The Washington Redskins have the makings of a prolific offense with the electric Robert Griffin III at quarterback, Alfred Morris shouldering the load as one of the NFL’s most talented feature backs, and three incredibly gifted pass-catchers in All-Pro-caliber wideout Pierre Garcon, offseason addition DeSean Jackson, and rookie sensation (or, at least, he should be viewed as a sensation) Jordan Reed as the “move” tight end. RG3 had a poor 2013 season, but most of that was due to the ill effects of a major knee injury that sapped his mobility and made his decision-making look even worse than expected. It was an uncomfortable, “lost” season for the Baylor product, and he should bounce back next year.
New head coach Jay Gruden stated several times this offseason that it’s important for RG3 to work on his footwork, and there has been a great emphasis on coaching up the footwork of talented-but-inconsistent QBs; Matthew Stafford has been in the same boat this offseason. Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay has pretty much stated the same thing about RG3, and it’s clear that the young QB has been working hard on that this offseason.
The USA Today’s Jim Corbett reports that RG3 has been working out with quarterback guru Terry Shea, who helped Griffin when he was coming out of Baylor, to improve his mechanics. Shea sounds incredibly impressed with the progress RG3 has made and stated that the Redskins passer has “made all the throws” and has taken “that next step as a pocket passer.”
Shea also declared RG3 100% and added that he looks like the “old Robert Griffin”, “He looked 100% healthy. I didn’t let up on him and, boy, he kept coming — and he reminded me of the old Robert Griffin that I knew coming out of Baylor for those eight-10 weeks we worked together in 2012.”
Griffin has been hard at work this offseason fine-tuning his footwork and mechanics, which were off last season due to injury. It sounds like a big bounce-back year for RG3 is in order in 2014, and he definitely has the weapons around him to help take the Redskins offense to the next level. While I think their success hinges on the play of the defense, particularly the secondary, there’s no doubt that the offense could carry this team if their star quarterback does indeed play like a star next year.
Give the piece from the USA Today linked above a read, because it goes into detail about how RG3 has performed with Shea this offseason. I get the sense that the QB guru is tooting his own horn a bit, but he’s great at what he does and wouldn’t like about making this kind of progress with a quarterback of RG3’s caliber and stature; the Redskins offense should be incredibly exciting next year.