Quarterback Robert Griffin III’s rocky time with the Redskins under coach Mike Shanahan came up again on Wednesday in a story on TheUndefeated.com that featured Shanahan saying that Griffin and Redskins owner Dan Snyder worked together to change the offense before the 2013 season.
According to Shanahan, Griffin told him there were 19 plays in the playbook that he refused to run because they did not use him as a pocket passer. Griffin was asked about Shanahan’s comments when he spoke to the media on Wednesday, but he opted against commenting about anything that Shanahan had to say about their time together.
“I’m so far removed from Washington now and focused on this opportunity here in Cleveland that I don’t even worry about those things anymore,” Griffin said. “I can only focus on what I can control and that’s here in Cleveland … I didn’t even see that story.”
As for the opportunity in Cleveland, the Browns haven’t made any decisions about who will be their starter. Griffin said that he is approaching it as if “it is my spot and I have go out and defend that.”
“Every single day you step out there on the field, you have to earn it, and I think this is the perfect situation for me to be in,” Griffin said.
Outside of things he learned with the Redskins that may help him return to a starting job, focusing on what’s ahead of him with the Browns rather than issues with Shanahan from three years ago certainly seems like the better way for Griffin to proceed this offseason.