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For RGIII "running" isn't the problem

There was a recent report on Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III where wide receiver Santana Moss and former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley raved about who good he looked running without the knee brace on.  But at this point is the main issue how good RGIII looks running?

I mean, even last season recovering from a torn ACL, Robert Griffin III was still a better runner than 99% of the quarterbacks in the NFL.  He wasn’t as explosive as he was in his rookie season, but more than adequate running the football, as he ran for 489 yard and averaged 5.7 yards per carry in just 13 games.

So while it sounds good to hear that RGIII is starting look like his old explosive self again, I don’t think his running ability should be examined nearly as closely as his passing ability.  Because it was his passing more so than his running that was affected the most due to his knee injury in 2013.

I’ve said it before, the Redskins don’t need Robert Griffin III breaking off any more 70 yard TD runs.  If that happens fine, if it never happens again, then I’m fine with that too.  Because the Redskins need to see RGIII using the proper passing mechanics and operating from the pocket at a high level instead of making highlight reel runs.

He can be a great passer without being a great runner.  Griffin’s running skills should be used to enhance the offense, not be a focal point of it, like they were under Mike Shanahan.  I’m looking forward more to seeing RGIII beating teams with his arm, more so than his legs.  Especially with weapons like DeSean Jackson to throw to.

Griffin’s running ability is a luxury that should be used only when necessary, and not taken for granted.  The Redskins should take every precaution moving forward to ensure that his health is placed at a very high priority.  So RGIII was a good runner even when injured, but the evolution of his passing game is what I’m looking forward to seeing.

 

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