At new Washington coach Jay Gruden’s introductory press conference, he stressed the importance of Robert Griffin III putting in the necessary amount of work for a franchise quarterback.
“I expect a lot from the starting quarterback,” Gruden said. “I expect him to come in and prepare and work hard and I expect him to take the blame on some throws. I expect him to be a great leader. I expect him to do extra things to be great. As long as he’s working his butt off, I will provide him with everything he needs to be successful.”
Chris Mortensen reported on ESPN’s NFL Insiders on Friday that preparation and work ethic are the parts of the game that some have questioned whether Griffin fully grasps.
“He said he expects him to come in and prepare and do the work — that’s the one little question mark you heard behind the scenes. That’s something Gruden’s going to try to demand out of RG3,” Mortensen said.
Most of the hard work in the offseason for Griffin in 2013 was about rehabilitating his surgically repaired knee. In 2014, Griffin can work hard at improving as a quarterback. After a disappointing second season, he needs to improve. And Gruden is saying he’ll demand that Griffin does the work necessary to improve.