Barring any unexpected setbacks between now and Sunday, Griffin will start against the visiting Minnesota Vikings.
“It’s a serious issue, but I felt fine when I left the locker room” after being injured in Sunday’s game against Atlanta, Griffin said. “I went home, watched some TV and kinda just relaxed. I haven’t had any symptoms at all. Practice went good. I felt sharp. I felt good. No symptoms of a concussion: no dizziness or (feeling) off-balance. I feel right today. We’ll see what happens come Sunday.”
I reviewed every offensive play from Washington’s week 4 and 5 match-up and tallied a few stats:
18 – is the amount of times Washington has lined up in the pistol formation.
10 – is the amount of times Washington ran a running back out of the pistol formation.
6 – is the amount of times Washington has thrown out of the pistol formation.
1 – is the amount of times Washington has designed a read-option for Robert Griffin III (Robert chose to run). The Redskins also ran one trick play out of the pistol formation that involved Brandon Banks, Griffin III, and a throw to Niles Paul.
The Redskins currently have the NFL’s worst third down conversion rate at 23%, but this is a widely misunderstood statistic. And that misunderstanding is the basis for some poor offensive tactics throughout the league.
Third down plays have enormous leverage in the outcomes of drives. First and second downs are important, of course, but third down is the make-or-break play that decides whether a drive will continue or stall. Third down play outcomes are magnified in their impact on the game. Teams rise and fall on how well they do.
From Washington Post
After Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a “mild” concussion in Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons — a debatable description, according to a physician who independently evaluates Houston Texans players — the questions circulating throughout the league are whether the injury will change Griffin, and how much it will compel the Redskins to change around him.
From Washington Post