7. Robert Griffin III
Robert Griffin III had one of the most incredible seasons as a rookie. He led a struggling Redskins team to a Wild Card playoff game before suffering a knee injury. Whether it was the knee injury, conflicts with coaching staff, or just a funk he has yet to shake off, RGIII has yet to return to the glory that was his first season in the NFL.
Griffin III threw for 3,200 yards, 20 touchdowns and 5 interceptions while also rushing for 815 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012, numbers he has far removed himself from the following two season. Some blamed coach Mike Shanahan, who had long quarreled with the quarterback during his time with the team. But even after Shanahan was removed and Jay Gruden took over, RGIII still struggled. There were rumors that he wasn’t going to be a Redskin for the 2015 season, but ones that Gruden has since dismissed.
Some quarterbacks have a sophomore slump. I think RGIII is just having an extended sophomore slump. After all, he did miss a decent portion of his first three seasons, so to really get comfortable in the NFL, he might have just needed a little extra time.
I say this because I saw RGIII use his athleticism to excel as a quarterback. He has the unique skills to make a phenomenal pocket passer, while still retaining the ability to produce on the ground. This type of quarterback can be extremely valuable in the NFL. And if RGIII shakes himself out of his little funk, he could definitely lead an NFL team to a Super Bowl.
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