RG3: I’m not going to try to be a normal quarterback

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With Robert Griffin III’s return to the starting quarterback job all but certain, the question for the Redskins will shift from when will Griffin return to what kind of quarterback he’ll be when he’s back in the lineup.

Ever since Griffin has joined the team, there has been a tug-of-war between those that think he needs to tone down his running for the sake of safety as he becomes a more “traditional” quarterback and those that think his best path to success is being the same type of quarterback he’s been throughout his career. That debate was in the spotlight this preseason as Griffin appeared to struggle while making the transition to head coach Jay Gruden’s offensive scheme, which called for him to run less than he did in the Shanahan years.

Griffin gave an interview to the team’s website, his first since Gruden said he’ll start on Sunday barring any setbacks, and shared some of his thoughts on the matter.

“I’m ready to go, ready to play, get back out there with the guys and have fun. That’s what it is,” Griffin said. “God didn’t put us on this earth to be normal. So I’m not gonna go out there and try to be a normal quarterback. I’m gonna go out there and be the quarterback he’s called me to be.”

Whether he’s a “normal” quarterback or not, the Redskins need to figure out if he’s the right quarterback for them over the long term. That’s why he’ll return to the starting lineup despite Colt McCoy handling things well the last two weeks and it will be the biggest question to answer over the second half of Washington’s season.

137 responses to “RG3: I’m not going to try to be a normal quarterback

  1. Guess we’ll find out this weekend whether the RG style of have fun/be me quarterbacking is worth anything.

  2. Well, the God reference is ridiculous….but, this kid has no chance. If he tries to be a pocket passer, he stinks. If he goes back to running, he will be injured all the time. At least he got to cash some paychecks.

  3. Now… that’s EXACTLY correct, I agree.

    This isn’t college football. See Cam Newton… Slash, Tim Tebow, Mike Vick… and RG3.

    Successful NFL QB is a different breed than quick check down… and then RUN guys that succeed in college. NFL D men eventually beat them to a pulp…. which RG3 has provide excellence evidence of.

    RG3 has incredible talent as an offensive weapon… just not as a QB. When will Chucky’s little brother and RG3 figure that out??? After he’s lost for ANOTHER season??? WHY???

  4. Okay, i actually forgot if this guy is any good anymore. A sample size of his last 13 plus games including preseason doesnt say much. I dont wish injury on anyone but he better learn how to slide. Yeah and less talk more action dude.

  5. Why wouldn’t he play to his strengths! The option didn’t get him hurt by not sliding got him hurt! Hell he been hit more by standing in that dumb ass pocket! That works for traditional pocket passers QBs like rg, kap, cam, etc they not pocket passers and these bs media people and NFL so called experts putting that bs out there they need to stay n the pocket so how can they take advantage of their legs! Smh it’s common sense

  6. Translation: I dont like to play hard and try and win championship. My ego is sky high. I say some very strange things like this ^^^. And when I suck at football on Sunday, Wednesday press conferences I let everyone know I fixed it. I do that every week. Once again, I AM NOT A NORMAL QB.

  7. “I’m ready to go, ready to play, get back out there with the guys and have fun. That’s what it is,” Griffin said. “God didn’t put us on this earth to be normal. So I’m not gonna go out there and try to be a normal quarterback. I’m gonna go out there and be the quarterback he’s called me to be.”

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    Great quote, whatever I think of the guy. It’s a game and he has certain talents in it. It’s exactly what it is.

  8. Wierd, I dunno. I do know this cat brought a ton of energy and excitement to the NFL at one time. I am hoping that he can bring that same type of game once he returns. It would be good for the NFL and the team if he has game like that and can stay on the field. Is that asking too much? And no he is not normal. He is a gifted athlete, borderline Olympic skills at one time. He will never be normal.

  9. In a few years, this guy will be looked at as one of the all-time biggest draft busts in NFL history.

  10. This proves he still doesn’t get it! His refusal to stand in the pocket and go through his progressions is amazing! Doubt he makes to week 16

  11. Abnormal quarterbacks rarely (ever?) win Super Bowls.

    Even if you can run and are good at it you have to be able to play quarterback well from the pocket to succeed in the NFL.

    Russell Wilson, Aaron Rogers, and Drew Brees come to mind as capable runners who are also very good from the pocket and won Super Bowls in recent years. Other than them you have to go back to Elway and Young to find quarterbacks who won Super Bowls and could also run well.

    You have to be able to play from the pocket (read defenses well, throw the ball accurately, put the right touch on throws) even if you’re a good runner, and that’s what too many GMs don’t get when they draft guys.

  12. Players like Robert Griffin III are why I am not a fan of individual players but of a team. All these players have forgotten for whatever reason that football is a team sport.

  13. My favorite quarterback of all-time, Steve McNair, didn’t become a dual threat pocket passer until his seventh season. A transformative moment which led to an NFL MVP two years later. In his case though, I don’t think it was stubbornness like RGIII’s that held him back, it was the lack of a good offensive coordinator to mentor him (which Mike Heimerdinger finally did). That delayed emphasis cost the Titans a Super Bowl title. (Do you really think Steve McNair circa 2001 and beyond would’ve come up 1 yard short?) For the sake of Redskins’ fans, I hope RGIII comes around sooner than later.

  14. I don’t think anyone is fooled in thinking you know anything about being a normal QB…..or any kind of QB for that matter.

    So much game film of you wearing a hoodie on the side line for teams to go through….

    Tool!

  15. Man, people really want this kid to be out of the league and/or injured. What’s wrong with you people? It’s like Bill Simmons says – he WANTS good players in the NBA because it makes it a better sport. Wish for people to succeed, not to fail because you rather be perceived as right.

  16. Good for him. You can’t fit a square peg in a round hole. If you can’t read defenses well but you can run like the wind, then by all means. Dude just needs to learn to slide.

  17. He does make a valid point, to a certain extent that is. Why be “normal” if you’ve been given the talent and opportunity to be above that, maybe even be, extraordinary? The problem with that is, and it is partly the reason why people are knocking him down and saying he’s just not that good, to be above normal, one’s talent has to be complete. You can’t be extraordinary if your athleticism only enables you to pass, outrun and deceive defenses but doesn’t give you the ability to adapt to their adjustments. His injuries can be attributed to defenses, after a half of play, being able to predict exactly what his next moves are going to be. He is a talented young man, there is no question about that, but his inability to modify his game to whatever defenses present has been his main problem.

    Outside of the miracle rookie year, he hasn’t really done much. Realistically, one more injury to either of his legs and he’s done. He, himself, may not see or realize that, but teams and owners definitely will.

  18. joeflaccoallday says:
    Oct 31, 2014 12:24 PM
    It’s funny how people doing the same thing with Colt McCoy how they were doing with Kirk Cousins earlier this season. RG3 is the franchise QB

    Then the franchise is in trouble.

  19. Russell Wilson … like RG3 … has not yet proven he can play from the pocket. But RG3 doesn’t have a great team to make up for it.

  20. Looks like God wants you to learn more lessons. You’ve been on the sidelines because you’ve been hurt. God was there for those plays too. God works in mysterious ways. That’s a nice way of saying “God hurt you so you’ll learn how to pass from the pocket.”

  21. Give up on him being an effective pocket passer. You have to completely buy into him playing like a college QB, cross your fingers, and hope he survives the year.

  22. I’m gonna go out there and be the quarterback he’s called me to be.

    God calls people to the PUP list?

  23. “God didn’t put us on this earth to be normal. So I’m not gonna go out there and try to be a normal quarterback. I’m gonna go out there and be the quarterback he’s called me to be.”

    God called you to be always injured?

  24. Oh normal, like peyton manning, tom brady, phil rivers, drew brees, andrew luck, big ben, eli, aaron rodgers, russel wilson, yeah i wouldn’t want to be normal either BOB.

  25. Anyone who has actually looked at RG3 film will know that he hasn’t taken the injurious hits when he’s been running. He’s gotten injured when he STAYED IN THE POCKET. Our O-line just isn’t very good. He needs to be a mobile, running quarterback just for survival. If he returns to the unconventional form he was in back in 2012, he’ll be a killer.

  26. He should really just try to be a GOOD quarterback and try not to be a BRAND quarterback. Otherwise maybe Washington should trade him and see which is better McCoy or Cousins.

  27. Steve Young came to the 49ers as a scrambler. He says Bill Walsh threatened to turn him into a running back unless he stayed in the pocket and went through his reads. Young knew Walsh would do it, stayed in the pocket, took his beating when necessary and learned to become a legitimate NFL QB with good escability when he needed it. In the last half of his pro career Young became a great, accurate pocket passer. Griffin should do the same – he might not have the same impact as a pocket passer, but his career will last a lot longer.

  28. The man can have all the talent in the world but if he can’t stay on the field it doesn’t matter. Not to mention there is no definitive answer on his skill set due to lack of snaps. Athleticism means absolutely nothing if you fail at execution. It looks doubtful this kid will be on the roster in 2015.

  29. “God didn’t put us on this earth to be normal. So I’m not gonna go out there and try to be a normal quarterback. I’m gonna go out there and be the quarterback he’s called me to be.”

    If I believed in God then I would have to say he doesn’t want you anywhere near a football field based on the injuries…

  30. A “normal” Quarterback is a leader. A player who puts the team above himself. A “normal” QB throws TD passes and wins games. A “normal” QB knows how to handle himself in the media. A “normal” QB gives his teammates and coaches credit when they win, and accepts the blame for losses. A “normal” QB makes his teammates better and in turn they want to battle and sacrifice for him.

    So I guess Heath…I mean Bob is correct. He never will be a “Normal” QB.

  31. One more thing- a “Normal” QB does not talk, crack jokes, slap his teammates on the shoulder and laugh during the National Anthem during Breast Cancer Awareness Month when a Breast Cancer survivor is singing it on national television.

  32. Running quarterbacks have short careers and get coaches fired. Every leg injury causes you to lose just a bit more speed. That in turn causes you to take a few more hits you would have gotten away from before the injuries. That fact increases your chance for another injury. There’s a reason an NFL running back’s average career length is 3 years.

  33. He says “normal” like that is some kind of bad thing. I grew up idealizing “normal” quarterbacks. Please booo him for me Minnesota

  34. Jay Gruden: You just broke the Cowboys back, literally, and you still have 3 divisional games. Run this guy into the ground. Literally. You have 2 cupcakes and a bye over the next 3 weeks. The rest of the NFC East will be playing and losing to the NFC West. 5-5 with 6 games to go spells division title. Take a page from the Shannahans and run him into the ground. You can take this division with the read-option. He’ll never be as talented as Andrew Luck and never as deferential as Russell Wilson. Get your 8-10 games outta him and hope Dan Snyder lets you keep your neck. You can worry with a long-term plan come January/February…

  35. God made the Vikings’ Everson Griffen, Shariff Floyd, and Harrison Smith as well.

    They LOVE abnormal quarterbacks!!!!!

    Popcorn is ready…………..

    Vikes D is 9th in the NFL and getting better…..

    LONG day for RG3 on the road and not sure he will finish the game.

  36. This guy is the Jerry Jones of QB’s. Just shut up and perform for once. Despite the meida and his own self/hype, he hasn’t done anything yet.

  37. commonsensedude says:
    Oct 31, 2014 1:25 PM

    Anyone who has actually looked at RG3 film will know that he hasn’t taken the injurious hits when he’s been running. He’s gotten injured when he STAYED IN THE POCKET.
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    This may be the dumbest thing I’ve ever read. As a DC guy, there are few things more irritating than a DC Redskins fan and this is exactly why. The dude snapped his ankle RUNNING for his latest injury!! He snapped his knee while trying to scramble out of the pocket you moron. You wonder why no one on this planet respects you fans!

  38. He’s got the knee and ankle checked off his injury list. I’m guessing we’ll see either turf toe or a groin injury next. Then he can start working on his upper body injuries for next season.

  39. I grew up a skins fan and still love the team as difficult as it’s been over the last two decades, but this guy just can’t seem to learn a simple task such as sliding. He also should adhere to the adage of letting his play do the talking, trouble is, his play isn’t that good without his speed and the read option. I’m truly afraid we will have to draft our franchise QB as he isn’t on the current roster.

  40. Lots of RGIII stalkers on here… for people who hate the guy and every utterance that comes from him there sure are a few twat trolls who can’t seem not ignore him.
    Here are two clues, interviews are requested of subjects not demanded; this article wasn’t written by rgiii. Secondly, trolling someone is a sure sign you’re a loser with no life.
    I never seen so many factually wrong arguments like he’s a bust or he can’t read defenses. The guy is in his 3rd year and his 1st he was ROY. Reading defenses meme is dumb, 17 ints in 3 yrs doesn’t sound like a guy who can’t read defenses.

  41. There are a lot of haters here. RG3 is a talented kid. If he can learn how to slide or run out of bound so he won’t get hit (like Russell Wilson normally does), he should be fine to play like he did in his rookie year. After all, he cannot force himself to be someone else.

  42. I don’t hate RG3…I just wish he would see that he can’T play the way he did his rookie year and expect to not get hurt. That ship has sailed. He needs to think about his life and health after football. Every defense in the NFL is waiting to hit him the first time he leaves the pocket.

  43. So, I get it. If you critique Roberts play, you’re a hater. That’s smart. How about asking why such a talented athlete still can’t slide three years into his NFL career? Or is that someone elses’s fault too? I’m no hater, but he isn’t worthy of a statue in adoration either. Prove it RG.

  44. It is unfortunate that one person can generate so much hate or dislike.

    Many of the people here posting all these negatives about RG3 clearly have not watched many Redskin games. And again those who pay attention would also note that the current offensive line is in shambles, I would say near the bottom of the league.

    Those that pay close attention can see RG3 progress thru his reads.

    Good point fight4oledc: 17 Ints in 3 years.

    And lets not forget RG3 is learning a NEW offensive scheme (which most people know takes time).

    So back off the hate and learn a little perspective-or least pay attention to the details.

  45. mikeevans2012 says: Oct 31, 2014 3:23 PM

    So, I get it. If you critique Roberts play, you’re a hater. That’s smart. How about asking why such a talented athlete still can’t slide three years into his NFL career? Or is that someone elses’s fault too? I’m no hater, but he isn’t worthy of a statue in adoration either. Prove it RG.
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    Critiquing a player is one this. Making ridiculous comments that are unfounded are another.

    RG3 has alot to prove-yet he also has alot of talent that many people here deny.

    Luckily for us none of you are NFL scouts…….

  46. How many sacks did Colt McCoy have, or Kirk Cousins? I’m asking because they played in a new system too, with the same O-line and because they made quick decisions, they took very few sacks. It’s not all the O-line.
    *I’m in no way suggesting either of those two are the franchise QB we all desire either.

  47. RGIII won’t be in the league much longer then. He has missed quite a few games this year and an entire season already. I think RGIII is he doesn’t play a bit more “normal” he won’t be in the NFL long and will be another very expensive bust for the Redskins.

  48. Just what any team needs. A QB whose mindset is “once the ball is snapped, I’m going to do everything myself.”

  49. Reading defenses meme is dumb, 17 ints in 3 yrs doesn’t sound like a guy who can’t read defenses.
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    A couple of things. First off, the 17 INT in 3 years is misleading. He has missed a lot of that time with injuries and knocked out of other games. He rarely throws a pass down the field, majority of his passes are less than 7 yards and a ton of screen passes.

    But most importantly- thanks for the heads up that there was a meme about him reading defenses. I found one and it is hilarious. (The one about how he can’t read defenses but makes a killer sweet onion teriyaki sub while wearing adidas shoes)

  50. Making ridiculous comments that are unfounded are another.

    RG3 has alot to prove-yet he also has alot of talent that many people here deny.

    Luckily for us none of you are NFL scouts…….

    * Put down the kool-aid and look at what I wrote. I asked why he can’t slide three years in? He still hasn’t proven that ability. That’s not unfounded. I said in an earlier post he’s best in the read option, because of his athletic ability. You are not a scout, or a wordsmith either I’m willing to wager.

  51. Johnny, a lot of time? He missed 1 game rookie year, 3 games (benching, not injured), 5 games this yr. When you factor in the actual games missed the 17 ints makes my argument even better.. peyton averaged 8.3 in 2012, rgii averaged 8.1

  52. Colts got a steal in Andrew Luck, and Skins got hosed with RG3.
    ……………

    Andrew luck was no steal. He was the number one pick in the draft and everyone’s best quality in ten years.

    Russell Wilson was the “steal” if there was one.

    The guy trying to compare RW to RGIII in the pocket is ignorant.

  53. two things for bob:

    first, i’m pretty sure god’s got other stuff to do rather than decide what kind of football player he wants you to be.

    secondly, given the above, it can’t be god’s fault if you end up washing out.

  54. NFL=Not For Long

    RGlll is going to have a VERY short career.

    He is this decades Kordell Stewart, only difference, Stewart was more durable.

  55. puffnstuff5005 says:

    In a few years, this guy will be looked at as one of the all-time biggest draft busts in NFL history.

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    Even if Mr. Griffin never played another down of NFL football he’d be miles ahead of JaMarcus Russel. Can’t blame the man if the redskins were so desperate they traded years of draft picks for him.

  56. “I’m not going to be a normal quarterback”. That’s OK Bob, you have some fans on here who aren’t normal too!

  57. People, people,… You’re taking your eyes off the ball. Focus. Tie this to Peyton some how. You’re losing cred.

  58. The Redskins should run that same offense that took the Bills to 4 Super Bowls, “the K-Gun”. With the fast pace and both Jackson’s and RG’s speed it would be a nightmare for the defense. Please refer to the absolute beating the Eagles gave Washington last year in their first meeting with Vick and Jackson. Rg3 should not be under center and should be taking the snap out of the Shotgun to help him make his reads. From the K-Gun you can also run read option plays (a few times a game) I can’t understand why that offense was shelved. Only the Colts with Manning and the Eagles run anything like it. Some games I see the Pats run something simular.

  59. The Redskins should run that same offense that took the Bills to 4 Super Bowls, “the K-Gun”. With the fast pace and both Jackson’s and RG’s speed it would be a nightmare for the defense.
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    The short answer why they don’t run it is because that offense is WAY over Griffin’s head. There is no way he could handle having to read a defense and make calls at the line. If you think he has been a disaster so far, just let him call some plays or even have more than one audible available to him at any given time…his head would explode and his teeth would fly out of his head killing hundreds of innocent fans.

  60. Comparing Rg3’s situation to Andrew Lucks’ situation is like night and day. The Colts were missing few if any pieces beyond the QB.

    The Redskins however have several holes on defense, and most especially along the offensive line.

    And the reason why McCoy & Cousins have not had as many sacks is this: the play-calling (and offensive scheme) was dumbed down for them, and they both have quicker releases (and unfortunately for Cousins those often turned into INT’s because he CANNOT read the defense).

    A little attention to the details can go a long way.

  61. The Colts virtually started from ground zero with Luck. Colts fans can probably do a better job but I remember they started the 2012 season with far fewer places in place than the Redskins.

    Of course the Nations Capital is awash in excuses.

  62. Comparing Rg3’s situation to Andrew Lucks’ situation is like night and day. The Colts were missing few if any pieces beyond the QB.

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    Nice try but not really factual. In 2011 the Colts were clearly the worst team in football on both sides of the ball. They were 2-14 vs Washington’s 5-11. Washington scored more points, allowed less and the point differential was -187 for Colts, -79 for Washington. Since then Colts are 28-12. Washington is 16-24 (three or four of the wins by Cousins, two by McCoy). Better free agent signings, better drafting, and such helped. But the biggest difference is that Luck is light years ahead of Griffin in the biggest areas- talent, brains and football IQ.

  63. great. Instead, you should try to be a skinny, injury prone running back who makes bad decisions. Because that’s what you already are. Shouldn’t have to make many adjustments.

  64. RG3’s problem is that he thinks he has it all figured out and that it’s someone else’s fault when he fails. He’s just not an NFL quarterback. Skins, please, move on and do not sign him to a new contract after 2015. it’s pretty clear that he will never be a consistent upper echelon QB. At most, he will have one or two good seasons….one already down.

  65. I agree with Robert… injuries may or may not happen and you can’t worry about that. Go out there and use all your skills and don’t try and be something your not. In my opinion he’s already a very good quarterback who also happens to be an athlete. A true dual threat. Asking him to not be a run or scramble makey him less effective. Look at Russell Wilson or Colin K… they just haven’t been hurt yet because they know how to slide. Robert needs to learn that art and he’ll be fine.

  66. Nobody here actually thinks the colts were really a 2-14 team. I think they could have worked 5 or 6 if they tried

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    You mean the Colts starting a nobody in Curtis Painter at QB who never got a single snap with the 1’s when Manning was there and who was out of the league after Luck got drafted? No backup plan for Painter? Check. Yea, it was a tank for Luck situation.

  67. It has nothing to do with being “normal” in the style of QB play. What it has to do with is not being smart enough to know how to play smart and be on the field on a consistent basis. That would make Robert G. a good, dependable, leader at his position, which up to this point he hasn’t been.

  68. Look at Russell Wilson or Colin K… they just haven’t been hurt yet because they know how to slide. Robert needs to learn that art and he’ll be fine.
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    If only it was that simple. Everyone makes a big deal about him not learning to slide. He doesn’t slide because he doesn’t want to. He is fragile and he does not understand that either. Sliding would take ten minutes to teach, and I am sure they have taught him many times. I could teach my dog to slide in the amount of time people say they are teaching Bob to slide. His problem is he waits too long and has no idea when to slide and when to avoid contact. He also needs to learn when to run and when to throw the ball away. I am sure he has been told to do that many times, which brings me to his downfall….I think the kid is uncoachable and unwilling to learn how to progress his game and make the best of what he has. He thinks he is Superman, but he is just an average player that needs to learn to play for the team and not for himself. Dilfer, Williams, McMahon, Johnson and many others have won Super Bowls because they realize they are not Peyton Manning/ Tom Brady/ Dan Marino and alter their play for what is best for their team. To not LOSE games that could have been avoided if their pride and ego took over.

  69. Nothing brings out troll comments from OTHER teams fans like Bobby does! Keep it up Bobby! the more they hate the more your in their heads. Fear can breed interesting conversation to say the least. keep the SMH coming. Redskins fans just laugh.. How bout them Cowboys?

  70. Sounds like a very selfish player and very full of himself,,,which is typical of todays NFL player. And of course he’ll continue to injure himself, which will give McCoy the time he needs to take the QB job.

  71. Don’t have to be a normal quarterback. Russell Wilson isn’t a “normal” quarterback. Donovan McNabb wasn’t a normal quarterback, in fact TRYING to be a normal quarterback is what killed Donovan’s numbers next to injuries. It’s about being a smart quarterback. Knowing when to take the hit or not as QBs are fragile.

  72. There’s nothing wrong with a “running” QB, and as we can see, these quick-to-run guys are in-fashion, and will continue to be.

    But here’s the thing: QBs who run are going to have very short careers if they don’t take steps to protect themselves. They need to learn to slide, rather than take a hit. RGIII should know that better than anyone. He’s not going to hold up over time if he allows himself to get slammed every time he runs. None of them will.

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