RG3 needs to smarten up. Quick.
And it would help if his coached stopped enabling the "tough guy" act.
This was said before the season, during the season, and right up until the minute Haloti Ngata dump-trucked the franchise's leg into a grotesque 120 degree angle.
You keep running him, he's gonna get killed.
And nobody likes an "I told ya so", but when the people who need tellin', ain't listenin', then you gotta keep sayin'.
So here I am. Just sayin'...
Either change his ways and change this scheme, or get all the good DVD highlights you can these next few years. It's that simple.
RG3 is nothing like Mike Vick. He's smart. He's humble. He's dedicated. He throws with an accuracy that Vick can only dream of, with a better motion and all the power. He's slightly faster in straight line acceleration. And he can read defenses. Well. Already.
But RG3 is just like Vick in one area. He's human. And like Vick, he's doomed to never play full seasons with this style. He's not quite as slight for the position as Vick. But he's close.
And when you get "out and about" on that field of monsters, you put yourself in the most danger.
Pocket hits and those behind the line of scrimmage can be bad. Like a car accident with somebody running a red light.
Downfield hits are like railroad collisions. You never win those.
Hell, there was a play where unapologetic head-hunter Bernard Pollard launched at Griffin with his crow-logoed warhead just an instant after RG3 slid. Griffin popped up and begged for a flag. They don't flag misses, my friend. And I can assure you Pollard didn't care about the 15 yards or the $50,000.
Said Pollard just a month ago: ""If a quarterback is going to the sideline, and I have a chance, I swear to you I'm going to kill him."
Griffin said after the game he's confident it's not an ACL. We'll see. He also called it a fluke incident. No, it's not. These hits are like rolling snake-eyes in craps. Not a fluke. Just a matter of rolls.
I already fear we have enjoyed the very sweetest nectar of the RG3 Era. That may sound stupid, and reactionary, and pessimistic, but hey, you know me, I'll just say it if I feel it.
If this knee injury scrubs off just enough of his speed going forward, if NFL defenses get a good handle in the off-season on how to defuse the pistol, and if RG3 takes ANOTHER dump-truck hit to another part of his body...
Well... don't yell at me. You know you think these dark thoughts too.
Should RG3 never scramble out of the pocket for positive yards? Of course not.
Should RG3 be instructed as a "pure" pocket passer? No.
But this is too much designed QB running from the Shanahii already to be sustainable. And RG3 thinks he can escape any pack of pursuers.
Right now, he almost can. That will not last.
He needs to be drilled hard by the coaching staff on NEVER cutting back INTO the field of play on downfield runs. (Slide, or duck out of bounds)
He needs to be coached up on throw-aways, tuck-and-covers, and ditching screen pass plays that are sniffed out by the defense.
And putting him back out there to limp around for a few plays was beyond stupid. Shanny needs to think about the "long game" here and not just this season. Even if trainers *thought* he had all key ligaments intact, can you imagine if we find out an ACL strain turned into a full tear by him proving what a "warrior" he is?
There's only ONE of him. And a LOT of games to be played, and won.
Time to start doing the math on all that.