RGIII: It’s a fresh start, not starting over

AP

The Redskins’ backup quarterback is talking about the possibility of a trade, but Robert Griffin III knows that he’ll be in Washington this season.

While sitting in on a Fox Sports 1 broadcast of a Baylor women’s basketball game on Monday, Griffin said that he and his teammates were excited to get back to work with new head coach Jay Gruden. The 2013 season ended with a flurry of reports about dysfunction between Griffin and former coach Mike Shanahan, a state of affairs that Griffin said would be gone come the start of the new season.

“We’re all excited, everybody in the organization,” Griffin said, via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “Talking to my teammates, it’s not that we’re starting over; we’re just getting a fresh start. So we’ve got a new leader at the helm and we’re going to be a united front. And I think all those guys are really excited about what’s coming.”

It’s been a much quieter offseason for Griffin as there’s no rehab or commercials about rehab or questions about being ready for the first week of the regular season. That should allow him plenty of time to focus on Gruden’s offensive scheme and the football work that was put aside as he recovered from his knee injury last season.

Should that lead to a return to the form of his rookie season, excitement will be easy to find in Washington.