UH-OH! REDSKINS’ RG3 AT WAR WITH HIS OFFENSIVE LINE?

By Peter Gleason

In the NFL, a quarterback is only as good as his offensive line.

Just ask Nick Foles, who had a stellar 2013 for the Eagles and a mediocre 2014 when the O-line was decimated by injury.

And there has always been a fraternal feeling between successful QBs and O-lines — the Bears’ Jim McMahon took his protectors out to dinner after every game in their 1985 Super Bowl season.

So, where does that leave the Redskins’ Robert Griffin III?

As he has morphed from the rookie of the year in 2012 to a huge disappointment in 2013, questions started to be raised about whether his offensive line disliked him. At one point late in the 2013 season, it was observed that Washington’s offensive linemen hardly ever helped Griffin up after sacks, and reports out of the team’s locker room began to indicate that players were tired of Griffin’s refusal to take the blame when things went wrong.

Two years later, Griffin still doesn’t seem to be winning any friends in the locker room.

At a Thursday presser, Griffin was asked about problems with the team’s pass protection. Although Griffin said he wouldn’t point fingers at his offensive linemen, he also didn’t put the blame on himself, even though many observers have pointed to Griffin’s lack of pocket awareness as a bigger problem than Washington’s offensive line.

According to Jason Reid of ESPN, Griffin sidestepping his own responsibility for making the line look worse than it played is exactly the kind of thing that causes him problems in the locker room. Reid wrote on Twitter after Griffin’s press conference that coaches say “several” offensive linemen dislike Griffin.

There seem to be two problems facing Griffin. The more important one is that he simply hasn’t played very well since suffering a severe knee injury at the end of his rookie season. But another problem is that he hasn’t shown that he has the leadership qualities that a quarterback needs. And until he starts playing better, it’s hard to see how he’ll be able to rally his teammates around him.

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