The Washington Times - August 13, 2012, 10:08PM

QB Robert Griffin III felt good about what he saw when he re-watched the video of his 14 plays in Thursday’s preseason victory over Buffalo. In addition to throwing the ball well, he’s getting comfortable with the audibles he has at his disposal at the line of scrimmage.

Griffin described a play during the game in which he audibled from a pass to a run because of what the defense showed.


“We had a naked or a keeper on, and they were bringing weak-side pressure, so instead of keeping into the weak-side pressure, I just audibled to a run play,” Griffin said. “It is something that you have to get used to. I hadn’t really audibled all that much in college. Most of our stuff was pre-snap, so we had pre-snap audibles, but once we got into the play we were getting and going because we were running 90 plays a game. It was good to get out there and do that.”

Griffin’s elevated comfort level results from how the coaches have introduced him to the playbook and how they’re beginning to scheme for opponents.

“It’s not that you walk to the line and see a defense and you’re like, ‘I’ve got the perfect play for that defense,’ he said. “It’s just certain calls that you have need to have audibles with them. The coaches, that’s a testament to them. It’s not that I’m the smartest guys in the world. They’ve done a good job of throwing the whole offense at me, and now that we’re starting to game plan, they can kind of break it down and say, ‘Well alright, if you get this specific look, you can audible to this play.’

“That has really helped me just to learn the offense first and then come back with the audibles instead of audibling to a play I’ve never run in my life and me being confused out there. So they’ve kept it really consistent with the way they’ve introduced me to the offense, and I feel really good about it.”

When this coaching staff first arrived in 2010, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan stated his preference to use audibles as little as possible.

“I don’t like O-linemen sitting and waiting at the line, looking,” Shanahan said in August 2010. “I want to get off, come up and have a tempo, have guys get off the ball and play fast. I don’t mind if we’ve got a bad play. Throw it in the flat and we’ll get a 3-yard gain. If he makes [the defender] miss, we’ve got a big play.”

“We usually have an answer built in to most of our plays,” Shanahan continued then. “Normally I just want him to get rid of it, throw it hot.”

Two years ago, Donovan McNabb had the freedom to audible out of certain running plays and on third-down situations when the pass protection call did not match up favorably with what the defense is showing.

That Griffin already has some command of those decisions is an auspicious measure of his development as a pro quarterback.