Rookie quarterback getting comfortable with playbook, teammates
ASHBURN -- Robert Griffin III's comfort level in the offense increased, which is important. His comfort level with his teammates remained even higher, which is probably even more important.
Take the offensive linemen. The quarterback showed why he was lauded for his smarts before the draft. He already has learned the way to their hearts.
"My family's from New Orleans. I know how to cook beignets," he said. "For every no-sack victory, they'll get beignets, and I think they'll love those."
That's the easy part for Griffin. Just like it's easy for him to spout lines like this when asked whether he was a teacher's pet:
"C'mon man," he said. "I'm not a teacher's pet. I didn't bring [coach Mike Shanahan] any apples or anything."
The hard part will be continuing to learn and master the offense. After two weeks of organized team activity sessions, Griffin said he knows 60 to 70 percent of the offense well. That's not enough for him, though it must be pointed out that training camp is nearly two months away and there's still more than three months before the season opener.
"You can't operate at 60 to 70 percent," Griffin said. "You've got to operate at 150 percent with your offense because not only do you have to know it but you have to know what to do in certain situations. That's still to come."
However, Griffin said he has noticed a difference in himself on the field.
"I can actually go out on the field and look London Fletcher in the eyes and know that I'm about to go complete a pass on him," he said. "Don't tell him I said that."
Shanahan said next week they will put in more runs and focus on short-yardage situations as well as their two-minute offense.
"What you try to do over this nine-week period is get him familiar with everything you're going to do during the season," Shanahan said. "It's overload on him."
But Griffin and the other rookies will have 42 days after minicamp ends June 14 to continue learning the playbook and working on different aspects of his game at home, he said.
"People just get more comfortable with it in time," Shanahan said.