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Gruden: Making Robert Griffin III a pocket passer would be ‘foolish’


The Washington Redskins have a new head coach in Jay Gruden, the former offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals. That means changes are coming, but Gruden says don’t expect him to try and convert quarterback Robert Griffin III to a pocket passer.

“I worked with Andy Dalton for three years in Cincinnati, and built a foundation of concepts and protections that I think worked well with him,” Gruden said, via NFL.com. “With Robert, we’ll obviously use his skill set differently. When it comes to the quarterback position, my job is to make him comfortable and productive.

“I’m not going to try to turn RG3 into Andy Dalton or Drew Brees. He isn’t them. They’re not him. I would be foolish to try to turn RG3 into a pocket passer. It would be foolish. The way he is as a runner, we have to take advantage of that. He strikes fear into defensive coordinators when he runs outside. I’m going to let him be himself.”

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