If all goes well and the Washington Redskins are able to draft Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, they will get their franchise quarterback. Much has been written and said about RG3, but to say Redskins fans can’t wait to see him wearing a No. 12 Burgundy and Gold jersey would be an understatement.
Yesterday during a conference call with ESPN, Monday Night Football analyst and former NFL head coach Jon Gruden had plenty to say about Griffin. Here are his responses to my question about RG3 as well as one from another reporter on the ESPN conference call.
Question: How do you see Robert Griffin fitting into Washington if the Redskins are going to draft him?
Gruden: I think it's really exciting for the Redskins because Mike Shanahan, his expertise with mobile quarterbacks. Some of the best tape that I've ever studied was Mike Shanahan and John Elway in Denver, the back‑to‑back Super Bowl championship teams. They took advantage of John Elway's mobility. A lot of people forget just how extraordinary Elway was handing the ball off to Terrell Davis and those bootlegs, those naked bootlegs off of those stretch plays, devastating. What Mike did in San Francisco with Steve Young, another mobile quarterback, those are as good of offensive tape as I've ever seen.
So I think when you get Robert Griffin, one of the most explosive quarterbacks to ever play the position, in a Mike Shanahan type system, the possibilities are very exciting, I think, with Mike Shanahan's imagination.
Question: What stood out to you about RG3's personality when the cameras are off, and what kind of concerns would you have about him?
Gruden: Man, I don't have any concerns about this kid. What you see is what you get, on the camera, off the camera. He's a special young man. He comes from great stock; both his parents are military people. He's been brought up the right way. He's sustained the right stuff with all of his success. He helped put the Baylor Bears on the map of college football. I don't remember Baylor ever beating Oklahoma. I don't ever remember Baylor back‑to‑back years beating Texas. And I don't ever remember Baylor having a Heisman Trophy winner, either.
I think he can do the same thing for the Redskins. He can revive the Redskins, as long as he stays healthy, he buys in and really takes to this new system, and he continues to work. But this is a special young man, whether the camera is on or off.
Clearly, the former head coach of the Raiders and the Bucs feels that the Redskins would be well served by adding Griffin to their roster.
James Williams is a Contributor for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand.
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