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The real change, and why SuperBob may have a spring in his step these days, may simply be because he is healthier than he was last year, when he came back from February reconstructive surgery on his right knee. A knee brace and an Adidas advertising campaign that called for SuperBob to be ready for the NFL opener — “All in for week one” — hung over his head last season, and both were probably more destructive than any disinformation campaign Shanahan may or may not have operated.

That may be as responsible for “Ahh” more than the absence of the Warden Shanahan.

The good times may continue, because despite all the drama that surrounded the quarterback last season, he remains one of the most talented young quarterbacks in the league and a game changer. Now he has a full offseason — something he was denied last year — to prepare with his teammates, including his newest weapon, DeSean Jackson.

There should be nothing that gets in the way of SuperBob’s success this year —  and the Redskins’ as well. And when you have success, the noise gets quieted down. So we probably won’t have all the drama that we certainly lived through last year. And I am sure the reason for that success that we will hear is the absence of Warden Shanahan.

But the pressure is on SuperBob. He is free now, walking on a beach in Mexico. If this team falters again next year, “Ahh” becomes “Uh-oh.”

By the way, that light coming from Redskins Park these days? It’s SuperBob himself.

From the Washington Post: “As a quarterback, my identity is I am the leader of this team, I am the guy that everybody looks to when things are going bad … I am the guy that delivers. I am the guy that everyone on the team offense, defense, special teams — when it’s crunch time, they’re not looking at Trent Williams, they’re not looking at Alfred Morris. They’re looking at Robert Griffin III and that is an identity and position I accept. You have to believe in yourself. If you don’t believe, nobody else will, and that’s what I do for the guys around me, for my family. I give them that belief that at the end of the day, things are going to work out, and I don’t think their belief is misplaced, even with us being 3-13 last year. We will be a better football team this year. That is my identity.”

Ahh … OK.

Thom Loverro is co-host of “The Sports Fix,” noon to 2 p.m. daily on ESPN 980 radio and espn980.com