By Tom Schad
After every practice, Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III writes in a notebook the areas in which he needs to improve the following day. The entry after Wednesday’s practice was only two words long: “just play.”
As Washington concluded its series of organized team activities Thursday, Griffin knows he understands the offense. Last week he pegged his understanding at “60-70 percent,” but he said he’s feeling even more comfortable after Thursday morning’s two-minute and four-minute drills.
“At the end of the day, you know it,” he said. “Even after a few weeks, you know the offense. You know what your check-downs are, you know what everything is. You just have to go out and stop thinking about it. Just go out and let it happen naturally.”
Griffin mentioned an “ah-ha” moment of sorts that he had at Wednesday’s practice. After being outplayed by the defense in most of the 11-on-11 drills, the Redskins offense put together a few strong plays and “tore ‘em up” in the final session, he said. That confidence carried over to the beginning of today’s practice as well.
“For me, the ‘ah-ha’ moment probably won’t come ‘til I retire,” Griffin said with a smile.
“It felt good to know that as long as you know where you’re going with the ball, as long as you’re aggressive and confident in what you’re doing, you can complete any pass and do anything.”
Redskins tight end Chris Cooley had a different take.
“[Griffin] may not have felt it, but the way he’s addressed the guys in the huddle, the way he’s called his cadence at the line, the way he’s moving through his progressions,” he said. “He might feel like it’s happening slow and he might have felt like he had an ‘ah-ha’ day, but he’s consistently getting better, and I think a lot of people around him can see that.”
Griffin needs those around him, particularly the veteran players on the team, to believe in him. But he grows more confident in himself, he knows that trust will come.
“That’s all I want: I want them to trust me, to believe in me, so we can go out and win together,” Griffin said. “Because without them, I can’t snap the ball to myself, throw it and catch it. I need other people out there to help me.”