While Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III has done nothing but wowed everyone through the first seven weeks of the regular season, he has one glaring weakness. We still haven’t seen Griffin consistently and go through his progressions.
Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan have done a great job of protecting their prized possession. They continue to put Griffin in a position to succeed by running a lot of quick slants so he can get the ball out quickly.
The Redskins’ offense consists of read-option plays, quick short throws, or deep passes During Sunday’s loss to the Giants, when Griffin was forced to make a second and third read, he ended up getting intercepted by Giants safety Stevie Brown.
There’s one stat that is very skewed, and that’s Griffin’s completion percentage. I will admit that it’s impressive that he’s completed over 70 percent of his throws this season, but he’s ranked 30th in the NFL in pass attempts per game.
The Shanahan’s know they can’t afford to have Griffin drop back and throw the ball 30+ times per game. If opposing defenses can shut down the Redskins’ read-option, they’ll likely win because Griffin isn’t ready to beat teams with his arm. Don’t be fooled, the Redskins’ read-option is working now, but things change quickly in the NFL with the more film that gets out to defensive coordinators around the league.
At the end the end of the day, I believe Griffin will be a very successful NFL quarterback because of his maturity and how he handles himself. But he’ll be forced to adjust his game once defenses adapt to him.