Redskins head coach Jay Gruden doesn't want to restrain his mobile quarterback, Robert Griffin III . If he needs to run, Gruden wants him to do so. But Gruden has made it clear that most of the plays will call for Griffin to do something other than run first.
Gruden said on "NFL AM" last week that designed runs for Griffin might be "few and far between" this season. However, if the play breaks down, Gruden knows that Griffin will be off.
"As far as [Griffin] running in the pocket, quarterbacks make those decisions, not me," Gruden said. "On game day, it's hard for me to tell them, 'Stay in the pocket -- don't scramble!' But we'll have some designed plays where we get him outside, let him use his legs. Obviously, it would be stupid not to."
This is nothing new -- literally, this story is four days old. But everyone understands that Jay Gruden isn't a Shanahan; he's not going to dial up as many zone-read plays. Gruden wants to get the ball down the field, and he wants to utilize Griffin's arm and accuracy more than anything else. Griffin won't be a statue. He just won't run quite as often as in 2012. At least that will lower his chances for injury.
Despite the expected dip in rushing yards, Griffin is a solid pick in the sixth or seventh round. He isn't just a scrambling quarterback. He is a solid passer -- he completed almost 66 percent of his throws as a rookie. With DeSean Jackson , Pierre Garcon , Jordan Reed, and Andre Roberts running routes for him, Griffin should have a lot of fun in this offense as long as his offensive linemen give him some time.
And if they don't, he can always run.