The media got to hear from a couple of Redskins yesterday as Trent Williams and Barry Cofield got on a conference call with the locals. Among other things Williams talked about “a new aura” with Jay Gruden now in charge at Redskins Park.
“And the players all get a clean slate,” said Cofield.
We did not get a chance to hear the voice of Robert Griffin III but he spoke loud and clear about a change of atmosphere in Ashburn in two, 140-character bites.
The third-year quarterback retweeted a couple of headlines from our corporate cousins at Pro Football Talk and added some commentary of his own. The first one dealt with Griffin himself:
The clear implication here is that Mike Shanahan did not support his players in general in Griffin in particular. During last offseason Shanahan did praise Griffin for his work in rehabbing his injured right knee. But as the season wound down and Shanahan was sitting on the hot seat his tone changed. His praise for the quarterback faded. Late in the season he was given two chances to say that Griffin was a “coachable” player and he declined to do so.
Then shortly after Gruden was hired, Chris Mortensen of ESPN said that there was “a little question mark” about Griffin’s willingness to do the work needed to prepare to play. You didn’t have to think real hard to figure out that Shanahan was the one who expressed these doubts to Mortensen.
Gruden sees a different player. In the PFT post, Gruden was quoted from an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “As far as dedication and [Griffin’s] desire to win and his work ethic, that is not to be questioned. He’s unlike anybody I’ve ever seen as far as that’s concerned.”
As the Redskins’ 3-13 train wreck unfolded it was just Shanahan taking shots at players. There were leaks emanating from other players. Griffin believes that has changed as well.