Redskins' Robert Griffin III: ‘I'm the best quarterback in the league’

Redskins' Robert Griffin III believes he is the best quarterback in the NFL.
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The Washington Redskins' Robert Griffin III believes he is the best quarterback in the NFL, the 25-year-old said in an interview with ABC on Sunday.

“I feel like I’m the best quarterback in the league and I have to go out and show that,” Griffin said. “Any athlete at any level, if they concede to someone else, they’re not a top competitor, they’re not trying to be the best that they can be. There’s guys in this league that have done way more than me. But, I still view myself as the best because that’s what I work toward every single day.”

In nine games with the Redskins in 2014, Griffin threw for six interceptions and had nine fumbles, while scoring just four touchdowns. Washington finished 2014 in last place in the NFC East, with a record of 4–12.

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden publicly criticized Griffin's performance last season after a Week 11 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers dropped Washington to 3–7.

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“From his basic performance, just critiquing Robert, it was not even close to being good enough to what we expect from that quarterback position,” Gruden said then.

Griffin is now battling Kirk Cousins for the starting spot in the season opener Sept. 13 against the Miami Dolphins.

In Washington's first preseason game Thursday night against the Cleveland Browns, Griffin played only in the first quarter, going 4 for 8 with 36 yards, and one run for three yards. Cousins was 12 for 14 with 154 passing yards, as well as a rushing touchdown.

The Redskins beat the Browns, 20–17, and will play their next preseason game on Thursday against the Lions.

- Kayla Lombardo