Sep 15, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III tries to stay away from a pass rush by Green Bay Packers linebacker Andy Mulumba (55) in the third quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Redskins’ Robert Griffin says he needs to run more to help offense

The Washington Redskins are scuffling, as is starting quarterback Robert Griffin.

Looking for an answer to their woes, RGIII thinks he’s found it in his legs.

Griffin recently told ESPN that he feels his legs will be the reason the Redskins find success, and given his prior results, it’s hard to blame him.


“I can run more,” Griffin said.

After running nine times in the first two games, none on designed runs or off the zone read-option, Griffin is ready for more.

Circumstances can explain why he has fewer runs (he averaged 7.5 carries per game last season). The Redskins (0-2) have been behind by a combined 50-7 in the first half of both games. The defense has allowed a combined 1,023 yards. The offense turned over the ball three times in the season opener and has converted just 5-of-21 third downs.

But Griffin’s legs provided an extra dimension last season, something that has been missing. Teams were reluctant to send extra rushers while also playing man coverage, fearing what would happen if the rookie quarterback broke outside the pocket.

Through two games, that hasn’t been the case.

Griffin said the offense needs energy. His running provides that lift.

“I’ll do whatever we have to do to win the game,” he said. “That’s always been my mindset. I’m the quarterback. If I have to create that energy, if I have to spit a rap line in the huddle, I’ll do it. Whatever it takes to get that energy.”

Like so many other multi-dimentional quarterbacks in the league, running has made them who they are. Without that asset in his arrsenal, Griffin has been more or less regulated to a pocket passer, which is not his strength, especially when opposing teams aren’t fearing a run.

It’s a big step for Griffin, coming off his devastating injury, but one he must take.

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  • Daniel Lehrman

    Robert is a fine pocket passer, jerk.

  • garysroses

    RG3′s attempt to function almost solely as a drop-back QB has been unsuccessful, not necessarily because RG3 isn’t a good passer, but in part because of the nature of his offensive line–a mobile line built upon zone blocking reads, and which wasn’t formed to function primarily for a conventional drop-back quarterback. The line has only one high draft choice–at left tackle–and going into last season was viewed as a weak link–yet actually managed to do surprisingly well last year, when able to employ their zone blocking reads in front of a very mobile QB, that also served to help mask the deficiencies of the line.
    But RG3′s OL doesn’t seem well equipped to function in the more conventional way, and not having him run thus has a tripled negative effect. Linebackers can blitz more, without having to fear RG3′s run. So there’s also more pressure both on RG3 as well as on a line that already isn’t built as much to protect a drop back passer. There’s not really much a defense has to fear if RG3 isn’t a threat to break contain. And RG3′s mobility also made Alfred Morris more of a threat, because defenders had to simultaneously be aware of both on any running play. Yet further, when the offense isn’t able to sustain drives, that in turn places more pressure on the Skins’ defense, who in the first half of their first two games, seemed forever on the field. It’s all connected, but all connections seem routed through RG3′s legs. And what’s uncertain is if he is capable, or will ever be capable, of running like he did last year. Time only will tell…