Robert Griffin III is having a record-breaking rookie season for the Washington Redskins, and as players around the league already acknowledge, he's going to be a thorn in the side of many for at least a decade. However, he will face a first on Monday night when the Redskins take on the New York Giants – the first team to see him a second time. And given their previous experience with the young quarterback, Washington head coach Mike Shanahan believes this will be RGIII's biggest challenge to date.
"I think it’s a big challenge for any rookie quarterback to play in this league, especially going against a division opponent the second time, when they kind of get a feel for him, and the football team," Shanahan said. "Yeah, it’s a big challenge."
On the flip side of things, RGIII has also seen the Giants' defense now and has a better idea of what to expect. However, given the health of Kenny Phillips and the suddenly successful three and four safety looks, "Bob" may come face-to-face with a defense unlike one he has ever seen at any level. Couple that with the Giants' ability to shift personnel at a variety of different positions, and it could result in a long night for the youngster.
"The Giants are very sound in what they do. They make adjustments very quickly. They’re very sound, very talented. They have the ability to do a number of things, so you’re really not sure until you play what direction they’re going to go," Shanahan said. "You’ve got to really execute because they’re safeties, but they have the ability of corners. Usually you don’t find those types of athletes; guys that can defend the pass and do the run at the same time."
It's going to be an interesting chess match on Monday night, and as Mathias Kiwanuka said on Wednesday, it will all come down to whichever team wants it the most.
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