Three years ago at the NFL Draft, the Redskins thought they had their franchise quarterback in then-rookie Robert Griffin III. But after a strong 2012 campaign that led to offensive Rookie of the Year honors, things went sideways in a hurry. Injuries and inconsistency led to Griffin's benching -- for Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy, no less -- and now as the No. 3 quarterback he doesn't even dress on gamedays.

Of course, Griffin's in Washington because the Redskins traded up to the second-overall pick back in April 2012. Their trading partner: The Rams, who happen to be Washington's opponent on Sunday.

It gets worse:

Yes, Griffin has been an unmitigated disaster. And even if you don't think it's entirely his fault (and we don't), the Redskins did win the division and go to the playoffs his rookie season. Yes, the Rams have the better record over that time (21-27-1 vs. 17-32) but they haven't had a winning campaign since 2003 and last made the postseason in 2004.

Put another way: It hasn't been all rainbows and unicorns in St. Louis since the trade, it just appears that way because we're comparing them to one of the league's most dysfunctional franchises.

Robert Griffin is the odd man out in Washington. (USATSI)
Robert Griffin is the odd man out in Washington. (USATSI)