ASHBURN, Va. —
“It’s one of the things I get emotional about because it was tough at that time,” Griffin said. “Yeah, I cried. Real men cry. It’s doesn’t matter. And I moved on. As soon as we finished our little cry festival, I put the date of the first week in my phone.”
In addition to the physical rehab, there also needed to be a meeting of the minds with Shanahan, who was widely criticized for leaving Griffin in the Seahawks game too long after it became clear the quarterback was injured.
“We hashed everything out. We talked, and we’re moving forward from it,” Griffin said.
Griffin didn’t go into specifics, instead stressing the need for everyone to be on the same page. Shanahan said the conversation was part of an overall review of the season.
“You talk about things that you could have done differently,” the coach said. “Things that went poorly during the season, things that went well.”
Griffin struck the same tone when asked about whether there should be changes to the offense, perhaps to take away some of his designed runs. He missed all or part of four games because of injuries last season, and his father told The Washington Post this week: “I want him throwing that football, a lot.”
“I told him ‘thank you’ because that’s what he’s supposed to say as my father,” Griffin said. “Yeah, he doesn’t want to see me running out there; he wants to see me throwing the ball. He’s the one that trained me. He knows what he can do. Coach knows what I can do.”
Griffin also said he could make better decisions on the field to stay healthy.
“The one thing everyone gets fired up about is that they say I need to change the way I play,” he said. “And my view on that is: I can’t change my mindset, but I can be smarter about what I do out there. I’ve got a year of experience, which some might not think that’s a lot, but a year of experience in the NFL is big for anyone. I know what I have to do and then what I don’t have to do, so it’s about limiting those hits, making sure that I’m staying out there for my teammates.”