It is generally agreed that the Redskins’ coaching change was a positive development for Robert Griffin III. He never seemed to click with Mike Shanahan and his relationship with Kyle was up and down, as the former offensive coordinator noted recently.
The arrival of Jay Gruden as head coach has working with a former quarterback who seems to have better communications skills than his predecessor. It’s a perfect match, just what Bruce Allen wanted when he went in search of a new coach.
The coaching change should also please those who own Griffin in their fantasy leagues, according to our corporate cousins at Rotoworld. He should be throwing a lot.
Gruden is coming off a season in which he allowed Andy Dalton to attempt 586 passes (36.6 per game). That resulted in 4,296 yards, 33 touchdowns and No. 5 ranking among fantasy quarterbacks. RG3 is at least twice as talented as Dalton, boasting superior arm strength and mobility. Gruden plans to utilize that athleticism, which should be back near 2012 levels for 2014 Opening Day.
Rotoworld also thinks that Griffin will rack up some fantasy points on the ground as well.
“I would be foolish to try to turn RG3 into a pocket passer. It would be foolish,” Gruden told MMQB. “The way he is as a runner, we have to take advantage of that. He strikes fear into defensive coordinators when he runs outside. I’m going to let him be himself.”
Add up Gruden’s penchant for the passing game, Griffin’s health and the plan to let him run wild, and we have the makings of a big bounce-back season.