The Washington Redskins organization and fans love Robert Griffin III’s mobility, however they all wish he’d slide more to protect himself. In training camp he scrambled to the left and couldn’t find an open receiver, he ran for 15 yards and slid.
”I just thought everybody would love it if I just slid in practice for once,” Griffin said, via The Associated Press. ”And I went ahead and did that. I find it easier to slide in football pants than shorts. It was a little harder, but I slid and everybody liked it.”
Head coach Mike Shanahan laughed as the crowd went while. The AP suggested it was the biggest cheer heard in Redskins camp so far.
”I thought it was good. … It’s got to become automatic,” Shanahan said. ”No matter what you do, there has got to be an emphasis there. The player’s got to believe in it. They have got to think it. If you use it do it in practice, it happens in games.”
But it’s been hard for RG3 to watch from the sidelines.
”It’s not easy to sit around and watch,” Griffin said Monday. ”I call it ‘Operation Patience.’”
He feels ready but is trusting his coaches.
”I feel like I’m ready for that – but we’re being real cautious right now and taking it slow,” Griffin said. ”That’s what Coach wants to do.”