Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was on ESPN 980 this morning, with an interview to promote his documentary, “The Will To Win,” which debuts tonight at 7 p.m. on ESPN. The documentary was produced by his sponsor, Gatorade.
During the radio appearance he confirmed that Dr. James Andrews will be at Thursday night’s game in Tampa to evaluate him, but said he’d like to keep the details of that process under wraps.
The interviewer, Kevin Sheehan, asked Griffin how close he is to 100 percent, if 100 percent is how he felt last year before he was injured.
“I think I’m better than that right now,” Griffin said. “The biggest thing is that I’m not below 100 percent … I can still hit ‘turbo.’”
Sheehan asked about the events leading to last year’s injury, but Griffin twice declined to discuss it, saying “it’s not what this team needs” right now.
One subject he did hold court on was the read-option offense, and his offseason statements that made it sound like he wants to run the ball less this year.
“Any quarterback would say that,” he told Sheehan. “We want to throw the ball. You think pass first, run second. That’s just the way it is.
“It’s not that I don’t want to run the read option. Because I know what the read option can do for this team, and I know what it did for us last year. It’s just, we don’t have to run the read option. And that’s something we’ve talked about. You don’t have to run it. You just have to have the threat of it. And if teams are going to give it to you, you take it, and I’m all for it.”
Griffin said that playing in the DC market comes with a ferocious fan base and media, and he’s learned that over the offseason, referencing the story about fans buying items off his wedding registry.
“Everything’s going to get blown up and a story made out of it,” he said. “Anything you say is going to be dissected, and that’s just how it is. On the other hand, when you’re successful here, a lot of people take notice. They took notice last year, and that’s what we want for these fans. We want them to be happy. We want this city to be happy.
“If we win, everybody goes to work the next day feeling a little bit better.”
The interview will re-air in its entirety today at some point during Sheehan’s show, which runs from 12 p.m.-2 p.m.