The simpleton’s approach to the Redskins’ 2014 season — which, coincidentally, is pretty much my approach to the Redskins’ 2014 season — holds that if Washington gets a 2012 performance from Robert Griffin III, success is possible. And that if Washington gets a 2013 performance from Robert Griffin III, there’s going to be a lot of anticipation for the Wizards’ opening night.
I think most of us — even the simpletons — would also admit that we probably won’t know which Griffin Washington will get until September. But that we will nevertheless produce and consume many pixels about this question over the next two months.
Here, then, is offensive coordinator Sean McVay, asked about Griffin’s running burst on ESPN 980.
“I don’t think there’s any question: he looks explosive,” the first year coordinator said. “He looks like he is exactly what he was in the 2012 season. I think people underestimate when you have a brace on your knee how much that truly restricts you….So I think being able to take that off, he looks extremely explosive.
“And when you’re a quarterback that has the ability to kind of buy time with your legs, keep your eyes downfield and then if guys are playing with their back to the quarterback, now he’s got a chance to take off and run it and create yards that way,” McVay said. “So I think that’s going to be a big part of what he does. And he’s continuing to get more and more comfortable feeling some of those soft spots in the pockets, and being able to remain a passer while also understanding that hey, I do have this elite trait with my legs and athleticism, that if things do break down I can create that way also.”
McVay said that there are “subtle nuances and a couple little differences” that will distinguish his and Jay Gruden’s offense from others in the NFL, and that Griffin “absorbed that as well as anybody.”
And he said that Griffin’s mental state also appears similar to what it was in 2012.
“I think the thing that’s great about Robert is he’s one of the most charismatic people I’ve been around,” McVay said. “He’s got a great energy. Kind of one of those guys, he’s a natural leader where people are just drawn to him. When you look at when he first came in 2012, he brought an immediate spark to our organization as a whole, not just our offense.
“And you saw that this whole offseason. He did a great job picking up the new terminology that we’re using — and we will still do some similar things that we’ve done in the past that have been able to give us some success these last two seasons. But he did an excellent job, and I think he and Jay have a great rapport that they’re getting ready to continue to develop as the season moves forward and as we go into the future. We’re really excited about him, and really happy with what he was able to accomplish this offseason.”