Robert Griffin III’s brilliant rookie season ended with a serious knee injury that seemed to slow him down throughout his second season. But as Griffin prepares for 2014, he looks as good as new.
That’s the word from Washington offensive coordinator offensive coordinator Sean McVay, who said on ESPN 980 that Griffin looks as fast now, in offseason workouts without a brace on his knee, as he looks on film from that great 2012 season.
“I don’t think there’s any question: he looks explosive,” McVay said, via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “He looks like he is exactly what he was in the 2012 season. I think people underestimate when you have a brace on your knee how much that truly restricts you.”
McVay believes Griffin is going to be a constant threat with his feet to opposing defenses.
“I think that’s going to be a big part of what he does,” McVay said. “And he’s continuing to get more and more comfortable feeling some of those soft spots in the pockets, and being able to remain a passer while also understanding that hey, I do have this elite trait with my legs and athleticism, that if things do break down I can create that way also.”
If Griffin can play like he did in 2012, running for 815 yards and seven touchdowns while also having a passer rating of 102.4, that would be great news for Washington. But only if Griffin can play like he did in 2012 and stay healthy.