St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher says that if given the opportunity again, he would pull the trigger on the team's 2012 blockbuster trade with the Washington Redskins that allowed Robert Griffin III to land in D.C., according to The Washington Post.
The Rams traded the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft to Washington for three first-round picks and a second-round pick. St. Louis felt comfortable with quarterback Sam Bradford, while the Redskins wanted to move up to select Griffin, presumed to be the second quarterback off the board after Andrew Luck.
In anticipation of the Rams' game against the Redskins on Sunday, Fisher was asked whether he would still make the deal. From The Washington Post:
“It wasn’t difficult for us,” he said. “We looked at our roster and it wasn’t difficult to see that we had a lot of holes. So, it was easy for us to do.”
Griffin, who has dealt with a slew of injuries over his almost three-year career, was recently benched in favor of Colt McCoy. But Fisher said he believes the former Baylor quarterback is too talented to be finished as a starter in the NFL.
“No, he’s not,” Fisher said, according to The Washington Post. “But that’s really not our issue. And in his defense, his rookie year, he took them to the playoffs. And any quarterback that’s going to go through significant injuries like he did, and two offensive philosophy changes and scheme changes, I think that’s hard. I don’t believe you’ve seen the last of him. I don’t believe that. I think he’s too talented. That’s their deal, [but] that’s my opinion on him. I think he’s got a chance to be a really good quarterback.”
Fisher later said that Griffin is "just scratching the surface from a career standpoint" and that he has had to overcome various injuries and scheme changes during his young career.
The Rams are 5-7 and in last place in the NFC West, while the Redskins are 3-9 and in last place in the NFC East. The teams will meet at FedEx Field on Sunday.
- Jack Jorgensen