Rich Gannon understands being a mobile quarterback who needs to adjust after ACL reconstructive surgery. The CBS analyst and ex-Redskin went through the same thing in the early in his NFL career. So he understands what Robert Griffin III faces in his recovery from knee surgery — ACL reconstruction; LCL and medial meniscus repair.
And one thing Gannon says echoes what others have said: Griffin doesn’t need to change his game much upon his return.
“He’s smart enough to know that the speed of the game is different,” Gannon said for my email report. “The type of athlete you’re playing against – ends and linebackers can really run and bring you down in awkward body positions. He has to protect himself outside the pocket and in the boundary and in the red zone and trying to dive for a touchdown or first down. You learn that there are things you can do differently. That’s something, yeah, he’ll have to change but at the same time they don’t have to scrap the offense. They can do a lot of the same things they did. He can still be an explosive player.”
Gannon said Griffin should not stop running. But if he had to? He’d be OK.
“He’s the type of quarterback that if they said we’re done with him running – and that shouldn’t happen – we’ll go back to do what we did with Elway and other quarterbacks and do the stretch and boots, but we’ll can this option,” Gannon said. “I think he’d be awesome. If they said we’ll put in a system with three, five, seven step drops he’d be fine because he’s that good a passer. He’s shown he can make all the throws.”
By the way, Gannon said Griffin’s injury hurt his passing mechanics.
“What I noticed from him a little bit is that he’s so talented and so strong with his arm at times he’s gotten sloppy with his footwork,” he said. “When he hurt his knee I saw a guy whose balance was off. You look at that game against Seattle last week where he was missing throws short and high. His footwork was compromised. His ability to shift the weight and drive off with his right leg, you could tell that was a problem.”
Also in the email report this week: Terry Shea recalls Griffin’s competitiveness in training.
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