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Former Redskins coach Mike Shanahan sticks up for Robert Griffin III

Will Robert Griffin III ever return to his rookie form for the Redskins?

Will Robert Griffin III ever return to his rookie form for the Redskins?

After an amazing rookie season Robert Griffin III has struggled miserably. The Redskins quarterback may have struggled but the former Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan says you cannot blame it on his injuries.  He still defends RG3 dearly, and I honestly have to agree with him. 

“I don’t think getting hurt has anything to do with it,” Shanahan told Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier of WJFK in Washington on Friday. “I think what you do is you rehab yourself and you get better. … You don’t have to have great running ability to run the read-option. You have to be able to know when to slide, when to throw the football away, depending on if you’re running or passing.”

“Robert has a lot of ability. He’s a charismatic guy. He’s got mobility. He’s got arm strength. He’s a very bright guy,” Shanahan continued. “But he hasn’t done things that the NFL asks you to do, and it does take some growing pains to go through that.

“All quarterbacks do — you take a look at (John) Elway, you take a look at (Peyton) Manning, Steve Young — it doesn’t happen overnight, and they ran the pro offenses all the way through college. When you haven’t run that type of system, it’s going to take a little bit longer, and you better really work on it inside and out to get better at it or you’ll just be right in the middle of the road.”

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