The biggest news about the Washington Redskins actually doesn’t involve quarterback Robert Griffin III’s reconstructed right knee. It’s still way too early to tell when Griffin will be ready to play — the Redskins are waiting to find out just like everyone else. What is interesting are the changes on offense the team is expected to make to accommodate Griffin.
Coach Mike Shanahan isn’t one to reveal what he ate for breakfast, let alone pull back the curtain on his plans for the Redskins. Still, we know changes are likely because Griffin is tired of being banged around like a pinata in the spectacularly successful — but highly risky — college option-style offense primarily responsible for Washington winning its second NFC East title in the past 21 years.
Griffin hinted at his frustration in a text to an ESPN host in March, writing that “all parties involved know their responsibilities” in the situation that resulted in his second major knee injury. Redskins observers spent weeks speculating about what Griffin meant. At the highest levels of Washington’s football operation, there was no need to guess: Griffin wasn’t happy about being exposed often on designed running plays. During Washington’s draft party for fans last month at FedEx Field, Griffin dropped another clue about potential alterations to come, telling the crowd, “we’re working on other things in our offense, so we can open up everything.”