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Griffin takes another shot at the Shanahans

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Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III has made little effort to conceal something that should be obvious to anyone who has been paying attention to the team — Griffin and former coach Mike Shanahan and former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan didn’t see eye to eye.

Last month, Griffin applauded the absence of “ulterior motives” in the organization this year.  On Thursday, Griffin took a more direct, but still passive-aggressive, dig at the Shanahans, when asked by reporters about Griffin’s supposed inability to read defenses.

“You don’t go from the ability to read defenses one year and not have that ability the next, so I don’t believe that one bit,” Griffin said.  “And it’s really just a good thing to have two coaches that believe in you.  Sean and Jay have done a great job.  They’ve given me a lot on my shoulders in that quarterback room and I cherish that.  You want to be asked to do more or just to do the bare minimum.”

The comments imply that the Shanahan didn’t “believe” in Griffin, and that they wanted him to do “the bare minimum” when running the offense.

Then again, the latter observation could be a reflection of Kyle Shanahan’s approach to the quarterback position, given that past pupils like Rex Grossman have described Kyle as wanting the quarterback to run the offense precisely the way Shanahan wants it to be run, with limited discretion or thought on the part of the quarterback.  It’ll be interesting to see whether Kyle Shanahan insists on that kind of structure from his latest pupil, the man named Johnny Football who plays some of his best football when the predetermined plan has landed in the johnny.

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  1. dgimbz says: Jul 24, 2014 4:07 PM

    This guy has proven nothing and acts like he is the greatest QB to ever grace the field. We should thank our good graces we get to see the god RG3 play the game of football…….poorly.

  2. gregmorris78 says: Jul 24, 2014 4:07 PM

    TIME WILL TELL

    GET ‘EM GRIFF!

  3. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Jul 24, 2014 4:07 PM

    It’s funny how earlier in the off-season Schuab took a dig at Kubiak saying that Kubes gave Schuab zero control at the line of scrimmage. Now Rex Grossman and RGIII are saying the same thing about Shanny. Kubes came from the shanny tree.

    Just food for thought.

  4. RussianBreadMaker says: Jul 24, 2014 4:08 PM

    I’m a big redskin fan and I used to be a big RG3 fan… to me, he has shown his true colors and I have lost respect for him. He should have taken the high road through all of this.

  5. explosionsauce says: Jul 24, 2014 4:08 PM

    The more shots Griffin fires, the more pressure he adds on himself to do well and vindicate himself.

  6. rickastleydancemoves says: Jul 24, 2014 4:09 PM

    You need to worry about not getting injured, instead of being petty Vick Jr.

  7. cueghost says: Jul 24, 2014 4:11 PM

    So, now, in Washington you have: a rookie headcoach, know-it-all, disrespectful players all over the field, plus an ever-growing controversy over the team name… what could possibly go wrong this year?

  8. mancave001 says: Jul 24, 2014 4:12 PM

    I’m no fan of the Shanny’s, but this guy is really classing it up lately, hmmm? Stop,trashing your coaches passive aggressively. If you’re going to say they sucked and this year is better, SAY it. Better yet, just say things are going well.

    As for Kyle wanting the offense run his way and limiting RGKNEE, do you think that could have anything to do with he way he wasn’t close to 100% last year? They never should have let him play week 1. When they did, they had to protect him. He shouldn’t have started until at least week 6. Might have been a whole different story if he stopped trying to be Superman and realized being 100% healthy is not the same as being 100% of the player you were.

  9. athwartships says: Jul 24, 2014 4:13 PM

    Being a year older clearly hasn’t taught him to keep his mouth shut until he actually accomplishes something noteworthy.

  10. xinellum says: Jul 24, 2014 4:13 PM

    Shut up and prove your not a one hit wonder. Shanahan was ok when you were successful. It’s nice to have someone else to blame when you suck. What counts is what you put on the field and so far there hasn’t been much since defensive coordinators have figured you out.

  11. chrisbermanpleasegoaway says: Jul 24, 2014 4:13 PM

    Awe just look at that picture, they’re just so happy and in tune with one another. Is there any question that all the good things Griffin has done is because of Griffin and all the bad stuff was all Shanahan’s fault?

  12. logicalvoicesays says: Jul 24, 2014 4:13 PM

    Best. Quarterback. Since. Elway. Period. #HTTR

  13. qdog112 says: Jul 24, 2014 4:13 PM

    He should take a shot at a hardresser. C’mon man. There thousands of people in the DC area, who can help you “get your hair did”.

    Push comes to shove, fly your mom in. Grooming does matter for an NFL QB.

  14. bigbenh8tr says: Jul 24, 2014 4:16 PM

    Grow up predator

  15. icallbs81 says: Jul 24, 2014 4:17 PM

    Dude, check your ego at the door. You were humble before that Heisman came into your life.

  16. cobrala2 says: Jul 24, 2014 4:20 PM

    Are we SURE he didn’t consult with Donovan McNabb? I’m so not a fan of Mike Shanahan’s but leave it be, dude.

  17. 700levelvet says: Jul 24, 2014 4:20 PM

    McNabb Jr. Has spoken… What a self absorbed drama queen… Just play ball

  18. bux1022 says: Jul 24, 2014 4:21 PM

    Shanahans are bums! Outdated coaching that doesn’t work I’m the nfl anymore? Kyle is lucky pops had some pull!

  19. renhoekk2 says: Jul 24, 2014 4:21 PM

    @explosionsauce

    Exactly. When you lay all the blame on the previous coaching staff you have to produce or else. Who is going to blame if he underwhelms this season? He can’t even use the learning a new offense excuse because he set rookie records and won rookie of the year playing in a new offense.

  20. tcopelin says: Jul 24, 2014 4:21 PM

    The Shanahan’s made their reputation on the career of John Elway. Same as Gary Kubiak. Once Elway retired there were very few successes under the Shanahans and Kubiak.

  21. chaney13 says: Jul 24, 2014 4:22 PM

    Isn’t it about time for this whiny little cry-baby to shut up, grow up and just do his job?

  22. bobfromcali says: Jul 24, 2014 4:23 PM

    Washington is starting to make that circus that is the jets like a professional football team.

  23. bux1022 says: Jul 24, 2014 4:23 PM

    It was scrub coaching that resulted in furthering his injury in the first place! Bums!

  24. bobfromcali says: Jul 24, 2014 4:23 PM

    *Look like a professional

  25. pointywilliams says: Jul 24, 2014 4:23 PM

    One of my favorite quotes, by the Czabe.. “If RG3 is a Ferrari, then Mike Shanahan is Lindsey Lohan”.

  26. mpcny says: Jul 24, 2014 4:25 PM

    Lack of class and time will tell. Not seeing much to like about RG Me

  27. skinsfan91 says: Jul 24, 2014 4:27 PM

    Okay, the question was “Is it encouraging to you to have two coaches who believe, “Okay this guy can get it done.” And he responded with something to the effect of yes I enjoy having my coaches believe in me. But I course the media wants to read into everything and provide no context. Don’t believe me? Go to the redskins youtube. It was the fist question.

  28. justintuckrule says: Jul 24, 2014 4:28 PM

    He’ll be blaming Gruden after they start 0-2 and the whole thing with him, Garcon and DJax looks like one repetitive Washington franchise dumpster fire….as always.

  29. trg728774 says: Jul 24, 2014 4:28 PM

    Once again Logicalvoicesays has zero logic. Biggest moron.

  30. danind says: Jul 24, 2014 4:34 PM

    here we go again, time for our weekly RGME quotes. I cant wait to see what excuses this guy has this year for being a below average QB. he is kind of eliminating people to throw under the bus.

    Name another QB that is constantly calling his coach by the first name?? have you ever heard him call him “coach”?

    RG3 never knew how to read a defense, he just ran the ball in year one and every once in a while threw it to a wide open guy since everyone was concerned about the run. cant wait for this guy to be out of the league in three years.

  31. scrp2 says: Jul 24, 2014 4:34 PM

    It’ll be funny if RGIII gets benched (rested) for the last three games this year.

  32. metalman5150 says: Jul 24, 2014 4:38 PM

    Laugh now, but if the Redskins, ‘somehow’ win the Superbowl, then expect a name change, as soon as all of that Racist (sarcasm) merchandise is moved off of the shelves.
    Hail To The Redskins!

  33. dcstinks says: Jul 24, 2014 4:39 PM

    Give it a few years and RGKnee will be sending Gruden packing!

    #ICWT
    #RedskinPotatoes

  34. ipskipskyblue says: Jul 24, 2014 4:39 PM

    Anyone notice the other quaretbacks from the same draft??

    Oh I almost forgot them because they are busy winning and working together with their teams.

  35. blkandgld4eva says: Jul 24, 2014 4:40 PM

    Its not that he was able to read defenses his rookie year, but the scheme fit his ability to make plays with his legs. His threat to run would freeze the defense and most of the time he just threw it to his first read. Fast forward to year two – defenses blitzed the hell out of him and DBs didn’t really have to worry about him running the ball so they could drop more in coverage. Result – a ton of sacks and better covered receivers.
    Barring another injury, this is his chance to prove he was worth all those draft picks the Rams are enjoying.

  36. chargrz says: Jul 24, 2014 4:41 PM

    How typical of R2D2. It is always someone else fault.

  37. drudema says: Jul 24, 2014 4:43 PM

    Who’s fault will it be now that the Shanahans are gone. Probably the tendencies that they developed in him over the last two years. This will give him another two years of poor play that he can blame on someone else. Vince Young II

  38. dcstinks says: Jul 24, 2014 4:46 PM

    Eagles have the
    Best WR’s
    Best QB
    Best RB
    Best RB Combo
    Best Offense
    Best Coaches

    Stay Classy Washington! I guess DC doesn’t draft classy players anymore?
    #ICWT
    #SaintNick
    #RedskinPotatoes

  39. JaminJake says: Jul 24, 2014 4:48 PM

    andrejohnsonforpresident says:
    Jul 24, 2014 4:07 PM
    It’s funny how earlier in the off-season Schuab took a dig at Kubiak saying that Kubes gave Schuab zero control at the line of scrimmage. Now Rex Grossman and RGIII are saying the same thing about Shanny. Kubes came from the shanny tree.

    Just food for thought.

    ___________________________

    This is 100% true. Following the loss to Seattle due to Schaub’s pick-six, Kubiak said it wasn’t Schaub’s fault because they always run the play that is called.

    That might have worked in the late 80s and 90s, but it’s a completely different game out there. If you can’t trust your quarterback to make the right decision to audible, you should probably find a new quarterback.

    It was that comment that sealed the coffin on Kubiak.

  40. gayforbrady says: Jul 24, 2014 4:49 PM

    It must be awful to be a redskins fan right now.

    Lack of leadership at the QB position led to a horrible performance last year.

  41. dstep24 says: Jul 24, 2014 4:49 PM

    I’d rather attend an Akili Smith seminar than hear anything this over-inflated egotistical running-back-with-a-strong-arm has to say about anyone, let alone a multi-SB-winning head coach.

    It was the Shanahans who made RG the rookie of the year by hiding his lack of ability to read defenses. Most coaches can’t accomplish that feat for one game, let alone 16.

    He should be THANKING them.

  42. mousietongue says: Jul 24, 2014 4:52 PM

    Shut up and play football…….win and you’re good. Don’t, and no amount of talking is going to help you.

  43. eg2crx says: Jul 24, 2014 4:53 PM

    You guys have succeeded in making people hate RGIII…congrats Florio, you should be proud of yourself.

  44. rcali says: Jul 24, 2014 4:53 PM

    Did we get a quote from the “Washington” Qb’s symbol? Just jealous I don’t have one to sell.

  45. chargerdillon says: Jul 24, 2014 4:58 PM

    I used to like Griffin, but you don’t throw your past teamates under the bus under any circumstances.

    RG3 never read a single defense his first season, he just ran faster than everybody chasing him.

    Even if Kyle Shanahan is a horrible OC, as the leader of your franchise, you don’t air dirty laundry.

    Have you ever heard Tom Brady complain about the vast amount of OC’s he’s had in NE?

    It’s because Brady love or hate him, is a leader.

  46. censorshipstinks says: Jul 24, 2014 4:59 PM

    Hmm, Schaub put up good numbers under Kyle, RG3 put up good number under Kyle. Funny how you guys blame the Shanahan’s for everything. I just wonder who made RG3 start the 1st game of the season.

  47. dtlb58 says: Jul 24, 2014 5:00 PM

    The sooner he stops taking digs at the old coaching staff and matures and moves on the quicker he will be a better QB.

    If he is still thinking about the last regime all the time and can’t move by it and grow, he will never be an elite NFL QB.

  48. sidepull says: Jul 24, 2014 5:02 PM

    Shut up and play. From what I saw today at camp you didn’t look like somebody who should be talking. Defense made you look all out of sync and rattled. Best chill and just play or you can continue to dig your self a hole you wont be able to play your way out of.

  49. officialgame says: Jul 24, 2014 5:03 PM

    This guy has morphed into Donavon McNabb.

  50. dcstinks says: Jul 24, 2014 5:04 PM

    RG3 like MeSean and DC are a Mess!!

    #ICWT
    #RedskinPotatoes

  51. kokomike says: Jul 24, 2014 5:07 PM

    Mike Shanahan was an out-of-touch underhanded autocrat. Kyle was an autocrat. Mike blamed injured 2nd year QB for his failures, and really learned nothing. Kyle did learn and may apply what he learned with Cleveland. We will see what Griffin has learned on the field. You haters know what you know. Nothing for you to learn.

  52. jayovalentine says: Jul 24, 2014 5:10 PM

    The “bare minimum” got him rookie of the year, and made Wilson look like a QB instead of a RB playing QB. HTTRedskins

  53. mogogo1 says: Jul 24, 2014 5:15 PM

    Take note Cleveland fans: Kyle didn’t get along with any of his QBs in Washington. Unlikely Johnny Football will break that string.

  54. notthetroll says: Jul 24, 2014 5:19 PM

    Bad QBs should shut up.

  55. grandpoopah says: Jul 24, 2014 5:33 PM

    Are we sure RGIII never met with McNabb? Because he seems to be playing the passive aggressive card like none other than #5 himself.

  56. squackduckhawk says: Jul 24, 2014 5:40 PM

    Redskins didnt look respectable last year until Cousins got the nod. He had better poise and decision making, but being a better player is apparently not as important as trying to polish a turd to save face on a bust. I will be in attendance at FedEx for the Monday night matchup with my Seahawks. We will see what RG3 can read.

  57. voiceofreasonsays says: Jul 24, 2014 6:01 PM

    First Vick, then Young, then Russell, then Newton, then Griffin. Next in line of the diva QBs will be Manziel and Winston.

  58. skins1970 says: Jul 24, 2014 6:08 PM

    I really can’t wait for RG3 to shut up his haters and for Russell Wilson to fall down to earth.

  59. hooterdawg says: Jul 24, 2014 9:15 PM

    Isn’t RG3 considered one of the most disliked players in the NFL ( by other players) because he never accepts blame or responsibility for anything?

  60. swami24 says: Jul 25, 2014 12:13 AM

    Can he compliment his current coach without it being a shot at his former?

  61. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jul 25, 2014 12:32 AM

    I think RG3 is a quality football player and person, and evidently — I’m the only guy in this entire thread who thinks so.

    I expect Griff and the Redskins to do well this year. Garcon, Reed, DeSean, RG3 and Morris at the so-called skill positions is pretty sweet. You OL has been upgraded too.

    The biggest addition to your defense may very well be ILB Keenan Robinson — I think he will excel, if he can finally stay off I.R.

    For a number of reasons, I also anticipate a jump in Kerrigan’s performance/production/play too. The key reason is Kerrigan’s work ethic and standard of play he considers acceptable or not acceptable.

    My belief is that the ‘Skins will play a lot better than the majority of people expect.

  62. channer81 says: Jul 25, 2014 2:38 AM

    I love Bob, I love the Redskins BUT I wish he would move on from Shanahan. I almost want to go to Subway, get a foot long BMT, toasted, and head down to training camp and beat him with it until my hands hurts because he keeps talking so much at Shanahan . He’s been gone for months now. Move on already.

  63. yizudien says: Jul 25, 2014 7:08 AM

    This guy is one or two seasons away from being Mike Vick minus the dogs.

    Vick came into the league he had a great arm, speed and an offense that seemed unstoppable. It took defensive coordinators a few years to take him from superstar quarterback to the average qb in the league (prior to his legal troubles). Then his comeback he was top of the world till a game that meant nothing against the vikings where his major weakness was exposed, he didn’t win many games after.

    RGIII may not realize that the same is happening here. The teams in the league have a lot of footage of this guy and are setting up on stopping just him. Realistically the skins need a dynamic back or something that will force the coordinators to spread the focus.

    Also I would love to see this attitude with a system like the Patriots. That system works because everyone buys in, when people don’t you lose games. He may not understand that.

  64. voiceofreasonsays says: Jul 25, 2014 8:07 AM

    The ShannaScams haven’t won squat since Elway. The Broncos team made Mike look good.

  65. pastorbobs says: Jul 25, 2014 9:21 AM

    It’s not only RG3 that has stated this, Jay Gruden said exactly the same thing a little while ago. Basically that the Shannys didn’t put much in the way of reading defenses, audibles, etc. on the QB.

    The bottom line is as a skins fan I am glad he is being challenged and developed. We’ll see how he does. For sure he will do better with more freedom. With great responsibility comes great accountability.

  66. gammynomnom says: Jul 25, 2014 2:43 PM

    Remember when this clown said nobody is going to tell him how to play QB? And now he is blaming his failures on what he says other people told him?

    Jay Gruden, get ready for the underside of a bus that is traveling your way as I type this.

  67. gammynomnom says: Jul 25, 2014 2:59 PM

    The ShannaScams haven’t won squat since Elway. The Broncos team made Mike look good.

    _________________________________

    Elway only has any Lombardi because Mike Shanahan has an incredible gift of finding and developing RB’s that no one ever heard of before. So, yea that was Shanny.

    But the bottom line is, Shanny has his trophies,RG needs to shut up until he gets one, which may be never.

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