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QB Robert Griffin III - Washington Redskins

6-2, 223Born: 2-12-1990College: BaylorDrafted: Round 1, pick 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 24): Griffin looks like a broken man mentally. He needs a new team to revive his career and get his rare talent back to the surface. The doomsday clock for him in Washington is getting close to striking twelve.

General News (Wed Nov 26): needs more seasoning, and he'll likely do it from the bench for the rest of this season, according to head coach Jay Gruden. Griffin is under contract for one more year, and he could still be in their long-term plans. "Robert has done some good things at quarterback, but I just think he needs a little bit more time in this system with the verbiage and the plays to sit back, take a step back and learn, and when he gets back in there he'll be a lot more decisive, hopefully, and ready to roll," Gruden said. The team wants Griffin to eventually become more of a pocket passer, and they want him to be able to regain confidence in his abilities.

General News (Tue Nov 25): According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the team will turn to Colt McCoy and bench Griffin for this week's game.

Week 13: at Indianapolis Colts

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Colt McCoy takes over for the indecisive Robert Griffin III as of Week 13. The 77 net yards passing during the loss at San Francisco sent Griffin back to the bench and elevated McCoy into the cat-bird seat again. McCoy's divisional victory over Dallas in Week 8 (25/30 for 299 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown) in which he enlivened DeSean Jackson (seven targets for 6/136/0 receiving) and Pierre Garcon (four for 4/47/0 receiving) looks pretty good compared to the limping pace each receiver has shown with Griffin in the saddle (five for 2/39/0 for Jackson last week; four for 3/34/0 for Garcon). We'll see if McCoy can continue to bring the mojo that beat Dallas during the final month of 2014 season. His NFL opportunity has arrived (again). The Colts' pass D is ranked 20th in the NFL averaging 249.4 net passing yards allowed per game, with 18 passing scores given out vs. nine interceptions (tied for 18th in the NFL) and 28 sacks (ninth in the NFL) generated to date. After Tom Brady hit them for 19/30 yielding 257 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions thrown (zero sacks taken) two weeks ago, the Colts took apart Jacksonville's Blake Bortles (15/27 for 114 net yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown, with four sacks taken for -32 yards) last weekend. McCoy has been solid but unspectacular in his chances so far this year, while the Colts are so-so in this phase of the game - that sounds like a neutral matchup to us.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
9 at MIN 18 28 251 1 1 7 24 0 0
11 vs TB 23 32 207 1 2 6 41 0 0
12 at SF 11 19 106 0 0 4 11 0 1
13 at IND PROJ-Dodds 0 0 * * * 0 * * *
13 at IND PROJ-Tremblay 0 0 * * * 0 * * *
13 at IND PROJ-Bloom 0 0 * * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 11 vs TB (23 / 32 / 207 / 1 / 2 pass, 6 / 41 / 0 rush)

Robert Griffin III had two weeks to prepare for a meeting with a struggling Tampa team, an opponent other QBs have feasted on all season. Griffin was unable to take advantage of the juicy matchup as the Redskins fell to the Bucs at home by a 20 point margin. Griffin was bad from the outset, throwing an interception on the first play of the game due to a poorly thrown ball TE Niles Paul bobbled into the air. The turnover resulted in an early FG and lead for Tampa that they would never relinquish. Griffin's worst mistake of the game came two possessions later with Washington backed up near their own end zone. Griffin had a third down pass tipped into the hands of Jonathan Banks who ran over RG3 on his way in for the pick-6. Griffin continued to look uncomfortable in the pocket, taking six sacks on the day including an avoidable one with Washington in the red zone where Griffin had more than enough time to find a receiver or throw the ball away. He was sacked again on the following third down play, pushing the field goal attempt back to 47 yards, which Forbath hooked right. Griffin finally got something going just before the end of the first half, utilizing both his RBs in the passing game and capping off the hurry-up drive with a 30 yard screen pass to Helu for a TD. Griffin was unable to carry that momentum into the second half. With the game still close, Griffin repeatedly failed to get Washington in position to put up more points, taking drive-killing sacks and delivering poor throws on third down. Griffin was able to pad his numbers with some nice runs out of the read-option, but he still failed to slide and protect his body on multiple occasions

2014 Week 12 vs SF (11 / 19 / 106 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 11 / 0 rush)

Robert Griffin III looks like he is playing his way out of a starting job. Griffin had by far his worst game of the season, albeit against a formidable 49ers defense, but the beleaguered QB again failed to show any signs that he could return to his rookie year form. Griffin led Washington to three three-and-outs on the offense's first three possessions and was sacked five times in the game. At times it looked like he wasn't going to get back up after getting taken down, especially on a huge hit from Aldon Smith that Griffin somehow failed to see running straight at him. Griffin sailed multiple passes over the heads of his receivers and most of his 11 completions were under 10 yards down the field -- an anemic performance all around. While the defense at Washington's run game kept the team competitive all game, Griffin was clearly the weak link, ending multiple drives with avoidable sacks or hits after Morris put the offense in shorter third down situations. Griffin's two completions that contributed to half his total yardage came off play-action throws over the middle of the field where the QB hit his receiver in rhythm. Otherwise, Griffin looked completely out of sorts in the pocket and was given little help by the play calls to roll out and at least threaten the defense with his feet. With the game on the line and Washington trailing by four points late in the fourth, Griffin wasn't able to muster even a first down on two possessions. Instead, he fumbled the ball away after getting hit on blindside sack to end Washington's comeback attempts -- and perhaps his future in D.C.

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Latest News

Redskins | Robert Griffin needs more seasoning (Wed Nov 26, 02:47 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III needs more seasoning, and he'll likely do it from the bench for the rest of this season, according to head coach Jay Gruden. Griffin is under contract for one more year, and he could still be in their long-term plans. 'Robert has done some good things at quarterback, but I just think he needs a little bit more time in this system with the verbiage and the plays to sit back, take a step back and learn, and when he gets back in there he'll be a lot more decisive, hopefully, and ready to roll,' Gruden said. The 'Skins want Griffin to eventually become more of a pocket passer, and they want him to be able to regain confidence in his abilities.

Our View: Griffin needs a complete reset. His mechanics are beyond flawed, and his confidence has to be shaken after getting benched. That's the main hurdle for Griffin to overcome-the mental side of this. He's an emotional leader, but those emotions can work against him as he's arguably too sensitive to criticism. We'll see if Griffin can make things right in Washington.
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Redskins | Colt McCoy officially starting (Wed Nov 26, 09:33 AM) - Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III has officially been benched in favor of QB Colt McCoy in Week 13. Head coach Jay Gruden informed the team Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Our View: The Griffin era may be coming to a close in Washington. Griffin's mechanics have been off this year, and that has been hurting his accuracy. His decision making has been poor as well. McCoy looked good in limited action this year, and his teammates loves him. In two appearances this year, McCoy has completed 85.7 percent of his passes. While some believe Griffin could still be a large part of their long-term plans, McCoy could remain the starter for the rest of the season.
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Redskins | RG3 still part of long-term plan (Tue Nov 25, 11:36 PM) - The Washington Redskins are planning on benching QB Robert Griffin III for the Week 13 game against the Indianapolis Colts in favor of QB Colt McCoy. However, Griffin still appears to be part of the team's long-term plan, another source said Tuesday, Nov. 25.

Our View: We're having a little trouble seeing how Griffin would be part of their long-term plans after getting benched during this point in the season. The team gave up so much to acquire him in the 2012 NFL draft that they'll give Griffin every opportunity to be the franchise quarterback he was supposed to be. However, it wouldn't shock us to see Washington draft another quarterback in the 2015 NFL draft to compete with Griffin for the starting job.
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Redskins | 'Leave door open for QB change? (Tue Nov 25, 02:42 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III was named the starter for Week 13 against the Indianapolis Colts Monday, Nov. 24, by head coach Jay Gruden, but he left open some wiggle room to make a change during the week. “It’s Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock, and right now we have every intent for Robert, but we’ll look at the tape and make our evaluations here shortly,” Gruden said.

Our View: Griffin is on thin ice with his team. His mechanical flaws are leading to poor accuracy, and his bad decisions haven't helped his play. Griffin is athletic, but he's not running as effectively as he used to. Confined more to the pocket, Griffin has struggled to improve his game.
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Redskins | Robert Griffin will start Week 13 (Mon Nov 24, 03:23 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III will start Sunday, Nov. 30, against the Indianapolis Colts, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

Our View: Griffin might be on a short leash if he continues to struggle as the team's starter. His mechanics have been bad this year, and that's negatively impacting his accuracy. We'll see if Griffin can turn it around and keep the starting job for the rest of the season. There's already questions swirling around his future with the team and if they should start looking for another franchise quarterback.
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Schedule

13@ Indianapolis Colts
14vs St. Louis Rams
15@ New York Giants
16vs Philadelphia Eagles
17vs Dallas Cowboys