Robert Griffin III, once the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, didn’t play a single down in the NFL this past season. Benched in favor of Kirk Cousins, RG3 has played in just nine games since 2014, and – after accounting for 27 touchdowns (20 pass, seven rush) and five interceptions as a rookie – has just 21 touchdowns (20 pass, one rush) and 18 picks over the last three seasons.
Will Griffin ever be a legitimate NFL starting quarterback? You know, the starting quarterback for the same franchise for several seasons in a row?
“I (think he will) – and a lot of people in town don’t,” Washington D.C.’s 106.7 The Fan host Grant Paulsen said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “They think he can’t play anymore. I’ve covered him and got to know him pretty well. I’m not going to count him out. But here’s the one caveat. He has to find the right system. I think he wins in Buffalo, as an example, where right now Greg Roman, who ran an offense for Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco, designed the perfect scheme for Tyrod Taylor. I think physically he’s got some better tools than Tyrod Taylor.”
Taylor’s hold on the starting gig, however, is fairly secure. Griffin needs to go to a team with a glaring quarterback need. Cleveland comes to mind. So do Houston and Los Angeles.
“He’s going to have a hard time this season succeeding right away because it’s hard to take a year off and then hit the ground sprinting again,” Paulsen said. “But I do believe in the right offense, which caters to his dual-threat ability, allows him to run the football a little bit and read-option, lines him up in the pistol, gives him a lot of looks where he’s only got to read half of a field – those type of things could help him play well. I think there’s only probably six or seven spots where he could get on the field pretty quickly this coming year. It’s more likely that he ends up going somewhere, serves as a backup for a short time and isn’t pressed into duty until an injury or perhaps a team is out of contention.
“But there’s football left in this guy,” Paulsen continued. “He didn’t win the Heisman Trophy and the Rookie of the Year on accident. He’s still physically – even if he lost a little bit of ability to run and some of that quick-twitch burst – there’s enough left there for him to be the kind of guy (someone takes a chance on). You see this all the time, where an executive or coach will say, ‘I want to work with him. I want to be the one to get him back to being right.’ There’s something there. It’s just going to take the perfect situation, and I’m not sure he’s going to find it.”