Shanahan has described Griffin’s arm as “off the charts,” and the quarterback said he agreed with that assessment. The quarterback has displayed great accuracy in practices, and rather than force throws when going against defensive backs, he has displayed good decision making, working through progressions and finding holes in the coverage.
“I feel like I’ve been consistent with everything, getting to what the defense is giving me, whether it’s check-down, touchdown throw or anything in between, and that’s really making me focus,” Griffin said.
Coaches, trainers, reporters and fans alike have closely watched Griffin as he has taken snaps, dropped back and stepped into throws. At one point last week, he didn’t appear as crisp in his footwork or as strong in his plant before passes. But after that rainy day, Griffin looked on point again.
Griffin said his confidence in the leg has never wavered. He said his impressive arm strength is a byproduct of good lower-body mechanics. Griffin said those movements again come as second nature.
“It’s nothing I’m thinking about,” he said. “I feel like it’s consistent. Everything from the timing to the mechanics of everything out there that the coaches are asking me to do, whether it’s a plant throw, hitch throw, short throw, deep throw, I feel like I’m in tune with all that and the leg’s not an issue.”
During their daily talks, Griffin updates Shanahan on his physical and mental state. He continues to relay nothing but positive reports to the coach and has declined any rest days because he hasn’t experienced any fatigue or signs of a setback.
“I talked to Coach about it. Fortunately, I haven’t had any soreness or any swelling in my knee, particularly to the injury, and I haven’t had any sore legs, so that’s a good thing,” Griffin said. “I’m one of the guys who hasn’t had a day off, and that’s not just because I’m stubborn or hard-headed. It’s just because my body has felt good.”