Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III said that reports he requested Mike Shanahan to change his offense after the 2013 season are “an urban legend,” and that he never told his former coach what plays he would and wouldn’t run, Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post reports.
The fact that this is still being discussed more than two years after it happened may cause you to shake your head. But the latest flare-up was actually courtesy of a Redskins employee, reading a question from a Redskins fan, on a Redskins-produced television program, that can now be viewed on the Redskins Web site.
“We say we take the good the bad and the ugly on these e-mails every day on the show,” Larry Michael said during Griffin’s recent appearance on Redskins Nation. “I told our producer, ‘I don’t want any stupid [questions],’ and we got a couple stupid ones. But here’s one from Jason in Laurel: Is it true you went to Coach Shanahan after your first year and requested the offense be changed?”
“The urban legend, right?” he said with a smile. “Actually, just like any coach-quarterback combination, we had healthy conversations about everything, evolving as a player. There’s a lot of dark things that are talked about with Mike and Kyle and those things, but it was never a wholesale ‘This is what we’re gonna run, this is what we’re not gonna run’ [demand].
“You know, I’m a player,” Griffin said. “I’m here to play. As we like to say, I just work here. Open discussion. Coaches get to call the plays, and players have to run them.”
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