Another season, another year where the Washington Redskins are a dysfunctional mess, only this time, the St. Louis Rams aren’t benefiting from it.
Since winning rookie of the year three years ago Griffin has been one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL posting only a .222 winning percentage over the past seasons and putting up only 26.7 QBR in 2014.
Whether it be his injuries, or the fact that he benefitted from the scheme, Griffin III has not been the same dynamic quarterback that the Redskins traded for in the 2012 draft. The Redskins traded three first round picks as well as a second round pick to the St. Louis Rams in order to move up for the hopeful franchise quarterback, unfortunately for them it has not worked out that way.
Between the lack of talent due to giving up all the draft picks, dysfunction between the owner, coaches, and Griffin, the third year quarterback looks to be on his way out of Washington next season. At this point it would be highly unlikely that he returns to the nations capital.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland.com put together the ten possible teams where Griffin could land if he was released or traded, and guess who came out as number one? That’s right, ironically, the St. Louis Rams.
"“And yet, the best fit might very well be the team that traded away the chance to acquire Griffin in the first place. The Rams have recouped a bounty for their decision to trade away the second overall pick three years ago, but the one thing they failed to come away with as part of that deal is a viable starting quarterback. Sam Bradford’s injuries should force him out of town this offseason, and while the Rams appeared to have stumbled onto a starter with Austin Davis, the franchise soured on him quickly enough to run back to veteran retread Shaun Hill two weeks ago.The Rams also are good enough and have an easy enough schedule over the next five weeks (with games against Oakland, Washington, and the Giants) to likely finish somewhere in the lower half of the top 10, a spot that could preclude them from getting one of the draft’s top-rated passers. Given that they’ve had so many draft picks over the past three seasons by virtue of the Griffin trade and the subsequent deals the Rams made with those picks, they are perhaps best positioned to send a mid-round selection to Washington for Griffin, even after dealing a fourth- and sixth-rounder to the Buccaneers in October for Mark Barron.At some point, it’s worth it for the Rams to go after a high-risk option. Bradford was one of the lowest-reward options in football when he was in the lineup. The Rams have built a deep roster with talent up and down the lineup, but they’ve never taken a risk on a player like Griffin, who might dramatically improve their fortunes. I wouldn’t make the move if they intend to hold on to offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, but if the Rams found a more imaginative replacement and moved on from Bradford, Griffin would be a logical fit.”"
While the Rams do need a franchise quarterback, Griffin does not appear to be that guy. Griffin has lost complete confidence in his game and fails to execute the basics from a mechanics standpoint and simply making the right read.
Im also not sure of the reasoning behind getting rid of one injury-prone quarterback for another. Some think Griffin will never look anything close to the dynamic threat he was in 2012 after tearing his ACL at the end of his rookie season and then hurting his ankle this year.
But then again, perhaps the problem isn’t just Griffin. Perhaps it’s that consistently terrible Washington football organization. It’s hard to argue Griffin has been given a great set-up to succeed. He has some talented skill players to work with, sure, but the coaching has been less than impressive.
So St. Louis, I leave it up to you. Would you like to see RGIII in blue and gold?