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Let's get back to parsing RGIII, shall we?
The Rest HEREhttp://washingtonexaminer.com/sports/redskins-confidential/2012/05/qa-rg3-ron-jaworski/563186
Wed, 2012-05-02 14:03
Talked to ESPN analyst, and former NFL quarterback, Ron Jaworski for a story on Robert Griffin III’s adjustment to the NFL – what could cause problems and what probably won’t. But I was only able to get in a little bit of what Jaworski had to say and, because he’s insightful, figured I’d print the full interview here. You can thank me later. Or you can tell me to get lost. Whatever.
Here it is:
Q: What areas of concern do you have about Griffin transitioning to the NFL?
A: I’ll digress a little bit. I was at RG3’s workout and I spoke to Dan and Mike and Kyle and Bruce and everyone down there. But in preparation for that Pro Day workout I studied Robert’s games and had a good idea of his skill set. I spoke to Terry Shea who was working with him – I have ridiculous respect for Terry. He’s very good at the mechanics of the quarterback position and getting guys ready for the next level. A couple concerns I had watching him at Baylor… I was a little concerned about the consistency. I thought many of his throws were off-balance and at times mechanically unsound with his footwork and balance. I was a little concerned about his throwing slot. There are times, and the great quarterbacks know when to change that platform to bring it sidearm, to get on their toes and avoid a rush and avoid a guy’s hands up… there’s a time when you want to be out of that slot. But I was concerned about the consistency of that. When I watched his workout I was watching those two areas of his game that I considered flaws. After that workout he did not have a flaw. I was very impressed with the work he had done to improve on what I perceived as weaknesses. It taught me two things: He’s coachable and he accepts coaching and he wants to get better. That’s critical when you go to the next level. You have to be a sponge to learn and study and prepare.
Q: Going from Baylor’s spread offense to an NFL attack, what are some of the little things he has to get used to? Is learning to play under center that big a deal?
A: I think the snaps under center are irrelevant. He did take some snaps under center. I can speak from experience. I played at Youngstown State in the sidesaddle T, which is a variation of the present spread shot gun. Every snap I took was away from center. It probably took me two days [in an NFL camp] to get that down. These guys are incredible athletes. I don’t foresee that as a problem. I also don’t see coming from that spread offense as a problem. When you study him you have to look for pro type throws. And he made a lot of pro throws even in this offense in the gun. So I don’t think there will be a problem. There are a lot of bubble screens and it’s not a complex offense, granted. However, that’s the offense he was taught and the offense he knows. I think the guy is smart and works so none of those are issues. Cam Newton dispelled that myth last year. Robert will continue to dispel that myth. You’re talking about a guy of high intellect and he’ll understand pro-style offense. It won’t be easy because it’s hard to get it down, but eventually he’ll be very good in a pro-style offense.
Q: Did you see a lot of plays that showed you his high football IQ?
A: Oh yeah there are numerous plays. This is an offense where there’s a lot that takes place at the line of scrimmage. He’s reading an end, he’s reading a safety and he’s reading linebackers. They dictate if he throws hots or if he throws down the field. There were plays where he read the middle of the field open and hit plays down the field. His deep ball is as good as I’ve seen since Jeff Blake. I still believe he’s as good a deep ball thrower as I’ve ever seen. Robert has that high arching rainbow that sets down in the receiver’s hands. There were many instances of throws that project to the NFL.
Q: Did you get a different feel at his Pro Day vs. watching him on film? Seems like there’d be a big difference...