Tommy Keeler Jr.: Griffin, Redskins should part ways

It may be time to cut the chord.

Last weekend’s loss to the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers showed once again that the Washington Redskins have some major problems at quarterback.

I am not a Redskins fan, but if I were I would want Robert Griffin III to be benched. It’s becoming more and more clear to me that RG3 does not have much of a future in D.C. and he’s not the Redskins’ answer at quarterback.

I’m not saying Colt McCoy is the answer, but he deserves the chance to be the starter. At this point the Redskins aren’t going to make the playoffs, so what do they have to lose? Maybe McCoy looks impressive and can be used as trade bait, if nothing else, in the offseason.

McCoy did lead the Redskins to a victory over the Dallas Cowboys (yes, it pains me to type that). I don’t think McCoy is a starter in the NFL, but you never know somebody might think that he is.

It won’t hurt to give RG3 and his ego a little rest. Why have him play meaningless games and possibly get injured — again?

The real issue for the Redskins is they need to decide if they are going to stick with RG3 or move on. If they could trade him somewhere in the offseason I would do that, if it was a good deal. I don’t think he fits in well with their system, and honestly I’m not sure that he will fit in well anywhere. The Redskins should try to find a veteran quarterback free agent to lead the team, and try to get someone in the draft (someone that isn’t Jameis Winston).

Next year will be RG3’s last year in his contract, and if he’s still on the team next year I expect it to be his last with the Redskins.

I was not an RG3 fan when he was in college. I was not as impressed by him in his Heisman Trophy winning season as everyone else was. The hype was out of control, and I always thought Andrew Luck was way better. College isn’t the NFL, and there’s a big difference between a good college quarterback and an NFL quarterback. Ask Tim Tebow, Heath Shuler or Matt Leinart. Remember those guys?

I think soon enough you’ll be able to add Johnny Manziel, Jameis Winston and RG3 to that list. Griffin may prove me wrong, and for his sake I hope he does. His first year in the NFL I became a fan. I thought that he was great, but the reality was he was great because of his ability to run.

After his injuries, it doesn’t seem like he will ever be able to run like he once did. That was his biggest strength, his biggest weapon. There have been some in the media that have begun questioning how smart of a quarterback he is, and his ability to read defenses. I’m sure that’s something he can learn if he really wants to, but his drive to be the best has also come into question, with some in the media also questioning how hard he is willing to work.

After the Redskins’ 27-7 loss to Tampa Bay, Griffin made some stupid comments, saying “If you want to look at the good teams in this league and the great quarterbacks, the Peytons [Manning] and the Aaron Rodgers, those guys don’t play well if their [other offensive] guys don’t play well.”

Griffin is right in the sense that it does take a team working together to win, it isn’t just one person, but you also don’t badmouth your teammates to the media. That would be the exact opposite of being a team player. It made him look very bad.

What I found funny was Griffin mentioning Manning in his comments. Manning and the Broncos suffered a bad loss to the St. Louis Rams last Sunday, and after the game Manning said that the loss starts with himself, and put a big part of the loss on himself and his play. That’s what a good leader does, and it’s pretty clear that RG3 has a lot to work on in the leadership department.

Griffin has been sacked 15 times this year, more than backups McCoy and Kirk Cousins combined. Griffin has only played in three games, while they have combined to play in seven. Obviously, the Redskins’ offensive line has some work to do, but it also tells me that Griffin is not nearly as elusive as he once was — McCoy and Cousins aren’t known for being great running quarterbacks.

I’m not sure that a franchise quarterback can be found in a trade or in this year’s draft. It may take some time for the Redskins to find their man, but I think the search needs to begin sooner rather than later.

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