In 2012 Robert Griffin III and the Redskins revolutionized NFL offenses, hitting defenses with more read option than previously seen in the professional ranks, and in turn, Griffin turned in an all-time great statistical performance. In 15 games, RG3 accounted for 3,200 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and just five interceptions to go along with more than 800 yards rushing and another seven TDs. The numbers seemed like video games, and RG3 produced so many highlights it propelled him into the celebrity stratosphere.
In the two seasons since, Griffin has not looked the same, whether a result of a host of injuries or defenses adapting. His numbers have declined across the board, most drastically in rushing yards, while turnovers have increased. A coaching change after his second season also didn't help.
Now, with the Redskins showing their commitment to Griffin by picking up his fifth year option last month, and Griffin in his second year running coach Jay Gruden's offense, the QB seems optimistic about getting back to a high level of play. In particular, RG3 seems excited about an offense tailored to his skills.
"I look forward to playing football to the best of my ability, and the best of our team’s ability. Coach is going to put us in situations to help us succeed. That’s what it’s about. What we do well is what we’re going to do," Griffin said Monday.
The question, however, is what do the Redskins and RG3 do well?
When Griffin was at his best, the Redskins were a run first team that relied often on the read option. The threat of RG3 taking off with the football forced defenses to stack the box and gave the quarterback open receivers on simple routes out of play action. As the injuries piled up, and perhaps Griffin grew more weary of running with the ball, the offense stagnated. Some problems emerged as Griffin tried to become more of a classic pocket passer, whether that show in poor decision making, a hesitancy to release the ball or problems reading of the defense.
Can Griffin improve in those areas? Absolutely. Will Brandon Scherff help along the offensive line to provide Griffin more time in the pocket? That's the plan.
But even if both those things happen, what does an offense designed for Griffin to succeed look like? Does the read option still have a role? Will Gruden implement the play action and bootleg calls that Griffin had so much success with as a rookie?
Let us know what you think in the comments.