Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan is convinced his title-hungry club has found its franchise quarterback in Robert Griffin III but admits an instant return to the glory years is not on the horizon.
Griffin was the second player chosen in Thursday's NFL Draft, the Redskins' first top-flight signal-caller since Joe Theismann stood under center in the mid-1980s.
"We have a lot of belief that he is going to do everything he possibly can to give us the best chance to win and for him to be as good as he's going to be," Shanahan told reporters.
"It is up to me to get him the right supporting cast and the right system so he feels comfortable with what we're doing without putting too much pressure on him.
"There is a learning curve and it does not happen overnight. Take a look at all the great quarterbacks over the years. It doesn't happen just like that."
The Redskins have won three Super Bowls but the last one followed the 1991 season and the once-proud franchise has spent most of the last 20 years searching for an elite quarterback.
Griffin, a Baylor graduate who won the Heisman Trophy in 2011 as the nation's top collegiate player, said he is familiar with the Redskins and the NFC East.
"Being a Texas kid, you always watch Philadelphia, the Cowboys, the Giants and Washington just because they're all in the same division, and you're in Texas," said Griffin, known as RG3.
"I've seen the Redskins over the years. I've seen the many quarterbacks that they've gone through.
"I'm glad that the organization and the coaching staff bought into drafting a younger quarterback, trying to make him their franchise quarterback and growing with him."
Washington won three of its first four games last season but stumbled down the stretch with Rex Grossman and John Beck at quarterback and finished 5-11. After the season, the Redskins traded four draft picks, including two future first-rounders, to get into position to select Griffin.
Shanahan, who won two Super Bowls as coach of the Denver Broncos, said Griffin played a different style offense at Baylor but is convinced he will "pick up things pretty quickly."
"There is going to be a big adjustment because they did a good job of spreading their offense out and running the option," said Shanahan. "If we did that in pro football all the time, the chances are you wouldn't survive very long.
"These guys are big and they're fast and they hit pretty hard. You try to take a look at somebody's talents and utilize them to the fullest without trying to get your quarterback hurt at the same time."
Griffin, despite being one of the most physically gifted quarterbacks in the draft, acknowledged "the speed of the game is definitely different" at the pro level.
"You're going against All-Americans at every single position on the field, but I look forward to the challenge," he said. "That's how I play football.
"If you can play football in high school, you can be an elite college player. If you're an elite college player, you can be an elite pro. So I'm going to go out and know that.
"Yeah, I am a rookie, but I'm not going to use that as an excuse. I'm going to try to succeed."