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RG III's leadership problem?

Robert Griffin III's sophomore season hasn't been awful, but neither has it been the raging success fans dreamed of after his stellar debut season. Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan still thinks Griffin can do it all, but former Washington cornerback Darrell Green criticized the young quarterback's leadership, saying that he doesn't know if the team really has a leader. Leadership is an important intangible for any quarterback -- does RG III have what it takes to motivate his teammates?

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  • Who do you blame the most for the Redskins' struggles this season?

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  • Will the Redskins ever win a Super Bowl with Robert Griffin III?

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  • Are you OK with retired players criticizing their former team's current players in public?

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NFL Week 11: Redskins at Eagles

It might not be the best division, but the NFC East is shaping up to be one of the most hotly contested. This becomes even more true if the Philadelphia Eagles -- they of a 5-5 record, a first-place tie and a stellar recent showing from quarterback Nick Foles -- can't snap their 10-game home losing streak Sunday. If not, that means Washington would be one step closer to repeating its 3-6-to-the-playoffs feat of 2012.

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  • Which team will win the NFC East?

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  • How should Chip Kelly handle the Eagles' quarterback situation?

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  • What grade would you give Eagles coach Chip Kelly this season?

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  • Will Robert Griffin III return to form this season?

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  • Which quarterback would you rather have right now?

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  • What chance does Washington (3-6) have of making the playoffs?

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  • Will Washington win a playoff game with Robert Griffin III at quarterback and Mike Shanahan as coach?

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Are RG III, Washington finished?

A year ago, the Washington Redskins started 3-6 and coach Mike Shanahan effectively wrote off the season. Then his team went 7-0 and made the playoffs. Thursday night, Robert Griffin III & Co. fell to 3-6 with a loss to the lowly Minnesota Vikings. Can the feat be repeated in D.C.? Or is this group done?

What chance does Washington (3-6) have of making the playoffs?

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  • Is Robert Griffin III an elite quarterback?

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  • Whom/what do you blame most for Washington's struggles this season?

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  • How many games will Washington (3-6) win this season?

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  • Will Washington win a playoff game with Robert Griffin III at quarterback and Mike Shanahan as coach?

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Halfway through the 2013 season, the heralded young quarterbacks of the past three NFL drafts have found success doesn't always come easily. While some young QBs have excelled or rebounded from earlier slumps, others have struggled with injuries, or struggled, period. Which of these quarterbacks with three seasons or fewer of NFL experience would you rather have? Click on the images to submit your rankings.

NFL's best young quarterbacks

Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton

drafted in 2011

Nick Foles

Nick Foles

drafted in 2012

Blaine Gabbert

Blaine Gabbert

drafted in 2011

Mike Glennon

Mike Glennon

drafted in 2013

Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III

drafted in 2012

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

drafted in 2011

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck

drafted in 2012

EJ Manuel

EJ Manuel

drafted in 2013

Cam Newton

Cam Newton

drafted in 2011

Geno Smith

Geno Smith

drafted in 2013

Ryan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill

drafted in 2012

Christian Ponder

Christian Ponder

drafted in 2011

Brandon Weeden

Brandon Weeden

drafted in 2012

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

drafted in 2012

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Football is generally perceived as a sport of tradition, but it's surprisingly adaptable when it comes to the product on the field. Take the quarterback position. It's gone from run-first in the game's early years to pass-first as the game evolved. Now, with a number of quarterbacks starting and succeeding by relying on their feet, it seems like the pendulum is swinging back in the other direction. Robert Griffin III thinks more and more teams will employ mobile quarterbacks or will at least be forced to draft a passer who can run as a last resort.

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