Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is not the focal point this offseason, and he’s just fine with that.
“The storylines don’t all lead back to me and that’s fine,” Griffin said, via ESPN.com. “It’s about ‘we.’ It’s time for us. We got a new coach. We have new additions. All the guys are here doing great things.”
Griffin entered his rookie season as the one who will revive a struggling franchise. Last offseason, the attention surrounded his knee and his relationship with coach Mike Shanahan.
This summer, Griffin is learning a new offense and working on improving his game.
“You always understand the value of an offseason,” Griffin said. “That’s where you build a foundation to get ready for the season, but when you don’t have an offseason, you don’t use it as an excuse. That was the message trying to be sent last year. You don’t whine about it, you don’t cry about it. Maybe it was taken the wrong way and people thought I didn’t think I needed it. You always need it. But when you don’t have the opportunity, you have to play the hand you’re dealt and I did the best I could with that hand.”
Griffin said there are similarities between coach Jay Gruden’s offense and the one he ran under Shanahan.
“All the concepts translate over,” Griffin said. “It’s about the philosophy of the coach. Jay has a different philosophy. We’ll find out what that is on Sundays.”
Gruden said an offseason without drama is good for Griffin.
“He doesn’t like negative publicity,” Gruden said. “He wants everything to be right. He wants everybody to love Robert and that’s not always going to be the case at the quarterback position.”