Robert Griffin III Needs More Time To Learn Jay Gruden’s Pro-Style Offense

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 | 0


After tearing his ACL and MCL in a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks following his stellar rookie season in 2012, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III experienced a sophomore slump when he tried to rush back from the injury in 2013.

Noticeably out of sync and unable to execute his trademark read option runs with much success, Griffin passed for an anemic 3203 yards on 456 attempts, seeing his completion percentage dip by more than five percent while throwing four less touchdowns and seven more interceptions.

The disaster of a season culminated in the firing of head coach Mike Shanahan, who controversially benched RG III towards the end of the year. In stepped new head coach Jay Gruden, who immediately implemented a pro-style offense for the Redskins, Griffin’s first-ever work in such a system.

But the transition has been far from seamless, evident by the star quarterback’s struggles in learning the new offense. In last night’s (Mon., August 18, 2014) 24-23 preseason win over the Cleveland Browns, Griffin completed six of eight passes for 112 yards and a costly interception, adding 24 yards rushing on four carries. His stats are a bit misleading, however, as Griffin’s footwork and decision making when running the ball were lacking.

He took some unnecessary hits, resulting in a thigh bruise that certainly didn’t have to happen. After the game, Griffin III spoke up to the media to discuss his interception in the win (via FOX Sports):

“I just can’t throw it late,” Griffin said. “And if I do, it has to be a humdinger — and it wasn’t a humdinger. I kind of floated it out there.”

Griffin also clarified that his injury was nothing serious:

“It’s nothing to worry about,” Griffin said. “I know anything that happens with me — or quarterbacks in general — guys get a little worried.”

The bruise on his leg may not be anything to be worry about, but Griffin’s inability to protect himself certainly is. With the NFC East slated to be packed with shootouts in 2014, Washington will need their star healthy and proficient in the new system.

Will RG III silence his critics by rebounding strong from an injury-marred 2013?

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