It’s no surprise that coach Mike Shanahan will run the option with Griffin and rely heavily on the keeper game for which his offenses are known, but now the product is on display. The scheme showcases Griffin’s speed and running ability, and the Redskins‘ defense has adjusted accordingly.
After a full offseason with Griffin quarterbacking, defenders expect him to frequently keep the ball and try to escape the pocket. At the very least, they have to respect that. That knowledge has resulted in some busted plays because the backside defenders know to stay home and contain Griffin.
The Redskins, however, believe teams that don’t regularly practice against this offense won’t be as effective against it as Washington’s defense is.
“It’s going be really hard for other teams and guys who aren’t used to it,” defensive end Adam Carriker said. “The first day, I was all over the place. Now I’m getting used to it a little bit. I can kind of get a feel for it because of what the O-line does. I can feel if it is a boot or if it is a run based on how he’s blocking me. Guys who aren’t used to that, and they’re trying to read the quarterback? Good luck.”
“Nobody will be better at it than [outside linebackers Ryan] Kerrigan and [Brian] Orakpo,” Griffin said. “Those guys know it, and it helps me get better, so that I know no matter what look I get, whether I get the edge, don’t get the edge, kind of get the edge, I can run the play accordingly.”
Black back in the game
The offensive tackle had scheduled a Monday meeting with a real estate broker in Houston to discuss opening some gym franchises. He canceled that meeting, though, and attended the Redskins‘ walk-through Tuesday morning.
New Orleans released Black last Sept. 3, and he didn’t catch on with another team. Being out of the league gave him a greater appreciation for the sport.
“I’m in a position where I can look back, and all the things we love so much about the game, I’m so much more aware of it,” Black said. “It just makes it such a fulfilling experience for me.
“It was the little things,” Black continued. “I said to my wife one day: ‘I’m going to miss putting tape on my fingers before games. I’m going to miss the feeling of putting gloves on, and overall just being part of something that’s so big.’ The NFL, that’s just a huge thing. It’s hard once you go away from the game to not miss it.”
Black doesn’t have much time to be sentimental, though. He reported to Washington weighing between 275 and 280 pounds. He wants to get up to 290 by the end of training camp.View Entire Story
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