With Jon Gruden calling next week’s Monday Night Football matchup between the Redskins and 49ers, here’s a sneak peek of the sort of things he thinks about Robert Griffin III. (That was a horrible sentence. I would try again. But I might miss someone else talking about Griffin on the radio.)
“I see an athletic quarterback that’s doing similar things that he did last year,” Gruden said this week on ESPN Radio. “He may not have the true explosiveness that he showed as a rookie, but he’s still capable of ripping a game open with his legs. But he is out of rhythm, he is missing open targets, I do think the defenses have perhaps caught up with a few things. But they’re averaging almost 400 yards a game. What I see is a lot of frustration. In consecutive weeks, they’ve had opportunities to win the game in the fourth quarter, at Minnesota, at Philadelphia, and they haven’t gotten it done. And when you don’t win at crunch time, it falls on the quarterback’s plate. And I think there’s a lot of frustration right now, obviously, in Washington.”
Gruden also spoke about the two teams together, when asked whether last year’s read-option surge might prove to be a fad.
“I think they’re going to have to prove that they can throw the football and do some other things besides the read option,” he said. “I think that’s the beauty of Cam Newton and Carolina: the option is just a small part of a big package of plays. And I think that maybe they’re relying on that pistol and the read option perhaps a little bit too much. I think you’ve got to utilize your other personnel
personal to really succeed and sustain in pro football, and I think the 49ers and the Redskins will look to do that here in the coming weeks.”