Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III praised the offseason work of Coach Jay Gruden and General Manager Bruce Allen as they have worked to fortify the offense around him, wide receiver Pierre Garcon, running back Alfred Morris and left tackle Trent Williams.
In free agency, the Redskins added two talented wide receivers in DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts, a new starting left guard in Shawn Lauvao, a backup guard-center in Mike McGlynn, and are expected to look to the draft to help improve at right tackle and running back while also possibly adding a big-target wide receiver.
â€śItâ€™s on me to make everything work, and thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m going to do,â€ť Griffin said. â€śCoach is giving me all the proper tools, and heâ€™s putting the tools in the shed.â€ť
But despite saying that itâ€™s all on him now, Griffin insists that he doesnâ€™t feel added pressure to perform.
â€śThereâ€™s no pressure at all,â€ť he said. â€śMy job as the quarterback is to allow everybody else to do their jobs. Alfred is going to run the rock. [Roy] Helu, [Chris] Thompson, [Evan] Royster, whoever it might be. Theyâ€™re going to run the rock. DeSean, Pierre, Andre, Santana, David Gettis, Aldrick Robinson, everybody at receiver, their job is to make plays. My job is to distribute that, to lead this team, to get everybody in the right position. So, thatâ€™s no pressure on me at all.â€ť
Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay also plan to give Griffin more freedom to change plays at the line. (Kyle Shanahan tended to opt against installing a lot of audibles in his system, regardless of whether it was Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman, John Beck, Griffin or Kirk Cousins at quarterback).
Griffin expressed excitement about that change and increase in responsibility as well.
â€śIf youâ€™re going to give me more opportunities and allow me to control the offense more, thatâ€™s all a quarterback can ever ask for,â€ť he said. â€śSo, Iâ€™m excited for the opportunity to do everything, and I think Jay is going to allow me to do that. Thatâ€™s no pressure. Thatâ€™s what you want. When you believe in yourself, you trust in yourself, and you trust the guys around you, thatâ€™s what you want and all you can ask for.â€ť
Griffin said although their relationship remains in the early stages, he feels a strong sense of support from Gruden, who has stressed the importance of everyone within the organization sharing ownership in their mission. The message of unity encourages the quarterback.
â€śItâ€™s always a constant building of a relationship,â€ť Griffin said. â€śWe havenâ€™t played any games. We havenâ€™t been through any tests or any trials, but just the way itâ€™s started, itâ€™s let me know that weâ€™re in this together, and thatâ€™s what itâ€™s all about â€“ being in this together: coaches, players, administration â€¦ everybody. Itâ€™s all about us in this together to win. We know the only way to have everybody happy is to win football games. Itâ€™s not about ego, itâ€™s not about whoâ€™s fault it was, itâ€™s not about finger pointing. Itâ€™s all about winning. Having that conversation with him really put me in a good place, and having that conversation with the team put us all in a good place, and thatâ€™s whatâ€™s necessary and thatâ€™s what it comes down to.â€ť
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