Before the 2012 draft, former NFL quarterbacks coach Terry Shea tutored Robert Griffin III to get him ready for the NFL game.
The results were strong during Griffin’s rookie year, but a serious knee injury in the playoffs and a rough 2013 season have raised doubts about Griffin’s long-term outlook. Shea is not one of those doubters. He spent a week with Griffin in March working on fundamentals and mechanics and came away feeling like the old Griffin was back.
“He looked 100% healthy,” Shea said, via USA Today. “I didn’t let up on him and, boy, he kept coming — and he reminded me of the old Robert Griffin that I knew coming out of Baylor for those eight-10 weeks we worked together in 2012. He could have very easily lost it given the year he had. I put him through a gantlet of drills. And Robert made all the throws, showing great skills. It sure appeared to me that he took that next step as a pocket passer.”
Shea stressed footwork after watching Griffin throw too many passes with improper technique last season and felt that Griffin cleaned up much of what was wrong during their time together. Shea also feels the addition of coach Jay Gruden and wide receiver DeSean Jackson will be a big boost to a player that needs one after a rocky second year in the NFL.