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Familiarity Key For Robert Griffin III In 2015

Robert Griffin III is already feeling a difference in his game with the 2015 season approaches, as familiarity with head coach Jay Gruden and his weapons is aiding his continued development. 

Familiarity is important for any starting quarterback in the National Football League.

A countdown of the top-10 images of quarterback Robert Griffin III during the 2014 season.

From the head coach to the positional coaches down to the weapons around him, some of the best quarterbacks in the league benefit from having similar settings year after year.

Going into his second season under head coach Jay Gruden -- and with all of his main targets from the 2014 season returning -- Robert Griffin III believes the camaraderie in place will ultimately help the Redskins in the long-term.

"The more familiarity you can have with the coaches, the system, the better," he said Monday at the Ryan Kerrigan Leukemia Golf Classic in Leesburg, Va. "You see the Tom Bradys, the Aaron Rodgers, the Peyton Mannings of this league, [they've had] the same coaches, the same system and they can grow within that system — and that's what we're looking to build. We definitely feel that that's something we want to do, obviously, because we want to be successful for a long time."

Last season, Griffin III was in and out of the lineup throughout the entire season. He missed seven weeks with a dislocated ankle suffered Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and upon his return, split time with veteran Colt McCoy.

In nine games with seven starts, the Baylor product logged 1,694 passing yards with four touchdowns. He also rushed for 176 yards and an additional score.

As he eyes improvement, Griffin III said knowing what Gruden wants is important.

"We're all in this together, we know that," he said. "We go out there as a team and we come off that field as a team. So whatever happens is under our control. So I look forward to continuing to grow with him and the rest of the team."

Over the last two weeks, Griffin III has been on the field with his teammates for Phase 2 workouts, getting the opportunity to regain timing with his receivers and learn the movements of any newcomers.

As he works out any kinks, the 2012 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year said he's already feeling a difference.

And every day he's out on the field is an opportunity to get better.

"The day you stop changing and adapting yourself and growing as a player is the day that you shouldn't be playing anymore," Griffin III said. "Every year you step on that field, you find those things you want to work on. You listen to you coaches and work on the things they want you to work on. You become a better and better player. You continue to water that Chinese bamboo and chop up that wood. We're looking forward allowing that tree to sprout up."




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