1. The Redskins need draft picks
Trading away all of those picks to get RG3 looks like a Pyrrhic victory at this point. The Redskins have a lot of holes on offense and defense without the capital to fix them. The linebacker core is aging and inept at times. The secondary lacks depth and talent at various positions. Wide receivers are aging, and the only legitimate receiver is the injury prone Pierre Garcon. These are not problems easily fixed overnight, and it’s hard for a young quarterback to gain confidence or be in a situation to develop when the sky is falling on the roster.
2. Kirk Cousins is a legitimate starting quarterback in the NFL
Everybody wants to put the too early label on Kirk Cousins, but he’s a starting quarterback in the NFL. Why trade him for a second-rounder, when he can be this team’s franchise quarterback. He can make all the throws and protects his body a lot better than RG3. In fact, the only major difference between Cousins and RG3, is RG3 has better running ability when healthy and little more arm strength. But Cousins has better accuracy, which is more important than arm strength. So why not move forward with Cousins, because he has a skill set to build a franchise around.
3. RG3 can’t stay healthy with Dan Snyder pulling the strings
The number one issue with RG3 moving forward is durability. And Dan Snyder is enabling RG3 to play when he’s clearly not healthy. I can’t fault RG3 for wanting to play injured and hurt, but at some point you need someone with better judgment to be a referee for RG3 on his health. For a long time, I always thought Mike Shanahan was encouraging RG3 to play hurt, but the more information that leaks, clouds the situation to the point where Dan Snyder’s meddling hands are on this situation. Keeping RG3 makes a lot of sense, but as long as Snyder is the owner, there will be no buffer to stop RG3 from pushing himself too far.
4. RG3 can’t survive with the D.C. media
We all know how bad the D.C. media can get, but RG3 can’t survive in this atmosphere. He gets eaten alive by every frivolous and biting commentary on his play to the point where it has an impact on his game. Confidence is key for quarterbacks in the NFL. And if the media is constantly dogging you over self-created drama, it’s hard to find some privacy. The fame is getting to RG3 and he’s not handling it well. A change of scenery could help him gain his confidence back.
5. This is your last chance to get a first-rounder for RG3
With all of the drama from this season, there is still a consensus among some teams that RG3 is a future franchise quarterback. However, if he continues to falter in 2014, which can happen, then you won’t get a first-round pick in a trade. Getting anything less than a first would make the RG3 trade up, one of the worst trades in Redskins’ history. Trying to get back some of what you lost won’t hurt, and you might even get more than just one first for RG3. This is your last chance to cut your losses, because otherwise you will end up with next to nothing for him if he fails in the future.
But I want to know what you think. I can’t bring myself to trade RG3, but is it time to move on?
James Cobern is a Division Leader and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on twitter @Jmcobern1