by Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – After just one season in the league (which ended in disaster), Robert Griffin III has earned respect across the league, bringing a considerably larger amount of attention to the Redskins as a whole.

Washington will enter the 2013 NFL season as reigning NFC East champs, an unfamiliar feeling around these parts, and along with that they’ll get everyone’s best shots.

Speaking of shots, Giants’ safety Antrel Rolle fired one off at the Cowboys in an interview with NFL Network’s “Total Access” Tuesday, but had nothing but the best to say about RGIII.

“The Dallas Cowboys are a good team,” Rolle said. “Maybe they’re missing a couple pieces of the puzzle, but I don’t think the pieces they’re missing are actually the players.”

That was likely a direct blow at the team’s owner Jerry Jones, who’s notorious for meddling with/alienating his coaching staff, as he did after the Redskins abruptly ended Dallas’s season with a 28-18 Week 17 victory, by hiring Bill Callahan as offensive coordinator.

Jones has since progressed this offseason storyline, by officially announcing Tuesday that Callahan will run the offense in 2013, and not head coach Jason Garrett.

Back to the Redskins.

Rolle was asked about RGIII, who’s light-years ahead of schedule in the rehab of his surgically repaired knee.

“I’m not so eager to see this guy,” Rolle said.

His trepidation about seeing Griffin on the field is understandable. In two games against divisional foe New York, Griffin torched the Giants for 33 of 59 passing, for 421 yards, with another 161 yards on the ground and 3 total touchdowns.

Rolle went on to indicate how much respect he has for the Redskins playmaker, in the way only a true competitor can and should.

“I’m gonna let him take his time, get his rehab,” he continued. “I want him 100 percent. He’s a huge playmaker in this league.”

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