WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The projected pairing of Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan can only bode well for the Washington Redskins.
Super Bowl winning coach and current ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden agrees with that assessment and is relishing the opportunity to see how the duo works in the nation’s capital.
Gruden, widely viewed as a quarterback expert, spoke with the media about his QB Camp series and NFL Draft prospects on Wednesday.
Not surprisingly, much of the conversation centered around RGIII and the Redskins.
“I think when you get Robert Griffin, one of the most explosive quarterbacks to ever play the position, in a Mike Shanahan type system, the possibilities are very exciting,” said Gruden.
The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach gushed about Shanahan’s prior success with mobile quarterbacks. Gruden said some of the best tape he ever studied was from the Denver Broncos back-to-back championship seasons with John Elway. He also paid homage to the success Shanahan found with Steve Young during his time with the San Francisco 49ers.
In Griffin, the Redskins coach could find the most versatile and mobile quarterback of his carer.
“Man, I don’t have any concerns about this kid,” Gruden said of the Heisman Trophy winner. “What you see is what you get, on the camera, off the camera. He’s a special young man. He comes from great stock; both his parents are military people. He’s been brought up the right way. He’s sustained the right stuff with all of his success.”
Given the media frenzy often surrounding the Redskins, a mild-mannered demeanor can only serve Griffin well.
The Redskins draft pick will be tasked with resurrecting a franchise that has sporadically shown promise over the past two seasons, but came up short more often than not.
Shanahan and General Manager Bruce Allen have made a commitment to youth in order to restore a winning tradition in D.C. The youth trend was made abundantly clear last season and will continue into the future.
A turnaround will not come overnight, but the groundwork that has been laid over the past two seasons and Griffin’s track record at Baylor have Gruden excited about the future in Washington.
“He can revive the Redskins, as long as he stays healthy, he buys in and really takes to this new system, and he continues to work,” Gruden stated. “But this is a special young man, whether the camera is on or off. ”
Like many others, Gruden dismisses the notion the Indianapolis Colts will surprisingly select Griffin over Andrew Luck with the first overall pick of the draft. The Stanford product is a “can’t miss” prospect to replace Peyton Manning in his eyes.