I think theres a chance that the Redskins and their fans just might take a liking to this RG3 kid.Lets leave his on-field skills aside for the moment. We really wont see that at all until the Redskins take the field against the Saints in September and we wont see it fully developed for another few years.But we can see now what could make him one of the most popular athletes ever in Washington.He gets it.We have seen that in how he has dealt with fans and with the media. Griffins visit to the Pro Football Hall of Fame provided some more evidence that he is firmly grounded and respects the right things.Jeff Darlington of NFL.com followed RG3 as he went through the hallowed halls and related a few of warm and fuzzy moments.The first was when he stopped to look at a mannequin in an old Redskins uniform. When he realized whose uniform it was, he was appropriately awed.Sammy Baugh, he said in a hushed tone.Baugh came from Texas with much fanfare to be the teams first quarterback after they moved from Boston. Griffin is from Texas and came here with 21st-century hype to be the teams next quarterback.Baugh led the Redskins to an NFL title as a rookie and is the best player in the teams history. Griffin has yet to step on the field but he appreciates what Baugh, and other players from that era, did for the game today."To know what those guys did back then and had to go through to get to where we are (standing) right now, it's extremely important for us to grasp so that we can know what our identity is," Griffin told Darlington later.Later on, Griffin looked at an exhibit of all of the Super Bowl rings awarded. A Hall of Fame employee pointed out the there were three rings there for the Redskins.Thats not enough rings, said Griffin. Weve got to get more.Redskins Nation is in unanimous agreement with RG3 there and there is a growing belief that he just might be the guy to lead to way to getting a few more Lombardis.
Jay Gruden doesn't always get a lot of attention from national media, which should be considered something of a victory for the Redskins after all of the focus on his predecessor Mike Shanahan.
But looking at Gruden's work over three years, he does deserve some recognition for taking the team from 4-12 his first season to consecutive winning records, including an NFC East title in 2015.
Steven Ruiz, writing for USA TODAY's For The Win, gave the Redskins coach some love in a ranking of all 32 NFL head coaches.
He slotted Gruden at No. 12, above all other NFC East coaches.
Ruiz cites Gruden's unflappability amid personnell and front office changes, as well as his development of Kirk Cousins into a franchise quarterback in a very productive Redskins offense.
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Ruiz ranks Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett at No. 16, reasoning that it's not hard to succeed when you pair one of the best offensive lines in the league with superstar rookies Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott.
New York's Ben McAddo and Philadelphia's Doug Pederson rank No. 21 and 26, respectively.
Interestingly, two Redskins offensive coordinators who've since taken head coaching jobs – Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay – fall way behind at No. 29 and 30. Both coaches have been rumored draws for Cousins once he hits free agency in 2018.
Going back to Gruden, he deserves credit beyond giving Cousins the starting QB job. He's become well-liked and respected by Washington's players despite dealing with big-personality additions like DeSean Jackson and Josh Norman.
After the Redskins finished his first season with a 4-12 record, the team rebounded to win the NFC East in 2015 and then narrowly missed the playoffs with an 8-7 record in 2016.
If Cousins plays up to his one-year, $24 million franchise tag, Gruden has a chance to continue building his coaching reputation.
The rankings are determined by who we think will have the most impact on the 2017 Redskins. No consideration was given for past performance or for what a particular player might do down the road. We’ll be revealing the rankings over the next few weeks.
Today we’re updating the list with the players we ranked from 11-20. Here are some of the players in our latest update:
—A former top pick who has to come through after a rookie season lost to injury.
—Kirk Cousins’ front-side protector.
—Two free agent acquisitions.
—A third-year player in a pivotal season.