“Just try to show steady improvement. Don’t try to play outside yourself. Try to learn this offense. Trust Mike Shanahan, I think, would be the big thing. Trust this system. It’s a proven system that works. Take care of yourself. Just be careful when you’re scrambling. You’re going to create a lot of plays with your legs. Try to learn a little bit from Michael Vick. You don’t want to take too many hits unnecessarily. You want to be on the practice field on Wednesday and Thursday and Friday. That’s key for his development. Trust Mike Shanahan. Be there early. Be there late. Set a tone, and trust your God-given ability because you’ve got a lot of it.”
— JON GRUDEN, Super Bowl XXXVII champion coach, current ESPN analyst
“Enjoy it … They’ve been looking for a franchise quarterback for a long time. They have one now and they need to surround him with some good football players to protect him and give him the opportunity to be as good as he can be.”
— SONNY JURGENSEN, former Redskins quarterback
“I think No. 1 you need to be the first one in and the last one to leave. You lead by example, not by the words. Lead by example. Second thing is, you don’t have to do this on your own now. You have 10 other players out there and you’ve got 11 on defense. Just execute the play and the system; don’t feel you have to make every play yourself. That’s how you get into turnovers and mistakes. Those would be the two things I would stress with his ability on the field. I would say publicly, share the credit, take the responsibility and take the blame and come to a decision, even though it’s not fair. Personally, I would’ve told him to keep a lower profile: No commercials, no radio shows, no television shows”
— CHARLEY CASSERLY, former Redskins general manager
“The Redskins are a different franchise. They’re looking for him to obviously be a little bit of a savior right now. Being a young guy I’m sure he’s getting taught by the coaches to go slow, learn the game.”
— ADAM OATES, Washington Capitals coach
“I would prefer to let my performance speak for itself. A lot of celebrities, a lot of people are interested in how you conduct yourself on and off the field. Everything is under a microscope. It’s going to be very hard for him.”
— LARRY BROWN, former Redskins running back
“Study hard, recognize that there are going to be bumps in the road. Every rookie has gone through them. It’s part of the growth process. Lean on your coaches, and he couldn’t have a better one to lean on than Mike Shanahan, who’s coached a ton of great quarterbacks. So lean on them. And don’t expect to be perfect. Strive to be perfect, but don’t expect to be perfect. Expect that there will be bumps in the road and mistakes and learn from them.”
— BILL POLIAN, former Indianapolis Colts general manager, current ESPN analyst
“My advice for RG3 would be to not listen to everything that people @ you on Twitter and stay grounded.”
— CRYSTAL LANGHORNE, Mystics All-Star forward
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