In the greatest 2015 win for the Redskins since their homegame against the Saints, Tony Romo’s freshly healed collarbone succumbed to a hit’n’roll from Panthers LB Thomas Davis, reportedly ending his season. It was the Thanksgiving Break heard ‘round the world, with the Carolina-Dallas game the most watched AFC Thanksgiving Day Game since 1995. For the Cowboys, this high viewership is no bright spot in a question mark of a season.
Starting out the season 2-0, the Cowboys were looking good taking out the Giants in their first game of the season. Footage abounded of Jerry Jones looking old and beaming at AT&T Stadium. Though they won game two against the Eagles on the road, Tony Romo fractured his collarbone during a hard sack. They went onto lose the next seven games while Romo sat out recovering. When Romo returned in week 11, a triumphant victory on the road hailed a leader returned. It was looking like a Romo comeback story fueled by fan’s dreams. Then the Thanksgiving Day Massacre happened, with Luke Kuechly being Romo’s favorite target of the day before he ever fractured his collarbone.
With Romo’s repeated injuries and Weeden and Cassel’s performances creating the opposite of a QB controversy, the lack of a reliable backup QB is obvious. What isn’t obvious is the solution. Not surprisingly, Johnny Manziel’s name has entered the conversation. Jerry Jones admitted on the record his interest in Manziel and despite a season in Cleveland full of more downs than ups, it can be argued that Manziel hasn’t been given a truly fair shake as QB. In spite of Manziel’s off the field antics, Jerry Jones has proven that his team vision doesn’t extend beyond the field. His few starts in Cleveland have proven decent, hitting his receivers more than the numbers show. Dropped passes and missed routes have accounted for sad showings on the Brown’s offense.
Better yet, a tank job for the rest of the season could lead to an unforeseen solution behind door number two. With a team that is destined to end up 3-13, Dallas’ future has never been more uncertain. Even with Romo’s ability to heal for the next season, his age and unreliable collarbone paint a sad picture not just for Dallas, but Romo’s chances at ever tasting Superbowl victory.
Shortly after declaring he feels like the best quarterback in the NFL, then tweaking that statement, Robert Griffin III sustained an arguably serious injury once again. In what is feeling like deja vu all over again, Redskins fans felt their stomachs drop watching RG3 hit the ground hard in the preseason game against the Detroit Lions. Though it is merely the preseason, is it already time to hit the panic button? (yes)
The Detroit Lions took the Redskins offensive line for a serious test drive during their preseason game on August 20th, leaving a concussed RG3 in their wake. Though sources are currently claiming the concussion, “isn’t believed to be severe” this was merely the snap that broke the camel’s back. RG3 was tackled a total of 6 times in hits that looked like the Lions meant serious business.
Predominantly allowing those hits were offensive tackle Willie Smith and rookie Brandon Scherff. Willie Smith was in for the inactive Trent Williams alongside what is expected to be the regular season starting lineup. If Redskins training camp is any indication, Smith won’t be the only one stepping in for Williams during the regular season. His performance against the Lions was no vote of confidence in an interesting lineup experiment that directly led to one of RG3’s massive hits. (Willie Smith was just cut by the Redskins).
Rookie Scherff can boast being the Redskin’s top draft pick but at this point has little else to sing about. His weak pass protection awarded him a move from right tackle to guard in an effort to find the best pocket for Griffin. With Scherff having played both tackle and guard in college, his effectiveness should be just as trustworthy in this position. With his college strengths still on our minds, we aren’t worried yet about his performance. This rookie is still getting his sea-legs with some understandable preseason stumbles.
Griffin looked probable for the next game against the Ravens, but shortly before the game, the Redskins announced that RG3 would not be playing because he was not cleared by an independent neurologist. Monday, the Redskins shocked the media with an announcement that Kirk Cousins would be the starting quarterback for the team week 1.
Judging from the rapid developments of this story, we could be seeing Robert Griffin III playing in a different uniform before this is all over.
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