Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III Getting Good Feedback From NFL Vets

By Ricky Allen
Don’t Read Too Much Into Robert Griffin III’s Comments About Offense
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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III doesn’t have to look far for support. Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Jim Kelly and Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey has his back.

“He’s a class guy…You want to see good things happen to good people. RGIII is a good person. I pull for him. I really do,” Kelly said during an interview on 106.7 The Fan earlier this week.  He added the keys to Griffin’s success will be found in staying healthy and maintaining a steady pace of on-field development.

Bailey, a man who’s been in the NFL for 15 seasons and is heading to his first Super Bowl with the Broncos, stressed focus.

“Let your game speak for itself. Work hard, never doubt your abilities, and never think that you’re good enough. You always have to keep working like you’re at the bottom and trying to get to the top, but [also] believing that you’ve got what it takes,” Bailey said Wednesday at a pre Super Bowl news conference.

I think it’s great that RG3 is getting support from veterans and other players in the league. I think the more he hears from those who’ve played the game longer than him the better he’ll be able to shape his game as he gets ready for the 2014 season.  They’ve been there, done that, and have the Super Bowl ring or rings to show it. Others have their legacies. And while experience may be the best teacher, learning from those who are more than willing to provide insight and feedback is always appreciated.

However, quality feedback is what counts.

So here’s mine:

The need for RG3’s run game

We’re used to the run game of RG3 complemented with Alfred Morris.  In 2012 he had seven touchdowns rushing. This past season — zero. Anyone who thinks it’s less than a major contribution to the Redskins offense doesn’t know Redskins football.

Injecting More of TE Jordan Reed into the passing game

On first downs ranging from eight to ten yards, RG3 had 86 completions out of 156 attempts (55 percent) along with six interceptions.  He needs someone for the short game, and Jordan Reed may be the man for the job. Reed led the team in receiving yards this past season and should continue to be a major contributor in the future.

I think it’s easy to forget that RG3 is still new to the game. Bailey was right — we see him quite a bit on TV and his maturity leads to think he’s been around the league longer than he has. We know that’s not the case. RG3 needs to find a pace and stick to it.

Ricky Allen is a Washington Redskins writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @UltimateRedskin.

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