If there is one thing that I'm sure about it's that every one of us are excited for the season to start. With our new (potential) franchise quaterback, receivers that know how to receive AND run afterwards and what people call a "playoff ready" defense we have the makings of an exciting team. Well I'm here to give you floties so you won't drown in your Kool Aid.
Our first game, which all of you know, will be against the Saints. Last year they ranked 13th in run defense, not too shabby, while ranking a whopping 30th in pass D. When you look at that you say "Bombs Away". What we seriously have to remember and repeatedly ignore all the time is that RG3 has never read an NFL defense. A similar thing has happened 4 years ago with the case of Mark Sanchez. The Jets were not known to be a passing team. They were known as a ground and pound/ tough defense team. Their QB happened to not be a f*ck-up and they made it to the AFC championship with a Rookie at QB.
This is the main reason I think our games will be slow. While the Redskins are busy bringing in our new rookie along slowly (hopefully) they'll probably be boring us to death. Just go back to last year and look at Andy Dalton's early games. I'm undoubtedly sure none of them will have you on the edge of your seat. If you think of rookie QB success your first thought should be AFC North quarterbacks. All of their teams had similar records when they brought in their franchise players.
- Baltimore Ravens w/ Joe Flacco: 2007 season 5-11, 2008 season 11-5; starting RB Ray Rice
- Pittsburgh Steelers w/ Ben Roethlisberger: 2003 season 6-10; 2004 season 15-1; starting RB Jerome Bettis
- Cincinnati Bengals w/ Andy Dalton: 2010 season 4-12; 2011 season 9-7; starting RB Cedric Benson
Now I'm not comparing Helu and Royster to Bettis and Rice, but the central point is that we're most likely going have a run based attack. The problem is our runners are prone to injury. Compared to other teams we are much better with the RBBC approach. We have Hightower (the closest thing to an all purpose back), Helu (the closest thing to an explosive back), Royster (a change of pace back) and Young/Morris (b/w the tackle and blocking backs).
All in all Griifin should have a better rookie season than say, a Blaine Gabbert or Heath Shuler. What he probably wont do is have a Cam Newton season.