Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has demonstrated in recent days on social media a strong desire to get back to work with his teammates. On Monday night, Griffin retweeted a pair of PFT stories with a message that hints strongly at the dysfunction of days gone by.
In passing along to his 1.13 million Twitter followers our headline that coach Jay Gruden said Griffin works harder than any player Gruden has seen, Griffin said, “Coach supports his players, New Year.”
In passing along to his 1.13 million Twitter followers our headline that tackle Trent Williams defended receiver DeSean Jackson, Griffin said, “Players have each other’s back, New Year.”
The messages indicate that, in the old year, the coach didn’t support his players — and players didn’t have each other’s back. Griffin likely is right, given the stream of leaks that continuously dumped more and more criticism on a player who was doing all he could to play despite suffering a serious knee injury in January 2013.
It’s still a little jarring to see Griffin speak so candidly, but that could be the best way to shed the past for good and focus on a future premised on one thing.
“New Year. New Team. One Goal. Win!!!” Griffin said.
31 other teams have that same goal, but it’s hard to imagine this year’s edition of the Washington Redskins winning only three of 16 regular-season games.