Washington Redskins fans are excited about Robert Griffin III. But the prized rookie quarterback is only one player. Griffin will probably have some good games and some bad games, like all first-year players.
Football is a team game. So let’s look at the rest of the Redskins as they get ready to play their first regular-season game Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. These other players will be the key to whether Washington can improve on last year’s record of five wins and 11 losses.
Offensive line: For what seems to be the 10th year in a row, the offensive line is a problem. And that’s a problem for Griffin, since it’s the offensive line’s job to keep the other team from tackling the quarterback. Trent Williams looks solid at left tackle, but after that the line is a patchwork of aging veterans and guys who have not played much in the National Football League (NFL). That’s trouble. To make matters worse, the health of several Redskins linemen is in doubt. Jammal Brown will miss the first six games after hip surgery and Kory Lichtensteiger expects to be able to play in the season opener after knee surgery last season. Griffin is super fast. To play behind this line, he will have to be.