Baylor football coach Art Briles joined Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier on 106.7 The Fan today to chat about former pupils and current Redskins Robert Griffin III and Lache Seastrunk.
Briles was asked about the pass-catching abilities of Seastrunk, Washington’s sixth-round draft pick, who recently described his hands as soft “like a baby” despite having zero receptions last season.
“If our running back has six catches on the season, he needs to write home and tell momma, hey, I had a great year catching the ball, because that’s about the max,” Briles said of his offense. “We’ve got so many good receivers, and we’re such a good vertical team, that we’re not trying to dink and dunk; we’re trying to bomb and score.”
Seastrunk may not have the numbers to suggest he can be an effective weapon in the passing game, but Briles says his speed will make him a valuable addition to the offense.
“You can teach a guy to catch, you can kinda teach a guy to throw, but you can’t teach a guy to run,” Briles said. “He’s got what you’re looking for. You want a guy that can run, you want a guy that can make plays for you, teach him how to catch.”
Go on, coach.
“He’s a little bit of a feast or famine guy,” Briles said of Seastrunk. “He’s a guy that you gotta be willing to live with because he’s liable to hit one for 85, but then he may get you a minus yard every now and then. Your personality has got to fit what you’re expecting out of that position. What I would do is put him in a situation where he definitely knew where he was supposed to go, what he’s supposed to do when he got there, and then turn him loose and let him play. Any time you deal with phenomenal athletes, there’s going to be some feast and famine with them.”
Briles, who said the Redskins never seriously pursued him for their head coaching vacancy after Mike Shanahan was fired, also weighed in on what fans can expect from Griffin in his second year back from an ACL injury.
“When he was here, we kept him in a brace for a year,” Briles said of Griffin’s return to the field after he tore his ACL during his sophomore season in Waco. “So he played the 2010 season in a brace and in ’11 he [played without] one. He was very effective in 2010, but he was certainly more effective in 2011 when we felt like he was 100 percent.”
For more Briles on Griffin, see Chris Lingebach’s writeup here.