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Redskins are letting RG3 call audibles this year


Last year, the focus was on Robert Griffin III getting well from a physical standpoint.

But this offseason, he’s impressed his coaches mentally to the point they’re letting him try new things.

According to John Keim of, Griffin will be given the opportunity to call some audibles this year, unlike his first two seasons under Shanahan rules.

He did an excellent job above the neck,” Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay said, “as far as absorbing the new system, some of the terminology, . . . He’s done an excellent job translating his knowledge in the meeting room onto the field, recognizing some of those looks.

“Some of the audible situations we’ll give him the opportunity to call things at the line. He’s shown he’s fully capable of doing it and that’s what gives him a great chance to have success this year.”

Given Griffin’s ability — when well — to make plays with his feet, giving him some options at the line of scrimmage can only add to his potential.

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40 Responses to “Redskins are letting RG3 call audibles this year”
  1. claymus1 says: Jun 30, 2014 10:02 AM

    Finally, the kid might be allowed to just play football….Lack of RG3 hype has actually made me kind of like him again.

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Jun 30, 2014 10:03 AM

    Jay Gruden is good with quarterbacks.

    Washington’s 16th ranked PASS Offense will easily improve to TOP 10.

  3. stunzeed5 says: Jun 30, 2014 10:08 AM

    Monstrous bounce back season ahead!

  4. 700levelvet says: Jun 30, 2014 10:09 AM

    He should just retire.. After all he’s the greatest QB ever to strap on the pads…

  5. nickdoggmoneycash says: Jun 30, 2014 10:10 AM

    Glad to see this website still using the name “Redskins”.

  6. rightwingredskin says: Jun 30, 2014 10:12 AM

    This is good news for the REDSKINS. Incredible that RG3 will lead the REDSKINS to many victories this season. Hail to the REDSKINS!!!!! Honor, glory, REDSKINS!!!!!!!

  7. wonwes says: Jun 30, 2014 10:15 AM

    That what’s up! The Shannies handicapped the man! He could play at his strength!!!

  8. steelerben says: Jun 30, 2014 10:20 AM

    Allowing audibles, and actually practicing what to do on broken plays will suit RG3 a lot more than the Shannahan “this is how we run this play and the play will run this way because I said so” style. RG3 was drafted for his athleticism and his creativity, not to be a Tom Brady pocket passer.

  9. crabcakesfootball says: Jun 30, 2014 10:26 AM

    Has there ever been a player who needs his ego stroked by his coaches than RG3

  10. wickerskin says: Jun 30, 2014 10:29 AM

    so much for the news item a couple weeks ago that the ‘skins wouldn’t be running the read option as much anymore

    just kidding, i love the ‘skins, been a fan for almost 30 years now. but you gotta think that RG3 will be taking advantage of this situation to make the offense more like what he wants to run

  11. 6ball says: Jun 30, 2014 10:35 AM

    Since Elway retired, Shanahan’s coaching reputation has been in a free fall.

  12. FinFan68 says: Jun 30, 2014 10:37 AM

    ALL QBs should be allowed to audible. If not then the coaches are too in love with their “system” or they have the wrong guy.

  13. scoonie97 says: Jun 30, 2014 10:39 AM

    Also news of note:

    Dan Snyder will not audible the name of the team.

  14. tennesseeoilers says: Jun 30, 2014 10:48 AM

    Correct me if I’m wrong but even Vince Young was calling audibles in his second season … I mean, what in the world?

  15. 1rockyracoon says: Jun 30, 2014 10:50 AM

    Washington Football Team fans better hope his audibles aren’t just him running with the ball every time.

  16. scrp2 says: Jun 30, 2014 10:51 AM

    They’ll let him yell out “Omaha” a couple times before he hands it to the RB.

  17. ravensrunthenfl says: Jun 30, 2014 10:55 AM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAH crying tears of laughter at redskins fans who say they’ll be better, rg3 might as well play running back because he can’t throw LMAO, hahahaha #maylandssecondteam #thankGODforflacco

  18. gurnblanstonreturns says: Jun 30, 2014 10:56 AM

    Yet another indictment of Mike Shanahan. If Griffin has an outstanding year and Haslett’s new found freedom to call his own defense produces results, perhaps Shanahan’s coaching reputation will finally be in line with his actual bad coaching.

    Without John Elway and Alex Gibbs, Shanahan’s 35,000 sq.ft. home in Denver would have been a 350 sq.ft. apartment above the assistant principal’s garage near the high school where Coach Shanny was hamstringing the futures of high schoolers.

  19. vikesr4reel says: Jun 30, 2014 10:58 AM

    more like RG “0”
    this guy is just not good, sorry.
    should have grabbed Cassel when you had the chance!!
    Redskins will be lucky to win 5 games this year.
    But on the upside, you get a higher draft pick!!

  20. floratiotime says: Jun 30, 2014 11:08 AM

    I looked up the word bust in the dictionary and there was a picture of RG3.

  21. ziplock10 says: Jun 30, 2014 11:14 AM

    Best rookie season ever.

    Sub par 2nd year coming back from knee surgery.

    Idiots still talking he’s not good?
    I’m not calling him Great!
    Just saying for a 3rd year starter with the above credentials^^^

    Shows how many hate him for all reasons not football related…

    And save the draft pick talk. 10 teams would have done exactly the same thing if the REDSKINS didn’t. And been happy..

  22. ashure71 says: Jun 30, 2014 11:24 AM

    Hopefully this will be good news for the Redskins and fans of the Redskins like myself. Last season was rough for the Redskins, let’s hope Redskins QB RG 3 learned from his mistakes and can bounce back. I wasn’t willing to put him in the HOF after his first season or write him off after last season. Both Griffen and Redskins have a lot to prove this year, can’t wait for another season of Redskins football to start.

    Redskins Redskins Redskins

  23. ashure71 says: Jun 30, 2014 11:26 AM

    floratiotime says:Jun 30, 2014 11:08 AM

    I looked up the word bust in the dictionary and there was a picture of RG3.
    I looked up the definition of knucklehead in the dictionary and this post was provided as proof.

  24. poridge1214 says: Jun 30, 2014 11:32 AM

    Wait, who is letting him call audibles this year? I thought PFT was pretending to be offended by the racist team name to actually use it in writing in their articles.

  25. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Jun 30, 2014 11:34 AM

    Seriously? RG3 couldn’t audible last year? That is the most shocking thing I’ve heard all offseason.

    Surely he (or someone on OL) could change protections, and there had to be a run/pass “kill” of some kind. I cannot imagine a modern NFL offense surviving a single offensive series without the ability to modify (if not replace) a playcall at the LOS.

  26. beneaththeunderdog says: Jun 30, 2014 11:48 AM

    where’s logicalvoices? i miss him!

  27. micknangold says: Jun 30, 2014 12:15 PM

    Having a play(s) you’re allowed to check to if you see a specific look that you’ve been coached to look for is not the same as being able to just completely change the play to whatever play you want out of that set – or moving guys around into a different formation and calling a brand new play from that set. Not a lot of QBs are allowed to do that, in fact.

  28. micknangold says: Jun 30, 2014 12:17 PM

    I was under the impression the Redskins had already changed their name to the Washington Peer Pressure Cowards.

  29. TheWizard says: Jun 30, 2014 12:19 PM

    I didn’t realize there were NFL quarterbacks not allowed to call audibles.

    Defenses have to love that.

  30. bobnelsonjr says: Jun 30, 2014 12:27 PM

    The kid should not have been thrown in right away.
    He needed time to learn.

    Putting him on the field before he was ready hurt his career. He may become a good QB with the right coaching.

    So far the Rams have gotten the better of the trade. It is up to Griffin to prove otherwise.

  31. tommyribs says: Jun 30, 2014 12:28 PM


  32. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jun 30, 2014 1:19 PM

    I guess before that thought if they were in the wrong play, RG’s athletic ability would bail them out. Going to have to use his head more than knees going forward.

  33. dirtymcgirty says: Jun 30, 2014 1:27 PM

    Actually, RG3-10.


  34. chaos744 says: Jun 30, 2014 1:45 PM

    Great news.

  35. kev86 says: Jun 30, 2014 1:51 PM

    Awesome! – giants fans

  36. teambolt5000 says: Jun 30, 2014 3:12 PM

    Calling an audible requires the ability to read a defense, and read it correctly, then making the correct adjustment. So far, RG has been reacting to a defense and now he will be required to make changes based on what alignment he sees. I’m not saying he can’t do it, I’m just saying that its easier said than done.
    Regardless, good luck to you REDSKINS fans this year.

  37. nealc53 says: Jun 30, 2014 4:32 PM

    REDSKINS !!!!!

  38. canhawk says: Jun 30, 2014 9:38 PM

    Taking off his training wheels! He has been watching Russell and is sure he can do it!

  39. ziplock10 says: Jun 30, 2014 10:06 PM

    Just looking at the other team in Washington. The Nationals. With bobbing Knucklehead night for Bryce Harper….

    And people still get on RGIII??

    Thats a clown man!

  40. 12hawksfan1976 says: Jul 1, 2014 1:31 AM

    Seems like months since we heard from this Princess. Didn’t miss him a bit.

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