Redskins: How Robert Griffin III and the Shanahans Duped the Saints Defense
I'd imagine that father-son duo spent much of the offseason devising a gameplan for how to use Griffin early in his NFL career, and it looks like they nailed it. They didn't let Griffin take many shots down field in the preseason, which left the Saints wondering what to expect from a guy with a monster arm but a conservative coaching staff.
And early against the Saints, that approach worked with what I consider to be a variation of what the boxing world calls a rope-a-dope. Essentially, the offense came out in a very guarded posture, waiting for the right time to hit it deep.
The first pass of RG3's career traveled more yards laterally than it did horizontally. Pierre Garcon was only able to get back to the line of scrimmage:
Very next play, same deal but to the opposite side of the field. Garcon again, and they end up with nine more yards.
"If you find something that the defense is struggling to stop," said Daryl "Moose" Johnston on the Fox broadcast, "continue to run it until they make that adjustment."
Griffin would make a mistake on the next snap, recovering his own fumble, and Morris could only get a pair of the five yards lost back. That left a 3rd-and-13, where they went back to the underneath throw well, this time with a screen to Roy Helu.
When the offense got back out onto the field for the next series, Griffin finally felt he had an opportunity to take somewhat of a shot.
Now before getting to the play of the day, I want to take you back to what Griffin was looking at on those first six snaps that led to dink-and-dunk completions.
Completion No. 1: Six men in the box for New Orleans. They're in nickel defense.
"It worked the first couple plays," Griffin said of the rinky-dink start sucking the Saints in. "Then they started playing it, and it opened up a lot of our other stuff."
Tired of the underneath stuff, the Saints are showing their most aggressive defensive front of the day. It's base defense, so there's no extra help for the secondary, and they've taken a chance by moving free safety Malcolm Jenkins (circled) up the line of scrimmage. Jenkins is blitzing, and thus, for the first time all day, only one safety is over the top.
There's no such thing as an unstoppable player, but Griffin's as close as they come. That also applies to Michael Vick, though, and look at the problems he's having right now. It requires a tremendous amount of focus to maximize a skill set like this, but it also requires some luck. Griffin took a few big hits Sunday, and his 219-pound frame can't afford to get smacked that often.
Unfortunately, that goes with the territory. The best way to beat a guy like Griffin is to remove him from the game completely.
In fact, if he continues to attack opponents like a seasoned veteran, it might be the only way.
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