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Griffin's offseason will continue to be dominated by learning a new offense and building chemistry with his receivers, but it shouldn't be discounted that his own personal improvement as a quarterback is paramount to the Redskins' success in 2014.
Here's some of what ESPN.com's John Keim saw from RG3 as it relates to his new throwing mechanics:
Robert Griffin III worked on being more consistent with his mechanics in the offseason and there was a difference. The past two years his base was wider as the Redskins wanted to shorten the stride. He also got into a habit of holding the ball lower, leading to a longer windup when he threw.
But in practice Thursday, Griffin held the ball higher – at the top of the numbers. He also threw with a more narrow base. He likes doing this because he feels more free, giving him the ability to bounce the pocket a little better. Not every quarterback throws with the same base, much like not every hitter uses the same stance at the plate.
Griffin has always come across as a willing learner; it should come as little surprise that after a nightmare 2013, he's already working to change his game for the better.
Griffin is also fully committed to regaining his role as the unquestioned leader of the team. NFL Network's Jeff Darlington took notice of the 24-year-old's enthusiasm:
Last season Griffin's leadership was, at times, called into question and former head coach Mike Shanahan did very little to defend his quarterback. This offseason has acted as a clean slate for Griffin and it's evident that the joy of playing football is back.