RGIII thanks Shanahan after news of firing
This morning, Robert Griffin III avoided the crowd of cameras and microphones as he cleared out his locker at Redskins Park.
This afternoon, he dialed into a conference call with reporters to explain why he declined to talk earlier. He gave a brief statement and did not take any questions.
“I didn’t want to say anything at that time because I hadn’t talked to Coach or any of the coaches,” Griffin said, referring to Coach Mike Shanahan, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Matt Lafleur, all of whom were fired after a 3-13 season that ended with Griffin watching the final three games from the bench.
“I had a chance to talk to them before they left,” Griffin added. “Just wanted say that Coach Shanahan has taught me a lot in just two years of being with him. I wanted to thank him for drafting me to the Washington Redskins and giving me the chance to live out my dreams. I also wanted to thank Kyle and Matt for working so hard with me every day, day in and day out. We did a lot of great things together and I wish all three of them the best in the future.”
He added: “I’m looking forward to the new year and building team back to where we know it should be.”