Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden stated recently that he wants to have open and honest communication with quarterback Robert Griffin III. Gruden understands that part of the Redskins troubles last season came from Mike Shanahan and Griffin’s relationship deteriorating, and he doesn’t want to repeat that mistake.
And while it’s good that Gruden wants to be open and honest with RGIII, he still needs to make sure he gets honesty in return, and makes the proper decisions in how to use his starting QB. I think on thing Shanahan never really understood was the mentality of Robert Griffin III as a player. He was out of touch with his mindset.
I think Gruden is more capable of understanding RGIII because being a rookie head coach in the NFL he has to reach out to him. Where Mike Shanahan, with his track record didn’t think he should have to do that. Also, a major mistake Shanahan made was not looking out for the long-term health of Robert Griffin III, but I think Jay Gruden will.
Gruden stated he wouldn’t do things behind Griffin’s back, which insinuates that Shanahan did. But ultimately, I think Gruden is right in trying to have honest communication with RGIII, because it’s better to get things out in the open up front instead of backstabbing, The team is much better off when the head coach and QB are both on the same page.