Robert Griffin III thanks Mike Shanahan, assistants for past two years

December 30, 2013
Robert Griffin III thanked with Kyle Shanahan for his work with him over the last two years. (Nick Wass/The Associated Press) Robert Griffin III thanked with Kyle Shanahan for his work with him over the last two years. (Nick Wass/The Associated Press)

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III expressed gratitude to fired coach Mike Shanahan and his assistants for the investments they had made in him in his first two seasons in the NFL. He also said that he is looking forward to the next chapter of his career and his team’s history.

Griffin had declined interview requests Monday morning when approached by reporters as he cleaned out his locker. But then Monday afternoon, he gave a statement to local reporters via conference call and explained that he hadn’t wanted to comment on the coaching situation before getting to talk to Shanahan and his other coaches.

Griffin admittedly had disagreements with Mike Shanahan over some of the coach’s decisions regarding how he was used, and he at times took issue with Kyle Shanahan’s play-calling. But he had a strong relationship with quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur, and regularly credited him for his growth as a quarterback.

On Monday, he thanked all three for their efforts.

Griffin didn’t take any questions.

His statement reads: “You guys were coming to get me and talk to me at my locker earlier, and I didn’t want to say anything at that time because I hadn’t talked to Coach or any of the coaches yet. I got a chance to talk to all of them before I left and I just want to say that Coach Shanahan has taught me a lot in the last two years of being with him. I want to thank him for drafting me to the Washington Redskins and giving me the chance to live out my dreams. I also want to thank Kyle and Matt for working so hard with me every day, day in and day out. We did a lot of great things together and I wish all three of them the best in the future. I’m looking forward to a new year and building this team back to where we know it should be.”

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What’s ahead:

●  GM Bruce Allen assumes control of the coaching search.

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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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