What Doug Williams tells RGIII


(Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

When Doug Williams was hired as a Redskins’ personnel executive last month, he made it clear that his job description did not include coaching up Robert Griffin III. He did say, though, that the two quarterbacks will “have a bond, I’m sure, just talking about what it’s all about, what you’ve got to do.”

Williams did several radio interviews this week to promote a charity flag football game in Annapolis he and Mark Rypien are headlining, and he talked about the relationship he and Griffin have already formed.

“We’ve talked a little,” Williams told  Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I told him the most important thing is this: not to try to put the whole team on his shoulders. Let everybody else work together. See, I think that’s what happens to a lot of these young guys, because of the pressure with all the media and stuff. He can’t worry about what people say. He’s got to worry about what he’s capable of doing and what he’s got to do for his football team.

“And I think with the coaching change, Jay Gruden I’ve known for a long long time,” Williams went on. “Jay’s daddy was one of my assistant coaches in Tampa. And everywhere Jay has been, Jay has done a great job coaching. And I think this is one of the best marriages you could have: to have Jay and RG there together. Because Jay is gonna be able to get things over to him that a lot of people probably couldn’t.

“And then [Griffin] comes in, and we talk about certain things,” Williams said. “I’m gonna stay out of Jay’s way and [offensive coordinator Sean McVay's] way. I’m not doing the coaching. But I can help him off the field and just talk about real life.”

As far as not trying to do too much, Williams suggested the front office needs to help Griffin along.

“This kid came in here as a rookie and single-handedly raised the play of everybody on that football team,” Williams said. “At the end of the day, you can’t put it all on his shoulders. You’ve got to have some people around him. And I think that’s the course we’re in now. This guy, man, he comes to the office, always smiling, always upbeat, and you can tell his leadership character and the things that he’s got going for him that are gonna take him a long way.

“Now it’s up to Bruce [Allen], myself, Morocco [Brown], Scott [Campbell] and everybody in that office to make sure we get together and put some people around this young guy,” Williams said. “Because this guy, staying healthy, can do some things. He is a franchise quarterback. I’ve had a chance to sit down and talk to him, and from a leadership standpoint, we can’t ask for a better guy.”

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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