With the 2013 NFL regular season only a few weeks away I don’t believe there’s a question that Robert Griffin III will be ready to go for the Redskins Monday night opener against the Eagles. The biggest concern is if he can actually stay healthy for an entire 16-game regular season.
I honestly have my doubts. While Griffin is a better quarterback than Michael Vick, their body types are very similar.
Vick is 6 feet tall and weights 215 pounds. Griffin is 6 feet 2 inches tall and 217 pounds. While both players have tremendous speed and do an amazing job of evading opposing defenses, they aren’t built to take a pounding.
When you look at a quarterback like Cam Newton who weighs 245 pounds, he can run more effectively and take some hits without getting injured as easily.
Let’s face it, RGIII has two choices he can make this season. He can choose to not protect himself the way Vick has for his entire career, or he can be cautious and play the way both Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson did last year and have so far this preseason.
If Griffin continues to play in a reckless manner, he won’t last a full season and could end up having his career end prematurely if he tears up his knee for a third time.
I find it interesting that Griffin only wants to wear his knee brace this season and then plans on getting rid of it. While a knee brace won’t fully protect him from injuring his knee, it will help and I would think he would want to do everything in his power to make sure his knee stays together, or else Kirk Cousins will be the Redskins new starting quarterback for the next ten years or so.
While I believe Griffin is a great player, I believe he lets his pride get in the way of his intelligence. I’m afraid that at the end of the day he may lack the wisdom needed to have a long, healthy NFL career.