Gruden Believes Griffin III Will Progressively Become Better and Better Over Time.
Jon Gruden said on Friday that starting Quarterback Robert Griffin III should come to enjoy the new changes that his brother Jay Gruden has made to the Washington Redskins playbook. The new coach has the full confidence of his brother being able to transition Griffin III into a better quarterback.
“Everyone wants to know how [Griffin is] doing in this new offense,” said Gruden
“He’s gonna have to change a little bit,” said Gruden, the former coach in Oakland and Tampa Bay who is now an ESPN analyst. “He’ll have to learn some new things. I think he’ll love it. I think it’ll help him sustain himself for a longer period of time.”
Gruden also went on to emphasize that it is not going to be an overnight process in learning to adapt to the new playbook. Taking time to develop a winning team that stands behind the quarterback is the first step the team is ensuring to take with the young quarterback.
“This is going to be a process. It’s going to take a little time, but he clearly has the aptitude, intelligence and talent to be a great quarterback in this league no matter what offense you run. I’m going to temper everything -- it’s the first day I’ve seen. But all signs are good.”
“This could be a period of a couple years where he transforms his game to a different level, hopefully,” Jon Gruden said. “But I think he’s coming along quickly. … This is going to be a process that’s going to take a little time, but the kid clearly has the aptitude, the intelligence and the talent to be a great quarterback in this league no matter what offense you run. I’m going to temper everything right now. This is the first day I’ve seen him, but all signs are good.”
Gruden also went on to state that it wasn't going to be a 100-year long process. Stating that with any quarterback who needs to develop over time the growth part is what everyone is looking for at the moment. As long as Griffin III continues to show signs of improvement each game and over the course of the next few years is crucial to how the Redskins can move forward with building a better roster.
“He’s going to have to get a rhythm,” Gruden said, “a feel for this offense. When the primary receiver is not open you reset and get to the secondary receiver and if he’s not open you get to the outlet. If the protection isn’t very good and you have to scramble, it’s nice to have the speed he has. So [if you’re his coaches] what we’re trying to do is put the timing and the rhythm into everything we do and let him put his own expression on the offense. His spin on the quarterback position could be really exciting when it’s all settled.”