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What to Make of RG3?

Why Keeping RG3 is the Right Move

August 24, 2018 - 10:18 am
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By Austin Medina  

With the Ravens having just two preseason games remaining, cutting players is just part of the process. Releasing players is typically hard to do, knowing a talent could produce for another team.

For Robert Griffin III, choosing whether or not to keep him goes beyond his potential for a different team.

After three preseason games, it’s clear that Lamar Jackson needs time on the pine for the foreseeable future. By the way, Joe Flacco has looked tremendous and he appears to have received the message by Baltimore (using a 1st round pick on Jackson).

Of course Jackson is the quarterback for the future. Though if we play a game of “what if”, the value of Griffin III makes a strong case to keep him.

“If” Joe Flacco went down with an injury, would it really be wise to start Jackson? For this year, what good could come out of it?

If Jackson performs great, media outlets will demand Jackson keeps the job, even when Flacco returns.

The more likely scenario is Jackson would struggle to adjust to the pros in his rookie season, not knowing when to let go of the ball or when to not take a hit. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg talked about Jackson’s inability to get down.

“We’d rather get down a step too early than a step too late or get up and out a step too early than a step too late. As you can see, that’s an ongoing process.”

Who better to teach Jackson this than Griffin III, an elite talent whose career (so far) has been succumbed to injuries? Let’s not forget it was Griffin III, not Andrew Luck, who won the Rookie of the Year in 2012.

Keeping Griffin III is a a win-win. If Flacco went down with an injury, Griffin III could at least provide stability for the offense while taking the brunt of hits, Jackson would be sidelined, able to watch what to do and what not to do.

Even if Flacco starts the entire season, having a valuable backup in Griffin III is better short-term.

RG3 would serve as more than just a backup. He would be a teacher to Jackson. He would learn how to lead, in an organization that has seen leaders such as Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.

Coach Harbaugh noted the advantage of keeping Griffin III earlier this week.

“I’ll say this: There’s no question that the best quarterback thing to do would be to keep Robert Griffin. I mean, he’s proven. He’s played exceptionally well, and it makes our team better...You want to keep your good players, and he’s a very good player.”

This is no way claiming that Griffin III could be the starter down the road. It’s clear what the route is for the Ravens. Flacco until further notice. When that time is up, ideally Jackson is ready to take the reins.

Think of it this way. Will Jackson be more ready to play with time on the sidelines, learning from a mobile quarterback, and not taking the hits? Or less ready?

The writing is on the wall. Jackson isn't ready to start and it's not wise to have him as the backup in 2018.