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The Face Of The Redskins Is Now On The Bench

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III sits on the bench after a knee injury during an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Landover, Md., Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. The Seahawks defeated the Redskins 24-14. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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When the 2014-2015 season started, many fans hoped Robert Griffin III would return to be the outstanding player that he presented in the 2012 season. With him playing in about a game in a half to start the season, we could not really judge his play for the entire season.

When he returned against the Minnesota Vikings a week before the bye, many turned to head Coach Jay Gruden with a puzzling look. With two more consecutive losses, coming at the hands of Tampa Bay and San Francisco, and a fed up fan base, the decision was made to bench a defeated RG3. The Redskins are trailing in almost every category in the NFL and are becoming the laughing stock of the league.

Most commentators and analysts agree with Gruden’s decision to bench Robert Griffin and to let Colt McCoy finish out the season. In my opinion, I feel like this decision came a little too late in the season. It was obvious when he returned that he would not produce like he did in 2012 and the season was pretty much over.

Even though Griffin III is receiving the worst of the criticism, we are also failing as an organization so the finger has to be pointed at more places than just the quarterback position. With our secondary coming close to last in the league and our offensive line failing to protect the quarterback or block for the running back, all fault should not be pinned on Robert.

The focus should be on trying to better ourselves as a team, but instead it seems like every week there is a new story coming out of the locker room not related to the task at hand. Benching Robert was the right decision, and maybe even further actions need to be taken such as seeking a new option for the quarterback position.

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