Robert Griffin III and Garçon already look in sync with each other. (Photo credit: Bill Wippert/AP)
When Griffin consistently chose Garçon in the first preseason game, it was pounced upon by the media and then Griffin tried to play it down.
It just so happens that he got targeted more times than everyone else. It's not like we were calling plays designated for Pierre. We were just calling our base plays, going through the reads. And it just so happens that his number popped up. (Via Mark Maske, The Washington Post).
Griffin’s insistence that it was a coincidence can’t really be taken too seriously. He doesn’t want to reveal too much about the offense during the preseason, so of course he will say that it was coincidence.
However, the fact remains that if you give up three draft picks and $42.5 million for a quarterback-receiver combination, you immediately start designing plays to make the most of that.
This is why we saw Garçon used in such an erratic manner during the Bears game. The preseason is a dress rehearsal for the regular season, but it’s a limited one. Every team refrains from using its big plays, while simultaneously hoping its big players stay healthy.
Using Garçon in that seemingly haphazard manner acted as a smokescreen for the Redskins' intentions for Week 1 and beyond.
Expect the Griffin-Garçon connection to develop as the season moves on. The versatility of Garçon means that he can play any receiving position asked of him, which favors Griffin immensely.
In an earlier article, I mentioned one scenario that could have some success. Playing at the “X”, Garçon can line up on the back side of the run on play-action bootlegs, beat the defender and get open deep.
This also gives Griffin the option of keeping the ball and making the play himself, or it could open cutback lanes for the running backs with a fake.
The presence of a dual-threat quarterback will be of great benefit to Garçon. As John Keim noted for the Washington Examiner, the Bills’ backside defenders were changing their angles on bootlegs so that Griffin was the focus. When Rex Grossman was on the field, they were going at the running backs.
That level of respect for Griffin as a run threat will give Garçon more opportunities to get deep. Again. lining up at the “X,” Garçon will look innocuous as Griffin rolls out to his right.
The defense will instinctively gravitate towards Griffin, letting Garçon go by. Garçon is then open in the backfield, allowing Griffin to throw back across to the left and pick him out for a large gain.
It will be genuinely exciting to watch this young quarterback-receiver combination grow together. Griffin will develop chemistry with all his receivers, obviously, but Garçon is the one who was brought in to spearhead the offense with him.