The last time Shea worked with Griffin they focused on Griffin's fundamentals, including narrowing his base, getting his feet to turn with his body in the pocket and raising where Griffin held the ball -- at times last year he held it too low, leading to a wind-up throw.
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The end result should be Griffin being comfortable behind center and able to adjust on the fly to what he sees on the field.
"If you're going to give me more opportunities and allow me to control the offense more, that's all a quarterback can ever ask for," Griffin said. "So, I'm excited for the opportunity to do everything, and I think Jay is going to allow me to do that. That's no pressure. That's what you want."
It remains to be seen if Griffin can clearly decipher defensive blitzes before and after the snap and adjust accordingly, but having the chance to make changes should cut down on the number of sacks he takes. Griffin has been taken down 76 times since entering the NFL.
"I think going into his third year, you see a lot of progression both from a physical and a mental standpoint," McVay said. "Some of the things that we've done with him the past two years are similar and some are also different. He's done an excellent job of transferring his knowledge in the meeting rooms to on the field recognizing some of those looks and audibles and recognizing things at the line of scrimmage. We will give him the chance to have great success this year."
"I'm eager to see how we mesh together," Griffin told ESPN.com. "That's exciting for a quarterback. We can work matchups. We will have definite mismatches and then it will be good to distribute the ball around."
Griffin is excited about the variety of routes his receivers can run.
"All those guys can run," Griffin said. "None of them are limited to routes. It's not a limited route tree, which is exciting for a quarterback and exciting for an offensive coordinator calling plays. Now you know I can put these guys in any position and they can all run the routes."
"I didn't believe he was planting that back foot in a position where he could transfer over the front and use his lower body," Shea told ESPN regarding his footwork. "We worked on making sure he was transferring through on his throws. ... It seemed like the second year when he missed, a lot of his passes were high and that's a product of not coming down over the top well enough. He really addressed that during our six days. He was back on track."
As for where he held the pigskin, Shea asked him to hold it at his numbers or letters on his jersey, not lower. That change quickened his release.
"Of all the quarterbacks I ever worked with, Robert is one of the top two in terms of arm speed," Shea said. "The other one was Matthew Stafford. That's what makes the real special NFL quarterbacks."
The end result of this: Griffin is more comfortable in the pocket, which should lead to more efficient play.
|P3||8/23/14||@ BAL||7:30 pm|
|P4||8/28/14||@ TB||7:30 pm|
|1||9/7/14||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|3||9/21/14||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|6||10/12/14||@ ARI||4:25 pm|
|8||10/27/14||@ DAL||8:30 pm|
|9||11/2/14||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|12||11/23/14||@ SF||4:25 pm|
|13||11/30/14||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|15||12/14/14||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|