Mike Shanahan says Robert Griffin III can be one of the best ever

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan believes that Robert Griffin III has a chance to be one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history.

“If Robert plays like he did (in 2012) the rest of his career,” Shanahan said Thursday, per Albert Breer of the NFL Network, “he’ll go down as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game.”

It doesn’t sound like Shanahan is ready to run a conventional offense with RG3 under center.

“We have the ability with our offense to do anything,” he said. “We can run our offense for whatever the talents of the quarterback are. So whatever we feel is the best offense for Kirk, we’re gonna run it, like we did against Cleveland. Whatever we think gives Robert the best chance to be successful, we’ll do that for Robert. Every year, a quarterback grows, and we’re gonna do what we think is best to utilize the talents of those guys.”

Shanahan reiterated how special Griffin is.

“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,” he 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.”

Shanahan has a good reason to want to continue to run the read-option.  It does freeze defenses and give Griffin more time to throw, but it also exposes him on run plays.  As long as he keeps running, teams will take shots at him and it’s only a matter of time before he’ll go down with another serious injury.