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Robert Griffin III learning offense faster than Redskins expected

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We already knew Robert Griffin III could run fast, now we know that he learns fast as well.

The Redskins quarterback earned high marks from offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan during a post-practice press conference on Wednesday. Shanahan said that Griffin has been getting better every day this offseason and that he can make every throw that the Redskins need him to make. Shanahan wasn’t surprised by those things, but he has been surprised by how quickly Griffin has picked up a totally new offense.

“I don’t think you have to be a coach to see how talented the guy is.  I think everyone knows that, so there wasn’t that much surprise there.  But he’s picked it up faster than I expected.  Anytime a guy doesn’t do a lot of drop-back stuff and things like that for really his whole career, it’s going to take time.  And with him, he’s really showing improvement each day.  He can comprehend what he needs to do and what he needs to get better at, and it’s all about giving him reps.  You know he needs reps.  He’s got to let his body go through the muscle memory and everything.  But from a mental standpoint and just his vision and grasping what he needs to work on, it’s been very good.”

It will be a while before Griffin gets those reps that Shanahan thinks he needs. Mike Shanahan said Wednesday that the final day of Redskins minicamp will consist of lifting and classroom work without any on-field work. That means it will be more than a month until the first practice of training camp and the next practice of Griffin’s career.

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  1. hulkhogansays says: Jun 13, 2012 8:02 PM

    That tremble you feel is the 31 other NFL Franchises shaking in their boots. RG3 is about to OWN this league for the next decade in a half. He will win AT LEAST 3 Superbowls and the Redskins will be POWERFUL. The epiccenter of this tremble is Dallas, brother.

  2. bdert says: Jun 13, 2012 8:07 PM

    I get the sense that this is a superbowl winning caliber QB.

  3. jimbo75025 says: Jun 13, 2012 8:23 PM

    Great but one small problem- this is still the Kyle Shanahan offense, most of the league already figured it out a long time ago.

  4. jameslongstaffe says: Jun 13, 2012 8:25 PM

    This kid will prove to be the best quarterback in the 2012 draft. Luck will be a good QB as well, but this Griffin III has something very special. Hopefully the Redskins utilize his ability to the maximum, & don’t force him to be a pocket passer like Peyton Manning. He should be allowed to make plays in all aspects, & keep the defense guessing at all times. He is a queen, not a King:)

  5. youhavenoclue says: Jun 13, 2012 8:31 PM

    LOL.. he will be out of the league within 4 years.. I’d like to compare him to Michael Vick but that would be a compliment, and Vick is a stiff.. LOL

  6. sampulls says: Jun 13, 2012 8:31 PM

    LoL …the biggest thing redskins fans need to be worried about is this guy not being a major flop!

  7. cowartsh says: Jun 13, 2012 8:37 PM

    lmao I dont think anyone is trembling. The guy hasnt played a down yet and you foreskin fans want to put him in Canton

  8. kingcarlbanks says: Jun 13, 2012 8:51 PM

    For the sake of the game I hope he’s everything he’s hyped up to be. Just not against the Giants.

  9. neilanblomi says: Jun 13, 2012 8:55 PM

    Ofcourse he is learning fast especially when compared to Dunce Donovan.

  10. wwwfella says: Jun 13, 2012 8:56 PM

    im a diehard skins fan and i think he’ll be special as long as he has talent around him..HAIL!!!

  11. realitypolice says: Jun 13, 2012 8:57 PM

    I hope that both RGIII and Luck are great. I don’t root for either or those teams but wouldn’t it be fun to have the two both have success and measure their careers against each other as it’s all happening?

    Well, sounds like fun to me anyway, probably because I don’t root for any of their rivals either.

  12. mtheparrothead says: Jun 13, 2012 8:57 PM

    If Danny boy approved the pick, it’s cant be good.

  13. painkiller20 says: Jun 13, 2012 8:58 PM

    Skins fans should be more concerned with how fast he learns how to eat a sandwich. Guy is built like a kicker with dreads.

  14. flaccounibrow says: Jun 13, 2012 9:00 PM

    Not a hater, but when is the last time a team came out and said “The kid’s not picking things as fast as we’d like”

  15. dlem7 says: Jun 13, 2012 9:05 PM

    I don’t understand the hype the team is giving.

    I do believe he is going to be a very good quarterback, but the coaches and FO are setting insane expectations while putting bullseyes on the kid’s back.

  16. joshm5683 says: Jun 13, 2012 9:06 PM

    I wish RG3 the best and he seems like a good kid. For the people though that are claiming Super Bowl already, let alone multiple ones……..remember that the Chargers were pretty high on Ryan Leaf and the Browns pretty high on Tim Couch at one point as well…..not to mention a basketball team in Miami that was thinking multiple titles before getting 1, its not easy and you can’t win a championship just on athletic ability.

  17. phillyphinsfan says: Jun 13, 2012 9:07 PM

    Didn’t he get his bachelor’s and masters degree in a little over four years?

  18. bhester1906 says: Jun 13, 2012 9:07 PM

    jimbo75025 says:
    Jun 13, 2012 8:23 PM
    Great but one small problem- this is still the Kyle Shanahan offense, most of the league already figured it out a long time ago.

    ————————————————–
    Yeah the same offense that made Matt Schaub a 5,000 yard passer. The same one that the Texans still run…

  19. killerron says: Jun 13, 2012 9:09 PM

    We’ll see how well he does against non-Big 12 defenses.

  20. mwcarolina says: Jun 13, 2012 9:11 PM

    he will be out of the league within 4 years
    ——————————————————-
    i doubt that! honestly, i’m a Redskins fan who wont go out and declare him great too soon, but this is great to hear that he’s learning the offense faster, hopefully, it translates on the field on game day

  21. tennesseeoilers says: Jun 13, 2012 9:13 PM

    Why is this a surprise to anyone? Even Joe Titans fan (me!), who doesn’t give a flip about Baylor, knows the kid is the smartest QB taken in this year’s draft.

  22. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 13, 2012 9:15 PM

    IRG3 will be Akili Smith 2.0, all hype and be a dud, come on now, its june and redskins fans are talking SB? hahahaha this dude weight is smaller than vick , and vick gets smashed, give me a break, i hope the skins saved at least one high draft pick in the next few years, cause they will be looking for a new franchise qb after seeing IRG3 get carried out on a stretcher several times with a half whitted thumbs up saying hes gonna at least be able to breath thru whatever ribs he has left

  23. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 13, 2012 9:16 PM

    this guy IRG3 is gonna be a bigger bust than what i left on a redskins moms chest last night!!!!

  24. footballfanman says: Jun 13, 2012 9:18 PM

    RGIII is going to give the league a jolly good thrashing in the coming years

  25. sportsmeccabi says: Jun 13, 2012 9:21 PM

    @hulkhogansays

    The quarterback you mean is not RG3, it’s Cam Newton.

  26. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 13, 2012 9:27 PM

    i hope IRG3 learns how to breath thru a machine soon, cause thats whats gonna happen to him when those nfc east D’s get ahold of this bust!!!

  27. youarewrongandthisiswhy says: Jun 13, 2012 9:27 PM

    I think we all know how this will turn out. But let’s keep it to ourselves and let Redskin fans dream. Their team has been a irrelevant for almost 20 years.

  28. chrisefaw says: Jun 13, 2012 9:28 PM

    “That tremble you feel is the 31 other NFL Franchises shaking in their boots. RG3 is about to OWN this league for the next decade in a half. He will win AT LEAST 3 Superbowls and the Redskins will be POWERFUL. The epiccenter of this tremble is Dallas, brother.”

    You forgot about a guy named Cam Newton. RG3 is simply a Cam mini, not the real thing.

  29. namaths5thofwhiskey says: Jun 13, 2012 9:29 PM

    Ill just say good luck to him because he seems like a humble and well spoken guy who has alot of pride in his ability…. because its either people are saying he’s going to be a guaranteed HOF with mutiple SB rings or a huge bust and out of the league in 4 years. Half the posters on PFT are borderline trolls anyway.

  30. warhammer420 says: Jun 13, 2012 9:31 PM

    The hype train is rolling on RG3! I do think he’s gonna be great tho =P

  31. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 13, 2012 9:32 PM

    IRG3 will be the fries machine operator at jack in the box in 3 years!!!

  32. mancave001 says: Jun 13, 2012 9:34 PM

    As an Eagles fan, I think he should be a great QB

    But one problem: He still plays for the Redskins.

  33. jhill1912 says: Jun 13, 2012 9:35 PM

    Maybe he is picking up so quickly only because it is such an easy offense to run. So simple that even a high school quarterback could run the offense.maybe Kyle should step up his game and make a much more challenging offense

  34. stonecld33 says: Jun 13, 2012 9:35 PM

    He will defitinley be a hall of fame hype QB. Maybe he will surpass Heath Shuler as another redskin great

  35. PriorKnowledge says: Jun 13, 2012 9:37 PM

    Thinking about the several Luck-Griffin Super Bowls :) … Hope Colts get talent around Luck like Redskins are doing. No sense getting talent around Grossman when he is pitching 2-4 ints per game.

    All the know-nothing idiots here calling Griffin a bust like Leaf should be careful about blowing their nose and losing all their brains. Leaf had indicators in training camp that he had problems. Plus he was no athlete. Griffin is smart, WR fast, athletic and hard working. None of the busts were like that. The most pessimistic professional prediction now is that by year three he will be at the very least a good NFL QB; and, optimistically, an All Pro.

  36. skin94249 says: Jun 13, 2012 9:38 PM

    Kyle never had a QB of this caliber, for that matter no coach, save for Baylor’s has ever had one either. HTTR ……. Super Bowl bound baby !!!

  37. pantherpro says: Jun 13, 2012 9:41 PM

    RG I like you but you are no Cam Newton yet you owe him millions for his success. You will be a decent QB but you are no Superman and never will be. He will eat your lunch this year when the Panthers crush the Skins and your sorry pansy owner. Can he even throw a football?

  38. flyeredup says: Jun 13, 2012 9:42 PM

    VD3 won’t be half the QB Mike Vick is!

  39. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 13, 2012 9:44 PM

    Surprising for a guy who got 48% on the last test he took. In February at the Combine.

  40. jimbo75025 says: Jun 13, 2012 9:47 PM

    bhester1906 says:Jun 13, 2012 9:07 PM

    Yeah the same offense that made Matt Schaub a 5,000 yard passer.

    —————–

    Matt Schaub has passed for 5K yards in a season? Best I remember he finished ~4700 yds one time several years ago whe he was throwing on every down for a team that did not make the playoffs .

    Small difference there.

  41. buffalowned says: Jun 13, 2012 9:48 PM

    why faster than expected? if you just listen to the kid talk you can tell he’s very intelligent. i don’t think any one questioned his work ethic or leadership. he will make an impact as a rookie

  42. skins1970 says: Jun 13, 2012 9:50 PM

    As a Redskins fan I am very excited to see RG3 play but let’s wait to see him play before we start saying he’s the next great QB.

  43. smoothrollers says: Jun 13, 2012 9:57 PM

    They’re all superstars until kickoff…

  44. beerbudsnbevo says: Jun 13, 2012 10:04 PM

    Oh, so he is learning that he has an average at best O-Line, broken down Tight End, Wide Receivers whose mouths run faster than their legs….

    Didn’t take me long to learn about that offense either….

    And don’t take this as me hating on RGIII

    It’s the house that Dan built….

  45. sb50 says: Jun 13, 2012 10:05 PM

    Lol people are trying to create a legend before its even born.

  46. beerbudsnbevo says: Jun 13, 2012 10:07 PM

    Great but one small problem- this is still the Kyle Shanahan offense, most of the league already figured it out a long time ago.

    ————————————————–
    Yeah the same offense that made Matt Schaub a 5,000 yard passer. The same one that the Texans still run…

    *******************

    One could argue that Gary Kubiack (Houstons coach) didn’t get the credit he deserved while he was with Shanahan in Denver.

  47. thaenigmaofmd says: Jun 13, 2012 10:07 PM

    As a season ticket holder for the last 6 seasons I truly hope RG3 is our guy to “Help” bring us back to the promise land, but it’s only one skill position. While I’m excited about the youth of the team, besides Trent Williams and his love affair with Puff the magic dragon, we still need a line. Besides Hankerson having 1 good game, and a 2nd tier wideout in Garćon, we aren’t a threat in the air no matter how well he learns the offense. RB’s I have some faith in, they all played well. Defensively we have Orakpo, Kerrigan and Fletcher…who else? D. Hall? a whole bunch of corners converting to safety, who in my best assumption will be burnt by true #1 receivers. Just being a realist, I think RGIII can be great, but you gotta give him time to develop from a qb in college not in a pro system. RGLeaf I seriously doubt it haters and trolls. I think this year will be better 8-8 and maybe 9-7, and at times this kid is gonna amaze us with crazy plays and deep throws that make us see what the the future can bring, but at the same time the kid is gonna have some down times, because he’s just that…a kid. Over time safeties, and line and wr will be addressed, but it doesn’t happen overnight. I’ll wait for some my other Redskin faithful to bring up Cam Newton, but I believe Cam and the Panthers were at home watching the playoffs too, with all the fans. Not a sermon just some thoughts. Grrr, Hail Victory!!!!!

  48. dawglb says: Jun 13, 2012 10:12 PM

    At this point of the (off) season, you need to judge these comments on a different meter. The only comments coaches will make about their QB or their high picks will be complimentary. So, “picking up the offense faster than expected” is not really THAT great of a compliment. It might mean that based on getting to actually know RG, …they didn’t expect him to be that smart.

  49. bison4me says: Jun 13, 2012 10:26 PM

    As a Skins fan, I see this young man doing great things and making the team year in and year out a team in the hunt.

    However, not his rookie year or year 2 for that matter. For every dazzling highlight reel play he makes, there will some Rex Grossman moments as well. A botched snap here and there, interceptions at the worse possible moment, delay of game penalties, fumbles, etc. All the things that rookies and young players do, but you will see the upside as well and why the skins moved up to get him.

  50. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Jun 13, 2012 10:29 PM

    bdert says: Jun 13, 2012 8:07 PM

    I get the sense that this is a superbowl winning caliber QB.

    ———————————

    how do you sense this as he hasn’t played single game yet? tell us.

  51. trojanwarrior007 says: Jun 13, 2012 10:34 PM

    guy is talented but he’s gonna get hurt. even guys like Vick get lit up every once in a while and I don’t see how RG3 can absorb many hits with his frame.

  52. LoCoSu@%s says: Jun 13, 2012 10:42 PM

    hulkhogansays – meet – steelershaveabazillionringsandwelookdownandlaughatyou
    Maybe you are brothers separated at birth?

  53. Deb says: Jun 13, 2012 10:43 PM

    Robert Griffin III learning offense faster than Redskins expected

    Seriously? Did they check this guy’s academic record? It really shouldn’t surprise anyone that he’s a quick study.

  54. jomochiefsfan84 says: Jun 13, 2012 10:53 PM

    Media is setting this guy for disappointment! I’m seeing a QB with a subpar offense & little weapons to work with i see him having an average season this year.

  55. nflofficeadmin says: Jun 13, 2012 10:54 PM

    It was pretty much known RGIII was smart. Kyle is surprised?

  56. sonofwashington76 says: Jun 13, 2012 10:57 PM

    Hope our picks were worth it… This kid better be phenomenal after all that has been given up.. I think he’ll do good in fact great. I just hope he does it for the skins

  57. sixburghrules says: Jun 13, 2012 11:19 PM

    Good lord y’all have made him into the next coming of Jesus and we all know this is Tebow! Jets will stop at nothing even trying to get god on their side

  58. hooterdawg says: Jun 13, 2012 11:27 PM

    “Yeah the same offense that made Matt Schaub a 5,000 yard passer. The same one that the Texans still run…”

    The Kubiak/Dennison WCO doesn’t rely upon the long passes that Kyle’s WCO version usually features. Without the proper personnel (WRs) , Kyle’s offense struggles. Even if RGIII can stretch the field, who do the Skins have to catch the ball?

  59. truefan2011 says: Jun 14, 2012 12:28 AM

    peytonsneck18, you say “dude weight is smaller than vick” check again, your constantly wrong, try facts for once.

  60. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 14, 2012 12:40 AM

    IRG3 supremely overated track star turned QB one year wonder, RG= Really garbage 3

  61. davidjcu says: Jun 14, 2012 1:04 AM

    Its funny how people want to compare RGIII to Cam Newton, when the QB who he really is most like is Steve Young. Young like griffin was an amazing athletic QB who learned to become an elite passer. Even there last years in college compare similarly

    RG3 : 4294 yds, 72.4% , 37/6 td-int, 699 ru yds, 10 TDS

    Steve Young; 3902 yds, 71.3%, 33/10 td-int, 623 ru yds 8 TDS.

  62. 2ndaryinsanity says: Jun 14, 2012 1:07 AM

    McNabb was unwilling to do anything (like conditioning, or learning the play book) besides cash his check each week and talk about what a great QB he is. I’m sure RG3 is a breath of fresh air.

  63. b1rdbath says: Jun 14, 2012 2:08 AM

    No one is trembling in there boots…lol. I think it’s great you skins fans have some optimism after so mu8ch disappointment. I like the guy and he is very talented I am sure but their line, wr core, etc etc still needs much improvement. Let’s not forget also that this poor kid will be running from Babin, T.Cole, JPP, Tuck, Osi, DeMarcus Ware etc etc etc…..so we will see exactly what he is made of pretty quick and where he will need improving in his rookie year

  64. undraftedstar says: Jun 14, 2012 3:10 AM

    Do ppl read there comments before posting . His frame is to small, RG Leaf, Akili 2.0, next Jamarcus , mini cam , Am I forgetting any. Regardless if he’s good or not ,he’s Not! On your team , go pollute somewhere else. My Bad I forgot I’m talking to Idiots. RGIII-HTTR!!!

  65. allseeingone says: Jun 14, 2012 4:54 AM

    I understand the Skins first gave him Donovan’s old playbook to study, but he couldn’t read it because it’s pages were stuck together.

  66. arkadyrenko says: Jun 14, 2012 5:23 AM

    I’ve seen this movie already:

    Act 1: Someone in the Redskins organization: “RGIII is really good! Really! Even better than we thought he’d be, and we already thought he was really good! Wow! You know, just – wow!”

    Act 2: Redskins fans: “Woooooo! Hooooooo! Super Bowl Champs every year until RGIII retires!!!!! All other teams should just forfeit and save the plane ticket to DC!!!! HAIL!!!!!!!

    What do you mean ‘manage expectations for a rookie QB?’ Didn’t you hear the guy from the Redskins say the new Redskins QB is going to be good? What more evidence do you need? HAIL!!!!!!”

    Questions for Act 3: Will RGIII live up to the (stratospheric) hype? (Probably not; nobody could.) After he throws his first incompletion, will Redskins fans be able to resist mass suicide? (Yes, but there will be a noticeable spike after his first preseason INT.)

    Coming soon to a stadium near you.

  67. cleminem757 says: Jun 14, 2012 7:30 AM

    RG3 cannot get worse than RG3nOut(Rex Grossman). Therefore the future is already brighter.

  68. propertyofthebroncos says: Jun 14, 2012 8:29 AM

    next decade in a half? wow….I already knew redskins fans weren’t intelligent by the team they root for but clearly it goes deeper than I thought..

  69. cdrion21 says: Jun 14, 2012 8:36 AM

    peytonsneck18 says:
    Jun 13, 2012 9:15 PM
    IRG3 will be Akili Smith 2.0, all hype and be a dud, come on now, its june and redskins fans are talking SB? hahahaha this dude weight is smaller than vick , and vick gets smashed, give me a break, i hope the skins saved at least one high draft pick in the next few years, cause they will be looking for a new franchise qb after seeing IRG3 get carried out on a stretcher several times with a half whitted thumbs up saying hes gonna at least be able to breath thru whatever ribs he has left

    Mike Vick 6’0 215 RG3 6’3 230……just sayin ur welcome to hate to hate just show intelligence when you do, cause everyone stops ready when you sound like in idiot

  70. blackqbwhiterb says: Jun 14, 2012 8:42 AM

    Kirk Cousins is probably picking it up pretty quick too

  71. cowboyhater says: Jun 14, 2012 9:08 AM

    You haters are a bunch of idiots. Keep thinking that the real skins fans are setting this unreasonable expectation. You just get the snip its from a very small percentage on this site. True skins fans understand this is a work in progress, and are not announcing super bowls. REAL fans are just looking for improvement from last year, and hopefully by year 2, RG3 and the REST of the team continue to improve to grab a playoff spot. Also, the media is the culprit of the hype. The coaching staff is answering questions, not hyping this kid. So keep hating, and make inaccurate statements, because when they do finally get this turned around, it will be fun to watch. HTTR!!

  72. therealsmiley says: Jun 14, 2012 9:35 AM

    If we go 8-8 this year and we compete in every game it will be a good year. RG3 is going to make rookie mistakes and will learn from them as he goes along. It’s going to be fun to watch. Can’t wait for tickets to become available. Hail!

  73. baddegg says: Jun 14, 2012 9:36 AM

    Silly to predict Super Bowls already (La Bron anyone?), but with that said, this article is encouraging for a Redskins fan. Encouraging because with the public love that Mike and Kyle S are giving this guy, it’s more and more likely that we see him as the Day 1 Starter and not Rex Grossman (yes, I am worried about that!)

    I don’t see the Redskins tearing the league up this year, but I do want to see Griffin start from Day 1 so he can spend the season learning and growing, as other QBs have done in the recent past such as Newton, Ryan, Roeslesburger, etc.

  74. claydefayette says: Jun 14, 2012 9:46 AM

    It’s great for Griffin to be ahead of the learning curve (or so we’re told) but the bigger issue is if he can figure out defenses just as well. Best of luck to him because he looks to have all the tools to be a great quarterback.

  75. nfceastfan says: Jun 14, 2012 10:11 AM

    If he has the talent of Vick whom he most resembles the Redskins will be lucky. I would be surprised if Rex Grossman didn’t start the season. I keep hearing he can’t be worse than Rex, well, yeah he can. I don’t know where people’s common sense go in these situations. College is not the NFL. This kids going to be shocked by the speed of the game, and for the first couple years he’ll be running all over the place. He’ll be benched for Grossman until the Redskins have been eliminated and then he’ll be back for mop up. That’s the Redskins season.

  76. jwreck says: Jun 14, 2012 12:33 PM

    jimbo75025 says: Jun 13, 2012 8:23 PM

    Great but one small problem- this is still the Kyle Shanahan offense, most of the league already figured it out a long time ago.
    ____________
    Right, clearly, which is why the Texans, who are still running the same offense finished (in total offense):
    13th in 2011 (after Kyle’s departure)
    3rd in 2010
    4 in 2009
    3rd in 2008 (Kyle’s first year as Offensive Coordinator)
    14th in 2007 (before Kyle installed his offense)
    ______________
    painkiller20 says: Jun 13, 2012 8:58 PM
    Skins fans should be more concerned with how fast he learns how to eat a sandwich. Guy is built like a kicker with dreads.
    ______
    It’s really not clear where this perception comes from. While he’s clearly no Manning or Newton, Griffin is substantially bigger than Vick; the same size as Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler; and, though he’s shorter, weighs more than Matt Ryan.
    _________
    youarewrongandthisiswhy says: Jun 13, 2012 9:27 PM
    I think we all know how this will turn out. But let’s keep it to ourselves and let Redskin fans dream. Their team has been a irrelevant for almost 20 years.
    ________
    Skipping over the “we all know how this will turn out.” Really? “We all”? “Everyone” agrees that Griffin will be the worst quarterback in the history of the game? Must have misplaced my invite to the secret conference where that was decided.

    “But let’s keep it to ourselves and let Redskin fans dream”. Why not? What exactly is wrong with letting the Redskins fans dream? As thiswiswhy said, “Their team has been a irrelevant for almost 20 years.” So what is with the desire by every other fan in the league to rain on their parade? Doesn’t it make the NFL more exciting to have more good teams rather than a dozen competitive franchises? Setting aside individual team loyalties, as football fans, don’t we all benefit when the Redskins, and Rams, and Browns turn it around? Look how much life has been restored to the NFL by the resurgence of the 49ers, Bengals, Texans, and Lions over the last couple seasons.

    In summary, even if Griffin is a bust, let Washington fans have their day in the sun right now. And don’t hope for potential franchise players to flop out of the NFL, because when bad teams become good, everyone benefits.

  77. jwreck says: Jun 14, 2012 12:55 PM

    arkadyrenko says: Jun 14, 2012 5:23 AM

    I’ve seen this movie already:

    Act 1: Someone in the Redskins organization: “RGIII is really good! Really! Even better than we thought he’d be, and we already thought he was really good! Wow! You know, just – wow!”

    Act 2: Redskins fans: “Woooooo! Hooooooo! Super Bowl Champs every year until RGIII retires!!!!! All other teams should just forfeit and save the plane ticket to DC!!!! HAIL!!!!!!!

    What do you mean ‘manage expectations for a rookie QB?’ Didn’t you hear the guy from the Redskins say the new Redskins QB is going to be good? What more evidence do you need? HAIL!!!!!!”

    Questions for Act 3: Will RGIII live up to the (stratospheric) hype? (Probably not; nobody could.) After he throws his first incompletion, will Redskins fans be able to resist mass suicide? (Yes, but there will be a noticeable spike after his first preseason INT.)
    _____________

    Where? Where have you seen this movie before? I’ve been looking for a movie about what happens when the Redskins drafted a quarterback in the top ten since 1993.

    Additionally, it looks like you really misinterpreted Act 2. The director was very clear in his vision that there would be one Redskins fan screaming about super bowls, while the rest of the fan base, though optimistic, mumbled about rookie mistakes and an 8-8 season

    On that note, at the core of the message, is their really any difference between the following two comments?
    “That tremble you feel is the 31 other NFL Franchises shaking in their boots. RG3 is about to OWN this league for the next decade in a half. He will win AT LEAST 3 Superbowls and the Redskins will be POWERFUL. The epiccenter of this tremble is Dallas, brother.”
    and
    “IRG3 will be the fries machine operator at jack in the box in 3 years!!!”

    No, at their core, these posts are virtually identical. Stupid people spewing their emotions all over the comment section. Obviously the first is spewing love for the Redskins, while the second is spewing vitriolic hate. Neither one is a thoughtful or accurate prediction of the future.

    Yet somehow the first post gets all Redskins fans labeled as dumb, psychotically optimistic nutjobs. By your own logic (and the logic of many other posters on this article), shouldn’t all non-Redskins fans be labeled as hateful, probably racist losers who know nothing about football?

  78. skins1970 says: Jun 14, 2012 1:00 PM

    Stop comparing RG3 to Cam Newton they are different types of QB. Cam is more like Big Ben he is a monster. RG3 is more like Steve Young.

  79. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 14, 2012 1:44 PM

    Shut up redskins fans, u guys havent been taken serious since u beat the bills in the SB, A LOOOOOOOONG TIME AGO!!! so nobody is taking what u clowns say seriously, hahaha,LOSERS!!!!

  80. jwreck says: Jun 14, 2012 1:50 PM

    skins1970 says: Jun 14, 2012 1:00 PM

    Stop comparing RG3 to Cam Newton they are different types of QB. Cam is more like Big Ben he is a monster. RG3 is more like Steve Young.
    _____
    Griffin’s playing style is much more like Young’s than Newton’s. However, the reason Newton and Griffin are compared so much is because of similar circumstances surrounding their entry into the NFL, rather than similar playing style.

    They are both Heisman-winning black quarterbacks who played in offenses that don’t necessarily translate well to the NFL. They both received enormous media as players, athletes, and people, and generated massive discussions about their ability to succeed at an NFL level.

    Similarly both were labeled by the media as the most exciting quarterback we’ve seen in a long time: a label that Panther fans have good reason to resent given that Cam will be entering his second season next year, and has actually proved himself in the NFL, leading to comments like”

    “pantherpro says: Jun 13, 2012 9:41 PM

    RG I like you but you are no Cam Newton yet you owe him millions for his success. You will be a decent QB but you are no Superman and never will be. He will eat your lunch this year when the Panthers crush the Skins and your sorry pansy owner. Can he even throw a football?”

    (Response: Come on bro, can’t we just both enjoy our co-”most exciting player/s” in the NFL?)

    In short, though Cam and Griff are not the same player at all, they invite comparison by being very similar in most other regards. However, Griffin has never been stupidly accused of having a fake smile, only rightfully convicted of having a goofy one.

  81. hulkhogansays says: Jun 14, 2012 2:38 PM

    I LOL at Scam Newton. There is a reason why Mr. Robert Griffin the 3rd has trademarked his name and is the face of Adidas Football. RG3 is desired and loved because of his brand name and talent. Newton on the other hand makes lame commercials with wack DJ while being the face of a nothing brand called Under whateverwhocares. He wishes he was Mr. Robert Griffin the 3rd brother.

  82. harlemdom says: Jun 14, 2012 2:50 PM

    He is learning the offense fast, lets see if he can avoid the top pass rushers in the nfc east fast enough rg3 and out. Feel bad for you the nfc east is the beast. luck is going to have it easier in the afc south. rg3 is about to get baptized in fire.

  83. truefan2011 says: Jun 14, 2012 5:20 PM

    Cam is a bigger quarterback, but that doesn’t mean he and griffin are completely different and shouldn’t be compared.

    they both come from spread offenses in college, have very strong,accurate arms, and can extend the play with their legs.

    I do think griffin will be a little more accurate his first year, he is also faster than Cam, but Cam will have more rushing touchdown’s than RG3 because of size in the redzone.

    Steve Young is also a great comparison, as is Aaron Rodgers, for some of the same reasons as Cam.

    quick releases, accurate, and can extend the play with their legs, and RG3 is also much faster then both of these NFL greats

    if he can be what his potential is, the skins are gonna have a great time playing football for the next decade and some change.

  84. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 14, 2012 7:47 PM

    IRG3 will not put up stellar numbers, this isnt the big 12 anymore, he will get exposed real quick and will post akili smoth type numbers, just cause yr fast, that doesnt mean u will be a SB champ, quick, name me the last
    sb champ QB that was a runner……………………………………………………. what i thought!!!! IRG3 will be welcoming folks to McD’s in 3 years

  85. cdrion21 says: Jun 14, 2012 9:50 PM

    peytonsneck18 says:Jun 14, 2012 7:47 PM

    IRG3 will not put up stellar numbers, this isnt the big 12 anymore, he will get exposed real quick and will post akili smoth type numbers, just cause yr fast, that doesnt mean u will be a SB champ, quick, name me the last
    sb champ QB that was a runner……………………………………………………. what i thought!!!! IRG3 will be welcoming folks to McD’s in 3 years

    ummm Aaron Rodgers, John Elway, Steve Young, thats just 4 SB victorys in the last 17 years (cause you are obvisously slow i will point out elway won 2) Now i know some of those guys arent looked at as “runners” but they are just as much “runners” as RG3 proved to be in college just not as fast or as black, so that may be where you confusion comes in. We can go back further if you like Stauback was an option qb at the naval acadamy..he won 2 sb’s. You are allowed to hate but at least make a good arguement, so we can talk it out. You already said Vick was bigger then RG3, which not even close to correct now this. While i realize you just like getting a rise out of people and prolly reread your posts over and over while you touch yourself as you are listening to justin bieber songs, please please make a factual arguement at least. Skins fan are use to haters but i like talking football so come w/ facts and we can talk it out

  86. truefan2011 says: Jun 14, 2012 10:34 PM

    peytonsneck18, I’m starting to think hating on the skins might be the highlight of your life…but once again, you are wrong.

    “name the last superbowl champ qb that was a runner”

    Aarron Rodgers, Steve Young, Big Ben just to name a few.

  87. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 14, 2012 10:41 PM

    Redskins fans are crossdressing trannies

  88. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 14, 2012 10:59 PM

    Those QB u named actually done something in the NFL …u annoying redskins fans are praising n worshipping a dude yhat hasn’t even threw a preseason ball yet..

  89. jwreck says: Jun 14, 2012 11:57 PM

    cdrion and truefan, good points, but what Washington really needs to work on as a fanbase is just giving peytonsneck18 the silent treatment.

    The best course of action as far as peytonsneck is concerned would be for the entire fanbase to just tune him out. It’s not like he will respond to rational arguments or engage in actual discussions of football like most of us are trying to. Cdrion, well said, bro, but there is no chance peytonsneck will ever “come w/ facts and we can talk it out”

    Whether he’s a snotty 12 year old or an unbelievably pathetic 37 year old living in his mothers’ basement, the only thing that will get him off the computer and outside for some much needed fresh air is for Redskins Nation to ignore him completely.

    It would also be helpful if someone figured out who censors the comments section on PFT and alerted them to the fact that obscene pornographic imagery like: “this guy IRG3 is gonna be a bigger bust than what i left on a redskins moms chest last night!!!!” is a far worse detriment to conversation than the posts I, a black man, try to make about how race is not a big factor in the NFL anymore.

    I have tried, on numerous occasions, to write balanced, thoughtful paragraphs on how how being a black quarterback in the NFL in 2012 is very different than being a black man trying to ride the bus in Alabama in 1962. Yet somehow, they are always deleted within three minutes. Meanwhile, peytonsneck18 is allowed to say whatever he wants about the sexual abuse of my mother. The PFT profanity bureau really needs to be made aware that while the word a** will get a post censored, the phrase “bust on [my] mom’s chest” will not. And that is a major problem.

  90. truefan2011 says: Jun 15, 2012 9:13 AM

    jwreck, you are right about the difference on how PFT treats the comments, that is truly unfair. when it comes to peytonsneck18 though, people like him don’t just go away.

    it’s sad, but it’s true, even if he got blocked from the site, he would just make another email and screen name and start over. so I find a way to laugh at most the BS people like that put out there in cyber land.

    I would like to hear your thoughts on the todays black qb, maybe you should blog, if you already do, post the link.

    I would say even though it is different than trying to ride the bus in 1962, it’s just like racism today in general, things are not as bad, but it still exist with some of the same tendencies

  91. redskins4rg3 says: Jun 15, 2012 10:16 AM

    People us Redskins fans are not dumb and are not dubbing our quarterback as the best ever we are just excited.The Indianapolis colts fan is just mad that his team is such a terrible team that they can’t even build depth at the Qb position. 2-14, C’mon man, people just started realizing that the colts organization made a easy pick and got a lucky pic on a quarterback that made their whole team seem better. Hell atleast our team is has depth, your team last year was a sad excuse for a team, not trying to offend you colts fans just the one fan

  92. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 15, 2012 10:59 AM

    Haha whats colts record the past 20 years and whars the redskins record? Exactly? Quiet when adults are talking…u uncle toms!!!

  93. jwreck says: Jun 15, 2012 12:48 PM

    Quick PSA for redskins4rg3 and other confused Washington fans. peytonsneck is not a Colts fan. Think about it, why would a Colts fan name himself peytonsneck? That’s like a Skins fan naming himself Theismannsleg or Samuelsneck.

    He’s a cowboys fan. His name used to be boysroll, and he would post the exact same crap all over every Redskins article.

    More importantly, do not engage with him, that’s all he wants. Everything he says is going to be stupid, racist, and nonsensical. His only goal is to provoke you into wasting valuable time in your worthwhile, meaningful life.

  94. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 15, 2012 12:56 PM

    Jwreck…..yr dead grandma!!!

  95. whoisadamjones says: Jun 15, 2012 5:48 PM

    As a non Redskisn fan, I guess I can respond to peytonsneck18:
    Jesus Christ. Sounds like J Wreck has this guy dead to rights. I’m not big into the wussification of anything, whether its the NFL or the internet. But talking about busting on redskins moms chests and making death threats when you get called out on it… what the hell? Plus the racis sh** about RG3 workin at a fry machine? You know the dude graduated in like 3 years right. If he doesn’t make it in the NFL he’s at least gonna be a lawyer or somethin I mean, he shaves off those dreadlocks, kid could be president someday.

    Way I see it, save sperm for the bedroom, save the big man stuff for a bar fight, and get your dumb a** off the internet.

    But seriosly, somebody has got to do something about this guy.

  96. scrapcat17 says: Jun 18, 2012 8:27 PM

    Don’t believe the hype. A bust because of his franchise. Record shows that meddlesome owners equal losses. Proven for ‘skins, cowboys and raiders.

    RG Leaf

  97. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 18, 2012 8:36 PM

    I agree RG Leaf or Akili Smith 2.0 or RG3= Really garbage 3

  98. benchwarmer69 says: Jun 18, 2012 10:50 PM

    RG3 will look good at first, but as teams learn to gameplan around him, it will get much harder for him to play at that same level.

  99. bmkmd says: Jun 18, 2012 11:14 PM

    This guy is the real thing. Anyone who has heard him speak football knows that he is one smart cookie, and he’s poised. He’ll be a great leader too.
    All you naysayers will eat crow before half the season is gone, and I’m a Lion fan.
    Can hardly wait for some Redskin-Lion games. RGIII vs. Stafford. Delicious!!

  100. jwreck says: Jun 19, 2012 1:53 PM

    bmkmd says: Jun 18, 2012 11:14 PM

    This guy is the real thing. Anyone who has heard him speak football knows that he is one smart cookie, and he’s poised. He’ll be a great leader too.
    All you naysayers will eat crow before half the season is gone, and I’m a Lion fan.
    Can hardly wait for some Redskin-Lion games. RGIII vs. Stafford. Delicious!!
    ________
    Agreed. Thanks for being an objective football fan and not just a knee-jerk trashtalker. But can we also make a under-the-table deal not to upgrade our secondaries until this happens? I would love to see an over-under on a football game set at 190.

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