. I’l be rooting hard against your Skins and RGIII.

  7. What if RG3 pulls an Eli and refuses to play for the Redskins… that would just be hysterical, they give up the farm for a guy to refuse to play for them. He won’t do this because he seems to be a standup guy, but it is fun to wonder about the what ifs.

  8. I’m sorry Redskin fans, I hate to play the pessimist to your parade, however, I just don’t see this kind of quarterback gelling with the two Shanahan’s?

    After the McNabb debacle I just don’t see the kind of success that Carolina had with Cam Newton and the Bengals had with Dalton?

    I hope I’m wrong for y’all sake

  9. golonger says: Mar 12, 2012 10:00 AM

    ….no such thing as “can’t miss QB’s”

    Well they look like they could be a lot better “can’t miss qb’s” than Gabbart, Ponder or Locker are.

  10. It’s hard to build for your future when you give up 3 years worth of 1st Rounders… the Falcons gave up 1 for Julio Jones who’s a stud WR and that’s being felt this year… I can’t imagine giving up 3 years worth of #1’s.

  11. Remember 18 or so years ago, the Skins drafted another can’t miss QB with a top five pick: had a great QB coach ready to groom him for multiple pro-bowl appearances and everything.

    Imagine my surprise when I moved to NC and found he was my congressman! He’s no better at that job than he was at reading defenses in the NFL.

  12. dskrycki says: Mar 12, 2012 10:02 AM

    What if RG3 pulls an Eli and refuses to play for the Redskins… that would just be hysterical, they give up the farm for a guy to refuse to play for them. He won’t do this because he seems to be a standup guy, but it is fun to wonder about the what ifs.
    _______________________________________ be a lot like your story,aye? your mama had you and let you get raised by jacka$$e$ and look how you turned out! i love what ifs man,don’t you?lol

  13. Keim had an excellent analysis of the value of 1st round pics RE the ‘Skins:

    “Between 1971 and 1991, the Redskins won 17 playoff games and three Super Bowls. They had four first-round picks in this span. You can draft well after the first round.”

    So. There’s that.

    Now – if the pick this year doesn’t pan out… well THEN you can say we lost the future. Maybe. Sure, it would have been great if we coulda received a late pick or two off the deal…

    But for now, it’s nothing but positives.

  14. I think the Redskins move to get Griffin is more about money and less about winning football games. We’ll see in a couple of years, but I’m predicting an epic bust and the Rams becoming the premier team in the NFC as a result… with those two first round picks in 2013 and 2014 being in the top 5, and their other first round picks being in the bottom 5.

  15. drexelvol says:Mar 12, 2012 10:22 AM

    This kid could be JaMarcus Russell all over again.
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    And Andrew Luck could be a Ryan Leaf.

    Anyway, I’m still can’t get over how phoney our sports media is. Last year at this time, every sports person wanted every part of Cam over analyzed before he was picked as a top QB as if he was joining the FBI. The level of hate and vitriolic articles got worst as the draft days drew nearer. Now this draft season, RGIII is the token negro who the entire sport media is pretending to be all in love with. I hope he does really well because I would hate to see Cam receiving the backlash if RG III doesn’t meet these hypocrits expectations. Because sadly, we are still one and the same in the eyes of many.

  16. “Remember, Red. Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things.” – Shawshank Redemption

    I commend you for trying whether it works out or not. Signed a Browns fan.

  17. Being from DC and not a Redskins fan. I can tell you that it doesnt take much to get their fans all worked up. I hope he does well. But I cant see it happening with Mike and son running things. He’s just not that good of a coach and I dont see him changing the offense to fit this kids skills. He didnt do it for Mcnabb, Grossman or Beck. And if you look at his record with grooming QB’s in Denver, There is no wonder why he got canned. So, all I’m saying is, save your excitment for week10. By then you should know what you have.

  18. The never-ending mania and depression among Redskins fans is the most entertaining thing about the team. When the Skins win a game, everything is rainbows and unicorns; when they lose a game, they all want to kill themselves.

    Much like their tiny little owner playing fantasy football with real players and real money, it’s as if their emotional development stopped when they were 8 years old. Want a million hits on your YouTube clip? Shoot some camera phone footage of a Redskins fan crying uncontrollably after they lose to the Cowboys.

  19. donjuan1906 says:
    Mar 12, 2012 10:06 AM
    “I’m sorry Redskin fans, I hate to play the pessimist to your parade, however, I just don’t see this kind of quarterback gelling with the two Shanahan’s?

    After the McNabb debacle I just don’t see the kind of success that Carolina had with Cam Newton and the Bengals had with Dalton?”

    What in the world does Donovan McNabb have to do with RGIII (assuming he’s the QB the ‘Skins end up with)? One is a physically declining veteran QB with a questionable work ethic and an unwillingness to adapt to a new system and to correct flaws in his technique, and the other is a supremely talented, hard-working and coachable rookie. The two situations are totally unrelated to each other.

  20. And I thought Ravens fans were stupid. This really shows how clueless Redskins fans are. Giving up 3 high first round picks and a 2nd round pick for ONE player who’s never taken a snap in an NFL game? Football fan or not, anyone with common sense sees the absurdity in that. Redskin fans should be boycotting all things Redskins.

  21. Selling tickets for a few years is all this boy will be good for. Injured after the first 3-4 games each year. Shanny and son will be gone after 2 years.

  22. Before we all get too excited, remember that the trade is not official until 4pm Tuesday. The ‘Skins or the Rams can pull out anytime before then. Also, Indy can still select RG III ahead of the ‘Skins with the lst pick in the draft. I’m just saying….

  23. I am looking forward to the day that the football team representing our nation’s capital stops identifying itself as a vulgar, racist slur.

    ———————————————

    And the “Chiefs” are OK. Do you also have a campaign against the “Blackhawks” too or the “Chanuks” for that matter?

  24. The Redskins do this every year. Get a big signing to fill up the seats.. doesn’t matter what the long term concurrences are.

  25. In related news the Browns ticket office has taken to the streets of cleveland to donate season tickets and rubber dawg masks to the homelessso it appears they actually have a fanbase remaining.

  26. The Redskins gave up a lot, maybe too much, but I can’t quit comparing RGIII to Steve Young in my mind. The Mike Shanahan-Steve Young duo lead probably the most dynamic offense I’ve ever seen.

    RGIII’s skills are very comparable to those of Steve Young. Griffin has a better arm, while Young’s intelligence and psychological game was untouchable, but Griffin has a good head on his shoulders.

    I think the Redskins should be very happy to have Shanahan and RGIII… but, did they give up too much?

    (WHO’S GOT IT BETTER THAN US?)

  27. koufaxmitzvah says:Mar 12, 2012 10:46 AM

    I am looking forward to the day that the football team representing our nation’s capital stops identifying itself as a vulgar, racist slur.
    ———————————————–
    Why wait ’til then? Make the decision today not to take it as a vulgar, racist slur. Remember, it’s just a word. You decided to be offended by it. If they named a team the whiteskins, or the Crackers, I wouldn’t think that was a great name, but why would I be offended by it? I’d be more offended if they played badly.

  28. “And the “Chiefs” are OK. Do you also have a campaign against the “Blackhawks” too or the “Chanuks” for that matter?”

    Funny. I don’t remember making a comment about either. But you know better, which is relief!

    “Make the decision today not to take it as a vulgar, racist slur. Remember, it’s just a word.”

    It is a word. To some, it’s a slur, because it’s a name attributed to an entire people based on the color of their skin– and to those with a sense of historical knowledge of the term, a violent connotation.

    Seriously. I’m not the first person to think this way. I’m also not going to be the last. The fact that this is the name of the team representing the capital of this country that was largely ripped away from the (mostly dead) native population adds to the conotation.

    It’s a debate that’s been going on for decades. That alone gives the complaint some credence. Native Americans deserve better, and if I was one, I would see the name of the D.C. football team as an affront to my community.

  29. Just watch Tannehill become the best QB of this class…Skins could’ve had him and saved all their picks but didn’t and will pay dearly for it in the future.

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