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Robert Griffin III becomes the Redskins’ franchise quarterback

Robert Griffin III from Baylor University arrives for the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York Reuters

The Washington Redskins’ long search for a franchise quarterback has finally — they hope — reached a successful conclusion: Robert Griffin III is the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, and he’s the man who will, more than anyone else, determine the Redskins’ immediate future.

Griffin has to be not just good but great to justify the picks the Redskins gave up to draft him: They won’t have a second-round pick this year, and they won’t have first-round picks the next two years, having packaged all of them together to move up from No. 6 to No. 2 and take the quarterback they loved.

Although Griffin is such a great athlete that he could have been an Olympic hurdler had he not chosen to focus full-time on football, his blazing speed is much less important than his arm and his head: The Redskins need him to be a great passer, and they need him to be a quick study of Mike Shanahan’s offense. Beyond that, any plays Griffin makes with his feet will just be a bonus.

For Shanahan, who will turn 60 during training camp, Griffin is his last, best chance to accomplish in Washington what he did in Denver, and win a Super Bowl. The Redskins are a very long way from that right now, but the acquisition of Griffin gets them a big step closer.

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43 Responses to “Robert Griffin III becomes the Redskins’ franchise quarterback”
  1. skins757 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:14 PM

    HAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. whodey1218 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:15 PM

    Draft doesn’t start till fourth pick 4 me

  3. duranteangel says: Apr 26, 2012 8:15 PM

    Awesome! Redskins are Superbowl bound!!!!

  4. doctorfootball says: Apr 26, 2012 8:15 PM

    RG3 goes 2nd? No way! I didn’t see than coming. If Trent Richardson goes 3rd, I’ll just die. Because there’s now way he does

  5. nyyjetsknicks says: Apr 26, 2012 8:15 PM

    3 weeks ago called, they want their headline back.

  6. seaner44 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:16 PM

    RG III for Prez. Yes we can!!

  7. camdenyard says: Apr 26, 2012 8:16 PM

    They don’t have a franchise QB. They have a draft choice. I think “franchise QB” is thrown around waaay too easily these days.

  8. randygnyc says: Apr 26, 2012 8:18 PM

    Also ran. And he’s sentenced to DC. Losing 2X.

  9. seahawksbmx says: Apr 26, 2012 8:18 PM

    I’m indifferent to the ‘Skins, but even if you hate them, how can you not love this kid?

  10. norcalmafia says: Apr 26, 2012 8:20 PM

    Great pick he will ball..We had the 1sft overall pick and a chance at a franchise qb and we get Alex Smith!Damnit!

  11. caps247 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:20 PM

    RG III, welcome to a new era for Washington DC football.

    HAIL bebbey

  12. bigbaldpapahawk says: Apr 26, 2012 8:21 PM

    I’d have picked RG3 over Luck I think. Being number 1 this year would not have been easy.

  13. wethog66 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:21 PM

    Happy and exciting day to be a Skins fan. I just hope I feel the same way 5 years from now.

  14. drewsg says: Apr 26, 2012 8:22 PM

    Welcome to the NFC Beasts, may I wish a healthy dose of JPP , Justin Tuck and Osi in your future

  15. tilllman40 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:25 PM

    Overrated going to be a bust . Couldn’t go to a more boring team to watch . Washington where players go to die.

  16. obamablowz says: Apr 26, 2012 8:28 PM

    As an Eagles fan…THANK YOU WASHINGTON!!!! Not only have you taken yourself out of the draft for the next 3 years, you take the overhyped RG3

  17. superbeast1369 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:29 PM

    HTTRG3

  18. 77rainier77 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:29 PM

    Awesome Robert Griffin III is a difference maker

  19. 77rainier77 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:32 PM

    RGIII will kick butt next year!

  20. deweyoxburger says: Apr 26, 2012 8:33 PM

    Get that man a bigger hat! HAIL!

  21. runtheball says: Apr 26, 2012 8:33 PM

    Amen Camdenyard. Profootballtalk.com has destroyed the meaning of the phrase franchise QB. They use it interchangeably with starting QB. It is not the same thing. Hopefully Griffin will be one day though!

  22. calibear831 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:33 PM

    Im exited to c thia guy play in yhe NFL.

  23. calibear831 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:33 PM

    Im exited to c thia guy play in the NFL.

  24. slandroid says: Apr 26, 2012 8:34 PM

    nice burgundy and gold tie, kid…

  25. myguy317 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:35 PM

    RG3 & Pg85
    Yea baby !!!

  26. 77rainier77 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:35 PM

    Yes RGIII awesome!

  27. mungman69 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:36 PM

    Better than luck

  28. mrstinkypants says: Apr 26, 2012 8:37 PM

    These guys sure do take their sweet time getting up to go onstage. I think if I was drafted 1st round I’d have a little more pep in my step.

  29. justasecond1 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:41 PM

    Call me crazy but if I were him, I wouldn’t even want to play for that team. Weak and Nepotism, a loser combination.

    They have had half way decent QB’s…if you ask me, the QB’s were only half the equation. And, now this kid is supposed to step in an make some great difference? Best of luck to him.

    At the end of the day Mike’s record is impressive – especially the back to back SB’s – but everyone loses their touch at some point in their life. Skins fans should stand up and demand accountability ALL AROUND.

  30. skinsfan4 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:49 PM

    drewsg says:
    Apr 26, 2012 8:22 PM
    Welcome to the NFC Beasts, may I wish a healthy dose of JPP , Justin Tuck and Osi in your future

    You guys couldn’t beat us with RG1 (Rex Grossman). Now you have no chance to beat us with RG3. Hail!!!!

  31. dlr4skins says: Apr 26, 2012 8:53 PM

    RG3 gets 7 to 8 more weeks of offseason time because the dude graduated 12/2010. If Luck was so smart he should have done the same.

    That extra times is crucial to a QB.

    Watched him as a Freshman or Sophmore play against Nebraska in Lincoln and obvious he carried that team. My father and I knew then that this kid would be a dynamic player at any level.

    As for those extra firsts given up, every other one after the first five picks are average to busts. More important is to recoup the money that the Fascist Roger Goodell took from Dallas and DC.

    As a DC sports fan in Nebraska, the past 24 hours have been nothing short of Nirvana.

    Andrew who?

  32. runtheball says: Apr 26, 2012 8:57 PM

    Looks like Andre 3000.

  33. spearsnva says: Apr 26, 2012 9:16 PM

    RG3 will be GREAT in the next few years. This will go down as one of the greatest draft moves to get this #2 pick QB in 1st round in Redskin history.

    When he brings the fourth SB trophy home to DC in <4 years.

  34. yevrag3535 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:25 PM

    FAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. skinsdiehard says: Apr 26, 2012 9:29 PM

    obamablowz says:
    Apr 26, 2012 8:28 PM
    As an Eagles fan…THANK YOU WASHINGTON!!!! Not only have you taken yourself out of the draft for the next 3 years, you take the overhyped RG3
    —————————————
    YOU’RE WELCOME!! The Skins traded their 2013 and 2014 1st rd picks…it’s not 3 yrs. Also, we look forward to beating the crap out of the Eagles as Mike Vick gets hurt again next year. Hail!!

  36. threegriffons says: Apr 26, 2012 9:52 PM

    I think hes gonna do better then Luck, mostly because he has a better supporting team.

  37. skinsassembled says: Apr 26, 2012 10:03 PM

    drewsg says:
    Apr 26, 2012 8:22 PM
    Welcome to the NFC Beasts, may I wish a healthy dose of JPP , Justin Tuck and Osi in your future

    You guys couldn’t beat us with RG1 (Rex Grossman). Now you have no chance to beat us with RG3. Hail!!!!

    HA – OMG – THIS x 1000

  38. hoggy301 says: Apr 26, 2012 11:53 PM

    Hi Haters!!! Hail….

  39. koolrepetoire says: Apr 27, 2012 11:42 AM

    The NFL will market our dude alot. He has that swag! Top selling rookie jersey easily, maybe top 3 NFL Jersey sold in 2012 baby! All HAIL!

  40. obamablowz says: Apr 27, 2012 3:18 PM

    —————————————
    YOU’RE WELCOME!! The Skins traded their 2013 and 2014 1st rd picks…it’s not 3 yrs. Also, we look forward to beating the crap out of the Eagles as Mike Vick gets hurt again next year. Hail!!

    2012-wasted 1st round pick on griffin and2nd rounder, 2013 1st round GONE, 2014 1st round GONE= 3 years

  41. waltdawg says: Apr 27, 2012 4:39 PM

    HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!

    I hope all of Redskins Nation realizes how big of a deal this is and will be for our team…No more basement. Not again.

    HAIL RG3!

  42. thacloser86 says: Apr 27, 2012 6:07 PM

    WoW did he jus say Superbowl bound lmmfao

  43. burgundyngold4evr says: Apr 27, 2012 6:11 PM

    obamablowz says:
    Apr 26, 2012 8:28 PM
    As an Eagles fan…THANK YOU WASHINGTON!!!! Not only have you taken yourself out of the draft for the next 3 years, you take the overhyped RG3

    I dont know if you noticed, but there are 7 rounds in the NFL draft. We still have 6 picks in this year’s draft and something like 7 picks next year and the year after (not exact numbers) with giving up the first round picks. I think we’ll find a way to make it work

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