Gruden: Tough to pick between Griffin, Luck

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Highlights from Jon Gruden’s conference call Wednesday, most of which centered on quarterbacks. Makes sense considering the QB Camp shows he does for ESPN.

Anyway, here’s what Gruden had to say on:

Robert Griffin III’s fit with Washington: “It’s really exciting for the Redskins because of Mike Shanahan’s expertise with mobile quarterbacks. [Denver] took advantage of John Elway’s mobility….Thos naked bootlegs off those stretch plays were devastating. And what Mike did in San Francisco with Steve Young, another mobile quarterback. Those are as good of offensive tapes as I’ve ever seen so when you give Robert Griffin, one of the most explosive quarterbacks to play the position, in a Mike Shanahan system the possibilities are very exciting with Mike’s imagination."

What stood out about RG3 during their taping and what concerns he might have: “I don’t have any concerns about this kid. What you see is what you get on the camera and off the camera. He’s a special young man. He comes from great stock, both parents are military people and he’s been brought up the right way. He helped put Baylor on the map of college football. He can do the same thing for the Redskins. He can revive the Redskins as long as he stays healthy and buys in and really takes to this new system and he continues to work. This is a special young man whether the camera’s on or off.”

On the struggles of Big 12 QBs in the NFL: “Gabbert, we’ll wait and see. Vince Young hasn’t sustained himself. Sam Bradford has to prove it. Colt McCoy. There are a lot of Big 12 quarterbacks that have to step on the gas this year and RG3 heard that time and time again when he was down here in Tampa. Both guys [Andrew Luck and Griffin] have carried their teams. Luck turned Stanford around, look at Stanford before Luck and post Luck. Look at Baylor before Griffin and post Griffin. What they have done with their body of work is a tremendous credit to these guys.”

On Luck’s football IQ: “As much as people talk about his football IQ it’s still underestimated. I never met a guy like Andrew Luck at this stage of the game. I spent a lot of time talking with Peyton Manning about football. I got a good idea being around the Saints what Drew Brees was like. We had guys in Rich Gannon and Brad Johnson, Pro Bowl caliber quarterbacks that had tremendous football IQ that could really apply it on game day. For a senior, not even a true senior, to have this type of football pedigree I would I could describe it. His recognition of coverage, his retention, the way he studies the game, his audible mechanics and what he’s been asked to do with an incredible success rate is unparalleled with anyone I can ever remember at the college level.”

On how he would separate Luck and Griffin: “I don’t know why we have to pick one or the other. It’s like strawberry or vanilla if you like both kinds. You just have to pick. … The Redskins and the Colts are just real lucky because they’re looking for quarterbacks and it so happens in this draft there are two great proven commodities at this position.”

On Griffin’s adjustment: “They have run and shoot principles in their pass offense at Baylor. They don’t get in a huddle often. If they do I haven’t seen it. So getting in the huddle and getting used to the nomenclature of calling plays in a different setting. It’ll be an adjustment just like it was for Cam Newton, but it didn’t hurt him. And obviously getting used to the speed of the game and learning a lot of new concepts. It’ll be more challenging for Griffin than for Luck because of the way they’ve played the last three or four years.”


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