On “NFL Total Access” Wednesday night, analysts Shaun O’Hara and Willie McGinest discussed what could prevent the former Heisman-winning quarterback from repeating Cam Newton’s bar-setting performance for rookie QBs.
McGinest said the Washington Redskins should replicate how the Carolina Panthers handled Newton in terms of play-calling diversity, intimating that a thick playbook could overwhelm a rookie.
“I would take it slow with the playbook,” McGinest said. “I wouldn’t throw everything at him at once. Use what he does best, build him up and just see how he takes the information.”
O’Hara cited the Redskins defense in explaining that Griffin doesn’t have to do too much for the team to be successful in 2012.
“I don’t think he has to come in and be Superman, like the socks he wore when he got drafted,” O’Hara said. “I think Clark Kent can win some games for this football team. Just coming in, getting comfortable, take baby steps, not trying to do too much and play above himself and take this game as it comes to him.”