Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III thinks his team is going to be more united this year — and he hinted in a recent interview that some aspects of the team were divided last year.
“What I think is going to help us most this year is that everybody in that building is going to be for us being successful and for us winning,” Griffin told FOXSports.com. “There are no ulterior motives. That will be great. Jay has been phenomenal. [General manager] Bruce Allen has done great job of getting the right guys in that locker room. I tip my hat to them. They have given us everything we need to be successful. We’re going to work our butts off for them.”
Griffin didn’t explicitly say so, but when he says that everybody being for the team’s success this year, he sounds like he’s implying that not everyone was for the team’s success last year. And he may be suggesting that it was head coach Mike Shanahan who wasn’t doing everything he could to make the team succeed last year. Griffin has implied before that he wasn’t always thrilled with Shanahan, and in praising new head coach Jay Gruden, Griffin hinted again that he welcomed the change at the top.
“Jay played the position of quarterback, so he can see what we’re seeing,” Griffin said. “He can feel what we feel in the pocket. It’s a different coaching philosophy and everyone is enjoying it.”
There wasn’t much to enjoy in Washington last year. This year, Griffin sounds like he expects that to change.