Redskins Absolutely Must Start RG3 to Guarantee NFC East Title

John RozumCorrespondent IDecember 20, 2012

RG3 and the Redskins are in position to win the NFC East.
RG3 and the Redskins are in position to win the NFC East.Rob Carr/Getty Images

Robert Griffin III has to be under center for the Washington Redskins to claim the NFC title.

Even though Kirk Cousins brings the proven potential to win, RG3 is the more invested player.

And in an article by Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer:

"Whether it's [Griffin] or Cousins, it really doesn't matter as far as preparation goes," coach Andy Reid said. "They run the option a little more with [Griffin] than they do with Kirk, but their pass game really remains the same."

That minute difference regarding Griffin's rushing threat is what amplifies Washington's offense.

In running for 748 yards, Griffin is also averaging 6.7 per carry and has accounted for 36 first downs. For as mobile as Cousins can be, the Redskins are simply more dynamic with RG3 at the helm.

Not to mention the No. 2 overall draft pick had Washington in position to defeat the Baltimore Ravens. Fortunately, Cousins got the win along with another victory over the Cleveland Browns.

Having Griffin calling signals on Sunday isn't an extensive risk either, because the Philadelphia Eagles don't present any sort of pass rush. Collecting only 28 sacks on the season thus far, Philly logged just two of RG3 in the first meeting.

Factor in Alfred Morris and the traditional ground game, and the Eagles won't control the line of scrimmage. If anything, Week 16's road game will be a nice precursor in buffing out the rough spots before the Week 17 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.

Getting RG3's feel back for game speed will prepare him better for the regular-season finale and postseason. Plus, he feels confident as well, per Mike Jones of the Washington Post:

Griffin said he doesn’t know when he will receive the green light from team doctors, but expects to start the crucial division game at Philadelphia as the Redskins continue their playoff push.

“I always expect to play,” Griffin said, an edge in his voice. “They’re going to keep playing it by sight, come out, watch me and then figure out what they think the best progression is from here. . . . I’m ready to play whenever they want me to play.

Griffin's competitiveness is arguably the biggest reason why he gives Washington the best chance to win.

It's what made him so dominant at Baylor, because the Bears didn't have a defense capable of stopping anyone in the Big 12. So to get wins, it was basically on Griffin's shoulders.

Well, the same can almost be said regarding the 2012 Redskins. Despite having players such as London Fletcher, Ryan Kerrigan and DeAngelo Hall, Washington allows an average of 25 points (ranked No. 23) and 381 total yards (ranked No. 29) per game.

Combine the elements of Philly's inconsistent pass rush and coverage, RG3 will develop a bit more from the pocket. Since he went 14-of-15 with four touchdowns during the Week 11 showdown, that performance carried over into Week 12 against Dallas.

On Thanksgiving Day, Griffin completed 70.3 percent of his throws with four touchdowns (one pick). Unsurprisingly, Washington went on to win over Big D and now controls its own destiny.

Cousins without question can get the job done, but RG3 will get the job done.


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