Robert Griffin III went through his normal routine in practice today after being diagnosed with a concussion last Thursday.
“He’s OK, no problems,” said Jay Gruden. “He’ll see the neurologist Thursday. If he gets clearance there, then he will be ready to go.”
He is referring to Griffin being ready to go for the Redskins’ preseason game in Baltimore on Saturday. After putting up just one first down in four series against the Lions on Thursday, the starting offense needs to show some life.
When asked what he would like to see out of Griffin, Gruden emphasized that it’s not just about the quarterback.
“You know, first of all, it’s not about him,” he said. “It’s about that unit, the first team unit. We’ve got to have better protection out of all of them. As soon as we start to make it about one guy, that’s not what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to make this about the first unit.”
Gruden said on Sunday that he might have been inclined to leave Griffin in the Lions game had he not suffered the concussion. Today he was asked why he didn’t leave in the rest of the starting offense for another series and have Kirk Cousins or Colt McCoy play quarterback.
“I don’t know, that’s just how we decided to do it. I think with Kory Lichtensteiger and Shawn Lauvao, I think they were on the same pitch count as our starting quarterback was, that’s why.”
Of course, this really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Center Lichtensteiger and left guard Lauvao easily could have gone longer than the 16 snaps they were in. When the Dolphins come to town two weeks from Sunday they will be expected to play at least 60 snaps, probably more. The “pitch count” plan could easily have been abandoned.
It just seems apparent that the Redskins do not want to alter their plans to have Griffin start the first game of the season. If McCoy or Cousins had come in with the starters and moved the ball right on the heels of the dismal performance by Griffin with the first unit, there would have been tremendous pressure to make a change.