You are probably asking yourself: Why? We look horrible. Across the board. RG looks like some terrible shell of himself and some people(idiots) out there are calling for him to be traded or for him to be benched. The line looks weak. The defense and special teams….let's not even go there. But here I am trying to tell you to have faith in the most important guy on the field, in RG3. And the reason why is very simple: in addition to the Redskins, I'm a Wizards fan. Allow me to explain.
Since you guys probably either 1) don't watch the NBA or 2) are Lakers/Knicks/Bulls/Heat fans, let me first say that the Wizards feature player is a young point guard named John Wall. He and Robert have some striking similarities. Both are younger than I am (and I would not be considered old by most adult Americans). Both had very good rookie campaigns were they were named or very close to be named the Rookie of the Year (Wall's was stolen by an LA phony from the previous year). Both started to regress their second year. Their weaknesses began to show. Fans, takling heads, and so-called experts all started to doubt both the on-field product and the locker room leadership abilities. Some people (again, idiots) called for John to be traded. Said he wasn't a real point guard. That you couldn't build around him. That he wasn't a leader (sound familiar???). Both suffered serious injuries that forced them to miss time (Wall almost broke his kneecap between his second and third year). Both play(ed) on bad teams with subpar supporting casts for a number of years.
This was just one of the articles written about Mr. Wall this past week: http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/84002/cataloguing-john-walls-99-points-over-the-last-three-games
My point is…..John has figured/is figuring it out. He is becoming the star we the fans and the front office envisioned back in summer 2010 when they picked him #1 overall. He took his lumps and more than his fair share of (ongoing) criticism but he is slowly and finally becoming the guy we all hoped he could be. As they say, player development is not linear. Personal and/or professional development in almost every field is not linear. It is far too early to give up on a guy with monstrous potential who dazzled us a year ago and has seemingly taken a step back this year. Ask any Panthers or Giants fan if you still don't believe me (I mean seriously, Eli has won 2 rings yet seems to regress every other year).
Besides, I know I would rather have RG than Geno Smith/Mark Sanchez/Jeff Tuel/EJ Manuel/Thad Lewis/Chad Henne/Blaine Gabbert/Matt Flynn/Brandon Weeden/Ryan Fitzpatrick/Jake Locker/Terrell Pryor/Christian Ponder/Josh Freeman and maybe even Carson Palmer/Sam Bradford/Matt Schaub. It could be and has been a lot worse around here.
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