The NFL career of former No. 2 overall pick Robert Griffin III has been on a rapid decline in recent years, with the recent setback coming earlier this week when he was released by the Washington Redskins.
But while it would appear that most people have given up on Griffin, there is at least one man who still believes in his talents: Baylor Bears head coach Art Briles.
Briles coached Robert Griffin III during his collegiate days and still believes there is a bright future.
“I think situations determine outcomes,” Briles told Washington D.C.’s 106.7 The Fan. “I think if he gets in a situation and the right fit of somebody that understands him from an athletic standpoint, an intellectual standpoint, that will let him play, let him have freedom, then I think you’re looking at another six-to-eight-year career that could be as phenomenal as some people have ever had. It’s just all about the situation. It’s about the people that he’s around and them allowing him to be him.”
Who would be the best fit for RG3?
While Briles previously said the Dallas Cowboys would be a “dream scenario” for Griffin, he stopped short of specifically naming a team this time around. Griffin’s fall from glory started due to injuries, so it shouldn’t come as a shock that Briles thinks the key to RG3’s success is protection.
“It’s hard to say,” Briles said. “I think the right fit is certainly being able to protect him with a great running game, doing a little play-action and giving him some options of making some plays with some feet, but that competitive spirit, that’s a deal that can really sometimes hurt you in the NFL because it’s all about staying healthy in the league and staying there for a long time. You love the fearless nature of guys, but at the same time, you have to understand that your value is being on the field and not on the sideline.”
NFL Free Agency is underway, so it will be interesting to see where Griffin lands.
Will he be able to return to stardom like his former college coach seems to believe? Only time will tell.
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