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Jay Gruden won't 'try to turn Robert Griffin into Drew Brees'

Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden says that it would be "foolish" to try to turn Robert Griffin III into a pocket passing quarterback.

New Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden has stated that he has no interest in attempting to turn Robert Griffin III into a pocket passer in the mould of Drew Brees.

Griffin has been known as a running quarterback in the first two years of his NFL career, posing a double threat to opposition defensive units on both the ground and through the air.

Of Griffin's ability, Gruden said via NFL.com: "I'm not going to try to turn Robert into Andy Dalton or Drew Brees. He isn't them and they're not him. I would be foolish to try to turn RGIII into a pocket passer. It would be foolish.

"The way he is as a runner, we have to take advantage of that. He strikes fear into defensive coordinators when he runs outside. I'm going to let him be himself.

"I worked with Dalton for three years in Cincinnati, and built a foundation of concepts and protections that I think worked well with him. We'll obviously use Robert's skill set differently. When it comes to the quarterback position, my job is to make him comfortable and productive."

On Tuesday it was announced that the Redskins' new offensive coordinator Sean McVay will be in charge of coaching the quarterbacks.

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