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RGIII says, “It takes time to build trust”

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In his first press conference since Mike Wise of the Washington Post reported that tensions between Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and coach Mike Shanahan date back to the misuse of Griffin in January, Griffin addressed the level of trust that has developed between himself and the head coach.

“As much as it can develop in a year-and-a-half, two-year span,” Griffin said, via quotes distributed by the team.  “I haven’t spent a lot of time here, obviously.  I haven’t spent a lot of time in the league.  It takes time to build that trust over time with a coach anytime.”

It’s hardly a ringing endorsement.  Trust can develop quickly in an intense industry like pro football, if personalities mesh and behavior occurs that allows trust to arise.  Given everything Shanahan and Griffin have been through together in less than two NFL seasons, if complete trust hasn’t become established yet, it may never.

That said, Griffin separately praised the team’s coaching staff.

“I think these guys have a great future,” Griffin said.  “I love having them here and that’s all I can say. We’re focused on Kansas City, they’re focused on Kansas City and that’s all we can control.”

Griffin also was asked to identify the biggest misconception about the 2013 Redskins.

“Just the fragmented team,” Griffin said.  “We’re not.  We’re not a fragmented team.  We’re all sticking together.  Everybody understands what we’ve got to do these next four games and that’s the bottom line.  You know, just all the false stories that keep coming out.  It’s just one thing after another, day after day.  Guys still have to continue to change the channel and not listen to any of that stuff and block it out.”

The comments come amid intensifying reports that Griffin and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan don’t see eye to eye.  Which means that, once the season ends, owner Daniel Snyder likely faces a Griffin or Shanahan decision.

The good news for Griffin is that he won’t have to make a Magic Johnson-style power play.  With a clear sense that the relationship between quarterback and coach isn’t ideal, Griffin can say all the right things while he waits for nature to take its course.

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26 Responses to “RGIII says, “It takes time to build trust””
  1. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 4, 2013 7:45 PM

    It takes time to build that trust over time with a coach anytime
    ___________________

    Nonsense the entire league already trusts you to suck and then accept no responsibility for it.

  2. patriotwayspygate says: Dec 4, 2013 7:46 PM

    LOL!

    #SeventhLombardiOnTheWay

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 4, 2013 7:46 PM

    Or he could be wrong and the new coach and he could bond over night. I think instant success is very feasible if they make the right choice of who to bring in. Or trade him. Get a great coach and somebody who can help RGIII significantly, or cash him in to some other team that feels they can leverage him up for more than you can. Then you get full value plus a margin in exchange for somebody that you were just going to lose with anyhow.

  4. bbk1000 says: Dec 4, 2013 7:49 PM

    Yes Robert…yes it does….

  5. boogymanoflamancha says: Dec 4, 2013 7:50 PM

    RGIII says, “It takes time to build trust”

    What dad comes into the locker room after a game?

  6. mz1394 says: Dec 4, 2013 7:50 PM

    Worst 3 draft busts ever 3) Ryan Leaf 2) Jamarcus Russell 1)Robert griffin the turd

  7. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 4, 2013 7:50 PM

    What an outstanding football player is RGIII and not only smart and talented, he remains humble even though it’s CLEAR he’s the flagship player of the league. I would do the trade with the Rams a million more times. It is absolutely worth it and the only question in my mind is how many Superbowls will he hoist before his induction into Canton in 15-16 years time. #ThankGodImaRedskinsfanandforRGIII

  8. mrcogburn says: Dec 4, 2013 7:51 PM

    What an ass.

  9. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 4, 2013 7:54 PM

    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!
    Run or pass and score — we want a lot more!
    Beat ‘em, Swamp ‘em,
    Touchdown! — Let the points soar!
    Fight on, fight on ‘Til you have won
    Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!
    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!

  10. fafaflunky says: Dec 4, 2013 7:58 PM

    as a die hard skins fan, trade griffin get your #1 pick back..start cousins and use that pick on a safety or corner back

  11. fafaflunky says: Dec 4, 2013 7:59 PM

    I hate divas, who air their laundry

  12. dubblelznhell says: Dec 4, 2013 8:01 PM

    The Deadskins are horrible…..just as horrible as logicalvoicesays’ ponderings on who the league’s top 5 QBs are…

  13. allidoiswin55 says: Dec 4, 2013 8:01 PM

    As I said before why didn’t rg3 take time to be mentally prepared for football since he wasn’t able to do anything physically.. He should have been confident in reading defenses and coverages and been able to mentally go through progressions but instead he gave us daily updates ..

    Who cares if he couldn’t practice he should have been in the film room and studying extra hard . Seems to me like rg3 relies on his athleticism and not his brain . Now that he has to be cerebral he is one of the worst qbS in the nfl , making mark Sanchez decisions .. Despite not having practice he should have been mentally prepared ad confident in that aspect and instead he looks fragile scared and broken and bc of that his team doesn’t seem to believe in his magic .. He can get it back I’m sure but all the blame goes on him for not preparing like a professional Period end of discussion ..

  14. athwartships says: Dec 4, 2013 8:09 PM

    It takes time?

    While I don’t disagree, I would argue that your father getting involved in your business (as an adult) and thinking you’re above the experience and knowledge of the coaches is not a great way to get there.

  15. DaveKShape says: Dec 4, 2013 8:13 PM

    I know it’s a really stressful situation and they’re under a lot of pressure… but as a comparison, it seems like Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll got along swimmingly from the beginning… just saying.

  16. tvjules says: Dec 4, 2013 8:24 PM

    Mike and Kyle Shanny will soon meet the same fate as Bill and Chris Polian did two years ago with the Colts.
    Gone — the Monday after the season ends.

  17. mataug says: Dec 4, 2013 8:49 PM

    Shanahan screwed himself by hiring his own son as the OC. RG3 has definitely been immature (and constantly refusing to shut up) but Kyle’s been pretty poor with his playcalling. Calling run plays for Griffin when we have an awesome RB in Morris.

  18. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Dec 4, 2013 8:50 PM

    Aka Mike Shanny forced me into that game I diminished my career for. I wouldn’t be shocked if he said something to the line of “if you don’t play i’ll make it look like you could have.” I really can’t wait for him to get fired. He’s so overrated. His son is a great cord but John Elway and an all star offensive roster made Shanny. Lets be honest.

  19. Canyonero says: Dec 4, 2013 9:24 PM

    Doesn’t take long to lose trust though, right?

  20. yousuxxors says: Dec 4, 2013 9:28 PM

    he believed his own hype

  21. puckthefatriots says: Dec 4, 2013 9:34 PM

    Do people still show up at his press conferences? He’s 3-9.

  22. abninf says: Dec 4, 2013 9:43 PM

    Dallas has the same number of Superbowl victories in the last 20 years as Redskins have playoff appearances.

  23. wannabear says: Dec 5, 2013 10:52 AM

    I think it’s too soon to declare him a bust. Another year would provide ample opportunities to make that call. Not that I like him a lot.

  24. betadog says: Dec 5, 2013 10:54 AM

    Ah Mirer finished second my bad

  25. dcstinks says: Dec 6, 2013 5:26 PM

    Trust, are you trusted to go get wings from your favorite Wing joint again RGKnee??

  26. joeyjust4u2 says: Dec 6, 2013 7:16 PM

    Next season no Shanahans and the rest of the coaches,we need to have a 4-3 defense based on our players.Jon Gruden would be a good head coach for our team.I am looking forward to next season,that will start our greatness forever more.

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