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No Battles Between RGIII, Shanahan Over Work Load

by Chuck Carroll
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Archive photo of Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan watching Robert Griffin III at practice. (credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Archive photo of Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan watching Robert Griffin III at practice. (credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Robert Griffin III is eager to ramp up his work load at training camp. Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan is pumping the brakes on his recovering young quarterback’s enthusiasm.

Despite differing opinions, there is no battle between the two over the lengths Griffin will participate in practice each day.

“No, what you’re trying to do is get quality work and what you want Robert to do is go out there and execute the drill work that he’s doing,” Shanahan said Monday when asked of potential squabbles.

The coach says Griffin has been working on a variety of drills designed to “put a little pressure” on his body in hopes of building strength in the surgically repaired knee. The key is to find a balance between progress and risking a setback.

“When you slow a guy down, that’s the job of a head coach to hopefully put him in a position where he’s going to be healthy and ready to play by the first game,” said Shanahan. “You don’t want to overdo it, but at the same time, we’ve got a plan and hopefully we can execute that plan unless there’s a setback.”

To that point, Griffin is steadfast he is ready to advance from his current limitations, barred from participating in 11-on-11 drills.

“Coach will tell you something else but obviously I’m ready to move on,” said Griffin. “I’m ready to go to the team reps and everything. I’ve just got to keep doing what Coach asks me to do.”

The coach concedes the plan can sometimes be a bitter pill to swallow for the quarterback. But there are no ongoing battles.

“He may not always like that plan, but that’s my job sometimes not to be liked. My job is to do the best thing for him. That’s what I’ll do,” said Shanahan.

Griffin is expected to remain sidelined for the team’s exhibition schedule, but appears likely to be under center for the regular season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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