The most important thing in the NFL is to win games. Being right about quarterbacks picked high in the draft should be secondary.
Early this season, quarterback Colt McCoy led them to a come-from-behind win over the Tennessee Titans, and then spearheaded a Redskins upset of the Dallas Cowboys. But when quarterback Robert Griffin returned from an injured ankle, they went back to him after these two impressive outings from McCoy.
With Griffin at quarterback, they have lost two games in a row to a pair of beatable teams, Minnesota and Tampa Bay. I’m not saying the Redskins would have definitely won the last two games with McCoy, but based on how he played against the Titans and Cowboys, they likely would have had a better chance.
Why go back to Griffin? It’s not like Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers was coming off the injury list? Stay with the hot hand.
Griffin was a system quarterback at Baylor who has struggled reading defenses on the NFL level.
Rodney Harrison, a guy who knows something about reading quarterbacks, said as much on Football Night in America. “If you need six more games to determine if he’s going to be your future quarterback,” the former safety opined, “you need a new coach and a new scouting department. I’ve seen enough. I don’t think he fits in the system. I think you have to get rid of him.”
Being right about a quarterback in the draft isn’t more important than winning. Check your egos at the door, like Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone did early this season. He pulled the plug on struggling 2013 first round pick E.J. Manuel, and went to veteran signal-caller Kyle Orton, likely salvaging their season. They are 5-5, and still in the hunt for a wild-card spot.
Do what you need to do to win every game day.
Don’t worry about being right about high draft picks at quarterback.