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Need to Know: RG3 will be able to audible; is this a big deal for the Redskins?

Jul 1, 2014, 5:00 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, July 1, 23 days before the Redskins start training camp.

Three and out

It looks like Jay Gruden and Sean McVay are taking the training wheels off for Robert Griffin III. Well, some of the time at least.

—“Some of the audible situations we’ll give him the opportunity to call things at the line,” said McVay during last month’s minicamp. “He’s shown he’s fully capable of doing it and that’s what gives him a great chance to have success this year.”

—Mike Shanahan never really liked to discuss much in terms of what freedom, if any, Griffin or any of his quarterbacks had in terms of calling audibles. It makes sense to keep this information under wraps. There is just no reason to let the other team know what the QB can or can’t do at the line of scrimmage. Gruden and McVay know that also and I will not be holding my breath waiting for them to reveal any further details about Griffin’s ability to change plays at the line.

—I’ve seen some fans assert that this will make a major difference in Washington’s offense. I think it helps and it’s a good thing for Griffin’s development but let’s not go overboard here. It seems that the situations where he can audible are quite limited. He won’t be out there reading defenses on the fly like Peyton Manning. And if Gruden is calling the right plays in the right situations the power to audible should be moot much of the time.

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Timeline

—It’s been 184 days since the Redskins played a game; in 68 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Training camp 23; Preseason opener vs. Patriots 37; Home opener Jaguars @ Redskins 75

Looking forward to the heat in Richmond

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  1. acynicalscientist - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Man Rich you depress me every day with the number of days left until mini camp (23 now by the way GMT) – I know it is a while until football starts again but seeing it in black and white makes it seem much much further away.

    Could you not just put – LOTS of days until mini camp,?

    • Rich Tandler - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:16 AM

      It is what it is, my man. It will be here before you know it.

      • shermanp79 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:34 AM

        hey I remember when it was 10 days since last game and what 180+ till TC?? OTAs were months away, so 23 is exciting! You have helped pass the time!! TY…this is the first offseason I faithfully checked in daily, until the past few weeks doing so every few. I’ll ramp it up once TC starts IDK how I made it through the offseason in yrs past.

  2. hitmeimopen - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Is it possible that 2012 was the aberration? How much credence would that view hold? In a way it looks like we surprised everyone (zone-read, RG’s running, etc.) and now we’re climbing toward respectability.

    • Rich Tandler - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      Until he does it again you can’t rule out ’12 being the aberration. It would be surprising if he’s more like 2013 the rest of his career but we’ll have to see how it plays out.

      • hitmeimopen - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:31 AM

        Hence, the fun of watching sports

      • shermanp79 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:59 AM

        I truly believe he has all the tools and work ethic along with smarts. I do think as I posted before the Pistol formation(LOL) helped in 2012 and showed how it hurt last year. He needs experience as a Pocket passer. His injury was a big factor. You can tell he is human and no matter what talent, you can’t miss all offseason and just step out week 1. Now if you looked at last years stats(knowing only13 games) without 2012 and said this is what a 2nd year QB did, nobody would be complaining. We were spoiled and I think RG3 is a different guy this year, he learned a lot and as any good leader seems to learned from mistakes. Also, Shanahan did him no favors staring him, I said last year I believe he was pissed for getting blame and frustrated with some things, being fair he probably didn’t have much choice. He should of put his foot down once it was clear he was limited. I also think why he benched him at the end, he believed Cousins would have won them games, they lost. The Line by that point was getting torched so another young QB wasn’t going to fix the Offense. I think there was much more, play calling was a big part too. The fresh start will help and being healthy I believe he will look like the 2012 RG3, maybe a few more picks but more TDs and yards. I think the Offense moves smoother and is less predictable, which means less 3 and outs.

  3. kenlinkins - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    IMO we Redskins fans get to see if the lack of development at the QB position over the last 4 years was due to lack of talent at QB, the system used, position coaching, head coach style or something else. The Redskins have had two guys with many years under their belt (Grossman and McNabb), two back up type guys (Beck and Cousin) and one very highly drafted type (RG3) who have all failed to win. I will be happy if RG3 can show he is back on the right track with his “Over-All” development as a NFL QB (same is true of Cousins). Being able (or allowed) to audible at the line is just one of many things a NFL QB must learn and develop. If our QB’s can show “growth” in most areas of development it will be a major boost to the Redskins chances to win the NFL East. I do find it interesting that so many people talked about RG3’s lack of development in 2013 but only cared about Cousins development / growth in terms of his value in a trade (as he also showed major back slide in many areas in 2013). Just another line item on my very long “Thing to Watch for” list for this year!

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