RGIII Clarifies Statement Regarding Shanahan’s Plan: ‘There Is No Conflict’
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Robert Griffin III had clearly stepped away from the company line by saying he didn’t agree with Mike Shanahan’s plan for his recovery, during his press conference on Monday, so you knew it was just a matter of time before he was drawn back.
As a refresher, when 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen asked RGIII in a roundabout but deliberate way if he agreed with the head coach’s plan for him to miss the entire preseason, Griffin responded that he neither liked the plan, nor understood it.
“Like Coach said – he’s 100 percent right – I don’t have to understand it,” Griffin said Monday. “I don’t have to like it. But at the end of the day, if he plays me Week 1 and I’m ready to go, then I’ll give him a salute and I’ll go play my butt off for him.”
More than twenty-four hours and one media field day later, Griffin returned to the podium on Tuesday to clarify his previous comments.
Here’ what RGIII had to say:
“I just needed to address something that was said, or something that’s been going along in the media since I had my press conference yesterday. Just want everybody to know if there’s any questions about if there’s a rift between me and coach, or if there’s a conflict, there is no conflict. Coach is coach. I’m the player. Coach has a plan and I’m abiding by that plan. I’m doing everything the coaches are asking me to do. I trust those guys. They want me to have a long career. And that’s what part of this plan is about.
“Yesterday, I voiced my opinion about it because I was asked about it, and that’s been twisted and turned and tried to put against this team, and that’s not what we want. Like I said, coach is coach. Kirk, Rex and Pat have done a great job all offseason with the team, getting in and out of the huddle and making plays, and it’s an honor for me to be in the quarterback room with those guys. So that being said, I’m excited about tomorrow.”