Griffin excels at using play-action, ranking first in the NFL in those situations. He has used play-action on 38 percent of his 325 throws, completing 71 percent of them and averaging over 17 yards per completion, according to Pro Football Focus.

“You have to be aggressive and not cautious,” Pees said. “You need to still rush the passer. You can’t go in there thinking this guy is going scramble. You have to come in with the right leverage, the right
spot. He may still get out of it because he is such a great athlete. If you do that, then you are always going to be tentative, and you’re always going to be cautious, and you’re always going to be guarded, and you’re never going to get there.

“So, we’re going to try to tee it up like we always do, but also not be crazy. Not be cautious, not be afraid to be aggressive, but at the same time you just can’t go in there and, ‘OK, I’m going to spin on this guy and know that he is going to go outside.’ There are just certain things like that where you have to use common sense.”

The toughest wrinkle to deal with, though, is how the Redskins mask their intentions with multiple choices at Griffin's fingertips.

"It's a unique twist, and he's got a unique skill set," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "You try to build your offense around your players and what they're capable of doing. They've done a really nice job of that with their quarterback, with RGIII.

"Obviously, he's smart, and he's got a lot of athletic ability, but he also had a lot of quarterback awareness. They run a basic, fundamentally sound NFL offense with some added juice with the option game, the dive option, the option pass stuff and all the things he can do with that."

At 6-foot-2, 217 pounds, Griffin possesses the arm strength, the athleticism with 4.41 speed in the 40-yard dash and intelligence as a former 4.0 student recruited by Stanford to run the pistol offense.

"He can do everything," cornerback Corey Graham said. "He's a fast guy, he can turn the edge, turn the corner on a lot of guys. He can throw the ball very good and is accurate with his passes. When you've got a guy that can do pretty much everything, it's a tough challenge."

Although Griffin obviously has the capability to confound defenses, defensive end Pernell McPhee has a rather simplistic plan for what to do about the electrifying rookie.

"We got to hit him," McPhee said. "Hit him, hit him, hit him, and make him break. He's good, but we put our pants on the same way he does and we get paid, too."