New Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay claims Robert Griffin III “looks like he is exactly what he was in the 2012 season.”
The 24-year-old Griffin, who clearly never recovered from reconstructive surgery to repair the ACL and LCL ligaments in his right knee, didn’t resemble the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year after hastily returning last summer.
Now, roughly 18 months removed from undergoing the knife, Griffin’s throwing mechanics have looked solid during organized team activities and the bulky knee brace he wore in 2013 has been closeted.
“I think people underestimate when you have a brace on your knee how much that truly restricts you,” said McVay, 28, who was promoted by Jay Gruden on January 14. “So I think being able to take that off, he looks extremely explosive.”
RG3 will operate Gruden’s West Coast system and only periodically use the read-option this season.
Under the supervision of the Shanahan’s, Griffin operated the read-option on 201-of-972 (20.6 percent) running plays since taking the helm in 2012.
Accordingly, Kim Kardashian’s wet dream has absorbed an abnormal number of blows on the gridiron.
Fortunately, Gruden’s more traditional brand of football should help RG3 remain upright and healthy to compete in a collision sport.
With the Shanahan’s instructing a quasi gimp, Griffin employed hideous form, regressed, and only hit 60.1 percent of his 456 attempts.
Overall, RG3 tossed 16 scores, against 12 interceptions, for 3,203 yards in 13 contests.
Apparently again able to finish the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds, Griffin added 489 yards on the ground.
While stranded in the basement of the NFC East at 3-10 and overseeing the league’s 23rd ranked attack, Mike Shanahan benched Griffin in favor of Kirk Cousins.
Considering that Griffin had displayed horrific footwork, looked slow as a runner, and was tentative in the pocket, Cousins deserved an opportunity under center.
Regardless, now recuperated, being taught by Gruden, and having DeSean Jackson as a target, Griffin should reemerge as a dominant playmaker this autumn.
In fact, anything but a “cornball brother,” Robert Griffin III seems destined to earn 2014 Comeback Player of the Year honors.by