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Excitement and hype lived up to, check. Prolific statistics for a rookie quarterback, check. Football sense belying limited experience, check.
“He’s the most well-rounded and talented guy I’ve ever had,” offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said.
Through nine games, Griffin is among the top candidates for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and, if he remains healthy, has shown all the evidence that he can be a franchise quarterback for years to come. Still, there have predictably been bumps along the road.
“He makes a lot of great plays. In hindsight, he is still a rookie,” left tackle Trent Williams said. “He’s only 22 years old, so he’s not going to be perfect and no one’s perfect. Aaron Rodgers, the MVP of the league, is not perfect. But he makes key plays, and he keeps us in the game.”
So far, the offense has been tailored to Griffin’s strengths and will continue to be. But it wouldn’t be surprising to see him given more chances to drop back, just to get him used to it at the professional level.
“Just his pocket presence,” Jansen said. “He can escape a lot of things, but the ability to stay in there a little bit longer and wait some things out instead of just always getting out and running and getting outside the pocket.”
Griffin’s most memorable moment came on his 76-yard run in a win over the Minnesota Vikings when he found a seam and zipped down the sideline for a touchdown. That ability to hurt defenses with his legs shouldn’t be undersold.
“He can do a part of the game that I’ve never been able to do with the quarterback being a running threat and being able to be a part of the run on run plays,” Kyle Shanahan said. “Every week, through my whole career, the defense, 11 guys, are trying to tackle that running back and now all of a sudden 11 guys are trying to tackle him and account for the quarterback. It definitely changes up how I see football.”
Griffin gives the Redskins a chance to believe, at least in the future if nothing else. He has eight passing touchdowns and three interceptions to go with six scores on the ground. He has 1,993 passing yards and 529 rushing.
“The nice thing I like watching Robert is that from Week 1 to Week 8, he’s a different player,” Jansen said. “And he’s learned from those mistakes. You don’t ever see him really make the same mistake twice. That’s what you want to see from a young quarterback.”
“Obviously there are bright spots: Robert being one of those, Alfred [Morris] being another. Guys that play well. But the ultimate goal is to win games,” Alexander said. “Obviously for the future and fans’ perspective, coaches as far as looking forward to next year those are bright spots that you can kind of build on and look forward to see how those guys develop.”
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