During his rookie season Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was a human highlight reel. Not only did he make plays with his arm, but he provided spectacular plays frequently with his legs as well. Last season RGIII’s playmaking abilities were hindered some due him not being fully recovered from a serious knee injury in 2012.But now that Griffin is having a healthy offseason, the question isn’t if he can overcome injury? It’s can he make the transition from dynamic runner to dynamic passer? New Redskins head coach Jay Gruden is not making it a secret that his offense won’t feature the read-option as anything more than a change of pace play designed to keep defenses off guard.
So Griffin’s opportunities as a ball carrier will decrease in 2014. The less Robert Griffin III runs the ball, the more he’ll be asked to pass. And it’s important that RGIII make strides in developing his skills in the passing game. The Redskins have added more weapons at wide receiver in the dangerous DeSean Jackson, and the versatile Andre Robertson.
So it’s important that Griffin embraces his responsibility to get those new weapons the football in addition to the ones he had last season as well. I know that RGIII likes to make big plays with his legs. When you’re that good of an athlete why wouldn’t you? But he’s going to have to temper that urge to make those big plays this season and let others on offense do more of that for him.
First and foremost to keep himself healthy, but also to ensure that all the weapons the Redskins will have on offense aren’t being wasted. It’s part of franchise quarterback’s responsibility to not put his body in jeopardy if he can help it. Now of course he’ll still run some, but in 2014 it will be more about reading pass defenses than running the read-option for Robert Griffin III.