Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says quarterback must alter his game.
Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has admitted that quarterback Robert Griffin III may have to alter his game as he works his way back from injury.
RG III underwent reconstructive knee surgery after injury ended his season prematurely last year, and despite being ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation, there are no plans for him to return until he is 100%.
Shanahan revealed that he would hope to have the Offensive Rookie of the Year back, but isn’t planning for the season-opener with him in mind.
The Redskins coach received heavy criticism following the 23-year-old’s injury in the play-off loss to the Seattle Seahawks as he allowed him to continue despite being aware of concerns over his knee ahead of the eventual damage being done.
However, it appears he won’t be taking any risks this time round, as Kirk Cousins will work at the quarterback position until Griffin is in a position to return with a clean bill of health.
Despite that, he has admitted that RG III may have to alter his game, in order to avoid taking “shots consistently” which could lead to further damage in the future, as reported by NFL.com.
Far from dismissing Washington will no longer use the read-option attack, Shanahan went so far as to say that the play serves to preserve a player like Griffin.
However, the key is still the quarterback’s return to fitness and how is able to come back from the devastating injury. It remains to be seen how it will effect Griffin’s mobility and overall game, but there is much optimism surrounding the youngster.