RG III and Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan are not engaged in some sort of deep rooted controversy, according to club GM Bruce Allen.
While Robert Griffin has publicly questioned Shanahan’s plans for him, the Redskins coach says he doesn’t need to be liked by his star QB, but he does need some level of respect.
Allen says of the the complicated working relationship:
“We have a very competitive player who’s dying to play football, and we have an experienced coach who is doing the right thing. I know somewhere Billy [Kilmer] and Sonny [Jurgensen] are laughing that we created a quarterback controversy with Robert Griffin.”
On Tuesday night, RG III sat down with ESPN (interview to air on Sunday night) in which he said of his recent comments:
“They asked me what I thought of the plan, and I told them honestly if it was up to me and it was my way or the highway, it would be something different. But that’s not how it is. You have to respect authority, and I have. Coach asks me to do something, and I do it. If he says don’t do that, I haven’t done it. I felt I needed to come out and let everyone know it’s not a problem, it’s not an issue. That’s not what our team needs.”
Griffin admits that, when it comes down to brass tacks, both men want to win football games. Their hyper-competitive attitudes towards NFL play has ultimately brought them together.
RG III started taking 11-on-11 snaps against the Redskins scouts team this week, leading to speculation that he may play in his teams opener.
Allen says Robert Griffin III is “head of schedule” and continues to work towards full gameplay.
Do you think Mike Shanahan and RG III can work together and win a Super Bowl championship?