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08:53 AM ET 10.14 | It appears the Redskins dodged a bullet with Robert Griffin III's health this time, but they might not be so lucky next time. And that explains why the Redskins quietly made a strong push to sign Kyle Orton in the offseason. Given RGIII's playing style and his size, the Redskins knew they would need a strong backup. One front office man said the Redskins offered Orton more money than he was paid by the Cowboys ($10.5 million over three years), but Orton preferred the Cowboys in part because he didn't want to be beaten out by a rookie, which he knew would have been inevitable.

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October 14, 2012  08:59 AM ET

HAIL TO THE REDSKINS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!






For hbomb

October 14, 2012  09:05 AM ET

It appears the Redskins dodged a bullet with Robert Griffin III's health this time


That's subjective.

Depends on whether or not you consider rushing a guy back from a concussion and "dodged a bullet with [his] health" to be synonymous.

And I'm pretty sure the NFL is still probing the Redskins handling of last week's injury report.

October 14, 2012  09:09 AM ET

Skin'em Alive Baby!!!

October 14, 2012  09:20 AM ET

Lets see who would i have a better chance of starting over RG3 or Romo??? Hmmm

October 14, 2012  09:25 AM ET

It's nice to have a thread about a Purdue guy.

October 14, 2012  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

It's nice to have a thread about a Purdue guy.

But it's even nicer to talk about a big Notre Dame win! GO IRISH!

October 14, 2012  09:36 AM ET

30 other teams wish he was their back up QB too. Heck, he is better than quite a few starters. He is not in the business to be a mentor for any rookie QB at this point in his career.

October 14, 2012  09:36 AM ET

Join a team destined to be last place in the division or join a team with a shot. Dallas has it's problems but Washington has it's Shannahan's.

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October 14, 2012  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

HAIL TO THE REDSKINS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!For hbomb

Thanks Mick!




HAIL!!!!

October 14, 2012  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Thanks Mick!HAIL!!!!

Welcome

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October 14, 2012  10:37 AM ET

I still wish the Bears would've kept Orton...

October 14, 2012  10:39 AM ET

Orton could not possibly have served as mentor, since his QB style is very different from III's. What they need in DC is a QB coach tailored to III and his style to bring it more into line with NFL survival. Can't play balls to the wall anymore, Robert, got to be discreet.

October 14, 2012  10:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I still wish the Bears would've kept Orton...

Amen, amen, I say. Although Campbell is an upgrade over Caleb Ain't he.

October 14, 2012  10:58 AM ET

Rah, Rah, Redskins!!!

October 14, 2012  11:19 AM ET

In the old days, a QB was not allowed to run the ball. The owners went beserk when they did. They were supposed to stay in the pocket where it was a lot safer than becoming the next running back train wreck.
Now we have all these running and passing QB's and I got to think that each one, will meet their fate sooner or later. The body just can't take that punishment.

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October 14, 2012  11:35 AM ET
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How were they supposed to keep Orton when they had to trade him for Cutler? Oh. I see. You mean you wish he was still the Bears starting quarterback. Doubtful. Cutler is still considered to be an upgrade. Orton may be a fine backup, but he was quickly run out of Denver in his only real opportunity to be a starter.

By Tim Tebow, I might add!!!

 
October 14, 2012  11:46 AM ET

The article says, "the Redskins knew they would need a strong backup."

What team thinks, "Our QB stands in the pocket, we don't need a strong backup."

Everybody wants a strong backup. But wanting something and getting something are not the same thing. As in, hey, the Redskins did NOT get Orton, now did they? Guess somebody else "wanted" a strong backup. LOL

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