PH2RG3: Part II

| January 26, 2013 | 18 Comments

Our post, “Pay Heed to RGIII”, originated from a phone conversation and a g-chat between the two of us.  It has generated a lot of discussion, which we love.  But, it seems that the overall point that we were trying to make has somewhat been lost.  So, let us elaborate:

The discussion seems to have devolved into complaints about the post-Seattle loss playoff sports media not giving any props to Nick Crozier/Robert for their part in the rise and success of the pistol/zone read option offense – which, of course, is true.  Then, it progressed into a conversation of whether Russell Wilson or Colin Kaepernick runs their versions of the offense better than Robert – which, of course, is ludicrous.

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But, with all due respect… and I do mean all due respect, that is not the argument that we were trying to make.  We’re saying something much more than that.  We’re saying that without RGIII, AquaLad doesn’t run the pistol/zone read option in Washington – regardless of who they draft.  And, what’s more, without RGIII as the Redskins quarterback, Pete Carroll doesn’t implement his version for Russell Wilson in Seattle, and Jim Harbaugh doesn’t go all-in on Colin Kaepernick running his version in San Fran.

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And, I’ll do you one better:  Carroll and Harbaugh made those moves not solely because of Robert’s performance on the field.  Everything that has happened – the zone-read option trend, the 7-game winning streak, the phenomenon that is RGIII – has occurred because of the man, not the athlete.  From his Heisman Trophy acceptance speech, to his many commercial sponsorships, to his “Cool Hand Luke” response, to his covering up for MWM’s faux pas at the post-game presser following the Carolina loss – this Poli Sci degree-holder’s media savvy, his poise, and his intellect has created the sensation known as “RGIII.”  Robert is not just a franchise quarterback.  He, himself, is a franchise.

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The following that he has produced, and the passion that he inspires in them, comes not only from his legs and his throwing arm, but from his heart and from his mind.  It transcends an organization, a league, a sport.  Red and yellow, black and white – America loves RGIII.

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And, because of that, we’ll make two further assertions:

  • RGIII, the franchise, could only have happened in DC.  The DC market is not much larger, nor its sports media much more critical than St. Louis, who had the pick originally; or Cleveland, who was right on the Redskins tail in trading for the pick.  It’s not a significantly larger market, or more critical sports media, than Wilson’s Seattle or Kaepernick’s San Fran.  But DC does house the political paparazzi, and even in a presidential election year, they appreciate that the most powerful man in The District is the Skins QB. Hell, even the two presidential candidates themselves said RGIII is probably the only man that could unite the perpetual divide that exists in the nation’s capital. He being a witty, charismatic 22-year old black man helps.  He being Robert Griffin III helps more.

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  • Even though DC is not a large or aggressive media market, every one of the Redskins NFC East division opponents is: Philadelphia, New York, and, in the case of “America’s Team”, the national media.  That is not the case for Wilson or Kaepernick.  The reason that small men like Rob Parker felt it necessary to call RGIII a “cornball brother,” or Bomani Jones felt it necessary to tweet about RGIII’s “box braids” is specifically because the phenomenon of RGIII had been born, and flourished, under the media microscope.  And only the man, Robert Griffin III, had the foundational strength of character and the personal discipline to respond accordingly.  Not only did his response add to his sensation, it gave credibility in mainstream America to a black quarterback running the read-option, and, in turn, gave comfort to Carroll and Harbaugh to install their offensive schemes and use Wilson and Kaepernick the way that they have.

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Make no mistake about it, the 2012-13 NFL season has been defined by RGIII becoming the Redskins quarterback.  Pay heed to what he has in store for the future.

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18 comments
Allaine
Allaine

This is what I keep trying to tell my nephew, a 9er's fan. Gonna share this with him. Thanks!

blong4ever
blong4ever

I like RG3, I like the Redskins, I think they're a lock to win the East next year. You guys have a bright future if you can keep RG3 on the field.

Adam
Adam

I also know Robert was hurt twice scrambling on pass plays, but the cumulative affect took a toll on his body. The fact remains that he had too many carries, and took too many unnecessary hits outside of the pocket. He/they changed the way he played after his concussion vs the Flacons but still he/they need to run him less and he needs to learn to throw the ball away instead of trying to be superman every play. He needs to learn to slide, get out of bounds and get down when muliple defenders are running at him. These are things that Russell Wilson and Colin Kapernick have mastered. I know RG3 can do it, he just needs to do it next year forth. He also needs to learn how to slide. They need to bring in the slip and slide to teach him like Zorn did with Campbell! Lol

Adam
Adam

Fair enough. Preach on. I disagree some still but it's all good

Adam
Adam

It still remains that we were the 3rd team to use the zone read for a good portion of our offense in the NFL. The Shany's saw Cam rip our defense apart by using it in 2011 in Carolina and saw Tebow of all people beat the best defense in the league, Roethilsberger and the steelers in a playoff game using it in 2011. They knew when they drafted rg3 they would try to emulate the successes of Carolina and Denver with rg3 and guess what? I was worried rg3 would get injured all year and well... Yeah, that happened. We did run the offense more than those teams did last year but they still used it a majority of the time. I'm not how the final #s broke down but I know after Rg3s concussion either pro football focus or football outsiders did an article and stats showing that rg3 was on pace to take more hits and have more carries than both Tebow and Newton did in 2011. The shanahans took a 220 LB guy and ran him like a 240 or 250 LB qb and they did it more often. Well it's no wonder the kids body was breaking down the last month of the year! As for Harbaugh going after Peyton Manning, it's freaking Peyton Manning. We went after him too!

Adam
Adam

That's not true man. Newton and Carolina, Denver with Tebow used the zone read for most of their offense in 2011. We were the first team to use the Pistol in the NFL heavily, but Kapernick used it that much in college before RG3 did.

Adam
Adam

Didn't know that Admin, but there were still other qbs running the pistol and zone read before rg3. That fact can't be denied Oh and I am a diehard redskins fan. I'm just also a realist.

Redskin-All-In
Redskin-All-In

Awesome column! RG3 the man--not the athlete--inspired his team to pull together and find a way to win after the Bye. Something we've been begging our team to do for 2 decades. Can't wait to see what's in store!

Adam
Adam

I respectfully disagree about the pistol. Kapernick's college coach Alt started the pistol at Nevada. I remember the first time I saw Kapernick play when he was a freshman or sophomore vs Maryland on the blue turf of Boise State. They ran it back then before RG3 was even in college. Harbaugh would have ran the pistol offense some if Kapernick was starting over Alex smith. Also, Cam Newton, Tim Tebow and Michael Vick blazed the trail for the read option in 2011 in the nfl before Rg3 was in the league. Do I think a healthy rg3 runs it the best because of his ball skills, play action fakes and accuracy from the pocket? Hell yes, but he didn't blaze the trail for the read option or pistol in the NFL nor in college, he's just perfected it and runs it the best of all the qbs mentioned.

JCW
JCW

All Hail RG3!! Seattle and San Fran should send a Get Well Fruit basket to Rob

Mexskins
Mexskins

I guess some Niners fans can't read. Great points !!!

KC Clyburn
KC Clyburn

You stuck your foot in this one bro. Good job.

ST21
ST21

O this is going to be good... HTTR!

admin
admin

Wrong.. Why are you so stuck on the zone read? Yes that is a part of the pistol but it does not make up the entire offense that we are discussing. The teams you are using as a reference ran the zone read out of shotgun, doesn't present the same issues to a defense as the pistol. Tebow and Denver was running a few run plays and not really a full offensive scheme. Yes Tebow beat the Steelers but he had his ass handed to him vs the Patriots because he is not a QB. What Tebow was running was a bare bones run game period. Zone read is not mutually exclusive to the Pistol, you can run zone read and many different offenses from it, and the Redskins did just that in 2012. Skins offense was much more than just a "zone read" scheme. They blended their traditional offense, zone read, inverted veer,veer, option, triple option, spread, and air raid concepts into Chris Aults pistol offesne. What the Redskins were running was a lot more complex than given credit for. Cam Newtons 2011 success had no bearing on what the Skins decided to do with their offense in 2012. Told you before and I'll repeat it again.. Shanahan was looking at ways to incorporate the read run game into his traditional offense since 2005/2006. In fact his naked boot game is a simple form of the read game but from under center vs pistol or gun. The execution is different but philosophy is the same as the zone read. Run call with QB option to keep it based on the backside DE. Fact is Mike Shanahan has spent a lot of time with Urban Myer learning his offense way before the Cam Newtons of the world. Shanny and Myer's offense actually feed of each other like a perfect marriage. There are 8+ hours of classroom sessions w/ Alex Gibbs and Urban Myer's florida staff working to blend the run games together on this very website. Robert was hurt scrambling on pass plays. Don't tell me you're one of those " I told You he was going to get killed running the ball" guys. Robert was hurt on a freak hit by a DT and he took most of his punishment when replacement refs were on the field. Yes I'm very aware we went after P.Manning.. First person to put out the Skins wanted a RG3 and P.Manning before 2011 was even over.

admin
admin

Never said they didn't run zone-read, but we are talking about the pistol. It's even debateable if what Tebow was running was even a "full offense". Cam ran some zone read out of gun, but not the pistol a majority of the time. What Colin Kaepernick ran in college is irrelevant to this topic.I'm off the opinion Harbaugh went after Manning so hard because he wasn't sure how to use Kap coming into 2012.

admin
admin

Of course.. A few teams used it for a few plays here and there, Buffalo and Carolina come to mind, but a few plays is not a full offense.

admin
admin

Shanahan ran a few option elements on rare occassions with Cutler in Denver. Mike also has been looking at the read option and ways to add it to his traditional offense since 2005-2006.

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