The NFL saw just how good Robert Griffin III can be in 2012. As a rookie, Griffin took the league over, running and throwing en route to a 10-6 record and the NFC East title for the Redskins. The years following, however, did not go as well.
It's a tired story by now, rehashing the injuries and controversies that surrounded RG3 as the Redskins collapsed in 2013 and 2014. Things went bad, but despite those poor seasons, Griffin's talent remains immense. The Redskins and head coach Jay Gruden are invested in RG3 for the 2015 season, Griffin has been named the starter and all talk of a QB controversy has been extinguished.
For his part, Griffin is also doing the right things, and it's showing. To help the reconstruction of RG3, the Redskins hired Matt Cavanaugh to serve as quarterbacks coach. And Cavanaugh likes what he sees so far, calling his work with Griffin "enjoyable."
"There's a lot of things we're working on that he's making strides," Cavanaugh said.
Perhaps the biggest takeaway from Cavanaugh were comments that Griffin knows there is room to improve.
"Getting better at anything you've got to be aware of it," Cavanaugh said of RG3. "I think he's become very aware of some of the things we want him to do a little differently."
An aware Griffin is a step forward, as at times in the past RG3 has seemed resistant to coaching and sometimes even criticism. Improvement requires understanding, and if the Redskins QB is gaining that in his fourth season could be a very welcome development.
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