Gruden: RG III Needs To Worry Less About The Opinions Of Others

 Robert Griffin III

Redskins coach Jay Gruden wants Robert Griffin III to worry less about others’ opinions.

Griffin fed into that on occasion via Twitter, taking offense by perceived doubts. But the quarterback is adamant he’s not trying to be beloved, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

During the offseason, coach Jay Gruden said of Griffin, “He wants everyone to love Robert.”

Griffin, though, said that’s not the case. It’s also something he came to realize.

“I know where Jay is coming from when he says those things,” Griffin said. “I learned not everyone is going to like you. That’s the nature of the business, that’s the nature of human beings. There are people in this room that don’t like me. You just have to move on from that stuff. Jay being here has helped me grow. My family has helped me grow. … Those things come with the territory.”

Gruden said Griffin has grown since the offseason in terms of not trying to earn everyone’s praise.

“He hit that rocky spot last year and kind of realized that people will turn on him,” Gruden said. “That’s just the nature of the business. Just take the good with the bad. The most important thing I tell the quarterback is you have to be mentally tough and you have got to handle adversity. He’s done a great job of that. It’s a tough pill for him to swallow, but he swallowed it and he moved forward.”

Gruden said when a player learns that lesson, he can focus on more important details, like his job.

“He stays focused on his job and his job only,” Gruden said. “He just wants to worry about his job, making himself better, a better player, worried about his progressions, his pass protection responsibilities, his run game responsibility. Just worry about playing the position … and not worry about anything else in the outside world.”


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