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RGIII: I never told Mike Shanahan which plays to run

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Jamie McCarthy

In February, Mike Shanahan reached into the past during a radio interview by discussing his final season with the Redskins and his relationship with quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Shanahan said that Griffin told him “what plays were acceptable and unacceptable” to call shortly after the end of Griffin’s rookie season. Griffin was asked about those comments during a recent appearance with Larry Michael on a television show produced by the team.

“The urban legend, right?” Griffin said, via the Washington Post. “Actually, just like any coach-quarterback combination, we had healthy conversations about everything, evolving as a player. There’s a lot of dark things that are talked about with Mike and Kyle [Shanahan, who was the team’s offensive coordinator] and those things, but it was never a wholesale [demand of] ‘This is what we’re gonna run, this is what we’re not gonna run’. You know, I’m a player. I’m here to play. As we like to say, I just work here. Open discussion. Coaches get to call the plays, and players have to run them.”

He was asked a question and gave an answer, but there’s not too much for Griffin to gain by going back into how things went bad with Shanahan after a successful rookie season. Whether he asked for certain plays to be called or not, the best thing he can do for his future in the NFL is to execute the plays Jay Gruden calls this season at a higher level.