Gruden: RG3's speed, Shanny's offense a 'double-edged sword'

Gruden: RG3's speed, Shanny's offense a 'double-edged sword'
November 10, 2012, 1:15 pm
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Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times recently talked to ABC’s Jon Gruden about the rookie quarterbacks in the NFL. When the subject of Robert Griffin III came up, the former NFL head coach and current Monday night football analyst talked about the design of the offense combined with Griffin’s speed.

The offense they're running in Washington is one that no one had seen before this season. It's an offense that you have to see and really take some time to prepare for. It's hard to emulate the speed that Robert Griffin plays with. So that's the double-edged sword: You're dealing with an offense that you've never seen before, and a quarterback that can really run.

Gruden suggested that a 3-4 defense is better for stopping Griffin since the scheme tends to handle the edges better.

But what happens when opponents have seen the Redskins’ offense often enough to scheme for it? Gruden says the Redskins’ coach is ready for that.

“That's Mike Shanahan,” said Gruden. “In his back pocket he's holding the keys to the adjustments.”

Gruden mentioned two Hall of Fame QB’s who were coached by Shanahan when talking about what he thinks that Griffin will be able to accomplish.

“He’s going to be able to do the things that Mike did with John Elway and Steve Young along the way,” he said.