RGIII on Mike Shanahan: I’m focused on Cleveland, not Washington

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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.

65 responses to “RGIII on Mike Shanahan: I’m focused on Cleveland, not Washington

  1. Just no!! Yall Browns fans are hanging on to hope witht his guy. He will not be in your game plans too many times. Get over him already. Him and Sam Bradford #HAHA

  2. You hear that? He’s already focused on (further) ruining Cleveland.

    Even the homeless have access to the Browns ownership. This bum should feel at home.

  3. His speech about not being interrupted and demanding plays that fit his wants not going to go over well with Hue Jackson. No idiot Snyder to go crying to.

  4. good call. Seems like Griffin learned something about public criticism.. while Shanny is still trying to revive his career by throwing others under the bus.

    Not sure this will make him a better qb though

  5. Christ ! RGIII responded by taking the High Road and the trolls are Still not happy !! Oh well, can’t please everybody but he is best served by focusing on his present situation and probably his career. I say “Go For It !!” Hope he proves everyone wrong that’s against him. At least he’s getting paid with the opportunity to Increase his market value, he certainly can’t do anymore to wreck it.

  6. “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.”

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    Good for you Robert. It is no coincidence that this is one of the first stories for The Undefeated website. It is designed to attract eyeballs at your expense. Take the high ground and move forward with your life.

    I suggest you don’t do any interviews with ESPN or its affiliates from this point forward. All they want to do is use you.

  7. RGIII should focus all his energy and attention on whats in front of him … not whats behind him …

  8. Ugh this whole thing is stupid. Shanahan and Coughlin both need to shut up, accept retirement, and go fishing somewhere there’s no cell phone coverage.

  9. Finally he’s putting his communications degree to use by not adding fuel to the fire, at least publicly. He’s a smart and well spoken guy but has a LOT to learn about being a leader. Throwing teammates under the bus, especially the big guys up front protecting you is never a good idea.

    Be humble in victory and gracious in defeat.

  10. A lot of people are quick to blame RG3 for what happened in Washington, but if you’d roll the tape back to the beginning of Shanahan’s career, you’d have a hard time finding ANY quarterback to say he got along well with him. By the tone of this story, at least RG3 has learned by his mistakes. Shanny is still making the same ones, just from a LazyBoy instead of a sideline.

  11. I’m no RGIII fan, but the press was clearly trying to bait him about the past.

    He gave them the best answer possible IMO.

    Good for him.

  12. “Every single day you step out there on the field, you have to earn it, I think this is the perfect situation for me to be in,” Griffin said.
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    For the Cleveland Clowns? For reals?

    Well, no matter who you play for, I would think the perfect situation for any player would already knowing that he is a starter.

  13. Wishing you the best in the Cleveland mess Mr. RG3. If you can pull this stunt off I will upgrade you up to the likes of Starr, Montana, Young, Farve, Unitis, Brodie, all of the Mannings, Plunkett, Tiddle, Luck, Wilson, et al. and oh yeah-and Cam Newton!

    Best wishes,
    Keep Pounding Mitch

  14. As a Cowboy’s fan, i WANT him to succeed in Cleveland. Stick it to Washington! This will drive the Redskins fans mad. Eagles followed the same path but Wentz doesn’t have the same pedigree RG3 had coming out of college. Browns showed something on Draft Day. Their franchise is finally shifting towards the right direction. Props.

  15. RG3 is the most spoiled,conceded and arrogant athlete I have ever witnessed. You need to look in the the MIRROR. DIVA. God bless Hugh and go luck Browns. Ditch this punk.

  16. He’s a very good QB and obviously the media knows it cause they won’t leave him alone, even when he says all the right things

  17. He could take the high road and still deny the report. Or even go political and say he doesn’t recall any such thing that may have been misconstrued in such a negative way.

    He didn’t.

    May as well mark down what Shanny said as the truth.

    Not a fan of Shanny at all but dude got screwed by that team and personnel situation.

  18. The Shanahan family are self centered press obsessed weasels who always blame others for their numerous failures. No QB outside of John Elway has performed for these guys. Kubiak was the real reason for their success.

  19. Of course RGIII should look ahead, because he still has a career. Shanahan does not.

    I’m happy Shanahan’s career ended because I enjoy a bit of professional football in my NFL. But now he’s got nothing else to focus on. He needs a hobby.

  20. Just about the best response you could hope for from him under the circumstances and it shows that he’s grown a bit since his time in DC.

    He can help the Browns this year and maybe help himself for the future.

  21. The Cleveland curse continues.

    Stipe Miocic is the only one who has brought a title to that town and no one knows who he is.

    Leflop James will lose in the finals and the moneyball moron will run the Browns into the ground.

  22. Shanny and RGme kind of deserved each other. I would never hire Shanny for anything ever again, and unless RGme improves drastically and quickly as a pocket QB, he will be out of the league in another 1-2 years. I don’t think he can play in the “bigs”. It is just a matter of time until he gets squished…

  23. That article is quite a great read about the immaturity of RG …BTW..Doug Williams, Warren Moon, McNabb also spoke honestly (threw him under the bus as the media likes to exaggerate ) about RG 3.
    Im blown away that player in his 2nd yr would tell a coach of Shanahan’s background how they will be successful w the the plays he prefers…NUTS

  24. ronfai says:
    May 18, 2016 5:41 PM
    His speech about not being interrupted and demanding plays that fit his wants not going to go over well with Hue Jackson. No idiot Snyder to go crying to.

    Ummm… The Cleveland Browns owner looks like he went to the same NFL school of ownership as Jerrah and Dan the man…

    Didn’t he push to draft Manziel???

  25. If what Shanahan said was true then there’s really no other response Griffin could give. What else is he gonna say?

  26. Shanny is an arrogant, sob OCD control freak but he was a hell of a game day coach. Terrible GM which led to his demise in Denver. Having said this, he has 3 rings. How many your coach has?

  27. Shanahan put a badly injured RGIII back in the game and his knee pretty much immediately collapsed. RGIII hasn’t been the same since.

    That should be the story here.

  28. The “High Road”? really? This arrogant guy thinks that he is the automatic starter in Cleveland and it is now his job to defend that position? He still doesn’t get it.

  29. Shanahan put a badly injured RGIII back in the game and his knee pretty much immediately collapsed. RGIII hasn’t been the same since.

    That should be the story here.
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    Snyder made that call. Get your facts straight.

  30. Shanahan did not care for RMe from day one. His style was not suitable to the NFL said Shann. That is why he drafted your new million dollar boy. Snyder loved RMe and made him his house pet. Nice. How did that work out Danny?

  31. This guy is all hat and no cattle.
    In other words, he’s all logo, no on-field performance.
    I’d get rid of him before he builds a cult there.
    He’s poison.

  32. it was clear from day one that RG3 was going to be your typical scrambling QB bust…

    when he got the mandate from ownership to dictate terms to his coach, it was doubtless going to be chaos from there on out

    get ready for another year of missing half the games injured and poor pocket presence

  33. chronsy says:
    May 18, 2016 6:36 PM
    No QB outside of John Elway has performed for these guys. Kubiak was the real reason for their success.
    _________________________________________

    Brian Griese – 2000 Pro Bowl, NFL Passing Ratings Leader
    Jake Plummer – 2005 Pro Bowl
    Jay Cutler – 2008 Pro Bowl, AFC Passing Yards Leader
    RGIII – 2012 Pro Bowl, Offensive Rookie of the Year

    But yeah, no QB outside of Elway has performed for Shanny.

  34. Dear Cleveland Dog Pile Fans,

    This JERK will never be focused on anyone but himself.

    He is totally incapable of being a team player – he is in it for himself and he is a liar and is selfish like no other player ever.

    He will always say the right things and then stab the team in the back.

    He is the dog who will defecate in your shoes; he is the dog who will chew your best suit. He is the dog who will stand next to you and will treat you like a fire hydrant.

    You can ignore my warning, but I know this jerk better than any sports analyst who told the Redskins to draft him.

    I was possibly one of only five people in the country who warned the team that this guy was a fraud. And I gloat that I was spot on right about him as a player.

    He is intoxicating with his smile. Then he will throw his teammates under the bus. He is a spiteful troll. He is a worthless player with no talent as a QB.

  35. I don’t care who you are, if your coaching staff writes a playbook, you don’t refuse to run the plays.

  36. All of the RG3 haters in this thread (the minority of commenters) need to get a grip. Just slow down, take a deep breath and examine what Shanahan said. Then consider that every single starting QB in the NFL (including RG3 who was a star at that time) suggests plays that he likes and dislikes. Peyton Manning did the exact same thing with Kubiak and Fox’s play books. They all do this! If Shanahan is telling the whole truth here(which I doubt), It suggests that He and that offensive staff were dismissive of RG3’s input & injuries. And maybe that’s why he had to seek a higher up. THe statement also seems more of a vendetta against Snyder. Who maybe has trashed Shanahan with other prospective owners. Just like Shanahan is routinely trashing RG3. RG is doing the right thing here. Don’t take the reporter bait. Make zero comments about it. Ignore any follow up inquiries. Stay 100% focused on Cleveland and Hue Jackson’s agenda. That’s the only one that counts. And that will expose this anti RG agenda for exactly what it is. A witch hunt.

  37. I think rg3 told shanny he was ok to play. Watch it again. Rg3 went to shanny the doc then back on the field. Blame (cant think of his name). Doc who did sugery on rg3 knee. Blame him. Last person rob met with.

  38. The Shanahan family are self centered press obsessed weasels who always blame others for their numerous failures. No QB outside of John Elway has performed for these guys. Kubiak was the real reason for their success.
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    Avid Bronco fan here. Your post raises several issues that I am having trouble disagreeing with. Good post!

  39. RG3 just went from one dysfunctional, bottom feeder organization to another. He can take the “high road” today, but he won’t stay there. Its just a matter of time until he starts those stunts in Cleveland.

  40. Whether you think Shanahan is bitter or not doesn’t make it less true.

    How quickly we forget how it was 3 years ago.

    RGIII’s father had the run of the facility and was in the locker room after games and was always complaining, interfering.

    RGIII and Snyder were best buddies and what RGIII wanted he got. They were going out to dinner and movies all the time. RGIII went straight to him any time he had a complaint.

    RGIII’s “brand” promotion was in full force. He was all about the advertising and being a celebrity. He was a celebrity who happened to play QB. That’s where his focus was.

    So, yes, I believe it happened very easily. He was enabled and spoiled.

  41. “Griffin said that he is approaching it as if “it is my spot and I have go out and defend that.”

    Seriously? Coach has not named a starter but instead of stating that you are competing for it you are stating that you regard the job as yours to defend.

    BIG difference between defending a given position and competing for one that’s not yours.

    I don’t think he sounds humble at all.

  42. I compare Robert Griffin III as a Quarterback in the NFL to the PRESENT my neighbor’s dog always leaves in my front yard…

  43. Great response RG3. What is so laughable about you clones is the obvious bias toward a BLACK QB and it’s pretty damn glaring. This kid had a tremendous year in 2012, was ROY and took the Skins to the playoffs. The Skins playoff hopes went down the drain when he got hurt and so he did what ANY logical person would do and that is ask for less exposure, because a BLACK QB can do more than run the damn ball and expose oneself to more hits. And because he didn’t succeed he is the villain and Shanahan gets canned and paid pretty damn well for FAILING. Hell I wish my employer would pay me $35 million for stinking up the joint!

  44. No sympathy for Shanny. How many playoffs games did he win without Elway? How many QBs just has he been through? The Real coaches Parcells Gibbs Shottenhiemer Cowher, no excuses, could win with anybody. Rookie veteran and backups it didn’t matter.

  45. Shanarat should be kissing the feet of Terrell Davis every day. Without TD, he has no SB rings.
    The fact that he continues to hang on RG3s jock just proves that he is a QB hater. Dan Reeves even fired him in Denver for hating on Elway. (Before he was a HC)

    RG3 does need to prove himself but his comments were exactly what they should have been.
    Never argue with an idiot, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with their experience.

  46. From the story above: “According to the source, however, Andrews does not want the Redskins to expose Griffin’s knee to too much potential punishment during games, the source said. Andrews’ exact concerns were not spelled out. But running the zone read offense, Griffin ran 120 times in 2012, leaving himself in position to be hit more.

    In a text to ESPN 980’s Chris Russell, Andrews didn’t condemn the Redskins.

    “He is in their hands,” he said. “They will take good care of him.”‘

    On Tuesday, in an interview with ESPN 980 radio, Griffin said he liked running the zone read. But he also wants to pass more.

    “Any quarterback would say that,” he told 980. “We want to throw the ball. You think pass first, run second. That’s just the way it is.

    “It’s not that I don’t want to run the read option. Because I know what the read option can do for this team, and I know what it did for us last year. It’s just, we don’t have to run the read option. And that’s something we’ve talked about. You don’t have to run it. You just have to have the threat of it. And if teams are going to give it to you, you take it, and I’m all for it.”‘

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