RICHMOND—ESPN NFL analyst and former Super Bowl wining NFL head coach Jon Gruden was in town today for a high school coaching clinic put on by the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation. Oh, and it just so happened that his brother, Jay, was in his second day of training camp as the head coach of the Redskins right next door, so the big brother dropped by the facility to see what little brother was up to at practice.
After watching practice, Jon Gruden met with the media and, to the surprise of no one, the talk turned to Jay’s starting quarterback Robert Griffin III. Gruden said that it was tough to evaluate how Griffin is performing in the new offensive system but that it would take some time for him to develop.
“Let’s be honest, he’s just starting,” said Gruden. “I mean, how can you tell? They haven’t even put a pad on yet. This could be a period of a couple of years where he transforms his game to a different level, hopefully.”
“But I think he’s coming along quickly. Remember, too, the offseason is totally different than it was five years ago. I don’t even think they’re allowed to have contact with the quarterback coach for a period of months. So this is going to be a process that’s going to take a little time.”
Gruden thinks that Griffin does possess the essential elements to succeed. “The kid clearly has the aptitude, the intelligence, and the talent to be a great quarterback in this league no matter what offense he runs,” he said. “It’s the first day I’ve seen him but all signs are good.”
When he was asked if the fans and the Redskins organization would have the patience to let Griffin go through some growing pains, Gruden said that he didn’t know.
“That’s not for me to decide. That’s for the culture of this organization to decide,” he said. “He’s going to have to change a little bit, he’s going to have to learn some new things. I think he’ll love it, I think it will help him sustain himself for a longer period of time.”
We will see if the organization is patient enough to let Griffin develop. Patience is not a quality that the Redskins are known for.