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Griffin: ‘If it’s the Super Bowl, I’m going to get those two yards’

Quarterback Robert Griffin III, in yellow, prepares to take a snap from center Will Montgomery, left, as running back Alfred Morris, center, and guard Kory Lichtensteiger line up. ( John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

RICHMOND — Washington Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan spent the offseason contending that his option-style offense actually helps to safeguard Robert Griffin III rather than putting the quarterback at increased risk. Shanahan maintained that Griffin will be safer by learning when to throw the ball away and avoid hits at the end of runs by sliding.

Griffin said Wednesday at his opening news conference of training camp that he indeed will do those things to protect himself — at least in games that aren’t particularly big.

“The goal is longevity in the league,” Griffin said. “You also want to win. So as a quarterback, I don’t like to conform and say you can’t win outside the pocket. I think you can win outside the pocket. You’ve just got to be smart about it. That’s what I learned over the past six months about myself, just about what we need to do to win.

“Maybe that’s keeping me in the pocket a little bit more. Maybe that’s throwing the ball away a little bit more, sliding, doing all those things that are necessary because if it’s the second game of the season, I think I’ve proved how tough I am and the heart that I have on the football field. My teammates know that. But if it’s the second game of the season and it’s third and four and I’ve got two yards, I might just run out of bounds or slide if I have to. If it’s the Super Bowl, I’m going to get those two yards. That’s just the way you have to think and that’s the way I think now.”

Griffin’s father said during the offseason that he would like to see his son throwing the ball more frequently and running with it less often. Shanahan and his son Kyle, the Redskins’ offensive coordinator, have said they see no need to change the offense drastically.

Robert Griffin III hands off in 2012. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

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What’s ahead:

The Redskins practice today at 10 and 3:20. Players talk to reporters after the first practice, and Shanahan does so after the afternoon session.

More from The Post on the NFL and Redskins:

Training camp photo gallery: 2013 season gets underway

Robert Griffin III on board with plan for him to skip preseason games

Fletcher still going strong as his 16th training camp begins

Wilson and Hurt open camp on PUP list; Ss Bernstine, Holland waived

D.C. Sports Bog: Fan rattles off 53-man roster | Redskins Harley | Dog in jersey


‘Nothing intense’ materialized around T Eric Winston and Redskins

Redskins aim to duplicate last season’s success

Carriker to have third surgery on quadriceps tendon

Morning Pixels: Shanahan on RGIII: ‘I learn every year’

Cousins fine as Griffin’s understudy, playing training-camp lead role

At the podium: Griffin, Fletcher speak at opening of training camp

Our complete guide to training camp in Richmond

No doubts about Robert Griffin III (video)

Post TV: Biggest non-RGIII storylines as camp approaches

Jenkins: Shanahan and Griffin keep it honest so they’ll know when to dial it back

D.C. Sports Bog: RGIII and Mike Shanahan, in each other’s words

Wise: RGIII the celebrity heads back to work

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.



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