When we last visited with new Redskins QB Robert Griffin III, he was telling me about ‘Skins fans. Yes, the No. 2 pick said he was ready. The team obviously hopes so.
Because there will be pressure. From that fan base, no doubt. One former Redskins Super Bowl winner — Mark Rypien — thinks that will help. That’s what he told me out in Lake Tahoe for this celebrity golf tournament.
First of all, Rypien loves RG3. He described him as “smart. He understands the game. Escape-ability is such a key now. As long as he stays healthy, they got a chance to do some good things.“
When are those good things expected? Rypien didn’t mince words.
“They’re asking yesterday,” Rypien told me. “The league, especially now, they want it yesterday. I just think if they can do the things they’re expected to do — and that’s why they brought him here — (it’ll be great). The expectations are high. The talent and appreciation, the history is there and the fan base is there. If you get off to a good start, it’ll only fuel something special. The people I talk to there — and I’ve been back for an event with my foundation with the Redskins Charitable Organization — you can feel the excitement in the air.”
Rypien just wants this year’s team to follow in the footsteps of his team.
“They’re gonna have to uphold a standard that was very high when I played. It was high,” Rypien said. “Anything other than going deep into the playoffs was unacceptable. That’s the standard they need to get back to. These younger players need to feel that. Once they feel that and become engulfed in that, you actually rise to the occasion and good things often happen. If they can get back to that and allow that to happen, they’ll have success.“