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Griffin doesn’t buy what “some quarterbacks” say about Shanahan

Washington Redskins owner Snyder and coach Shanahan watch quarterback Griffin III during a rookie minicamp in Ashburn

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder (2nd R) and head coach Mike Shanahan (R) watch quarterback Robert Griffin III, the second overall pick in last month’s NFL draft, during a rookie minicamp at the team’s training facility in Ashburn, Virginia May 6, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)


Not every quarterback who has played for Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has favorable things to say about him. But Shanahan’s newest quarterback, Robert Griffin III, says he doesn’t believe the negative things that other quarterbacks have said.

What some former quarterbacks have said about him, to me, isn’t true,” Griffin said. “He seems like a great guy, really looking forward to working with me, putting me in the best position to succeed and help this team win.”

Griffin didn’t name any of those former quarterbacks he was referencing, although he was surely thinking of Donovan McNabb, and maybe -- since he grew up a Broncos fan -- Jake Plummer and Bubby Brister, too. But Griffin says that when he thinks about watching Shanahan’s teams as a kid, he thinks about the quarterback who won two Super Bowls with Shanahan.

“I was a fan,” Griffin said. “Growing up I was a Bronco fan so you see coach Shanahan and that’s the coach of your favorite team. So when I met him at the Combine and they traded up for me it was kind of like a dream come true to be here and play for him in this offense -- an offense I watched John Elway tear defenses up in.”

Redskins fans can only hope Griffin turns out to be more like Elway than McNabb.