Sean McVay: ‘RGIII, Gruden Have Very Good Relationship’

Perhaps you heard that Robert Griffin III said he’s the best quarterback in the NFL.

Well, two things: One, you might not have heard the whole quote, and two, what else do you want Griffin to say?

The former Heisman Trophy winner said he feels he’s the best quarterback in football, yes, but that he “(has) to go out and show that.” While Brandon Tierney applauds the inner conviction, it seems Griffin is still struggling to find his way on and off the field, as he seems to make things harder than they have to be.

Is that fair?

“He’s a great kid and he’s an ultra-competitive guy,” Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “I think the thing that we’re optimistic and excited about for him is (he was) able to have such a great amount of success when he first comes into the league and being such a dynamic playmaker and the way we were able to utilize him. And unfortunately, these last two years, he’s just had some injuries. In (2013), he’s coming off the knee surgery, and then last year he has a great start to our Jacksonville game (and) ends up dislocating his ankle. Anytime you’re an athletic quarterback that’s able to buy time with your legs and create that way as well – he comes back because he’s such a tough kid – but you could see he was never really full speed. So were excited about the progress he’s made.”

Let’s just hope that head coach Jay Gruden is, too. Gruden put Griffin on blast last December, saying his quarterback has flawed fundamentals, poor footwork and struggles to read defenses. Needless to say, it’s rare to see a coach be that candid about his starting quarterback, especially in season.

What’s the relationship between those two like these days?

“They have a very good relationship,” McVay said. “I think one of the things that you appreciate with Jay – as long as you’re always upfront and we’ve got clear, open and honest communication . . . you give yourself a chance to move forward and be positive. I think those two have done a great job continuing to build a relationship as we all get to know each other. We’re excited about the progress that we’ve made.”

Adding Bill Callahan to the fold should only help the offense. Callahan, who will be the offensive line coach, has had great running games pretty much everywhere he’s been, especially his last two stops, the Jets and Cowboys.

Callahan should improve an offense that scored just 18.8 points per game last season, which ranked 26th in football.

“Coach Callahan is a special coach, and we feel really fortunate to have him,” McVay said. “Since the first day he came in here, he’s been such a great resource for me as far as being able to give advice both as a coordinator, a head coach and kind of just (providing some) overall structure for our offensive philosophy and what we want to be. They’ve been able to run the ball really well (everywhere) he’s been. You look at what he was able to do in New York ad then obviously Dallas as recently as last year. Some of the things that we’ll be able to incorporate and implement from his background – with just a little bit more of some of the tight-zone principles, some of our gap and trap schemes and also to complement our wide zone – (we believe we’ll be effective). He makes a defense defend the field horizontally and vertically in the run game. He’s been a special addition and we’re really excited to have him.”

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