Rookie coach praises RG III work ethic and quashes talk of distractions.
New Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden has revealed that quarterback Robert Griffin III is “unlike anything I’ve seen before” with regards to his work ethic.
It hasn’t taken Gruden long to appreciate the dedication of his quarterback, and he believes there is something special about RG III in the way that he trains so hard.
While reports had suggested that the 24-year-old could be distracted from his off-season work with news that he has launched his own personal logo alongside sponsor adidas, his coach insists that there are no concerns at all about how hard Griffin works.
Gruden conceded that with the way the modern day game works, it is inevitable that the biggest stars of the NFL will have to deal with the off-field commitments as ultimately if it is another source of revenue then they must maximise their earning whilst in the game.
Nevertheless, he is confident that Griffin has a team around him that does the majority of the work and essentially all the quarterback has to worry about is signing things off.
“He works out more than anybody I’ve ever seen,” Gruden said on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
“If I ever felt like that was an issue, or if he was spending more time trying to create logos than he was working out and getting himself ready to play, then there’d be an issue. But there’s no issue in my mind.
“As far as dedication and his desire to win and his work ethic, that is not to be questioned. He’s unlike anybody I’ve ever seen as far as that’s concerned.”
Gruden also discussed the use of Griffin running with the ball this upcoming season, and he insisted that given the talent the quarterback has which makes him so special, he can’t stop him from doing it purely because he might be concerned he may suffer an injury.
RG III performed below-par last year as he wore a knee brace throughout the campaign, however, he has recently revealed that as long as the medical staff sign him off, he will move forward without a knee brace.