Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III says his increased familiarity with Jay Gruden and the second year head coach’s offense should pay dividends this season.
“The more familiarity you can have with the coaches, the system, the better,” Griffin said. “You see the Tom Bradys, the Aaron Rodgers, the Peyton Mannings of this league, [they’ve had] the same coaches, the same system and they can grow within that system—and that’s what we’re looking to build. We definitely feel that that’s something we want to do, obviously, because we want to be successful for a long time.”
Griffin made his comments prior to participating in the Ryan Kerrigan Leukemia Golf Classic at the Lansdowne Resort on Monday afternoon. The course is just a short drive from Redskins Park, where offseason activities are beginning to ramp up.
“Everybody feels good this time of year, getting back it’s like the first couple of days of school,” Griffin said. “You see all your friends again, get a chance work with the guys, the new guys now and rookies that are in, trying to build a championship team.”
Although the more intense OTA sessions don’t begin until later this month, Griffin said he already can sense a greater comfort level in Gruden’s offense.
“Yeah, you definitely feel a difference,” Griffin said. “The day you stop changing and adapting yourself and growing as a player is the day that you shouldn’t be playing anymore. Every year you step on that field, you find those things you want to work on. You listen to your coaches and work on the things they want you to work on. You become a better and better player.”
He added: “You continue to water that Chinese bamboo and chop up that wood. We’re looking forward to allowing that tree to sprout up.”
Asked about the Redskins’ decision to pick up the $16 million, fifth-year option on his contract, Griffin said: “I’m not worried about next year. I’m worried about this year.”
Griffin was also asked about DeSean Jackson’s recent comments about the 2015 version of the Redskins’ offense. Speaking on ESPN 980 last week, the veteran wide receiver said the attack will be tailored more to Griffin’s strengths, as it was in 2012.
“Just really going back to what [Robert Griffin III’s] good at doing,” Jackson said via The Washington Post. “I can remember how he kind of killed us when I was with the Eagles, and I was like man, this guy’s amazing.”
Griffin declined to divulge much about potential changes in the offense, but he didn’t exactly disagree with anything Jackson said.
“I’m not here to give away secrets or anything like that,” Griffin said with a smile. “I look forward to playing football to the best of my ability, and the best of our team’s ability. Coach is going to put us in situations to help us succeed. That’s what it’s about. What we do well is what we’re going to do.”