WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly – the only quarterback to ever lead his team to four straight Super Bowls – has a little piece of advice for Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III: just keep plugging along.
Griffin’s limped through a 3-13 sophomore slump in 2013, much of which could be pinned on lack of preparation for the season while he rehabbed torn ligaments in his knee, and seemed to lose the national support he earned in his 10-6, NFC East-division championship rookie campaign.
“There’s really nothing you can tell a guy that’s been there two years,” Kelly told 106.7 The Fan’s Grant and Danny form the site of this year’s Super Bowl. “I think he already knows. The key is just staying healthy, because the more you’re away from the field playing, the less you’re gonna learn. You need to be in there to be able to get the everyday, not only the reps in games, but the reps in practice.”
“You gotta continue to do it, because the more you do it, the more you feel comfortable, and the more you feel comfortable, the more you’re not gonna have to think,” he said. “And when you’re out on the football field, and you’re thinking all the time about this or that or you’re worried about getting hurt, it’s gonna take away from your game.”
“[RGIII’s] a heck of an athlete,” Kelly said. “I just hope he gets to the point, because he’s a class guy; you want to see good things happen to good people. RGIII is a good person. I pull for him. I really do.”
While making the point that RGIII needs to stay healthy to reclaim success certainly shouldn’t blow anyone’s skirt up, it seems to be a sentiment being echoed by many voices — past and present — around the league, and one worth hammering home.
Kelly did have one final thought to squeeze in before departing back into the great abyss of radio row.
“I’m a big fan of both Bruce Allen and [Dan] Snyder,” he said. “I know [Snyder] takes a lot of hits from a lot of people – but at least there’s a guy that’s willing to pay some money, and some of the decisions they make, along with the Bills; some work out, some don’t. You just gotta hang with ‘em.”
That point is undeniable. Snyder recently paid an estimated $35 million to Mike Shanahan for the Redskins to go 24-40 over four seasons.