The cost of pushing RG III

How will Washington's offense change if Griffin III isn't completely healthy?

Originally Published: April 9, 2013
By Matt Bowen | Special to ESPN Insider
Robert GriffinAP Photo/Nick WassHow will the Redskins' offense be affected if RG III isn't back at full health?

The Washington Redskins' offense can be a nightmare to game plan for. Think of the movement concepts in coach Mike Shanahan's scheme (boot, sprint, dash) along with the creativity Robert Griffin III brings to the offense. A unique talent like RG III at quarterback gives Washington flexibility in its play calling (read-option, play-pass) and formation alignments (pistol).

But for the Redskins to get back to that style and tempo of offense we saw this past season, RG III needs to be ready to run this scheme on a healthy knee in 2013.

Shanahan recently said during an NFL Network interview that RG III "will set a record for coming back." And maybe the coach is right in his prediction that the second-year pro will shock us in his recovery time. After all, the Redskins have one of the best head trainers in the NFL, Larry Hess (the same trainer I worked with at Redskins Park after tearing my ACL with Washington during my career). He is smart and innovative and will work hard to get Griffin III through the daily grind of rehab and back to that elite athletic level he displayed as a rookie.

However, if Griffin isn't quite ready, will the Redskins lose their ability to attack defenses, as we saw in the second half of their wild-card loss to the Seattle Seahawks before he went down with the ACL, when the QB was limited in his mobility?

Matt Bowen

Special to ESPN Insider
Former NFL safety Matt Bowen is a veteran of four teams over seven seasons, and now provides analysis for a number of media outlets.