Robert Griffin III said the Washington Redskins' offense needs a spark. And he knows where it can come from: his legs. "I can run more" Griffin said. After running nine times in the first two games none on designed runs or off the zone read-option Griffin is ready for more. Circumstances can explain why he has fewer runs (he averaged 7.5 carries per game last season). The Redskins (0-2) have been behind by a combined 50-7 in the first half of both games. The defense has allowed a combined 1023 yards. The offense turned over the ball three times in the season opener and has converted just 5-of-21 third downs. But Griffin's legs provided an extra dimension last season something that has been missing. Teams were reluctant to send extra rushers while also playing man coverage fearing what would happen if the rookie quarterback broke outside the pocket. Through two games that hasn't been the case. Griffin said the offense needs energy. His running provides that lift. "I'll do whatever we have to do to win the game" he said. "That's always been my mindset. I'm the quarterback. If I have to create that energy if I have to spit a rap line in the huddle I'll do it. Whatever it takes to get that energy." After the Jan. 9 surgery on his knee and with others including his dad saying they didn't want him to run as much some wondered if this was a new direction for Griffin and the offense. Griffin says it isn't. Coach Mike Shanahan said they've been in their two-minute offense more than their regular attack in the first two games. "The plays are in they're ready to run and I'm ready to run them" Griffin said. "We just haven't had a chance to do them because we've fallen behind too much. "It's not that I want to run more I just feel like that's what we need and if that's what it takes for us to win games I'm willing to do that. It's not anything I'm going to shy away from."
Robert Griffin III suggests that he needs to use his legs more
ESPN | Sep 19