Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III joined Larry Michael on “Redskins Nation” on Tuesday and offered some insight into why he’s laid low — especially by his standards — in the months after his rocky third season in Washington ended.
“It’s not about talking about it, it’s about being about it,” Griffin, who hasn’t posted to Twitter or Instagram since he announced his wife was pregnant in February, said of his mind-set for 2015. “That’s what my goal is this whole offseason. You gotta talk small, play big, take care of the little things so the big things fall into place.”
Michael asked Griffin how he would characterize his relationship with Coach Jay Gruden, who openly criticized his quarterback last season, but said last month that he hopes Griffin takes the starting job and runs with it.
“We both want to win,” Griffin said. “That’s just the bottom line. Jay, he came in here with a plan to help develop me as a quarterback, help this team win, and help this organization be a consistent winner. He’s going to hold me to my commitment to him, and the players are going to hold him to his commitment to us. That’s what it’s all about. We’re all in this together. We want to win, we’re there for each other, and that’s all that matters.”
Griffin said he expects to have a more productive relationship with Gruden this season.
“He wants me to go out there and be the quarterback he knows I can be, and I will be,” Griffin said. “My job is not to characterize or judge him as a coach. Players play, coaches coach and it’s that way for a reason. I respect that. We’re going to make sure that we’re working together in a positive way to make sure that this team is successful and that there’s no ifs, ands or buts about who the coach is, who the player is, who the quarterback is, and that’s what we’re going to do.”
Griffin also expects Washington to improve on last year’s 4-12 record.
“We’re going to win,” Griffin said. “That’s all we can do. That’s our only focus. Our focus isn’t to win one more game, two more games. We want to win a lot more games than we did last year, and we’re going to put the work in to make sure it happens.”