Washington Redskins Left with Tough Decision Following Injury to RGIII

Matt JamesContributor IIJanuary 7, 2013

Robert Griffin III limps off the field during the 2012 Playoffs
Robert Griffin III limps off the field during the 2012 PlayoffsPatrick McDermott/Getty Images

With the news of Robert Griffin III’s injured knee and the turmoil surrounding head coach Mike Shanahan and his decision to leave RG3 in the game, the Washington Redskins are left with some tough decisions moving forward.


Worse Case Scenario

With a damaged ACL and LCL, and the possibility of reconstructive surgery to repair it, RG3 could be looking at upwards to 12-14 months of recover time. If this plays out, the nation’s capital could be looking at a gut-wrenching 2013 season. General Manager Bruce Allen, along with HC Mike Shanahan, will have to start preparing for the season’s play-caller, Kirk Cousins.

Selected in the fourth round (102nd overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft, this 6’ 3”, 214-pound quarterback out of Michigan showed promise when filling in for RG3 while playing the Baltimore Ravens in Washington. RG3 had suffered his first injury of the season after colliding with a Raven’s defenseman, forcing Washington’s other rookie to take over the reins, trailing by eight points. Captain Kirk, lovingly referred to by fans, lead the Redskin’s offense up the field, scoring a crucial touchdown with less than four minutes remaining. To top it off, he converted two points by scampering into the end zone on a QB keeper—RG3 style.

The real showing by this young QB came about the following week in Cleveland. While playing the Browns, the confident young rookie appeared to handle Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s scheme with ease as he led the Redskins to a 38-21 victory. Kirk Cousins commanded the team’s offense with confidence after early mistakes, and he was able to ease into this role as the game progressed.

Sadly for the Redskins, by the time Kirk Cousins came into the Wild Card Game, too little time remained, and the Redskins were unable to recover from the deficit in points they had gathered.

Will the Washington Redskins be prepared for the worst? Will they use Kirk Cousins in place of RG3, or do you think an experienced QB will be brought in to fill the role?

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