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Robert Griffin III's 'Only Focus' Is Getting Victories

Posted Jan 13, 2015

In a season in which he was in and out of the lineup, Robert Griffin III is looking ahead to the 2015 season and said he's focusing on doing whatever it takes to help the Redskins win.

For Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, his primary focus is on getting victories.

Over the last two seasons, though, the Redskins have registered just seven victories since winning the NFC East in 2012, and individually, he’s been in and out of the lineup while battling injuries.

Still, Griffin III says he enjoys playing the game of football and any opportunities that are presented to him while on the field. 

“It’s been a tough year – a lot of adversity and a lot of things you can’t control but at the end of the day, we get to play this game and have an opportunity to play this game,” Griffin III said after the 2014 season finale against the Dallas Cowboys. “That’s the way we approach the entire season. It [the season] didn’t go the way we wanted it to go, but every time you get an opportunity to step out there it’s a blessing. I enjoyed it.”

Griffin III began the season in the starting lineup, calling the shots in the season opener against the Houston Texans, a game in which he would throw for 236 yards but no touchdowns.

The following week in the Redskins’ home opener at FedExField against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Griffin III appeared to have everything going, as he was 4-for-4 for 54 yards on the second drive of the game, but on a 19-yard connection with wide receiver DeSean Jackson, the Baylor product landed awkwardly on his ankle, dislocating it in the process.

It was an injury that would sideline him until Week 9, when he made his return to the field against the Minnesota Vikings.

While he would experience some success in his return against the Vikings, Griffin III would struggle in the Redskins’ next two games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers. In turn, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden decided to turn to veteran Colt McCoy under center against the St. Louis Rams.

Griffin III would eventually return as McCoy would go down with a season-ending neck injury against the New York Giants in Week 15, but as Griffin III closes the book on his third NFL season, the former AP Offensive Rookie of the Year said he’s optimistic about the future.

That starts with having another offseason to build a rapport with his weapons and learning Gruden’s offensive playbook.

“It’s something that we’re going to continue to have to hammer in throughout the offseason – finding our identity and getting a grasp of what Jay wants to do and wants us to be ... and going forward with that full steam” he said. “We have the weapons to do it. We have the players on this roster to do it and, like I said, we’re in a problem solving business so we’ll solve that problem.”

During the offseason, Griffin III said he also plans on working with former NFL quarterbacks coach Terry Shea, as well as sticking around Redskins Park as much as possible.

“I have that plan, it’s pretty much already set,” he said. “I think we were ready for this year and some things happened and it didn’t go the way that we wanted it to go. That’s not something that is going to deter me or any of those guys in that locker room from coming back ready to go and being confident about what we can do.”

As for the quarterback position, while Griffin III, McCoy and Kirk Cousins all took a significant amount of reps in 2014, Gruden wants to add some clarity in 2015, admitting he’d prefer to have two quarterbacks on the roster.

“It’s very difficult to have three with the reps that you get,” he said at his season-ending press conference. “You’d like to try to narrow it down to at least two. But like I said, if somebody said that, ‘Hey, you have to play with this guy, this guy or that guy,’ I’d be comfortable working with one. I’d like to pick one as soon as I could so we could really try to work and grind on him and develop him.”

Will Griffin III be one of those two quarterbacks, perhaps taking full control of the starting gig in the process?

That remains to be seen, but the second-overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft wants to remain in Washington if given the chance.

“My focus is I want to be here,” he said. “I want to be here to help this team win, try to turn this thing around and change the culture around here. That’s my only focus. If Coach Jay and this organization wants me to be around, then I’ll be here [and] I’ll be ready to go.”

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