May 23, 2013; Ashburn, VA, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) throws the ball during organized team activities at Redskins Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Shanahan Says Robert Griffin III Can Be One of the Best QBs Ever


Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III excited the entire NFL world with his dynamic play as a rookie. It wasn’t just the fans that Griffin was exciting, but his head coach Mike Shanahan as well. Shanahan was so impressed with Griffin throughout his rookie year that he went on the record to say that Griffin could be one of the best signal-callers to every grace the NFL field.

“That’s why you give up two 1s and a No. 2 for him. You give those things up because you see something very, very special,” Griffin said. “You see what type of athlete he is and what type of ability he has. He can make every throw on the field, he’s extremely bright, he’s got great work ethic, and he’s got passion for the game. Those are the things you look for. Now, the rest is taking it to the field.”

Griffin got off to a hot start last season before suffering a knee injury that slowed him down at the end of the season. Despite the fact that Griffin could have a setback while he recovers from his torn ACL, Shanahan has seen enough to believe Griffin could go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game.

“If Robert plays like he did [in 2012] the rest of his career,” Shanahan said, “he’ll go down as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game.”

If Griffin is really going to be great, he will need to find a way to stay healthy.

That will all begin with him understanding that he needs to change his style of play to avoid the excessive contact. There is nothing that Shanahan can do to stop him there.

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