Redskins Fans Elated with RGIII
Barrington M. Salmon | , Charles E. Sutton | , WI Staff Writers | 5/1/2012, 9:26 p.m.
"I'll take it seriously, it'll be my first priority outside of God and family, [and] I'll go from there."
If RGIII is looking for a blueprint to follow, it would be Cam Newton's. In 2011, the Carolina Panthers selected Newton as the No. 1 draft
pick. The Panthers had a woeful record, and many fans felt the Panthers should have traded Newton to get several players instead of
one. However, the Carolina franchise forged ahead and chose Newton amid tremendous criticism and scrutiny.
Newton did not disappoint. He had the best rookie season of anyone ever in the history of the NFL. He threw for more than 4,000 yards,
scored 35 touchdowns - 14 rushing - and restored the Panthers' credibility. Incidentally, Carolina beat Washington last year.
Over the past few years, rookie quarterbacks have entered the league and made a real impact. However, Shanahan isn't fully prepared to
name Griffin the starter just yet.
"You want to make sure that he's ready to play. You don't want to throw a guy in there right away. There's a growing process," said
Shanahan. "Obviously, when you give up a couple of [interceptions] you want to get the guy in there as quickly as possible, but you want to
do it at the right time and make sure he's ready."
In Brando's view, it's now or never for the embattled head coach.
"This is Shanahan's last chance to get it right," he asserted. "This was a wise decision because we've been losing for so long. Everyone is
a 'Skin. It's a happy day. Go 'Skins!"