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RG3 had 'open discussion' with Shanahan over playbook

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RG3 had 'open discussion' with Shanahan over playbook

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.'"

You can see the full video segment here.

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."

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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

The Kerrigan family is about to make a big-time addition to its roster.

Ryan and his wife, Jessica, already have two very, VERY, very, very cute bulldogs in their household. 

But on Tuesday, the two announced in separate Instagram posts that Jessica is 18 weeks pregnant and that a third human Kerrigan will arrive in 2019.

"Can I eat dis sign aftur da picturr iz over?" George the bulldog said when reached for comment on the news.

"How did dey gett such a smawl jerzey for da baby alreddy?" Franklin the other bulldog added.

This is all very wonderful.

Come next March, the world is about to get a little precious-er.

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Adrian Peterson's impressive day vs. the Panthers wasn't exactly supposed to happen

Adrian Peterson's impressive day vs. the Panthers wasn't exactly supposed to happen

When you don't hear from someone you wanted to hear from, you typically follow up.

But on Sunday during the Redskins' 23-17 win over the Panthers, Jay Gruden actually didn't follow up with Adrian Peterson about a plan the two first discussed leading up to kickoff.

Everyone associated with burgundy and gold should be OK with that, however, after seeing how things played out.

During his weekly, exclusive interview with JP Finlay on the Redskins Talk podcast, Gruden explained how Peterson's injury situation almost prevented the running back from posting his crucial 17-carry, 97-yard stat line. 

"I talked to him before the game, had a sit-down with him," the head coach said. "I told him I was probably only gonna use him on short-yardage and goal line if that, you know? Because I want him to heal, we have a long season ahead of us." 

Heading into Week 6, Peterson was dealing with shoulder, ankle and knee issues. Plus, he's 33 years old at a position where that number is way more common on a player's jersey than in his bio under "age."

So, Gruden's concern made some sense, especially considering how necessary a productive Peterson has been to the 'Skins' success in 2018. Problem is, the two never connected again, so the coach's pitch count was never executed.

"He says, 'Oh, just let me go early, I'll let you know how I'm doing,'" Gruden recalled. "We let him go early and I never heard from him so I just kept him in there. He played great. He's a pro, he's a stud."

For those of you now wondering if this means you should start ignoring emails from your boss or not text your buddy back and still expect success, let's not get too carried away here. In this instance, a lack of communication worked for the future Hall of Famer, but that doesn't mean it's going to work for you.

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