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Press Conference: Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III talks with the media on Wednesday. The Redskins (3-7) play at the San Francisco 49ers (6-4) on Sunday at 4:25 p.m.

 

On evaluating his preparation and performance 32 games into his career:

“Jay [Gruden] wants me to play better. I want to play better. We’re focused on San Francisco and making that happen. So, that’s all I’ve got to say about that.”

 

On if he has considered not being in the spotlight as prominently:

“Yeah, man. Like I said, we’re focused on San Francisco. So, that’s all we’ve got.”

 

On areas for improvement:

“Everything, man. Like I said, Jay wants me to play better. I want to play better. We want to win. That’s all we’re focused on – getting a win. We’ve got San Francisco coming up, and they’re not going to make it easy.”

 

On how a quarterback can improve:

“Yeah, man, like I said, [I’m] just focused on San Francisco now.”

 

On if this year has set back his development:

“Oh, man, I’ve only been able to play a couple games, but we’ve got another one coming up and that’s all we’re promised. So, I’m just focused on San Francisco and doing what I can to help this team win.”

 

On if he has a response to criticism about his work ethic:

“[I’m] focused on San Francisco, man. I’m not letting anything on the outside distract us from that, and we’ve got to take care of what we’ve got to take care of.  We have got enough to worry about here in these doors.”

 

On if he tries to do too much at times:

“Like I said, I’m going to trust the guys around me, trust that we’re all going to go out there and execute the game plan, and that’s all we’ve got this week.”

 

On what has changed since 2012:

“Like I said, man, I’m focused on San Francisco. I’m in my second offense in the league. You know, [I’m] just trying to hammer everything down and get better at my craft like Coach wants me to.”

 

On where he has improved:

“Yeah, like I said, [I’m] focused on San Francisco, man. That’s all I can do.”

 

On where he has found relief the past few weeks:

“You always lean on God, you always lean on your family, your teammates. That’s what I’ve done. We’re all pointing toward the same thing. We want to get a win against San Francisco.”

 

On the state of his relationship with Head Coach Jay Gruden:

“Great.”

 

On if he is doing anything different to prepare for Sunday’s game:

“Just preparing for San Francisco, man. That’s all I can do.”

 

On talking to the media:

“It is what it is. You get what you ask for. So, I am focused on San Francisco. Jay [Gruden] wants me to be focused on San Francisco and that’s what I am going to do.”

 

On if his teammates reached out to him during the last few days:

“Yeah, I mean, you’ve got to talk to them, but a large majority of the locker room has come to me and talked to me and that’s great. We are all focused on the same thing – winning, staying together and beating San Francisco.”

 

On 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick:

“They have a great team and we are trying to build towards that and that’s our only focus.”

 

On the challenge of facing the 49ers’ defense:

“Yeah, very tough defense. They make you earn every single thing you get. They don’t give up a lot of big plays and they play with passion. So we are going to have to match that going into their house and they are not going to make it easy for us.”

 

On if Gruden discussed his critiques with him personally:

“Yeah, like I said, we both want to win. He wants me to play better, I want to play better. That’s what we are focused on.”

 

On public criticism:

“Yeah, my job is to focus on what I can focus on and what I can control. Like I said, Jay [Gruden] wants me to play better and I am just focused on getting better at my craft, not worrying about anything else.”

 

On if there is anything he would like to clear up:

“No, I mean I already said it via the power of social media. So there is no point in me saying it again here and bringing the topic back up. I said what I had to say and addressed it with the team and we are all on the same page.”

 

On if he addressed the team:

“Yeah, I did.”

 

On he addressed the team this morning:

“No, it was Monday.”

 

On his level of confidence that he will play better and the team will stay united:

“Yeah, I mean I have extreme confidence that that’s going to happen. That’s our only focus. Like I said, we are not going to act like a 3-7 football team. We are going to go out there and push forward and push towards the future.”

 

On if Gruden made any requests for his time with the media:

“No, he just wanted me to focus on me and I’m going to do that the best of my ability. I’m a quarterback, man, I have got to help this team win.”



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