It’s evident from the Washington Redskins’ training camp that the team plans to utilize rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III’s athletic ability in every way imaginable.
They are even going so far as to put in parts of the offense Griffin excelled in at the University of Baylor.
“It’s been an interesting training camp for us because we are implementing some of the things that Robert did very well at Baylor,” Redskins tight end Chris Cooley told “NFL AM” Thursday morning. “We’ve been utilizing a bit of the option thinking if we want to go this way, if we don’t.”
The Redskins may be practicing the Baylor offense a lot at training camp, but Cooley explains that is just to get the rest of the team up to speed on how certain plays are run.
“Our training camp practices probably look a lot more like Baylor’s offense,” he said. “That doesn’t necessarily mean that our offense when we start week 1 will run 30 option plays this season. Obviously a quarterback in the NFL shouldn’t take that beating but for us to learn the style that he played in, we need to practice it more than say our 18 or 19 outside zone plays which we are all very comfortable with running.”
Head coach Mike Shanahan and the Redskins are smart to tailor its offense to their Griffin’s skill-set and Cooley said they are able to employ a diverse offense because of the quarterbacks intelligence and maturity.
“The first thing that is unique about Robert is he came in a leader of this offense,” Cooley said. “I’ve been the most impressed with him as a rookie because he’s not a rookie. And with the burden that’s on his shoulders, he can’t come in big-eyed, he can’t come in and say ‘How can I fit in with these guys? What am I going to do, how’s it going to be in the NFL?’ He’s came in with the mentality that ‘I’m here to win football games for the Washington Redskins.’”