The development of Robert Griffin III continues in the offseason, providing him with an advantage that rookie starters from a year ago – Cam Newton and Andy Dalton – did not enjoy.
According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, Griffin showed a better command of the offense on Thursday than he did a week ago, evidence that things are coming along for the No. 2 overall pick. The Redskins are hoping to begin a long-awaited turnaround with the Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor.
“As far as the offense, and as far as knowing what I’m doing, I think I had that ‘Ah, ha’ moment yesterday,” Griffin said, according to Jones. “The defense was getting after us a little bit, and we came to that last session of the day, and we just tore them up. … It felt good to know that as long as you know where you’re going with the ball, and as long as you’re aggressive and confident in what you’re doing, you can complete any pass, and I think I had that yesterday.
“After every practice, I was writing stuff down in my booklet on things I need to work on the next day in practice. After yesterday’s practice, I only wrote one thing, and that’s ‘Just play.’ Because at the end of the day, after a few weeks, you know what everything is. You just have to stop thinking about it.”
Griffin provides an extra dimension like Newton because he is such a gifted athlete and skilled runner. Shanahan has experience with mobile quarterbacks and likes to use his passers on the move, so that would seem to make them an ideal match. Some coaches don’t want to adjust to the talents of their players but Shanahan has proven his offense works well for mobile passers like John Elway and after him Jake Plummer.
“We’re going to have the flexibility to do a lot of different things, like I told you before,” Shanahan said Thursday. “We’ll run the quarterback keeps, the rolls, different type of option schemes are available to us. It does create some problems for the defense.”
The biggest problem Griffin can create for the defense is having a complete mastery of the offense. That is a work in progress, one that will continue during training camp.
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