A lot was made of Robert Griffin III saying he had an “a-ha” moment during OTA’s last week. Here is what he said during his press conference on Thursday:
[A]s far as the offense and knowing what I’m doing, I think I had that ‘a-ha’ moment yesterday. The defense was getting after us a little bit. We came into the last session of the day, and we just tore them up so we continued that toward the beginning of practice, [today] and then it evened out as practice went on. It felt good to know that as long as you know where you’re going with the ball, as long as you’re aggressive and confident in what you’re doing, you can complete any pass and do anything.
You have to love the confidence there, a rookie quarterback talking about being aggressive and being able to complete any pass. The media was not present for that Wednesday OTA and from what we could see on Thursday, RG3 was mostly confident and aggressive. But he didn’t complete every pass nor did he do anything he wanted. That is to be expected from any quarterback learning a new offense, especially a rookie.
There are many more “a-ha” moments to come for RG3. He will have one in late July when they they are practicing a near full speed in pads against the first team defense. Another one will come in the preseason opener when the yellow “no contact” jersey goes away and opposing pass rushers who would love to get a piece of the hyped Heisman Trophy winner will be after him. At some point he’ll turn on the jets and find that there are guys out there who are just as fast as he is. When he goes for four quarters against the Saints’ starting defense with the intensity turned up several notches when the games start to count there will be more revelations to the rookie.
For Griffin, it’s so far, so good. But there is a long way to go.