Robert Griffin III has not been the same since tearing his ACL at the end of last season and he is continuing to struggle well after recovering from the surgery. Griffin is still making some horrendous decisions and he has shown no sense of pocket presence, but Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said that the team needs to be patient as Griffin takes the time to continue improving.
“A lot of people who have no mobility have been working on that feel since they were 5 years old,” Shanahan said. “It’s the way you’ve got to play. When you’re as good an athlete as Robert, you’re not forced to do that at a young age so you run around and make plays and you can always do that.
“For guys like that all of a sudden to learn to play in the pocket it’s not who you are.
It takes time. You’ll never officially be that type of guy. You have to be who you are and that’s to mix in both of it and run when they give it to you and stay in the pocket when they give it to you. The reps Robert has gotten [in this] has been mainly this year. He didn’t get too much of it last year.”
It’s true, you can’t become a pocket passer overnight, but you also can’t stop a man from making questionable decisions overnight.
The fact of the matter is that Shanahan would have been fired long ago if he had a different last name and the Redskins locker room and coaching staff is a complete mess. If the team doesn’t turn it around in the next few weeks, then there could be some major changes in the organization — including a decision to role with Kirk Cousins at quarterback.