During training camp, Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has said on multiple occasions that it will take time for quarterback Robert Griffin III to develop into a pocket passer and fully grasp the new offense. Team President and GM Bruce Allen has echoed those sentiments. But how much time does Griffin or any young quarterback really have any More?RGIII is entering the third season of a 4-year deal and he needs to have a good season to encourage the Redskins to exercise their fifth year option on him. And if Griffin struggles (hopefully he won’t) again this season and the Redskins end up with another losing record, would the Redskins continue with RGIII as their starter or would they draft another quarterback?
I think Griffin will have a good season this year. And it will take some time to get the new offense down, but I think Griffin can do enough with his athleticism along the way to compensate until he’s mastered it. However, I don’t think RGIII can afford to regress. He has to perform well enough to keep the Redskins in contention in the NFC East and stay off the hot seat.
There’s no Mike Shanahan and no knee injury to use as excuses this season. And learning a new offense seems to the be the only legitimate one he could use if he struggles. So regardless of what Gruden says the pressure is on Griffin and he has to show some tangible results as a pocket passer while trying to win games.
A big season from Griffin could result in the Redskins possibly offering to start negotiating a long-term contract extension. But another losing season could result in the Redskins starting to consider other options.