December 20, 2014 |
Chip Kelly first watched Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III when he was a prospect on Oregon's radar during the spring of 2007. Griffin was also a world-class track athlete at the time, the beginning of his emergence as a promising dual-threat quarterback. That promise has been unfulfilled during the last two seasons, ever since Griffin collapsed to the ground in a January 2013 playoff game with a knee injury. Griffin rushed to return for the 2013 season opener - which happened to be Kelly's debut as Eagles coach - and he was neither the same passer nor rusher during a forgettable second season in Washington.
April 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON Redskins coach Mike Shanahan indicated yesterday that he's going to be more cautious with franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III, to the point that he's going to make sure Griffin "never plays if he's not 100 percent. " Griffin, the league's offensive rookie of the year, is recovering from reconstructive surgery after reinjuring his right knee in a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Shanahan has been criticized for not removing Griffin from the game earlier, especially when Griffin was limping noticeably after throwing a touchdown pass in the first quarter.
March 12, 2013 |
A DAY BEFORE Tuesday's start of free agency, two of the NFL's top wide receivers were traded. Baltimore sent Anquan Boldin to San Francisco, and Minnesota shipped Percy Harvin to Seattle. The 49ers acquired Boldin for a sixth-round draft pick. Boldin, a star in Baltimore's run to the Super Bowl title, must pass a physical to complete the deal. Boldin, 32, had six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens' 34-31 Super Bowl victory over the 49ers. Meanwhile, Harvin, 24, will join the Seahawks for a package of draft picks that includes Seattle's first-round selection next month, No. 25 overall.
February 26, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Should the Eagles spend the fourth overall pick in the NFL draft to get Geno Smith? The West Virginia quarterback, who was reluctant to run out of the pocket as a college passer, put up some eye-popping numbers at the combine on Sunday. Smith ran the 40-yard dash in 4.59 seconds, and while too much can be made of sprinting in a straight line, his showing erased concerns that the top-rated quarterback does not have the quickness to run the read option. It also heated up speculation that the Eagles might go after him, especially with the likelihood that Chip Kelly's new offense will feature the read-option wrinkle that swept the league last season.
February 24, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS - One year after Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III were the consensus top picks in the NFL draft, the 2013 quarterback class lacks star power. The expected top quarterbacks in the class are West Virginia's Geno Smith and Southern California's Matt Barkley. North Carolina State's Mike Glennon and Syracuse's Ryan Nassib also have drawn attention, as have Arkansas' Tyler Wilson, Tennessee's Tyler Bray, and Florida State's E.J. Manuel. At this point, there does not appear to be a Luck or Griffin.
February 4, 2013 |
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would "absolutely" want his own child to play football. After President Obama recently said he'd "have to think long and hard" about allowing a son to take part in the sport, Goodell was asked the same question hours before Sunday's Super Bowl during an interview on CBS's Face the Nation . Like the president, Goodell has two daughters. The commissioner deflected the question about allowing a son to play football by noting the high incidence of concussions in girls' soccer.
February 3, 2013
NFL Honors Comeback Player of the Year Peyton Manning, Broncos Coach of the Year Bruce Arians, Colts Offensive Player of the Year Adrian Peterson, Vikings Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt, Texans Offensive Rookie of the Year Robert Griffin III, Redskins Defensive Rookie of the Year Luke Kuechly, Panthers ...
January 11, 2013
Robert Griffin III underwent reconstructive knee surgery Wednesday and faces a challenging rehab if he is to return for the start of next season. The Washington Redskins quarterback had his lateral collateral ligament repaired and his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee reconstructed for a second time. The surgery was performed in Florida by orthopedist James Andrews, who was optimistic that Griffin would be back on the field this fall. "We expect a full recovery, and it is everybody's hope and belief that due to Robert's high motivation, he will be ready for the 2013 season," Andrews said in a statement released by the Redskins.
January 10, 2013 |
IF ADRIAN PETERSON can do it, maybe Robert Griffin III can, too. Peterson set an incredible standard this season for NFL players returning from major knee surgery, nearly breaking the NFL single-season rushing record. Griffin need look nowhere else for an inspiration as the Washington Redskins quarterback begins the road back from an operation Wednesday on two ligaments in his right knee. "I think it gives motivation to everyone," said Russ Paine, a physical therapist in Houston who worked with Peterson as the Minnesota Vikings running back went through rehab.
January 9, 2013
It doesn't sound good for Robert Griffin III. An injury that may sideline RGIII well into next season is a very real possibility - or at least it seemed that way Monday after coach Mike Shanahan described the results of tests on the rookie's right knee. Shanahan said the results are prompting the team to send Griffin to Florida to see renowned orthopedist James Andrews for more examinations that will decide the team's fate for the 2013 season. "There is a concern," Shanahan said.