RICHMOND—It didn’t appear that Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and Jay Gruden, the team’s rookie head coach, were on the same page a lot of the time last year. Although they didn’t openly clash to the extent that Griffin and former coach Mike Shanahan did on occasion, Griffin did not seem comfortable in Gruden’s offense last year. And Gruden become openly critical of Griffin’s execution of his offense.
But it appears that having gone through their second offseason together that they are adjusting to each other. Gruden is starting to get a feel for what Griffin does well and Griffin is figuring out how he can best work in the coach’s offense.
“That’s part of the growth of the team, growing together as a quarterback and head coach,” said the fourth-year QB. “I can tell you know, whatever Jay wants to run that’s what we’re going to run. That’s how we’re going to be successful. I’ve bought in, the guys have bought in.”
The very fact that Griffin had to say that he will run what the coach calls indicates that there has been an issue there in terms of perception, reality, or both.
Griffin doesn’t have plans to run the ball himself more than he did last year. "I'm gonna play football,” he said. “That's all I've got to say about that. It's about ... playing the way you know how to play.”
He is looking forward to getting some help from a renewed emphasis on the running game. “My thing is, as long as the threat of the run is there it makes the passing easier so I look forward to establishing that threat,” he said.
So far, so good. But he hasn’t thrown his first interception yet nor has he taken a sack that he could have avoided. We will see how it plays out.