With three straight losses, it’s time for the Washington Redskins to get some much-needed rest during their Week 10 bye.
It’s also time for superstar quarterback Robert Griffin III to adjust his own game and figure out what has been working and what hasn’t been producing results over the team’s most recent skid.
Let’s take a look at a few things that RGIII must change in order to finish the season strong and build hope for the 2013 campaign.
Stop Taking Hits
This is the most obvious advice that the ‘Skins signal-caller must heed, and it seems that every fan and analyst who remotely knows anything about football agrees.
At 6’2”, 217 pounds, RGIII isn’t exactly a tank under center. In relation to most NFL players—especially defenders—he actually has a slender frame.
When he’s attempting to dive through three defenders with just over two minutes left in a 21-6 game (Week 9), it’s quite concerning. While RGIII’s passion for the game is admirable, he’s not going to be playing long if guys like Captain Munnerlyn, Luke Kuechly and James Anderson are helicoptering him on a regular basis.
Run When It’s Available
While we just advised RGIII to stop getting hit, we would like to see him run some more, especially when he has a lane.
One of Griffin’s best traits is his ability to create with his feet and pick up easy first downs when the passing attack is shut down. However, the young QB hasn’t always been ready to use his legs, and he seems content to hand the ball off or force a throw at times.
If RGIII has blockers and space to work with, he needs to use it. He’s easily the best offensive weapon on the Redskins; he just needs to slide or go out of bounds before defenders close in.
Keep at It
The bottom line is that RGIII has had a highly successful start to his rookie campaign.
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He’s racked up 1,993 yards on 172-of-262 passing and tossed eight touchdowns compared to just three interceptions. Griffin has also rushed 81 times for 529 yards and six more scores.
Those are phenomenal numbers and should only improve as the young man from Baylor adjusts to life in the NFL. He needs to continue trusting himself and his coaching staff, even if the team is just 3-6 and likely out of contention.
Eventually, the wins will start coming, and RGIII will be a playoff QB. He just needs to stay healthy and stop taking huge hits.