RICHMOND—On Sunday, Jay Gruden said that he was not happy with the Redskins’ two-minute drill.
“The tempo has been fine. I think the communication has been fine,” he said. “It’s just the execution hasn’t been that great. We have to continue to do it. We are going to do two-minute every day until Houston [the season opener on September 7], until we start to master it.”
Robert Griffin III, of course, is the guy who is mainly responsible for execution in the two-minute and although he got off to a slow start in regular 11 on 11 drills on Monday, he and the rest of the starting offense were improved in the hurry-up.
“I felt like we came out in the two-minute drill . . . executed what we needed to, moved the ball down the field efficiently and scored a touchdown,” he sad. “We were a lot smoother today, we felt like we were in the rhythm getting to the right place with the ball, everybody being in the right place, making the right checks at the line. That’s what training camp is about. You’re going to have those days where it seems to be a little up and down. Today was a day where we were climbing a lot.”
Asked to name something specific that he executed better, Griffin at first declined but then he relented.
“I’ll give you one example. We talked about throwing the ball away at practice,” he said, referring to something that has been a topic of discussion for much of training camp. “In the two minute drill, just to get used to it, I have to throw the ball away when nothing is there. A lot of times, I’ll say yesterday in particular, I go through all the reads and the defense does a great job covering everybody. You’ve got to get rid of the ball to move on to the next play. And I might not have done that in this instance yesterday but today we had a play and I threw the ball in the ground.”
There is still plenty of work to do and Griffin knows it.
“It takes repetition, it takes guys being on their stuff,” he said. “When you come into training camp it can be hard. Going all of these straight days, being in the same place, doing the same routine, it definitely gets monotonous. You have to lock in as a football team, as the leaders of the teams, and we locked in a lot better today than we did yesterday. It’s a good sign because you’re going to have those days. You just want to make sure they’re not on game day.”
Griffin also understands that while everybody from Gruden to the fans to the Redskins organization have high expectations for him, patience is in short supply.
“That’s something that I’ll always have to deal with,” he said. “It’s not necessarily about patience it’s about knowing better things are coming. I’m excited about what the future holds.”
For Griffin, the immediate future holds a lot more work in the two-minute drill until it is executed to Gruden’s satisfaction.