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RGIII is running his career into the ground
Future of Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is in question.
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Besides, being a passer, a quarterback is--or should be--reluctant to throw his shoulder into anyone, especially a tackler coming at him at 20 mph.
Quarterbacks, even those who scramble (there is a difference in being a scrambling QB and a running QB), almost always find themselves in a vulnerable situation. You can't prepare yourself for a hit when you're looking downfield for a receiver. And when you're running laterally, either one knee or the other is likely going to take a blow.
There is another reason why running quarterbacks don't last long in the NFL, the same reason Tim Tebow sat on the New York Jets' bench this season.
Running quarterbacks usually can't generate points quick enough. Tebow might engineer an eight-minute drive for a touchdown, but Peyton Manning could throw for three scores in that amount of time.
Coaches want passing quarterbacks for the same reason that gamblers would rather chance a bet on a 10-1 horse than put $2 on a dead favorite that pays 10 cents on the dollar. It is the potential return that guides the investment.
Besides, fans want to see quarterbacks throw 50-yard bombs and the fans pay the bills.
Five weeks ago, a group of us sat at a high school basketball game and discussed Griffin and his great talent.
"He's good, but if he keeps running he's going to get hurt," one man said, adding, "You can't quarterback from the orthopedic ward."
In one season, Griffin has had a concussion and hurt his knee twice. That should tell him something.
One more thing: Last Sunday's game may have uncovered an even-greater weakness in the young quarterback--arrogance.
In a post-game press conference, Griffin said that he did not leave the game because he felt that he--even while crippled--was better than his backup.
That attitude may have cost Washington a win over Seattle and Griffin his career.
Hopefully, RGIII will recover from his knee injuries. But if he leads the Redskins in the future, it will have to be as a drop-back passer, not a runner.