Steve Young knows a lot about being an NFL quarterback, and he knows about bad situations too. Before he found great success with the 49ers, Young struggled in Tampa. Now, retired as a Super Bowl winning QB, Young is in a good spot to provide analysis on the Redskins and the uneasy current relationship with Robert Griffin III.
The RG3 saga is well known: From No. 2 overall pick and Rookie of the Year in 2012 to third-string QB in 2015. The depths of Griffin's fall are staggering, especially considering he landed on the inactive list last week. Yes, RG3 is working back from a concussion, but he had been cleared by the medical staff, in essence making last week a healthy scratch.
At this point, Young has seen too much. Asked if Griffin is done in Washington, Young said, "I hope not, but I suspect yes."
"You can't keep going back to the well," Young said, mentioning that the QB has effectively been benched multiple times by two different coaches.
Another interesting line from Young came specific to the coaching changes Griffin has endured as a young quarterback.
"He's run through a couple of great offensive minds, so that get's concerning," Young said.
It's worth pointing out Young experienced his greatest success working with former Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, so loyalties probably exist there, and Griffin and Shanahan went through a very public and very ugly fallout in 2013. Regardless, Griffin never looked better than the 2012 offense designed by Shanahan and his son Kyle, but that offense was scrapped the subsequent season. At this point, Young said a change of scenery is likley the best course for Griffin.
"I'm concerned about his long-term NFL health," Young said.
Perhaps the simplest point from Young made the most sense: "Something's wrong."
Check out the full video above, and for the full Young interview tune in Thursday at 10 pm for Sports Talk Live where Brian Mitchell and Rob Carlin will talk Kirk Cousins and more with the former MVP.