RGIII To The 49ers Makes The Most Sense
With the end of Jim Tomsula's one-year reign in San Francisco comes the renewed possibility for a better tomorrow. A new offense. A new quarterback. A new smell in the Levi's Stadium break room (I like to imagine Jim Tomsula cooking sausage and peppers in there at least three times a day). In all likelihood, Colin Kaepernick will not be behind center when the 49ers take the field in early September, either because Kaepernick will be on the bench (like he was last season) or because he'll have been traded elsewhere (something he probably prefers over another season as a back-up). That means that Chip Kelly will have the choice of continuing his predecessor's Blaine Gabbert trial, or bringing in another quarterback -- much in the same way he did last offseason in Philadelphia.
Redskins president Bruce Allen on RGIII: 'We wish him well'https://t.co/vFMwG20iQK
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) February 23, 2016
Sure, after seeing Tomsula -- someone who had been in the 49ers organization since 2007 -- fired after the first season of his four-year, $14 million deal, Kelly can't feel too comfortable taking shots on oft-injured malcontents, but then again, he's Chip Kelly. Betting against Chip's bullishness in free agency is like betting against the Patriots' winning their division. If anyone out there is going to give Robert Griffin III another chance, it's this guy. Stop kidding yourselves.
What's more, the frontrunner for RGIII's services only seems interested because we all assume they're the only franchise crazy enough to add another massive ego to their already crowded stable of massive egos.
“Not a lot of people in Dallas think he’s a great fit in Jason Garrett’s offense," Ed Werder said on "NFL Live" Tuesday. "I’m told that Scott Linehan, the offensive coordinator, is really not a fan of RGIII’s and doesn’t think he would excel with what the Cowboys would ask him to do."
You think Jason Garrett wants any more distractions in his locker room? You think he wants to answer more questions about one of Jerry Jones' splashy free agent signings? I doubt it. Still, Dallas is Griffin's presumed landing spot because haha wouldn't that be funny if he went there with Johnny Manziel LoL!!
But think about it: what does Kelly stand to gain by bringing in an athletic quarterback who's spent the last few years buried in the quarterback graveyard that is FedEx Field? He'll have at least three years to finish his proprietary roster shuffling act -- why wouldn't that include giving Griffin a shot at redemption in his mobile passer-centric offense? Of all the teams presumed to be interested in RGIII's services, only Houston and San Francisco have legitimate quarterback dilemmas without a top draft pick. Unlike San Francisco, however, Houston is turning into a decent football team (they won their division last season). Why would they shake things up by bringing in a guy who mopes around the sidelines and throws his teammates under the bus? Those two things are, like, Chip Kelly's two favorite things in the world.
He thinks he can turn any quarterback into Joe Montana. He's a huge RGII fan...
Chip Kelly on RGIII in Dec. 2014 pic.twitter.com/xT4e4v7f9z
— Dylan DeSimone (@DeSimone_80) February 16, 2016
The fit seems perfect, albeit for a few less than optimal reasons.
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