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Jay Gruden: RG3 works out more than anyone I’ve ever seen


New Washington coach Jay Gruden has already seen enough to say he has something special in quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Asked today whether Griffin’s off-field activities like unveiling a much-hyped personal logo distract from the task at hand, Gruden said there are no concerns at all about how hard Griffin works.

“He works out more than anybody I’ve ever seen,” Gruden said on SiriusXM NFL Radio, via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “If I ever felt like that was an issue, or if he was spending more time trying to create logos than he was working out and getting himself ready to play, then there’d be an issue. But there’s no issue in my mind. I think nowadays, these quarterbacks and these players in general, they have people do a lot of work for them. They have these mangers, these agents, and these commercial people working for them, and they’re doing all the work. I don’t think Robert’s doing any. He’s just signing off on it. Adidas is doing all the logo things for him. So if it’s extra money for him, have at it. As far as dedication and his desire to win and his work ethic, that is not to be questioned. He’s unlike anybody I’ve ever seen as far as that’s concerned.”

Gruden also said Griffin will continue running the ball, and that although there are concerns about injuries, he can’t be so concerned about Griffin getting hurt that he takes away what makes Griffin special.

“I think when you have the ability that he has, I think we’d be foolish not to have some kind of option as far as running the football with him,” Gruden said.

And Gruden is sure that Griffin will be in good enough shape to run hard this season.

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85 Responses to “Jay Gruden: RG3 works out more than anyone I’ve ever seen”
  1. fair2bfare says: Apr 7, 2014 8:09 PM

    I wonder if Derek Rose’s logo distracted him or prior to LeBron winning anything his distracted him or even Jordan’s Jumpman logo tears before his titles. Interesting food for thought.

  2. n0hopeleft says: Apr 7, 2014 8:11 PM

    No one questioned his work ethic. He obviously did a ton of work to get where he is today.

    We do, however, question how much of a narcissistic, egotistical, attention craving, injury prone crybaby he is…

    Then again, I’m just a “hater”, right Redskin fans?


  3. deangelo23hall says: Apr 7, 2014 8:11 PM

    Can’t wait to hear all the negative spin people put on this one now…

  4. ariani1985 says: Apr 7, 2014 8:12 PM

    Robert Griffin the turd needs to perform on the field not in front of the camera! Final year in the nfl? Maybe?

  5. 25cuts says: Apr 7, 2014 8:13 PM

    Rg me will be sacked all year eating his subway. That O line is Swiss cheese.

  6. glennsyank13 says: Apr 7, 2014 8:16 PM

    I just thank God that RG3 decided to bless us all with that amazing new logo of his. It really completes me.

  7. blue18hutthutt says: Apr 7, 2014 8:23 PM

    This arrogant flash in the pan will wash out of the league in 5 years

  8. cubano76 says: Apr 7, 2014 8:23 PM

    I was not expecting that as an answer from Gruden. Wow!

  9. drfeelyouup says: Apr 7, 2014 8:24 PM

    He will be working out of a wheelchair before too long.

  10. hurricanegrabowski says: Apr 7, 2014 8:25 PM

    RG3 works out a ton, all he does is work out his relationship with Dan Snyder to get exactly what he wants. It’s easy to see who’s really running the show in DC, and his name isn’t Gruden.

  11. shweddyballs says: Apr 7, 2014 8:25 PM

    Good to hear that RG3 is doing well – I actually hope the Skins are competitive this year – it will be interesting to see what Gruden does with this team.

  12. rebelsrevelations says: Apr 7, 2014 8:26 PM

    Hats off to coach Gruden! He tells it like it is!
    RG3 has never given anyone a reason to question his work ethic, yet the media took every opportunity to question his resolve as a quality QB! It disturbs me greatly to watch the media hacks eat him up when he carries his team to their first division title in years, and then spit him out when he tries to repeat his efforts, on a bad wheel, mind you, and coming in ice cold, and thrown to the wolves for his efforts!
    Thank you, Coach Gruden, for setting the record straight!

  13. revren10 says: Apr 7, 2014 8:27 PM

    He needs more practice he’s awful as a quarterback . Ryan Mallett is a better quarterback

  14. geniusesq says: Apr 7, 2014 8:29 PM

    Threezus Walks

  15. bigsowce says: Apr 7, 2014 8:29 PM

    I’ll definitely be targeting RG3 on my fantasy football team. He has a nice group of weapons to work with.

  16. billyburley says: Apr 7, 2014 8:32 PM

    “Hes laying it on a little thick”

  17. bobnelsonjr says: Apr 7, 2014 8:34 PM

    That is a very ugly photo.

  18. 904primetime says: Apr 7, 2014 8:36 PM

    Not even a fan but pretty sure somehow someway – he’s an idiot – even though he went to Baylor and graduated…. People are ridiculous. Miss the days when we knew nothing about athletes besides the sport they play.

  19. toybkshr says: Apr 7, 2014 8:36 PM

    Ah, suck up to the QB!

  20. 25cuts says: Apr 7, 2014 8:37 PM

    Yea, this guy had a chance last season to show what a good leader he was, but every week he’s throw someone under the bus. Mr. Eat sacks and accuracy of an atrocious nature. But that great O line and great D will help him…..oh wait what D? What O line.

  21. albundy4tds1game says: Apr 7, 2014 8:40 PM

    “that’s a very ugly photo”
    Good to know you are attracted to men

  22. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 7, 2014 8:41 PM

    You can’t make him quit running, he’d have to learn to read the field as a quarterback.
    I hope some of that work he’s doing leads him in the quarterback direction. Run-around quarterbacks are so 2012.

  23. dawsonleery says: Apr 7, 2014 8:49 PM

    Bob Griffin. That is all.

  24. fanofthegame1 says: Apr 7, 2014 8:50 PM

    Pretty nice for a guy who has never won anything.

  25. andrewluck12 says: Apr 7, 2014 8:53 PM

    Eddie Murphy’s long lost son. Looks just like em

  26. seabreezes51 says: Apr 7, 2014 8:57 PM

    Is there some league of extraordinary gentlemen his next conquest?

  27. lezbehonestppl says: Apr 7, 2014 9:03 PM

    Let’s be honest.. If you were truly happy with yourself as an individual, you wouldn’t be harshly criticizing a 23 year old man who has already accomplished more than many of us ever wished we could.

  28. donnymacjack says: Apr 7, 2014 9:06 PM

    RG3 is at risk of being the next Michael Vick (football-wise). Extremely talented but relatively small from the waist down and thus prone to injury.

    Think about it…their games are similar and so is their body make-up. RG3 = 6′ 2″ 217 lbs. Vick – 6′ 0″ 215 lbs.

  29. grimreaper12 says: Apr 7, 2014 9:08 PM

    Rg3 and out is the most overrated QB in the league. Without the read option, he’s basically useless. Also happens be the most selfish player in the NFL.

  30. nflyoda says: Apr 7, 2014 9:10 PM

    If his quarterback work ethic bar was established by Andy Dalton, it isn’t saying much.

  31. cheeseisfattening says: Apr 7, 2014 9:11 PM

    Green Bay fans eat more cheese than anyone I’ve ever seen.

  32. psly2124 says: Apr 7, 2014 9:14 PM

    Well he better keep working out because he looks a lot like Vince young to me.

  33. chawk12thman says: Apr 7, 2014 9:16 PM

    Looking to have just the opposite type of relationship with the QB then the previous HC.

  34. hawksfan99 says: Apr 7, 2014 9:18 PM

    guess you haven’t seen much of rw3

  35. thefootballgodssay says: Apr 7, 2014 9:23 PM

    30 years from now rgME WILL BE RING LESS AND HALL OF FAME LESS

  36. robgilman says: Apr 7, 2014 9:24 PM

    I don’t blame him. He might as well capitalize on the marketing dollars before he washes out.

    Really sad that Shanahan in essence ruined this guys career. He was a wonder and after the knee will never live up to his full potential.

  37. mdf53 says: Apr 7, 2014 9:25 PM

    If the coach doesn’t have any questions about where his quarterback is according to his plans, why should anyone else?

    RGIII has generated a lot of attention and the haters have come out of the wood works to attack him.

    A healthy RGIII won’t be stopped and by the way it wasn’t 2012 when the last mobile quarterback won the Super Bowl.

    Russell Wilson threw the ball while constantly on the run as well as occasionally from the pocket. Check his accuracy and qb rating.

  38. mythaimyke says: Apr 7, 2014 9:27 PM

    From a coach from Cincy that’s not saying much!

  39. justanotherdummy says: Apr 7, 2014 9:39 PM

    The human body only has a finite ability to recover and grow. If he is working out non-stop then he is most likely overtraining and just grinding his joints into dust for no real reason. Unless of course he is using PEDs, in which case lift/run until you drop and just juice more. Training hard does not always equal training smart.

  40. skoldier612 says: Apr 7, 2014 9:40 PM

    The guy works his mouth out more than anyone the lesser Gruden knows. Secondly, anyone who had this guy on their fantasy team is keenly aware of what a liability he is.

  41. seaeagle707 says: Apr 7, 2014 9:41 PM

    These are the same kinds of statements from Gruden, that we heard from Shanahan, last off-season. They must be generated by the team itself, not the coaches. The bad thing they do, is build everyone’s expectations up to a point that Griffin himself, can’t meet once the season starts. I do hope however that he has a better season this time.

  42. wishingtonredslur says: Apr 7, 2014 9:49 PM

    I need a logo, wait, suddenly I have a new logo.

  43. raiderapologist says: Apr 7, 2014 9:51 PM

    What Gruden meant was, in comparison to Desean Jackson, Griffin seems to work out quite often.

  44. magicmtndan says: Apr 7, 2014 9:54 PM

    ARR-GEE-MEE has a lot to prove. And all eyes will also be on DeSean Jackson (the record producer and possible gang banger) and their new head coach Jay Gruden.

    Lots of pressure and I expect 2 of them to not be able to cope with it (ARR-GEE-MEE and DSJ).

  45. meatcarroll says: Apr 7, 2014 9:55 PM

    RG3-13 doesn’t even work out the most among the QBs of his own draft class. That honor goes to Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson.

  46. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 7, 2014 10:17 PM

    Gruden only got concerned when the RGIII who was showing up for workouts got his teammates names mixed up, and appeared to be wearing a prosthetic denture to make his teeth appear more prominent.

  47. koolrepetoire says: Apr 7, 2014 10:20 PM

    Hi haters.

  48. koolrepetoire says: Apr 7, 2014 10:23 PM

    @donnymacjack. Did you think that reply on your own?

  49. swami24 says: Apr 7, 2014 10:27 PM

    Russell Wilson is busy playing baseball.

  50. brucealmty says: Apr 7, 2014 10:31 PM

    Who cares about the drama queens; I’m happy DJax is onboard, RG is healthy, the o-line looks better and the draft is just around the corner.

  51. rcali says: Apr 7, 2014 10:32 PM

    Really, is that what RGme wanted you to say Coach?

  52. dirtdawg54 says: Apr 7, 2014 10:46 PM

    I believe Jay when he says this. But only because his only material time in the NFL has been spent with Andy Dalton. Pretty sure RGIII is working harder than him and all of the has beens and wannabes Gruden coached in the AFL and UFL.

  53. backdapack4evr says: Apr 7, 2014 10:55 PM

    That’s because he is a fraud

  54. babygaga19 says: Apr 7, 2014 11:15 PM

    Big Brown Noser that Gruden. Does RG# sign his checks?

  55. taintedsaints2009 says: Apr 7, 2014 11:22 PM

    Ask tebow now all those tire flips worked out for his nfl career

  56. jollyjoker2 says: Apr 7, 2014 11:28 PM

    working out 6 months before opening training camp wins superbowls…LOL

  57. smstonerock says: Apr 7, 2014 11:32 PM

    That’s great if you’re a linebacker. But you’re a quarterback. Try studying film.

  58. aldavis4president says: Apr 7, 2014 11:44 PM

    I don’t get why so many people hate on this guy, he tore acl and mcl, because he didn’t want to bail on his teammates. People spin everything he says into something negative. His rookie year was amazing NOT including his rushing stats. 3ints I believe? Almost 70% completion %? Prove all the critics wrong RGIII!!

  59. hawkforlife says: Apr 7, 2014 11:47 PM

    “He works out more than anybody I’ve ever seen,”

    Ego stroke, ego stroke, ego stroke…. Oh, and the super bowl winning players he coached under his brother might have something to say about that.

  60. devildog911 says: Apr 8, 2014 12:23 AM

    Gruden says he has not seen anyone work out more than Bob? I bet he also has not seen anyone get hurt more than Bob.

  61. bobzilla1001 says: Apr 8, 2014 12:39 AM

    Stroking RG3’s massive ego is now a requirement to coach the Redskins…

  62. hughjanus2000 says: Apr 8, 2014 1:02 AM

    If RG3 was on the Vikings, he would’ve won nine Super Bowls already and be a 14-time MVP because Vikings. Bow before the supreme Aryan NFL franchise of the frozen north.

    #SKOAL #winteriscoming

  63. thetooloftools says: Apr 8, 2014 1:18 AM

    “he can’t be so concerned about Griffin getting hurt that he takes away what makes Griffin special.”
    …and running backs have a 4 year shelf life. He will “RUN” you out of a job.

  64. swaggyy says: Apr 8, 2014 2:17 AM

    He doesn’t workout as much as a super bowl champion like Russell Wilson


  65. deezenucks says: Apr 8, 2014 3:19 AM

    Ya no, I don’t care. Dude is selfish… I wanted to like him but I just cant straight up. Shut your mouth and play. Not even 3 years in, you haven’t accomplished anything and your treated/acting like a 10 year vet annual pro bowler.

  66. campcouch says: Apr 8, 2014 5:23 AM

    A logo reveal is a distraction from voluntary workouts in April….really.

  67. boyshole25 says: Apr 8, 2014 7:57 AM

    Say what you want, we true skin fans are loyal almost to a fault. This nonsense doesn’t fade me or anyone else. Httr! Hail hail hail, that is all

  68. kst2074 says: Apr 8, 2014 7:58 AM

    Whats wrong haters? I know you hate to hear this stuff but its true. Don’t forget his rookie season… was that a fluke? NOT

  69. bengalskuta82 says: Apr 8, 2014 8:14 AM

    A coach from Cincy, it is saying much. They’re one of the fews that haven’t missed the playoffs since 2011. Yes they haven’t gone pass the 1st round but in the NFL, it’s hard to repeat.
    As for Jay Gruden, i found him annoying because he put Dalton in difficult situations. We know Andy doesn’t have a great arm, yet he went with a pass heavy offense..that didn’t work.
    He should do well with RG3 though

  70. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Apr 8, 2014 8:30 AM

    Skins should trade the next 5 year draft picks for johnny football

  71. pwh925 says: Apr 8, 2014 9:03 AM

    It gets really annoying when the media smears a guy a couple of times and all of a sudden everyone else jumps in and comes up with cute nicknames like RGME. Good job everyone, how long did it take you to come up with that one? Clever.

    RG3 is a phenomenal athlete and has all the right personal characteristics that you would want in a young quarterback.

    So the guy had a lousy season last year because he had just come off a major injury. Any player who comes off something like that, especially one who uses his legs for so much, has to go through a physical and MENTAL recovery to become the same player they used to be. I remeber Rodney Harrison relate and talk about his ACL, MCL, and PCL injury that he sustained in 2005 (Age 33). during a Redskins pregame show. Physically you can be fine, but mentally you can’t stop thinking about the injury. The mental portion is far more difficult to overcome than the physical.

    That all being said, be prepared to see a renewed and invigorated RG3 this season. He’s young and motivated and he will bounce back. He’s only going to be smarter with his play and more confident this year… especially with the new weapons he has on hand.

  72. 1uniquename says: Apr 8, 2014 9:13 AM

    I really hope RG3 turns out to be a Super Star and I’m a Dolphins fan. The guy is just good for the NFL and I enjoyed watching him play so far but I just can’t see him staying healthy with that frame and all the running he needs to do to be successful.

  73. realskipbayless says: Apr 8, 2014 9:30 AM

    That’s just one of many lines used by new coaches. Rex Ryan probably said the same about Sanchez his first year.

  74. bigdoowa3 says: Apr 8, 2014 9:42 AM

    I am a Skins fan and I too would like to see less of marketing of Robert and more Franchise QB Robert, with that said; why are so many people rooting for him to fail. One down year does not erase the previous year. For all the detractors, I would be interested in seeing what your posts looked like from his previous year. Additionally, unless you have Manning, Rodgers, Brady, and Brees, and maybe a handful of others, I wonder how many of you wished either in private or publically that your starting QB was more like Robert before last season.

  75. bobzilla1001 says: Apr 8, 2014 10:07 AM

    Stroking RG3’s massive ego is a requirement to be the Redskins’ coach. Gruden is no dummy.

  76. realdealsteel says: Apr 8, 2014 10:18 AM

    And what is a new coach suppose to say about the starting QB of his team??? Seriously??

    He doesn’t know a thing about RGme yet. But he will. He will learn that if he doesn’t do what RGme wants him to do, RGme will run to Snyder and make daddy punish the bad head coach.

    RGme will never lead any team to a super bowl.

  77. snowpea84 says: Apr 8, 2014 10:20 AM

    That’s what they say about all the great QB’s. Guys like Manning, Brady, and RG3, they work out more than anyone else. Oh. Wait.
    Working out is great, but for a QB that is not the measure of work ethic, it’s not a predictor of success, and it should not be the first thing you think of when asked about their work ethic. The first thing should be film study.
    Sometimes even apparent praise should raise red flags.

  78. v2787 says: Apr 8, 2014 10:25 AM

    Without an offensive line, God him/herself wouldn’t be a good QB. It’s that simple. Get RG3 some protection and he might do some good things. Otherwise, he’ll be running for his life and will probably get hurt. I’m betting on the latter.

  79. indywilson40 says: Apr 8, 2014 10:52 AM

    RGMe’s new spin doctor, JAAAAAAAY GRUUUUUUUUUDEN!!!

  80. flaccoishermanmunster says: Apr 8, 2014 10:55 AM

    They say that about all the under acheivers. They need to work smarter, not harder.

  81. myfriendbobsacamano says: Apr 8, 2014 11:05 AM

    Never bad mouth your boss, right Shanny ?

  82. mancave001 says: Apr 8, 2014 11:18 AM

    This is nothing more than the Washington Professional Football Team trying to rehab RGMe’s image, as well as their own. Can’t blame them. They still have a lot of problems. The defense is still no good, and the offense is an unknown. It was a disaster with RGKnee last year. They do have Jackson now, which can’t hurt…but what else? Their receivers are still extremely weak. They have a mediocre if not poor OL. I’d put them at 8-8 this year at best.

  83. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 8, 2014 11:31 AM

    Great. He’s the Jane Fonda of the NFL.

  84. granadafan says: Apr 8, 2014 2:10 PM

    I hope he’s working on making reads and runs less. He’s been hit hard and the offense needs him to throw the ball with the occassional run to keep the chains moving. He has the weapons now, so use them. He hurts the team when he’s recklessly running and gets taken out. Be smart.

  85. elchapoguzman82 says: Apr 8, 2014 2:33 PM

    Not as hard as Russell Wilson obviously.

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