Kyle Shanahan on Dallas: "Night and day difference" last year.
Robert Griffin III has continued to make progress in his return from a serious knee injury, but the Redskins’ quarterback still must work on his consistency, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said on Thursday.
“I think he’s progressed each week,” Shanahan said in his weekly news conference at Redskins Park. “I think he got better each game since the Philly game. In terms of last year, I think he was in a lot more situations in these first four games than he was in last year. There were times when we had to throw it a lot more, go to a drop-back game. He didn’t get too many opportunities like that last year. I thought he did fairly well in those situations and he’s gotten better."
Indeed, Griffin has appeared more confident and comfortable the past two games. He completed 64-percent of his passes and rushed for a season-high 37 yards in the loss to the Lions. Then, he directed the Redskins to their first win of the season in Oakland.
Asked if he could pinpoint a specific moment in those games when things began clicking for Griffin, Shanahan said it’s been a more gradual process.
“You see it all the time,” he said. “I don’t think everything has been totally consistent. But I think you it in practice and I think you guys have all seen in it the games. I think our whole offense hasn’t been totally clicking all together as 11 players. I think we’re starting to get there each week and hopefully we’ll get it more this week.”
Some other highlights from Kyle Shanahan’s presser:
- After four games, it’s pretty clear that Leonard Hankerson has pulled away from Josh Morgan in the competition for snaps at the ‘Z’ receiver spot. Shanahan said he hasn’t deemed Hankerson “the winner” of any competition but he did concede that Hankerson is ahead right now. “He’s definitely earned getting a little more playing time,” he said. “You just keep hoping he plays good. He’s got more confidence. Walks around with a better swagger.”
- On Roy Helu’s playing time, Shanahan said: “I’d like to get Helu out there more. It’s always hard when you have two guys you believe in. With the success Alfred had last year and how much we do believe in Alfred, we don’t like to keep rotating those guys all the time. I’d like to get Helu more opportunities, but you don’t ever want to do that at the expense at one of your other good players. …[Helu] got that opportunity against Oakland and thought he was one of the main reasons we were able to win the game.”
- On DeMarcus Ware’s transition from a 3-4 outside linebacker to a 4-3 defensive end, Shanahan said: “Looks like he’s getting better at it every game. I’ve always thought he was one of the best players in this league. He still looks like the same guy to me—when he wants to come off that ball and rush the passer, he’s as scary as anyone there is. I don’t care whether his hand is in the ground or if he’s standing up, there’s not much of a difference to me because most times he’s coming after the quarterback.” Ware has four sacks and an interception this season.