RGIII: The knee feels great

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The scene resembled one from the regular season, with at least 60 media members surrounding Robert Griffin III. But the season is still three-and-a-half months away. And the crowd surrounding Griffin was there just to get an update on his progress — and, for the first time, hear about any issues he has with the coaching staff and the way he was used.

Here are some highlights from his nearly 20-minute session with the local media:

On the knee: “The knee feels great. I’m able to do all the stuff without any hesitation. That’s the best part about it. I’m excited about that. It’s all about having that confidence… If you put the work in you’ll have that confidence. It’s about playing like you’ve never been injured.”

On the next step: There are two phases left, explosive sprinting and cutting. Those are the only two things left. Being four and a half months out I’m a little bit ahead but [head athletic trainer Larry Hess] and the guys are doing a great job holding me back, but also letting me do things I can do. What you guys saw out there, throwing and planting and running a little bit.”

On the timetable for the next phases and availability for training camp: “The timetable for the running part, I was running out there. As far as the explosive sprinting, that’s in the next couple weeks and the cutting it’s a couple weeks after that. I’m not worried about those phases. My goal is to be out there for training camp. Do I need to practice every day? Probably not. But that’s for coach to decide. I’m just worried about what I can control. As far as the season goes I  know everyone has seen the commercials and just the statements, I’m all in for week one. I stand behind that. I want to be ready for week one. As soon as I woke up out of surgery I put the date of the first game in my phone. That’s always been my goal, but I won’t risk my career to play in one game. Yeah I’m definitely all in for week one, but I’m all in for my career as well.”

On making adjustments to his game: “I think the one thing everyone gets fired up about is they say I need to change the way I play and my view on that is I can’t change my mindset, but I can be smarter about what I do out there. I have a year’s experience in the NFL. Some might think that’s not a lot, but a year of experience in the NFL is big for everyone. I have that experience so I know what I have to do and what I don’t have to do. It’s about limiting those hits and making sure I stay out there for my teammates. If it’s third and 7 and I’m three yards away from a first down and here comes Ryan Clark trying to take my head off like he did last year, you slide. Or you get out of bounds. I understand that. I understood that during the season as well. After what happened to me and the team at the end of the year I understand I have to be more comfortable when it comes to that. But I can still keep my same mindset about wanting to win every play, but knowing on this one you have to let it go.”

On if he feels the offense has to change: “Coach and them, they know what they’re doing. We’ve had talks about the offense whether it’s me running or Alfred running or some other back or me throwing the ball, we’ll be ready to go. It’s not that you can’t do this or can’t do that. It’s more we have to go out there and be united as a team and united as a staff to be successful.”

On if he was happy with how he was used last year: “I was happy with the wins we had and the way we came out through the season and the adversity we faced being 3-6 and finishing 10-6, getting to the playoffs and winning the division. All those things are the building blocks. Now it’s continuing to make that relationship grow together so it can be sprout into a nice beautiful tree.”

Follow up to if he was happy with how he was used: “Nah, I didn’t have a problem with it.”

On if he talked to his dad following his father’s recent interviews: “I talked to my dad after what he said. I don’t have a leash on my parent. They’re my parents and I love my dad. I talked to my dad after I heard what he said and I told him thank you. That’s what he’s supposed to say as my father. Yeah he doesn’t want to see me running out there. He wants to see me throwing the ball. He’s the one who trained me. He knows what I can do, coach knows what I can do. So it’s not that I agree or disagree with what he said, it’s the fact that he stood up and said something and when he talks about us being united it’s the truth. The NFL over the years has proven it when you have consistency at the head coaching position and at the quarterback position and everyone’s on the same page you win a lot more and that’s what we want.”

On if the relationship with the coaches needs to be repaired: “No, there was an unfortunate situation at the end of the season I don’t think there’s anything that needs to be repaired. We all just need to move forward and continue to let that bad taste that’s in everybody’s mouth just get out and move forward to the next year. The only thing I needed to repair from last year was my knee and that’s repaired and I’m ready to go.”

On if he has to be more of passer: “Going forward it’s whatever the defense wants us to do. Defenses with any quarterback in the league, they want to be physical with the quarterback. It doesn’t matter who you are, myself, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Kaepernick, Luck. They want to be physical with the quarterback. When it comes to quarterbacks that run the zone read option, it’s brought up a lot more but anytime you saw in the playoffs or down the stretch teams saying hey we need to get to Peyton Manning, we need to get to Tom Brady. That’s the same thing they’re saying about me and other quarterbacks around the league who are running those zone reads. I don’t know what the mix will be, how many rushing attempts I’ll have or passing attempts I’ll have. I just know we want to win games and that’s what we’re going to do.”

On if he and Mike Shanahan had a specific conversation about the injury and his staying in the Seattle game: “Me and Mike hashed everything out. It was a while after the season; I was in Pensacola for a month. We hashed everything out and we talked. And we’re moving forward from it. I told you guys that before and I’ll say it again. That’s all I can say. We talked about it and we’re all on the same page.”

On if there were any apologies: “Nah, there were no apologies.”

 

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