RICHMOND, Va. -- While the hurry-up won't be the focus of the Washington Redskins' offense, it will be a part of it.
It's something Robert Griffin III has wanted to do more of in the past, but the Redskins only used it as an occasional changeup. That probably won't change this season. Part of what they worked on Friday was situation based: A late drive with the clock winding down and needing to score a touchdown. Two years ago Griffin anticipated the Redskins using the no-huddle more in future seasons, as he grew in the offense. But with this season's new system, the Redskins likely would use it sparingly until all the players are more comfortable.
"We like it," Griffin said. "We want to make sure we're versatile and try to have as many points of attack on offense: the screen game, quick game, five-step, seven-step, play-action and no huddle thrown in there as well."
The offense handled it OK, with some good plays and a couple near misses. Griffin threw just a bit high on occasion or wide. He also hit a few outs. But it was also the first time they've run this in camp and the timing was a little off.
"Guys have to get used to running the play, come back and run another play in 10 to 15 seconds instead of letting the clock down and having a play every 40 seconds," Griffin said. "It really challenges a defense to make their checks faster as opposed to coming out of the huddle, coming to the line and playing the check game with the middle linebacker. You get a play, run it and then you have to adapt on the quick on what the defense is trying to do to you. It makes them adapt quickly as well and play faster. It tests your endurance; that's the main thing."
Hold the jokes on endurance. Different quarterback; different regime.
How much a part of the offense this will become is debatable, but Griffin enjoys running the no-huddle.
"Every quarterback likes to go out and have more command of the plays on the field and run them quickly," he said. "Whatever coach wants to call, that's what I'm going to run."
Now, onto the highlights (roll the tape):
Perhaps Griffin's most impressive play would have been wiped out by a holding penalty. But it was nice: Griffin had to escape the pocket and was running toward the right sideline, pursued by rookie Trent Murphy. Just as he sprinted out of bounds, and without breaking stride, he lofted a ball down the field probably 60 yards in the air to receiver DeSean Jackson. He got behind corner DeAngelo Hall on a scramble play. Again, the play wouldn't have counted but it was worthy of recounting.
Wasn't sure this would end up being completed, but it was. Griffin lofted a touch pass over a linebacker matched against Andre Roberts with a safety over the top. The pass appeared like it would be long, but Roberts made the grab. Again, the quarterbacks trust Roberts.
Have written this a few times, but it's true that Griffin is throwing with more torque. However, one time when he didn't Friday nearly landed him in trouble. He had to throw to the side from the pocket and was unable to get his feet around on the pass to fullback Darrel Young. E.J. Biggers nearly picked it off; just not a lot on the throw.