The Washington Redskins were riding high at the end of the 2012 regular season. They had just finished 10-6 in the NFC East and won the divisional crown and a playoff spot, all in quarterback Robert Griffin III’s rookie season.
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Then disaster struck when Robert Griffin III went down with injuries to his ACL and LCL ligaments in his right knee during their playoff game. It seemed highly unlikely that Griffin would be ready in time for the 2013 season, but he started in Week One despite having not played a single down during the preseason.
Some thought Griffin was rushing back too soon, especially with a capable Kirk Cousins behind him on the depth chart. By the end of Week 14, the Redskins were 3-10 and the season was basically over with. Head coach Mike Shanahan made the decision to bench Griffin for the remainder of the season to prevent him from further injuring himself and playing Cousins, who failed to lead the Redskins to a win in the final three games of the season.
That season ended with the Redskins parting ways with Shanahan and bringing in Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden in as their new head coach. With Gruden comes a new sense of optimism that the Redskins can return to that 2012 form, especially with a more fully healed Griffin under center.
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