When the final whistle blows this Sunday, the Washington Redskins will be heading into an offseason that doesn’t appear to be fun for most of the organization. For quarterback Robert Griffin III, this will be the most important offseason of his career.
Following his rookie year that was cut short due to a torn ACL, Griffin then spent the offseason going from the operating room to the trainer’s room for rehab. He spent all offseason working with the training staff and seeing specialists. One thing he certainly didn’t do, simply because he didn’t have a chance to, was improve himself as a quarterback.
It showed statistically and on the field. Ignore the his yards — that is very misleading. Instead, look at his ratings and percentages. His completion percentage dropped from 65 to 60 percent, his rating dropped from 102.4 to 82.2 and his QBR dropped from 71.41 to 40.12. Griffin also threw more than twice as many interceptions with 12.
Standing in the pocket and acting as a true pocket passer is something that is developed with practice, especially in the offseason. Players spend hours in the film room and participate in mini-camp and OTAs to perfect those new skills. Those are things that Griffin didn’t have a chance to do.
This year is different. He will now get a chance to work with the coaches to become a better quarterback. Griffin will get to work with his receivers and continue to build those relationships. He will also be able to better grasp the offense that he’ll be expected to run, whatever that may be.
This coming offseason is crucial to his career, not just his time as a member of the Redskins. If he shows no improvement, then his stock as a quarterback around the league will drop. If he returns and shows improvement over 2013, then he becomes as talked about again like he was back in 2012.