Redskins fans are torn. There are two sides to the reported deal done with the Rams to acquire the 2nd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. One side is overjoyed and can't wait to see RGIII in Redskins Burgundy and Gold, while the other is riddled with fear that the Redskins may have overpaid for him.
Robert Griffin III will cost the Redskins their 2012, 2013, and 2014 first round draft choices, as well as their 2012 second round pick. That is a lot to lay on the line for one player. But is it too much?
The Redskins haven't had a signature franchise quarterback since the days of Sonny Jurgensen or Sammy Baugh, and deserve another. The fans deserve another. One of the questions to ask now is:
If RGIII doesn't pan out to be 'that guy' for the Redskins, will the fans understand?
The Washington Redskins thrive on their overwhelmingly loyal fanbase. Of late, however, the loyalty has been laid on the line with statements like, "If the Redskins don't ______ I am done with them", and "I swear that I will _______ if the Redskins don't ______".
If Robert Griffin does what he is expected -which is a lot- this trade will likely be forgotten by 2015 (Or earlier depending on how the Redskins front office decides to handle future offseasons). If he doesn't, the fanbase that has been so loyal and understanding these past 20 years, may decide that enough is enough. Only then will the RGIII supporters (Like myself) begin to understand what was just given away.
This, of course, doesn't apply to everyone. No matter what, I will still be attending Redskins games, wearing my Redskins jersey to Eagles games in Philadelphia, and force-feeding my future daughter Redskins history. In case you're wondering, my wife is an Eagles fan. Born and raised in Philly. It makes for some interesting Sundays.
This isn't the first time the Redskins have been in this type of slump, and it won't be the last. Hopefully, though, this is the beginning of the end of this iteration of Redskins-ism.
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