Griffin’s athletic gifts fit profile of a Shanahan QB
“We weren’t very good when we first got here, so he was able to extend plays and make things happen, make a lot of plays with his feet,” Montgomery said. “As we grew, so did he. His maturation process as a quarterback has really developed in the sense that now he’s manipulating the pocket. Now he’s doing things down the field. When you really look at it, he made umpteen zillion more plays with his arm this year than he did with his feet.”
Baylor’s spread offense, however, isn’t like the Redskins‘ scheme. Griffin at Baylor operated mostly out of the shotgun, reading defenders as part of the zone-read running game. That, by extension, requires different footwork on play-action passes.
Mike Shanahan has said he will tailor Washington’s offense to suit Griffin’s abilities, but Redskins coaches have little, if any, concern about Griffin’s ability to master drops and reads from under center.
“You learn quickly how to play under center,” said Jaworski, who once made a similar transition from a sidesaddle-T offense at Youngstown State to a pro-style offense. “You’re throwing 36,000-40,000 balls a year in the offseason, training camp. That’s a lot of work, so you overcome those little obstacles.”
Griffin has been practicing from under center all offseason, and he displayed his progress at Pro Day last month. He didn’t have to read defenses during that workout, but he completed 78 of 84 scripted throws. Many were NFL-style throws to the sideline, deep and on the run.
Briles reveled in that performance by the crown jewel of his program. What was once a secret he now was willing to shout to the whole world.
“This guy is special,” Briles said. “You take a guy that has that length and can run and he can throw accurately? Those guys don’t exist.”
Note: The Redskins on Monday signed unrestricted free agent tackle James Lee, who has appeared in 19 NFL games, all with Tampa Bay, since 2008.
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