During his rookie season, RGIII looked amazing before his injury. He was playing a college style of football that was not seen in the NFL, and defenses did not know how to stop him. He was able to complete passes, and burn defenders with his legs. Though he looked great, he suffered too many injuries, leading to a terrible 2013 season. In 2012, he suffered multiple concussions, and worst of all, he tore his ACL to the point that it needed a total reconstruction. When coming back into the NFL last season, it was clear that he was not the same. He looked scared on running plays, he was not confident throwing the ball, and his accuracy was obviously very poor. Because of this, many fans are wondering if RGIII can really get back to his old self next season. The short answer is maybe, but do not count on it.
Over the last three seasons, the NFL seemed as though it was moving towards the read option offense. For years, pocket passers dominated the NFL. Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rogers, Drew Brees, Joe Flacco, Matt Stafford, and other pocket players dominated the league and the media; however, that eventually changed. Eventually, players like Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III became the biggest hyped players in the NFL, and it looked as though the read option would take over. This changed halfway through last season. Defenses started playing the read option different. The read option only works if the defensive end is caught off guard and falls for the trap of the quarterback and the running back. Now, DEs are told to hit the QB no matter what. This makes it way too risky to run the read option, which effectively takes away RGIII’s main offensive advantage.
Without the read option and the ability to run freely, RGIII has to rely on his arm; however, this is not encouraging. Since he has been in the league, RGIII has only thrown 36 touchdown passes, and he has thrown 17 interceptions. This ratio is terrible for any quarterback, and shows how little RGIII actually knows about playing in the pocket. So far, this is not encouraging.
Having said that, it is possible for RGIII to succeed; however, it won’t happen overnight. One of the biggest problems for RGIII was his coaching. Under CoachMike Shanahan, RGIII was never taught to adapt to the NFL playing style, which resulted in him getting injured. This should change under the new coach, Jay Gruden. Under Gruden, RGIII has the ability to actually learn a more versatile style of quarterbacking. Gruden has already forced RGIII to focus on the passing game for the team, which is way more than Shanahan ever did, and if the two are able to work together well during the offseason and into the preseason. There is a decent chance that RGIII can improve. Consider it possible, but not likely, for him to return to his 2012 form.
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