Bruce Allen sees no controversy in Griffin-Shanahan relationship

August 16, 2013

General Manager Bruce Allen walks the field with Redskins legend John Riggins earlier this month. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

RICHMOND – Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said that he doesn’t believe there is a problematic relationship between Mike Shanahan and Robert Griffin III.

The relationship between the coach and quarterback has come into question a number of times this offseason, especially this past week when Griffin said that he didn’t like, or totally understand how Shanahan has handled his return to action.

Griffin wanted the recovery process to progress more quickly, but Shanahan has been sure to keep the quarterback under tight restrictions to prevent him from suffering  a setback to his reconstructed right knee.

Griffin on Tuesday addressed the media a second time this week and insisted that there is no friction between he and Shanahan despite their differing views.

Allen said that just because Griffin doesn’t agree with Shanahan doesn’t mean that there is a problem between the two.

“I don’t see a controversy, at all,” said Allen, who on Friday addressed the media for the first time since camp began. “I know that somehow, Billy [Kilmer] and Sonny [Jurgensen] are laughing that we have created a quarterback controversy with Robert Griffin. But we have is a very competitive player, who is dying to play football, and very experienced coach, who is doing the right thing.”

Allen said he’s happy with the progress he has seen out of Griffin, and confirmed that the quarterback remains ahead of schedule, and that the plan is still for him to open the season as the starter if there are no setbacks.

“He’s doing well right now, and he is ahead of schedule. In order for him to do the seven-on-seven at the start of training camp, he is ahead of schedule, and he’s getting his work in. I think if Coach wants to progress him over the next couple weeks, he will,” Allen said. Then, knocking on the wooden podium, he added: “But he’s had no setbacks, and the goal is for him to play in Week 1.”

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What’s ahead:

● Friday’s practice — the final one of training camp — is underway. It started at 10:35 a.m.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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