Robert Griffin III’s up-and-down – mostly down – tenure in Washington will soon be coming to a close. Yes, since leading the Redskins to the playoffs as rookie in 2012, Griffin, the former No. 2 overall pick, has played in just 22 games – and none in 2015 – as he has been benched by multiple head coaches multiple times.
So, how viable is Griffin, 25, as a starting quarterback in this league?
“Well, I think it’s a question mark,” NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “I don’t think you can sign him and say you have the solution to your problem. I think there’s a number of issues. No. 1, can he operate in a drop-back system? Now, what system are you going to run? If you’re going to run a Cam Newton system that they do in Carolina, that, to me, is the closest system that I think you can look at to reasonably predict success, where they have a very creative running game (and) they’ve got the read-option in there.”
Griffin ran for 815 yards and seven touchdowns in 15 games as a rookie. He has rushed for 665 and one touchdown in the 22 games since, this after enduring a series of lower-body injuries.
“Cam Newton’s a different guy running the read-option than Griffin because Griffin isn’t nearly as big and he’s not as durable,” Casserly said. “He has as much throwing talent as Cam Newton. Cam Newton probably is more accurate. But Cam Newton has a lot of simple throws in that offense. One read and get it out there. So I think it’s the system he goes in, and then you have to look at the durability. So I don’t think you can sign him and say you’ve got a solution to your problem. I say you sign him and then you keep trying to find a solution. Then you go to camp and see how it works out.”
While Griffin will be one of the most talked about players on the move, Hue Jackson will be one of the most talked about coaches. The Bengals’ offensive coordinator is garnering head-coaching interest from several teams, including the 49ers, Browns and Giants.
“I think he can go to any of (those) places (and have success),” Casserly said. “Hue and Doug Marrone are my top two calls if I was doing a job (search) this year. Those would be my first two guys I (bring) in.”
Jackson, 50, coached Oakland to an 8-8 record in 2011 and was fired for his efforts. The Raiders went 11-37 over the next three seasons.
“I think Hue learned a lot from that (experience),” Casserly said. “I think Hue did a lot of positive things there. He had the Raiders in playoff contention until he got decimated by injuries, and he made the right move to trade for Carson Palmer, as evidence by how he’s playing in Arizona. You probably weren’t going to get that play for him initially there even though you had hoped to get it. And who knows? Maybe it would have happened, but it didn’t happen well enough there in that situation with Carson. But I think he’s a leader. I think he’s a very good offensive coach. I think he’s got an edge to him, which is a positive edge. The players respond to him. I think it’s his time. So I think he could fit anywhere.”