The Washington Redskins have already moved onto a new era. Just weeks after ending Mike Shanahan‘s reign as head coach, the Redskins named former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden as their new head coach.
Gruden’s first order of business? Making sure everyone knows Robert Griffin III is his quarterback.
There has been some controversy in the public regarding RG3’s status with the Redskins – mostly after he was benched before the team’s final three games. Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins started the final three games and was subpar at best, though, and Gruden quickly made it known that RG3 was the man for the job and that there would be no competition at the position.
“Robert Griffin III is the starter,” said Gruden, via Chad Dukes of 106.7 The Fan. “There will be no competition.”
As there shouldn’t be. RG3 struggled mightily in his second season, but a lot of that had to do with being rushed back into action before he was ready, as well as a poor system around him.
The good news is that RG3 will be 100% heading into 2014 and will have a full off-season with Gruden, who helped turn Andy Dalton into a more than competent passer over the last three seasons. Considering RG3 is much more talented than Dalton, one could quickly come to the conclusion that the pair should find success in 2014.
RG3 tailed off and wasn’t a stud in fantasy football like he was as a rookie, but health and his offense played a big hand in it. It wouldn’t be shocking at all to hear a lot of positive feedback in training camp and the preseason. Needless to say, RG3 should be looked at as a strong potential bounce back candidate in fantasy football in 2013.