Robert Griffin III: Tweet Cheat Sheet

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Two lists Robert Griffin III should memorize before OTAs

"What is the first thing Jay Gruden should teach Robert Griffin III?"

I was asked this question earlier in the week on Twitter and figured I'd share my thoughts on the subject here. Despite shedding the knee brace in 2014 and the boost in speed and agility it will bring, Robert Griffin's success will still ride heavily on his ability to play from the pocket. Most effective offensive coordinators will design a pass plays with a route combination that beats one type of coverage on one side, and a different type of coverage on the other side. RG3's ability to read the coverage and knowing which side to go with the ball will be crucial to the Redskins success this year. Below is a "cheat sheet" on how to recognize coverages and how to beat them. Some of you may know this stuff, for some it will be new, and some of you will use it to improve your Madden game. There are exceptions to every rule (disguises,etc.), but these are the basic philosophies.

Coverages

Jay Gruden likes to use motion to gain an advantage by forcing the defense to show their coverage pre-snap. If Griffin memorizes this, it will also be a huge benefit to both his development and success in 2014. Once again, there are exceptions to every rule but these are the basic philosophies.

Motions

One other thing that is extremely important in Jay Gruden's offense, and something he'll teach Robert early, will be counting defenders in the box. There could be a run play called in the offense but if there are too many defenders in the box (more than the offense can block), RG3 will have a built in screen audible if he looks out and sees an "uncovered" WR. Jay Gruden likes to take advantage of the numbers game and this is a big part of his offense. No screen is off-limits.

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