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Former Redskins quarterbacks coach expects “big jump” from RGIII

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Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has done some throwing with his receivers already this offseason, a big step up from this time last year when he was just starting the rehab process after knee surgery.

His former quarterbacks coach thinks it will be the first of many big steps up for Griffin this offseason. Matt LaFleur, who left the team when they parted ways with head coach Mike Shanahan and now coaches at Notre Dame, believes that Griffin will benefit a great deal from being able to focus on only football after spending his first full offseason in the NFL recovering from a knee injury.

“Everybody will see a big jump in his game and he’ll look more like he did in Year 1 than in Year 2,” LaFleur said, via John Keim of ESPN.com. “He’ll be able to recognize and play the position faster.”

Griffin is expected to ditch the knee brace he wore last season, which wide receiver Pierre Garçon and others thought made for less mobility last season. That was just one of the things missing from his game after a terrific rookie season and an offseason spent getting them back would benefit everyone in Washington.

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46 Responses to “Former Redskins quarterbacks coach expects “big jump” from RGIII”
  1. scothawk says: Feb 11, 2014 3:56 PM

    I expect a bad landing.

    Then Shanny will ask him to jump again.

  2. thepftpoet says: Feb 11, 2014 3:57 PM

    RG3 is a bust.

    Christian Ponder is better than RG3.

  3. jjb0811 says: Feb 11, 2014 3:58 PM

    Having a sane HC is a start.

  4. shaggytoodle says: Feb 11, 2014 4:00 PM

    Especially now that Subway has removed that Yoga Madditive from their bread.

  5. chaddukesthebuttpirate says: Feb 11, 2014 4:09 PM

    He better, or we’re screwed for another decade.

    Signed, redskins fan

  6. seahawkshurtpeople says: Feb 11, 2014 4:12 PM

    Who cares about RGEME?

    I wish this site would realize that no one likes this egotistical loser and he hasn’t done anything of significance since he shattered his knee and his career on the barren moonscape known as FedEx Field.

    He needs to be relegated to the dustbin of NFL history with the Ryan Leafs and Akili smiths of the world.

  7. f1restarter says: Feb 11, 2014 4:14 PM

    They want him to take a leap all the way up to “Just Sucking a Little”.

  8. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 11, 2014 4:16 PM

    As long as Washington’s Defense continues to be ranked 30th in points in the NFL…. you should expect the racial slurs to suck.

    That offense shouldn’t be as bad as they have been.

    NON-RECEVING running backs (Alfred Morris) hamstring teams.

    If you want a strong offense in this modern pass happy NFL…. you load up your team with receiving options.

    Having two options doesn’t make a team dangerous.

    Santana Moss is nearing the end of his career.

  9. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 11, 2014 4:16 PM

    Wow he’s really going out on a limb with that statement. I’d rather him just point blank answer if RG3 will benefit or suffer and why as a result of having a new coach that is not named Matt LaFleur. That’s all I want to know from Matt LaFleur.

  10. savocabol1 says: Feb 11, 2014 4:21 PM

    He is Sam Bradford. Came out the gates impressing everyone, then fell off the next year and hasn’t returned since.

  11. ketch20too says: Feb 11, 2014 4:25 PM

    People who expected him to come back last year and perform like he did in his rookie season were insane. This year, after a full off-season preparing with his team, we will get a more realistic view of what kind of player he will be going forward.

  12. antoni27 says: Feb 11, 2014 4:31 PM

    Stop hating on rg3 he is better than more than 50 percent of the starting quarterbacks in the leage.. he is no bust he proved it his first year.. this whole year can be considered rehab becuase to be good at anything you need practice, even the greats all got better every year with practice. How could he have gotten better when he could barely walk most of the offseason.. no reps with his team just getting back to health.. so to go against him shows how people are not real fans and kno nothing about football.
    or sports in general

  13. 23rdusernameused says: Feb 11, 2014 4:45 PM

    rg3and13 will still suck, same as ’13! DC’s have him figured out…. it’s over for RGtheTURD!

  14. rg3andthensome says: Feb 11, 2014 4:45 PM

    Like everyone else said…..Maybe he needs to just play and stop listening to everyone….Stop with the Ads, promotions etc….Just put on those big headphones and listen to that song, “I’m the man I’m the man I’m the man….”

    We will win again….

    SKINS FANS….

  15. hawkstradamus says: Feb 11, 2014 5:20 PM

    RgMe isn’t going to take a big leap. It’s not his style. However, he will probably start cutting himself or swallow a bottle of advil to get attention. Redskins fans on the other hand will be trying to see how many bb’s they can suck through the barrell of a 12 gauge.

  16. seabreezes51 says: Feb 11, 2014 5:21 PM

    Having Dan Snyder as his BFF puts the new coach in an impossible spot.

  17. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Feb 11, 2014 5:36 PM

    We win Super Bowls. We strongly suggest other teams try it.

  18. Ed Bandell says: Feb 11, 2014 5:49 PM

    I just hope he can remain healthy and not have severe life long and crippling injuries to that knee.

    His mobility is only going to get him so far. Every “running QB” has had to learn to be a passer in this league in order to survive and be productive. Randall Cunningham, Micheal Vick, etc. If all you can do is run…the team already has a RB who is a lot cheaper than you are.

    I am not a Redskins fan, never have been. I just hate seeing players getting hurt, and especially when they get severe injuries that could not only cost them their careers, but their lives.

    If he comes back to have a great year, good for him and the Redskins. I just hope they don’t try to make him play hobbled and wind up making him walk with a cane for the rest of his life or worse.

  19. 4allintensivepurposes says: Feb 11, 2014 5:50 PM

    “Now that I’m no longer coaching him, I expect him to make drastic improvements”.

  20. blackqbwhiterb says: Feb 11, 2014 5:51 PM

    He’ll be fine…. Everyone talked about Eli & Cam adter 2 seasons, yadadadayadada blah blah….. Maybe the media will get so caught up with Michael Sam they’ll leave Bobby alone this offseason….

  21. uglydingo says: Feb 11, 2014 5:53 PM

    RG3 – 13 could become RG2 – 14. The biggest diva in the NFL has a short shelf life. Daniel Snyder will drop him for Jameis Winston in a heartbeat…

  22. doubleogator says: Feb 11, 2014 5:53 PM

    Didn’t know Eddie Murphy played in the NFL…

  23. thealmightybigblue says: Feb 11, 2014 6:04 PM

    The skins are back where they belong…at the bottom of the NFC AND THE NFC EAST#BASEMENTBOUND2014#WELOLATRGME.

  24. jda129 says: Feb 11, 2014 6:24 PM

    Rams got the better deal.

  25. chargrz says: Feb 11, 2014 6:32 PM

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!

  26. oreo51 says: Feb 11, 2014 7:10 PM

    RG3 is done because he was stupid. He played when he should have sat and blew out his knee. He never was a good passer. He is a RB that throws a little. The Redskins should move on.

  27. hogheadgeez says: Feb 11, 2014 7:25 PM

    Wow! We have a lot of jealousy in the house tonight? Are people still taking issue with Robert’s commercials? He does not and should not have live football 24/7. To the guys complaining, do you have to focus on your main career on your days off or on vacation? Is it right for you to miss out on making more money for your families, outside of your main job? Not even the greats are all consumed with football during the offseason. Give the kid a break. He’s talented, smart, driven to be great, and by all accounts us a good person.

  28. deflateddome says: Feb 11, 2014 7:44 PM

    When I read that the Redskins were expecting a “big jump” from RG3, I thought it meant he was going to do jumping jacks again at the Redskins Draft Party like last year…

  29. matt4477 says: Feb 11, 2014 7:54 PM

    The hate for RG3 on this site has been disgusting

  30. ninthwardfriend says: Feb 11, 2014 7:55 PM

    We will see….

  31. chargrz says: Feb 11, 2014 8:03 PM

    Drafting RG set the Skins back years. Horrible trade with the Rams. He is not the 2nd coming that they thought. Feel sorry for the Skin fans as they are gonna have to watch this debacle unfold in the coming years.

  32. kwjsb says: Feb 11, 2014 8:03 PM

    The Browns once drafted “The Guy” to replace Ozzie, he also came from ‘Bama. Great athlete, great hands, great speed for a tight end of that era, We called him Lawyer I.R. Tillman, when on the field he was dominant, but he never really played, IR3 reminds me of him….

  33. jerrahsucks says: Feb 11, 2014 8:18 PM

    Never has any QB self promoted himself as the greatest player in history than RGME. Claiming he was better than Luck, when every team but one, knew better, should have never been more than a third round pick, but little Danny decided he was his next and only best friend. People should have known why Shanahan drafted Cousins? He knew that RGME was thrust upon him, and there was nothing the head coach could do. I hope little Danny enjoys kissing RGME’s ass, cuz he be gone in 2 yrs.

  34. musicman495 says: Feb 11, 2014 8:46 PM

    Lovin’ the hate for RG3. Will enjoy it even more when some of your teams are looking up at the Redskins in the standings come next October and November.

    As for the conventional wisdom about the Rams fleecing the Redskins in the trade, the Rams have yet to break .500 or make the playoffs since the trade, and are about to give up on the QB they kept (Bradford) instead of drafting Griffin or someone else. In the meantime, the Redskins were 10-6 last year with the Rookie of the Year at QB and won their division. Let’s wait another couple of years before we all decide who got the better of the deal.

  35. defscottyb says: Feb 12, 2014 4:20 AM

    The Skins will win the NFC East this year… Book it.

  36. jammer88 says: Feb 12, 2014 5:39 AM

    RGIII of one of the least accurate QB’s in the league last season and if he doesn’t improve on his accuracy, then he and the Redskins will be looking at another 3-13 season.

  37. hehateme2 says: Feb 12, 2014 7:42 AM

    Big Jump?….. he may hurt himself. LOL.

  38. cowboyhater says: Feb 12, 2014 8:11 AM

    RG3>Russell Wilson in 2014 (you can take that to the bank annoying hawk fans)……. Any average QB in this league can win with a top rated defense. It will be fun to watch this kid get back to form after horrendous off season last year. The only young QB who could have pulled off a good year after rehabilitating throughout the entire off season is Andrew Luck. That kid is unreal, and this is a skins fan proclaiming this. It will be a good year for RG3.

  39. eagleswin says: Feb 12, 2014 8:41 AM

    musicman495 says:
    Feb 11, 2014 8:46 PM
    Lovin’ the hate for RG3. Will enjoy it even more when some of your teams are looking up at the Redskins in the standings come next October and November.
    ….

    In the meantime, the Redskins were 10-6 last year with the Rookie of the Year at QB and won their division. Let’s wait another couple of years before we all decide who got the better of the deal.

    —————————–

    10-6 was 2 years ago with a last place schedule and a trick offense which is already fading into the sunset. They were 3-13 last year. RGIII wasn’t even in the top 25 of QBR.

    He should improve off of last year. He probably shouldn’t have played the 1st half of the season but ESPN, Shanahan and RGIII were “all in” on the RGIII hype.

    RGIII still has a long way to prove he’s elite. Commercials proclaiming him the best ever are about as useful as the “Michael Vick experience” commercials from 10 years ago. Great for ESPN and selling products but not so great production on the field.

  40. eagleswin says: Feb 12, 2014 8:48 AM

    blackqbwhiterb says:
    Feb 11, 2014 5:51 PM
    He’ll be fine…. Everyone talked about Eli & Cam adter 2 seasons, yadadadayadada blah blah….. Maybe the media will get so caught up with Michael Sam they’ll leave Bobby alone this offseason….

    ————————–

    Both those guys were propped up by tremendous defenses. In my opinion the Panthers defense was better than Seattles last year. Eli is an average/below average QB that can go on the occasional hotstreak but rarely has to carry the team when it is winning because the defense is what keeps them in games.

    Even Peyton Manning, regular season stud and postseason dud, won his only Superbowl on the back of his defense. He threw 3 TDs to 7 INTs that postseason while his defense flat out dominated. The bears in that superbowl only had 165 yards of passing offense and 2 turnovers yet Manning was the MVP.

  41. realitycheckbaby says: Feb 12, 2014 10:01 AM

    I think RGIII came back too soon.

    The bigger problem is the team surrounding him. His first year he made up for a mediocre team by running it. He can’t do that (at least to the same extent) and survive.

  42. iceburgskin202 says: Feb 12, 2014 11:14 AM

    So they still hating on our QB when it was clear that the coach was the diva ok we’ll be ok next year and a lot of y’all will start @&$!riding again.

  43. s0merand0mguy says: Feb 12, 2014 12:10 PM

    This quote amuses me “Stop hating on rg3 he is better than more than 50 percent of the starting quarterbacks in the leage”… And you wonder why Redskins fans are never taken seriously. I’ll take my 3rd round QB who on two separate occasions sent his jersey to the pro football hall of fame, won pro bowl MVP, has amazing stats and is going on his 3rd year. Oh yeah he didn’t cost us our 1st round pick(s) and he only costs $400,000 in 2014…. lol@redskins

  44. granadafan says: Feb 12, 2014 12:43 PM

    RG3 gets a lot of grief because of a) the arrogant and deluded Redskins fans; and b) his ego and blaming others. He clearly came back from his knee injury too early and went whining to the owner when the coaches tried to shelve him. QB experts and analysts (ie., guys who played in the NFL) could easily see that his form and mechanics were affected by his inability to plant the leg to throw. His decision making was affected because he couldn’t just tuck and run.

    Hopefully he’s learned from last year and rehabs PROPERLY this time, and listen to elders who have forgotten more about football than he knows abou the game. Attempting to come back early clearly hurt his team.

  45. s0merand0mguy says: Feb 12, 2014 3:10 PM

    I like this quote “The Skins will win the NFC East this year… Book it.”. Funny…. Last year we heard the same rhetoric and look what happened. All this big talk coming from a team that went 3-13. Not every team will be fortunate enough to get a great HC like Chip Kelly and win the division in the 1st year coaching. Skins have a sloppy cap situation, questionable QB and now will have a new coach and staff as well? lol…. All that talk last season and the teams still in last place.. tsk tsk tsk…

  46. mutohasaposse says: Feb 14, 2014 6:40 PM

    Sloppy cap situation? Since when is being 40 million under a bad situation?

    Stick to your own team before chiming in about teams you know nothing about.

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