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Redskins mailbag, Part II: Robert Griffin III

It's an all Robert Griffin III mailbag because, well, there were a ton of questions about him. So for those who say quit writing about him, I say: the interest in the player who plays the most important position for the Redskins is rather strong and many want to know more. Sort of a big upcoming next eight days for Griffin (not to mention the season).

John Keim: Cast doubt on his decision-making? No. Would it be viewed as a Snyder decision? Would think so, yes. But this decision needs to be an organizational one anyway, not just McCloughan's. Clearly, Snyder would be a driving force in wanting to keep Griffin -- not saying this is good or bad, just what it is. But I wouldn't be surprised if many felt the risk was low enough that they should just go ahead and pick it up. Personally I think there's enough of a risk that they should not pick it up and I have a hard time believing many at Redskins Park would disagree. But if they do pick it up, it's not as if they would be doing something that many other teams wouldn't. That said, it's far from the no-brainer some have portrayed it to be.

Keim: Just because they'd draft a QB in the later rounds does not necessarily mean one of the others has to go. If it's, say, a seventh-round pick, they could be stashed on the practice squad for a year to develop. Or cut. Now, if a seventh-rounder came in and played like, say, Gus Frerotte did back in the day, then there would be an interesting decision. But I think we need to see the true pecking order to know what would happen. As for mentors, Colt McCoy will be a future coach (if he wants to be) and would be terrific in this role. Kirk Cousins would be as well. Griffin? I think he'd be helpful, too. All could offer something. But, like I said, McCoy could be a future coach.

Keim: I'd have a hard time seeing that happen if only because I think owner Dan Snyder would pay him whatever it took to keep him around. That's always a slight risk, but I really think they'd be able to work something out. And if they're that worried they could use a franchise tag on him (if he plays that well). I know Griffin has said the right things about how he'd handle them not picking up the option, but I also have to believe it would sting. Only human. But if he produces, the team will reward him. Period. It's what they want.

Keim: No. It's probably just the opposite. One reason they likely haven't picked up the option is because if something happens in the draft and they need to trade him (if they take Marcus Mariota), then the thinking is you'd want the new team to decide on the option. So picking it up now might be more of a hindrance. It also wouldn't ensure two years with another team; if Griffin doesn't play well and stays healthy, they could cut him. If he plays great and stays healthy, they could franchise him for a little more than the $16.2 million the option would cost.

Keim: It would depend on what happens during the season and then before the start of the new league year. If they pick up Griffin's option and he plays well, then yeah, Cousins would look to go elsewhere. We all know he wants a chance to compete for a starting job. Who doesn't? If Griffin is here in 2016, it means he's played well. That's good for Griffin and the Redskins and bad for Cousins' future here.

Keim: He is trying and he is talented. He's only 25, so there's your hope that maybe as he matures he'll start to figure some things out. Maybe a second healthy offseason in a row coupled with more learning in this offense will pay off. His arm is still good and he's still fast, though not as elusive as he used to be. Perhaps the past two years will help him see how and where his game must grow; it's too simplistic to say just change the offense to suit him. It's deeper than that for the coaches and others. The issues versus Tampa Bay were mostly about fundamentals that hadn't improved (but if he hits two open deep balls, that game looks a lot different). If he improves that intermediate and deep-ball accuracy and makes more plays with his arm on the move, that would help tremendously. So, I don't think it's a foregone conclusion that he can't improve. But it is clear that this staff has doubts about how well he can play now and in the future and their opinion matters a whole lot more. And I wonder how long they want to keep working with him. That said: It's not just Griffin holding this team back. The Redskins have not succeeded with or without him the past two years.