Rypien: RG3 "should be as good ... if not better if he stays healthy"


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Talk of Fame Network

Most people think it’s now or never for Robert Griffin III. Former Redskins’ quarterback Mark Rypien believes RG3 can make it now.

The reason?

“He’s going to get the tutelage he needs as a quarterback,” Rypien said on this weekend’s Talk of Fame Network broadcast.

The MVP of Super Bowl XXVI, a two-time Super Bowl champion and someone who in 2002 was recognized as one of the 70 greatest Redskins ever, Rypien is an expert on quarterbacks getting help. He sat on the bench in Washington for two years before getting the call to play for an injured Doug Williams in 1988 – and he responded with a flourish, becoming one of only a handful of quarterbacks to throw for 300 yards in his first NFL game.

Griffin threw for 320 yards in his first appearance and led the Redskins to a division championship. That was 2012. Since then, he’s been ineffective, first recovering from a serious knee injury suffered in the 2012 playoffs; then fighting through injuries again while trying to adapt to Jay Gruden’s offense in his first year on the job.

In his fourth NFL season, RG3 is under such heavy scrutiny there's been speculation the Redskins might want to move on from him and choose Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota – if, in fact, he’s there when Washington picks fifth in next month’s NFL draft. But Rypien believes Washington can … and will … win with Griffin.

Provided, of course, he stays healthy.

“It’s tough to have the two anterior cruciate surgeries that he’s had and rely on your legs as one of your offensive weapons and still and still be successful,” he said. “(But) I think having Matt Cavanaugh there now (as quarterbacks coach) and learning the system from the pocket and still utilizing your escapability and extending plays … he should be as good ... if not better ... if he stays healthy.

“He’s a guy who likes to make plays running the ball. He likes to sacrifice his body, and this league is maybe not the best league to do so. But it’s also one of the reason that he was successful. It will be interesting to see if he stays healthy.

“(With) three years in the league now, he’s got a sense of what the game is and the speed of the game. If they (the Redskins) stay healthy … as a quarterback you’re only as good as the guys up front. And anyone will tell you if they’re good, you’re going to be good.”