Even though it has been a tough year for the Washington Redskins and for Robert Griffin III, the second-year quarterback sees encouraging signs for the future.
With the Redskins sitting at 3-9 and eliminated from the playoffs, there has been talk about the future of the coaching staff with speculation that everyone from head coach Mike Shanahan on down could be gone swirling in the media and among fans.
When asked what he thought about the coaching staff, Griffin didn’t go into any detail but he did indicate that he likes the situation. “I think these guys have a great future, I love having them here,” said Griffin. “That's all I can say. I'm focused on Kansas City, they're focused on Kansas City.”
The Redskins play the Chiefs on Sunday.
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Griffin hinted that there is some friction but ultimately there is a common purpose.
“I think whenever you have competitors like us losing can be tough,” he said. “But, at the end of the day, just like when I came in here, me, coach [Mike Shanahan], [offensive coordinator] Kyle [Shanahan] and all the rest of the coaches and all the rest of the players, we want to win. That's a winning recipe whether you do it on the field or not, so that's the way I look at it. We're all competitors, we all get heated at times but at the end of the day we all want to win.”
There have been plenty of media reports and hearsay about the relationship between Mike Shanahan and Griffin ever since Griffin suffered a serious knee injury in the team’s playoff loss last January. Griffin was asked specifically if there was a trusting relationship between him and Mike Shanahan.
He said that the relationship between them has developed “as much as it can develop in a year and a half, two year span,” he said. “I haven't spent a lot of time here, I haven't spent a lot of time in the league. It takes time to build that trust over time with a coach.”
It looks like the relationship is a work in progress. Stay tuned.