It’s hard not to like Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. He’s a phenomenal athlete and a very humble guy off the field. When he suffered a torn ACL during the playoffs last season, it’s safe to say there wasn’t one person that didn’t feel bad for the former Baylor star.
During his rehab, Griffin has progressed much faster than the average player. Both doctors and coaches are thrilled with how far he’s come in just about eight months from suffering the injury.
Head coach Mike Shanahan has stuck with the plan so far to get him back on the field in the right amount of time, and at the moment Griffin seems to disagree with that particular decision.
In a news conference on Monday, Griffin said he wants to do more during practice. He feels like he’s ready to take the next step. Contrary to what the professionals and coaches say, he’d like to be involved in contact drills. At least, that’s what is assumed by Griffin saying that he’s gotten all he can out of 7-on-7 drills.
“We do have a plan for him,” Shanahan said according to ESPN. “He may not always like that plan, but that’s my job sometimes not to be liked. My job is to do the best thing for him. That’s what I’ll do.”
Shanahan went on, “I don’t want to put him in there too quick for the obvious reasons, but I like what I’ve seen. He’s had no swelling. He’s making a lot of progress. We’re getting a lot of quality work done. If he continues this with no setback, we’ll keep on giving him more freedom, a little bit more reps and hopefully get him ready.”
For Griffin, he needs to take a step back and think about his career. He may be ready to take on more in practice, but he needs to remember that he’s young and has a heck of a lot of playing left to do in the NFL. The Redskins depend on having him healthy for many years to come, and if he were to come back sooner than advised he would be putting that opportunity in jeopardy.