If you watched any NFL football last season, or even turned on ESPN, then you know who Robert Griffin III is. Griffin suffered a torn ACL during the divisional round of the 2012 NFL playoffs against the Seattle Seahawks. The recovery process was long and very nerve wrecking for the fans of Washington. As the 2013 season approached, Griffin made it very clear that he will be playing week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles. It was made clear very early that he had come back too soon.
Griffin threw for 3,203 yards while tossing 16 TD’s and 12 interceptions. He finished the season with a 40.1 QBR, finishing 30th in the league in that category. Mike Shanahan, then Redskins head coach, made the decision to sit Griffin for the final three games of the season to rest him. It is no mystery that Griffin was not happy. Shanahan and the rest of the coaching staff were fired after the season. The team finished 3-13 and at the bottom of the NFC East.
Expect a different result this season. The Redskins hired new head coach, Jay Gruden, on January 9th. Since that day, he has had a new hope for this team from Washington. Gruden has been quoted saying that Griffin is looking like the player he was when he was first drafted in 2012.
“It is nice to have two coaches that believe in you”, Griffin said. When the 2013 season ended, Griffin and Shanahan did not see eye to eye. With the hiring of Gruden, Griffin now feels like he has a fresh start with the team and the organization. This past offseason was a good time for recovery for Griffin and the Redskins’ front office. They will both be coming into the season healthy and ready to start.
Now, let’s not just put this season on the shoulders of Griffin. The Redskins also have the third year runner, Alfred Morris. They have also added experience in the secondary, signing Ryan Clark and Tracy Porter. The addition of deep threat wide receiver, DeSean Jackson, might be the x-factor to this offense. Teams will no longer be able to double team Pierre Garcon because of the threat of Jackson. The Redskins come into the season with one of the highest powered offenses in the league, on paper.
The city of Washington has high hopes for their new team. If the defense holds up, there is no reason why the Redskins will not finish with 9-10 wins. This record will have them fighting for a playoff spot, whether it be a wild card spot or for the NFC East title. With a new head coach, a healthy quarterback and the addition of some key pieces, the Redskins are in position to make some noise around the NFL during the 2014 season.