- GOP hopes taking shutdown off the table with budget deal will pay dividends
- Chinese Death Star: The moon cited as the perfect launch pad for ballistic missiles
- Help wanted: Homeland Security plagued by vacancies at the top
- We are not amused: Queen’s protection officers warned to keep ‘sticky fingers’ off the royal cashews
- Unleash the crossbows: Gov. Scott Walker creates new hunting season
- Bubonic plague kills 20 in Madagascar
- G-20 diplomats fell for hacker attack promising nude photos of former French first lady Carla Bruni
- Minnesota guardsman charged with stealing private soldier data for fake IDs
- Florida appeals court rules universities can’t regulate guns
- Vladimir Putin defends Russian conservative values
RG3 working on mechanics in early days of training camp
Throwing across body a key part of the offense
You can tell which fans at Washington Redskins training camp are seeing Robert Griffin III for the first time because they let out little “oohs” and “aahs” when the rookie quarterback escapes the pocket with his elite speed. Thousands have come to the first four practices to see Griffin for themselves, and his talents make an instant impression.
They also give the Redskins‘ offense a certain look and style, which is beginning to come into focus early in training camp. Whether Griffin is running the option or throwing on the run, coach Mike Shanahan is going to live up to his vow to use Griffin’s combination of speed and throwing ability to challenge defenses in a variety of ways.
Griffin has had some rookie moments during his first four practices, but he’s confident he has started on the course to leading a successful offense.
“Whether it’s working on picking up blitz pressures and knowing where to go with the ball or what to do in certain situations, I’m working on all those things,” Griffin said Monday at his weekly media session. “Feet, drops, hitching up in the pocket. Just getting completions and staying on the field.
“I think if you constantly put yourself down and say, ‘I really need to work on that,’ then you’re going to think you’re bad at it. I try not to think that way.”
One particular throw, however, has given him trouble. He has misfired on several passes while rolling out to his left.
During Saturday’s practice, against no defense, one such throw sailed over the receiver. He tried it again two plays later, and the throw was behind receiver Pierre Garcon.
The mechanics required to throw across one’s body are awkward, but that throw is a critical part of Shanahan’s offense.
“It’s just throw when you’re ready,” Griffin said. “If you have to rush your throw, a lot of times it will dive on you. Early in a couple of first practices, we all struggled with that.
“It’s just about practicing. If I make a bad throw one time, it’s a very slim chance to none that I’m going to go back and make that same bad throw.”
Redskins coaches this summer are having quarterbacks practice that particular throw more frequently than they did in Shanahan’s previous two seasons. The mechanics require precision and patience, which come with repetition.
“The key to throwing on the run is turning your left shoulder to your target,” quarterback Rex Grossman said. “It’s obviously a lot easier to the right because naturally your shoulder is to your target. When you’re rolling to your left, it takes effort to do that. You’re always throwing off your left foot, so you just have to rotate on the run.”
Practicing it in team drills hasn’t been easy. Redskins defenders are accustomed to playing against their offense, and they’re familiar with how Shanahan wants to use Griffin. A defender often has been waiting for Griffin when he peels out of a run fake.
“The problem is when you have [linebacker] Brian Orakpo running right after you and you can’t get your shoulders around,” Griffin said. “We worked on when you can get it all the way around and get downhill and make the throw, and then if you’ve got a guy like [linebacker Ryan] Kerrigan or Rak running after you and you have to turn sideways, just how to position your body to make that throw, as well.”
© Copyright 2013 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
- REDSKINS 2013: Breaking down the schedule, game by game
- NFL 2013: Ranking all 32 teams in terms of staying power
- REDSKINS 2013: Washington seeks staying power among NFL's elite
- With no blueprint, Redskin Hankerson seeks success as dad
- Redskins receiver Leonard Hankerson learning to manage family life with football career
Latest Blog Entries
By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
- Obama's Afghanistan experts stumped on U.S. death toll, war costs during hearing
- Inside China: Ukraine gets nuke umbrella
- NAPOLITANO: A conspiracy so vast
- North Korean dictator stuns world with uncle's execution
- CHELLANEY: China's game of chicken
- Obama takes 'selfie' at Mandela's funeral service
- Comma on!: Twitter erupts over Obama-Castro 'marriage'
- 80 people publicly executed across North Korea for films, Bibles
- Inside the Ring: China targets Global Hawk drone
- Chinese man fed up with his girlfriend's shopping jumps to his death
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Consummate traveler Todd DeFeo explores the unique stories that make destinations worth going to.
Covering the world of soccer, including the World Cup, Major League Soccer, D.C. United and the English Premier League and other interesting sporting events.
Born in 1930 in rural Missouri, Charles Vandegriffe, Sr., brings his time and place to the Communities.
Columns from Voices around the World talking about the events, people, politics and social issues that concern us wherever, and whoever, we are.
Extraordinary day at Redskins Park
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow