RG3 Injury: Redskins Must Make Star QB a Pocket Passer in 2013

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IJanuary 7, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 06:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins walks off of the field injured in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at FedExField on January 6, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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The Washington Redskins need to make Robert Griffin III a pocket passer next season to help him stay healthy long-term.

The star rookie hurt his knee in the Redskins' 24-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday's Wild Card Round. At the moment, the severity of the injury is unknown (via Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports).

RGIII on team radio: I don't know how bad it is

— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) January 7, 2013

Part of what makes Griffin so difficult to defend is his ability to escape the pocket and make plays with his legs. He has great vision in the open field, and the athleticism to make opponents miss tackles.

However, if Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan wants to make sure that Griffin has a long NFL career and maximizes his production, he needs to tell his star to become a pocket passer and to only run in certain situations.

There's obviously still a chance for injury when quarterbacks just stand in the pocket and don't look to run, but choosing to take on opposing defensive players in the open field increases the chance for injury.

As the franchise quarterback, Griffin needs to understand that becoming a pocket passer is the best decision he can make to ensure he has a healthy and productive career.

Becoming a pocket passer shouldn't make Griffin easier to defend because unlike a lot of other dual-threat quarterbacks, he is a tremendous passer.

Griffin completed an impressive 65.6 percent of his passes and threw for 3,200 yards with 20 touchdowns and only five interceptions. He was a very accurate quarterback this season and rarely made any mistakes in the passing game.

As he continues to improve, Griffin will pass for 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns consistently. He can make any throw, and his arm strength helps him connect on long passes deep down the field.

If he becomes a pocket passer and chooses not to run as often as he did this year, he will still be an elite quarterback for many years.

The Redskins finally have a star quarterback to build a championship team around for many years, and they need to do everything possible to ensure that Griffin stays healthy and helps Washington win another Super Bowl.