Tip-Off for 9/26/12 (featuring Mos Def): Are NFL coaches are putting multi-dimensional quarterbacks in harms way?
If the recent playcalling for RG3 continues, you can count on his career being shortened.
Robert Griffin III has taken a beating three weeks into his highly anticipated rookie season.
Two weeks ago against the St. Louis Rams Griffin claimed that the Rams took shots at him after the play. Last week against the Cincinnati Bengals the pounding continued. Griffin was sacked six times and by his own recollection cannot remember the number of times he was hit.
The question that needs to be asked is why are multi-talented quarterbacks like Griffin are being asked to run when his arm is just as effective?
This is a sight Skins’ owner Daniel Snyder doesn’t want to see on a regular basis.
The coaches approach to multi-faceted quarterbacks hasn’t changed since the days of Randall Cunningham. Coaches continue to put more emphasis on the running ability of quarterbacks as opposed to using his skills as passer as well. Opposing defenses anticipate the moment when RG3 or Cam Newton leave the pocket, out running blockers and entering their crosshairs.
Griffin has 32 rushes for 209 yards and three touchdowns over three games. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has inserted some plays that Griffin ran at Baylor into the Redskins playbook which is the easiest way to land your quarterback on the cart. In the case of Newton, his coaches have become so caught up in his size and speed that they forget that he is a quarterback with a powerful and accurate arm. Unless a coordinator has observed a weakness in the defense that the quarterbacks legs can expose it would be foolish to run them just for the sake of running.
I’m waiting for the day when a multi-dimensional quarterback gets the same playbook as Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers isn’t asked to run because the Packers play to his passing strengths. The Packers roll the pocket or bootleg occasionally. I can assure you that Mike Shanahan never attempted to run any kind option with John Elway.
It’s often mentioned concerning these players that coaches have to protect them from themselves which couldn’t be further from the truth. Coaches have ignored running the ball and most importantly getting the proper protection when it comes to the passing game.
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