RICHMOND — Washington Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan spent the offseason contending that his option-style offense actually helps to safeguard Robert Griffin III rather than putting the quarterback at increased risk. Shanahan maintained that Griffin will be safer by learning when to throw the ball away and avoid hits at the end of runs by sliding.
Griffin said Wednesday at his opening news conference of training camp that he indeed will do those things to protect himself — at least in games that aren’t particularly big.
“The goal is longevity in the league,” Griffin said. “You also want to win. So as a quarterback, I don’t like to conform and say you can’t win outside the pocket. I think you can win outside the pocket. You’ve just got to be smart about it. That’s what I learned over the past six months about myself, just about what we need to do to win.
“Maybe that’s keeping me in the pocket a little bit more. Maybe that’s throwing the ball away a little bit more, sliding, doing all those things that are necessary because if it’s the second game of the season, I think I’ve proved how tough I am and the heart that I have on the football field. My teammates know that. But if it’s the second game of the season and it’s third and four and I’ve got two yards, I might just run out of bounds or slide if I have to. If it’s the Super Bowl, I’m going to get those two yards. That’s just the way you have to think and that’s the way I think now.”
Griffin’s father said during the offseason that he would like to see his son throwing the ball more frequently and running with it less often. Shanahan and his son Kyle, the Redskins’ offensive coordinator, have said they see no need to change the offense drastically.
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The Redskins practice today at 10 and 3:20. Players talk to reporters after the first practice, and Shanahan does so after the afternoon session.
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