this Sept. 14, 2014, file photo, Washington Redskins
quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) runs on the field
as he is introduced before an NFL football game
against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Landover, Md.
After six-plus games on the sideline, Robert Griffin
III is back as the quarterback of the Washington
Redskins for Sunday's, Nov. 2, 2014 game at Minnesota.
Va. — Asked if it really matters whether he's liked by his
teammates, Robert Griffin III had the classic
you like everybody you work with?" he responded to the
Washington Redskins quarterback went on to say that winning
is "really not even about that," that it's more
about other topics that several veterans have stressed, such
as: "We can't let anybody try to tear us apart from the
conceded Wednesday that there were "a few out of the
group" of his teammates who might have not been in
favor of his regaining the starting quarterback job two
weeks ago after Colt McCoy led back-to-back victories.
were the target of a brief unity speech delivered by usually
quiet receiver DeSean Jackson last week before the team
split up for a bye week vacation.
those guys are, we don't really care," Griffin said.
"The thing that he stressed and the thing that we are
stressing is that we're focused on winning."
talk about unity and leadership in the locker room is the
sort of thing that comes with a 3-6 record, which is now an
annual occurrence in Washington.
fullback Darrel Young put it this week: "If we win,
there's no talk about leadership. End of conversation."
that chorus on Wednesday was a leadership voice that has
been mostly quiet this season.
veteran nose tackle Barry Cofield is back on the active
roster after spending eight weeks recovering from a severe
ankle sprain and groin surgery while on short-term injured
reserve. He said he's kept a public silence because it's
hard to set an example while standing on the sideline.
a leadership perspective, I just want to lead by
example," Cofield said. "I'm just going to be
honest — I feel it can be overstated.
kind of on DY's level: When you're winning, no one worries
about it. No asks you who are the leaders. ... Maybe the
difference between the team that wins and loses the Super
Bowl is a great leader that just brings something to the
table, but the difference between being 3-6 and the playoffs
is not speeches. It's not having somebody to look at that
you consider a leader. It's really about individuals doing
their job better, so we need to start there."
it's worth, Griffin said he feels the Redskins are
"getting closer as a family."
don't know everything, that's for dang sure, but I do know a
little thing about changing the culture," Griffin said.
"And it takes everybody from the top down. The players
have to be willing, and I think we've got guys in that
locker room that are willing."
Gruden echoed the sentiment, saying the media coverage of
the team's leadership issues has, if anything, strengthened
think since it came to light with y'all saying that we
weren't a unified locker room, (that) we didn't have
leaders, I think it kind of maybe made people think about it
and realize we're OK — maybe," he said, adding a
think that's the case. I think there's some guys that are
more willing now to step out of their shadow and maybe speak
up a little bit more than maybe they would've. ... We don't
have any leadership problems in my book, and the locker
room's been united as far as I can tell."
said in the past that Griffin can try too hard to be liked
and can be sensitive to outside criticism, but the coach
said Wednesday the QB is handling himself well.
just think that people can chip away at you if you continue
to read everything written about you and listen to
everything that's said about you on television," Gruden
a human, it can wear on you. I think really for a young kid
that's been through as much as he has, both good and bad,
already at age 24, he's shown the fact that he is a
don't think anybody is liked by everybody. Heck, I'm not
liked by everybody. I might be," the coach said with a
laugh. "But it's not about being liked. It's about
performing at a consistent high level."