Why Playing Injured Will Make Robert Griffin III A Better Player

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Rookie superstar Robert Griffin III faces the first crossroads of his young career this week.  His recovery from a leg injury is in question with a trip to face the Cleveland Browns quickly approaching this weekend.   There are many justifications for holding him out of action this week: to avoid further injury, its only the Browns, the belief that Kirk Cousins can get the job done, it’s only the Browns, and of course the most obvious reason: it’s only the Browns.

Cleveland’s win at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers notwithstanding, the Browns has been mediocre all year.  While they head into this game riding a three game win streak,  two of those wins came against perennial NFL cellar-dwellers Oakland and Kansas City while the other came against a Roethlisberger-less Steelers team that saw them win by only six points even though Pittsburgh turned the ball over a unfathomable EIGHT times.  Surely a hot Redskins team should be able to handle the Browns sans-RG3.

Of all the reasons that are being used for why he SHOULDN’T play, I see one of those reasons as proof for why he MUST play.

He’ll be less mobile.

Less mobile and, perhaps, forced to stand and throw from the pocket more.

Of all the highlight reel runs RG3 has made this year, the Redskins are only going to go as far as his arm takes them.  There’s been more than a few times this season that RG3 has been woozy when getting up from a run.  Even though few athletes in the world possess the potential for explosiveness that is RG3, I was struck with an epiphany the other day while comparing the Redskins’ offensive attack with that of other effective offenses around the league.

The pocket quarterback will never go out of style.  Here’s why.

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