RG III's best is already behind him
But while he won't be as dynamic, a dialed-back Griffin can still win for WAS
Linebacker Paul Kruger hit Griffin low, upending him and sending Griffin's legs hurtling into the path of a 340-pound human wrecking ball. Nose tackle Haloti Ngata finished the tackle, sending Griffin's leg whipping around the other direction. A sprained LCL was the diagnosis, and the knee obviously wasn't right when the LCL and ACL ruptured against Seattle in the playoffs four weeks later.
Every quarterback can be vulnerable, and Griffin isn't the first one to scramble, but it's his running style, not necessarily the running itself, that makes his dual-threat persona unsustainable. "He is not going to make you miss," a high-ranking personnel evaluator told me. "Some of these other quarterbacks can shake a guy or make a move."
Transitioning to a more conventional offense under new coach Jay Gruden is a smart long-term move, but it also raises the very real possibility that the NFL has already seen the best Griffin has to offer before his 25th birthday. That's a risky thing to say when assessing a young player with Griffin's physical gifts, but it doesn't rule out his ability to succeed as an NFL starter, either. Far from it.
Below, we consider how Griffin can get where he needs to go in one piece, and some of the factors that could ultimately hold him back.
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