How to stop Robert Griffin III

Washington's QB requires extra defensive attention and preparation

Originally Published: June 24, 2013
By Matt Bowen | Special to ESPN Insider

You want to shut down Robert Griffin III and Kyle Shanahan's offense in Washington? Then get ready to put in some extra hours in the film room (and on the practice field) to prep for one of the more dynamic systems I saw on tape during the 2012 season.

Griffin is an electric talent at the quarterback position in a scheme that caters to his skill set when we break down the Redskins' playbook. But with an entire offseason to study the Skins, will opposing defenses finally catch up to the read-option, movement passes and the play-action that led to big numbers (3,200 yards passing, 815 yards rushing) from Griffin in 2012?

The past couple of weeks, I have taken a game plan approach to stopping Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Now it's time to come up with a script to limit Griffin as he recovers from a torn ACL.


What makes Griffin unique?

The former No. 2 overall pick has the arm strength to push the ball down the field and he also displays touch on his passes when asked to throw between the numbers in the short-to-intermediate passing game.


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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.