Being a young enough skins fan to have never seen the team win anything meaningful, or have a franchise quarterback, the Robert Griffin trade truly was the most exciting time in my short lived redskins fandom. I remember after the draft, my friend G told me that he believed Robert looked electric, but he believed "Kirk could win a superbowl." We went on the win our division and advance to the playoffs. I told him he was crazy, and that we would have Robert for at least five seasons. I think Robert lasted four.
The first offseason after Robert won rookie of the year and shredded his knee, most skins fans I knew didn't know what to believe. Robert was the most dynamic qb in the league, kaep had just narrowly lost a superbowl, and it seemed the read option could get us there. For some reason coach Shanahan didn't agree. There was so much friction between the coach and our star qb that it seemed unreal, a rumor spread by disgruntled insiders. I, along with most skins fans, chalked it up to the normal redskins offseason drama.
A couple seasons later, our future hall of fame coach is gone, and our franchise qb who hasn't thrown a touchdown since November 2012 is still on the team. Our new coach takes the reins and says he'll turn the ship around, but now rumors are emerging from Shanahan saying that Robert wouldn't watch bad tape, Robert wouldn't learn to slide or adjust his play style, Robert threw his team mates under the bus. For a fan wanting the best for this kid, it made no sense why he was being torn down when he was most vulnerable, recovering from multiple surgeries.
And then, Robert was cut. All those draft picks, all that hope for the future, all the beer induced defenses of Robert at the bar, gone and meaningless. In less than three years we went from a promising future to bottom dwellers yet again.
For a young man with no memory of the skins being successful, it makes you wonder why you're loyal to a team. That loyalty is stretched further when you have a chance to hitch your wagon to a franchise qb, and you play games with him.
Do I think Kirk will win a superbowl? Most likely not. Can he get your team there, and have a chance to win? Certainly possible.
I am just a fan and have no control over the front office decisions, but I do believe to an extent Bruce Allen (president) and Dan Snyder (owner) are not ready to sign Kirk cousins. Signing Kirk is an admission that they were wrong about Robert. Shanahan was right about Kirk and Robert. All those picks were wasted and could have been avoided if the team had just listened to their coach. My only hope is that the front office will admit they fucked up and will sign Kirk and move on. I do believe that McCloughan (general manager) is being muzzled because if he wasn't, he would be saying how Kirk is a great qb and needs to be signed immediately. The team seems more interested in dropping trade rumors than in signing the guy who broke all their qb records.
Looking back on the whole situation makes me doubt the future of the franchise, but that can all be fixed with some stability and giving our home grown qb a chance. I think most skins fans would agree, though there are some out there who hate Kirk for supplanting rg3. In conclusion, it's a shitty situation and it's tough to move on from, but it will be even shittier if we let Kirk walk.