The Washington Times - January 7, 2013, 11:57AM

Redskins backup quarterback Rex Grossman helped mentor Robert Griffin III during Griffin’s rookie season. His front-row seat to Griffin’s Pro Bowl season made Grossman into one of the strongest believers in Griffin’s potential.

Until we learn the diagnosis and prognosis of Griffin’s right knee injury (Mike Shanahan is scheduled to speak to media at 3 p.m.) we are left to consider the possibility that Griffin suffered a serious injury that could jeopardize his availability for the offseason program and possibly the start of the 2013 season.


Grossman was asked how important is it for Griffin to be healthy through the offseason in order to participate in the offseason program and build on his rookie season. His answer surprised me a bit, but Grossman explained his thinking well.

“Not very important,” Grossman said. “He’s a Pro Bowl player as a rookie. He was behind the 8-ball because he didn’t know the NFL at all or the offense at all. He’s going to be able to watch every single snap and evaluate himself and talk about it until he’s blue in the face.

“He’s not going to need to just be a normal rookie where you have a lot of improvement from Year 1 to Year 2 and it’s crucial. That’s true, but it’s a little bit different when you’re already a Pro Bowler and an NFC East champion and you have kind of have a next-level approach where, ‘How do we get to consistently winning championships.’ That’s awesome if that’s your next step.

“He has already accomplished a lot, and he’ll do a lot of it with film work and just dialogue. He’s going to be fine. I don’t care how bad he’s hurt, he’s going to be awesome, 100 percent ready to go in August, and that’s all that matters.”