Getting Robert Griffin III “fixed” may be just a matter if getting him to play like he practices.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden said that he liked what he saw out of Griffin on Monday’s practice, the team’s first since Griffin and the first-team offense laid an egg in their “dress rehearsal” preseason game in Baltimore on Saturday.
It looked to Gruden like Griffin was thinking too much while completing just five of eight passes for just 20 yards against the Ravens.
“He's got to have a trust factor that the drop is going to match the receiver’s depth and all that stuff,” he said. “He's got to let some things fly. He's just a little bit hesitant right now, which is normal with some new concepts.”
Back in Ashburn, Gruden said that the trust factor seemed to be there on the practice field.
“He's out here today, wasn’t hesitant at all,” said the first-year head coach. “He was throwing the ball on time and accurate today, so we’ve just got to maintain that confidence going into games and that's something that hopefully will come in time.”
Gruden believes that what everyone saw in Baltimore was the exception and not the rule.
“He hasn’t really shown that hesitancy like he did against Baltimore, for whatever reason,” he said. “I don’t know if it was a push in the pocket where he felt a little pressure or maybe he saw a linebacker or what have you, but he's got to just learn to trust the fact that he's got to let some of those balls go, let the receivers do some work for him."
The Ravens did a good job of generating pass pressure, racking up three first-half sacks of Griffin and 13 other quarterback pressures against Griffin and Kirk Cousins, who worked the second half.
But Griffin is going to have to learn to deal with some pressure as it doesn’t appear that pass blocking is a particular strength of the line. And he needs to get it figured out quickly. The Redskins open the season against the Texans, who feature J. J. Watt, who has 31 sacks in the past two seasons, on one end of their defensive line and top draft pick Jadeveon Clowney on the other.