Griffin acknowledged Thursday there had been some issues between him and Shanahan, but “we hashed everything out. We talked, and we’re moving forward from it. . . . We’re on the same page.”
Perhaps Griffin and Shanahan really are in a good place in their relationship — and will stay there — or maybe they just said what they had to say to appear together. Truth is, even Shanahan and Griffin won’t know how things are between them until Griffin is medically cleared to play. Then, last season’s offensive rookie of the year will determine whether he likes the direction of the offense.
This much already is clear: Play-caller Kyle Shanahan should do whatever it takes to make Griffin comfortable. If that means calling just a couple of designed runs every game — or none — then that’s the way Kyle should roll. Griffin is the key to Washington’s hopes of becoming a perennial winner again. For the Redskins, nothing should be more important than keeping Griffin healthy — and happy. Lately, that’s what Robert Griffin Jr. has been talking about.
In Thursday’s editions of The Post, Griffin Jr. stressed he wants to see less running and more passing in the Redskins’ offense next season.
“I just know that based on what I know Robert can do, he doesn’t have to be a runner as much as I saw last year,” Griffin Jr. said. “To me, you’re paying these [receivers] a lot of money to catch the football. I’m his dad — I want him throwing that football a lot. A lot.”
The elder Griffin also hinted at some of the play-calling issues that resulted in the clear-the-air discussions Griffin III revealed.
“I think for [Griffin III], he likes some of the things that they do. And he feels any area where he had a concern, he addressed it,” Griffin Jr. said. “And I think [the Shanahans] have concerns, too. We want to have a united community.”
I’m sure many Redskins fans believe it’s inappropriate for Griffin’s father to comment on what’s happening with the team. After all, Griffin Jr. isn’t part of the coaching staff. The Shanahans don’t consult Griffin Jr. on how to run their offense.
But Griffin’s father has every right to speak out about his son’s safety. It’s what any good father would do. I know I would. Also, father and son are extremely close. Trust us: The younger Griffin wasn’t surprised by anything his pops said. The Griffins are firing warning shots — and they’ve increased in frequency.