Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III had a rough 2013 season. Not only was he recovering from a serious knee injury, but he also missed valuable practice time during his rehab. He also was criticized for the perception that he was paying too much attention to his many endorsements than he was on working at his game.
Griffin clearly started last season rusty and he wasn’t fully recovered from his ACL injury. Some also criticized him for coming back too soon, and his inconsistent play throughout the season reflected that maybe he should have taken more time. But 2013 is in the rearview, and Griffin is showing signs of being fully healthy this offseas0n.
So can Griffin break out of his sophomore slump from last season? I think he can. He has a new head coach in Jay Gruden, so the dysfunction that occurred in 2013 between Griffin and Mike Shanahan shouldn’t be an issue in 2014. Gruden came to the Redskins knowing that there were problems between Griffin and the previous coach, but he still took the job.
So obviously Gruden sees a player he can work with in RGIII, and so far the honeymoon is going well. Also, The Redskins have reloaded with offensive weapons, particularly at wide receiver. DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts have added high quality depth to the position, and now Griffin has more weapons to throw to in the passing game.
The Redskins have also taken steps to better protect Griffin by bringing in more talent and bigger bodies on the offensive line. So you add that in with the increased depth at receiver, and a healthy RGIII, and I think that should ensure that Griffin will more than likely have a bounce back season in 2014. How far will he bounce back? We’ll have to wait and see.