Robert Griffin III takes subtle shot at Shanahans in press conference

At a press conference Thursday, Robert Griffin III lauded new head coach Jay Gruden and new offensive coordinator Sean McVay for having more confidence in him, while seemingly criticizing former head coach Mike Shanahan and his son Kyle, the ex-offensive coordinator.
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There's a new coaching staff in Washington this season, and quarterback Robert Griffin III seems to be enjoying the regime change. Earlier this month he remarked how there are no "ulterior motives" this year. At a press conference Thursday, Griffin lauded new head coach Jay Gruden and new offensive coordinator Sean McVay for having more confidence in him, while seemingly criticizing former head coach Mike Shanahan and his son Kyle, the ex-offensive coordinator.

“You don’t go from the ability to read defenses one year and not have that ability the next, so I don’t believe that one bit,” Griffin said.  “And it’s really just a good thing to have two coaches that believe in you.  Sean and Jay have done a great job.  They’ve given me a lot on my shoulders in that quarterback room and I cherish that.  You want to be asked to do more or just to do the bare minimum.”

ProFootballTalk's, Mike Florio says "The comments imply that the Shanahans didn’t 'believe' in Griffin, and that they wanted him to do 'the bare minimum' when running the offense."


Griffin was less impressive last season than he was as a rookie in 2012. He completed a lower percentage of his passes and threw more than twice as many interceptions while Washington went 3-13. 

Both Shanahans were fired after the season and Washington hired Jay Gruden, most recently the offensive coordinator for the Bengals, to be its head coach.

- Dan Gartland