The Mike Shanahan era in Washington did not end well for a variety of reasons, but how much did that have to do with Robert Griffin III? Rumors abound regarding the quarterback's relationship with his former coach and Griffin addressed one of those rumors on Friday.
Griffin sat down with Redskins Nation's Larry Michael to answer fan email questions. One question in particular was a bit more controversial than you would expect from the Redskins' faithful.
"Is it true you went to Coach [Mike] Shanahan after your first year and requested the offense be changed?" Michael read.
In a radio interview in February on ESPN 980, Shanahan said that Griffin met with him after his rookie season and demanded changes to the playbook and even went so far as to label some plays as "acceptable" and "unacceptable."
On Friday, Griffin did not deny talking to Shanahan saying they had an "open discussion," but said he did not make any demands of his former coach.
"Just like any coach-quarterback combination, we've had healthy conversations about everything," Griffin said. "...There was never a wholesale 'this is what we're going to run, this is what we're not going to run.'"
It certainly would not be unreasonable for a coach and quarterback to discuss offensive plays in the offseason, especially in the wake of the knee injury Griffin suffered at the end of his rookie year. It's the tone of that meeting that seems to be the sticking point. While Shanahan says Griffin was demanding, Griffin said he knows the difference between the roles of the coach and quarterback.
"Coaches get to call the plays and players have to run them."