RICHMOND—Redskins general manager Bruce Allen believes the relationship between coach Mike Shanahan and quarterback Robert Griffin III is healthy as Griffin continues to follow Shanahan’s measured timeline for him to fully participate with the team.
“I don’t see a controversy at all,” Allen said Friday morning at his end-of-training camp press conference. “We have a very competitive player who’s dying to play football, and we have a very experienced coach who is doing the right thing.”
Griffin, who is working back from right knee ligament surgery he had on Jan. 9, explained on Monday he does not understand why Shanahan’s plan includes a predetermined timetable that does not account for any personal progress that enables him to return faster.
That commanded attention from national and local media regarding whether Shanahan and Griffin are getting along.
Allen echoed Shanahan’s belief that Griffin remains on course to start the regular season opener against Philadelphia on Sept. 9. Griffin resumed team drills on Wednesday, taking 16 snaps. He took 21 on Thursday.
“He’s doing well right now,” Allen said. “He is ahead of schedule. In order for him to just do the 7-on-7 at the beginning of training camp, he was ahead of schedule. He’s getting his work in. I think if coach wants to progress him over the next couple of weeks, he will.
Allen then knocked on the wooden podium.
“We’ve had no setbacks so far, and the goal is for him to play in Week 1. I don’t know if it will happen.”