Washington Redskins: Mike Shanahan Adapting to Robert Griffin III, Not Vice Versa
September 13, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
Despite the early rookie success we have witnessed in recent seasons, the stellar 320-yard, two-touchdown performance Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III exhibited against the New Orleans Saints on the road in Week 1, was still a surprise to many.
Perhaps it shouldn't have been.
Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan has developed an offensive system for Griffin that utilizes many of the same concepts that the former Heisman trophy winner mastered, while lighting up the scoreboard at Baylor.
According to Chris Brown of Grantland.com, the chief concept Shanahan has installed is one known as "packaging plays."
Packaging plays is a relatively simple concept in theory, but a highly effective one when utilized by a signal-caller who has the field awareness of a quarterback like Griffin. Basically with play packaging, the quarterback is given a predetermined set of plays to choose from pre-snap, based on that the defense is showing.