Jay Gruden speaks as he is introduced as the new head coach of the Washington Redskins at a press conference at Redskins Park on January 9, 2014 in Ashburn, Virginia. (Credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Robert Griffin III will be the starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins, Jay Gruden said definitively in an interview with Lavar and Dukes on 106.7 The Fan, shortly after being introduced as the head coach on Thursday.
Griffin was benched for backup Kirk Cousins the final three weeks of the 2013 regular season, by the since departed Mike Shanahan, who said he was looking after Griffin’s health, although, if Cousins had performed better in those three starts, controversy would have followed the two into the offseason.
Gruden was asked point blank if there would be competition for the starting job next season.
“No. No. There’s no competition,” Gruden said very matter of fact. “Robert Griffin III is the starter.”
“And I’m excited to work with him, and hopefully he’s excited to come to work,” Gruden continued. “And I know everything that I’ve heard about him as a person, as a player, has been positive. And I do like to make my own opinion when I meet him and when I get a chance to coach him, so I’m not gonna comment much about what he did in the past or what has happened, ’til I get a chance to meet him. I know he’s a very talented player. He’s got everything you want in a quarterback: the leadership, the toughness, the speed, the accuracy — both long and short — anticipation, so it’s definitely going to be an exciting time to coach Robert.”
Gruden admittedly hasn’t spoken with his starting quarterback, or his quarterback’s father for that matter.
“No I have not. I have not,” Gruden said. “I’ve been dealing with the media here, and I look forward to talking to Robert Griffin III, Robert Griffin The Fourth, The Second, The First. I don’t care. I’ll talk to all the Griffins.”