RGIII struggled to regain his form after suffering a torn ACL late in his rookie season, then had to deal with speculation whether or not former head coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle — Mike’s son — wanted Griffin as his clear starter over backup Kirk Cousins.
Now with Jay Gruden calling the shots overall and Sean McVay running the offense, Griffin III feels more comfortable with his new head coach.
“It’s a good thing to have two coaches who believe in you,” Griffin said, courtesy of ESPN.
“It’s a normal head coach-quarterback relationship,” Griffin said. “Jay brings a lot of energy. He’s funny. He’s personable. We’re excited to have him here.”
Redskins teammate DeAngelo Hall also notices a difference in RGIII’s demeanor.
“The stress is off him,” Hall said. “Worrying about reps, worrying about a head coach you don’t really know if he likes you or doesn’t like you. Things like that. From the jump, from the moment Jay came in here, Robert knew that Jay wanted him and wanted to coach him. [Gruden] felt he could be special. We all see that.”
Washington endured a 3-13 203 season after going 10-6 in 2012 where Griffin was named Offensive Rookie of the Year and took the league by storm. The Redskins are poised for a bounce-back season, and with Gruden having full confidence in RGIII, they may turn it around sooner rather than later.
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