A countdown of the top-10 images of quarterback Robert Griffin III during the 2014 season.
Changes are being made at Redskins Park, and Robert Griffin III is noticing.
The former first-round pick out Baylor – who this year is entering his fourth season with the Redskins – said Wednesday he's excited about those moves, including the hiring of a new general manager, Scott McCloughan, and the addition of a quarterbacks coach in Matt Cavanaugh.
"Everything that they're doing is helping us be a long-time winner, changing the culture, so I'm going to look forward to that," Griffin III said in a phone interview with ESPN 980. "And I can't wait to work with coach Matt. You know, he brings a lot of experience to the table."
Last season, first-year head coach Jay Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay were responsible for meeting with and coordinating the team's three quarterbacks. The addition of Cavanaugh gives the Redskins an experienced guru at the position with championship experience that can help streamline the process.
"I … can't wait to add more knowledge to the bank, as I like to call it," Griffin III said. "You add more knowledge to the bank, you get to feed off of other people, and you just realize that there's a whole lot to learn, and I'm willing to do that."
Griffin III is coming off a rollercoaster 2014 season in which he suffered a serious ankle injury Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He admitted Thursday that when he returned seven weeks later he wasn't 100-percent healthy, but he wanted to try to help do his part to put his team on a winning track in a competitive NFC East race.
"And it just became more and more tough with the more games that we lost, because you know how hard the guys work and you want to get out there and help them win games," Griffin III said. "So, I could have sat out the rest of last year with as bad as the ankle was, but I felt like I could play, and I wanted to get out there and play with my guys and help them win games."
Griffin III would split time the rest of the season with fellow quarterback Colt McCoy, and certainly showed flashes of the player that took the league by storm as a rookie in 2012. But he also knows he must be much more consistent overall if he wants to reach the level he expects out of himself.
Staying healthy, Griffin III said, will be a huge part of that plan moving forward.
"For me, what I've learned is, you know, at times like these you have to focus in on yourself a whole lot harder, and that's what I've tried to be," he said. "I've tried to figure what I can be to be more consistent, go out there and play the game that you love, the way you know how to play it."
Griffin III said he's also "indifferent" to any outside chatter about the status of his contract in 2015 and beyond. The Redskins this spring have the option of picking up a fifth-year option on Griffin III's rookie contract – virtually guaranteeing him a spot on the roster in 2016 before he hits the free agent market – but the Baylor product said he is instead placing his focus on his family, his teammates and the city in which he plays.
"If you ride those emotional roller coasters based on what people say, it can really affect you and how you play all the time," he said. "So for me, the way I put it is I'm a Washington Redskin until they tell me I'm not. And that's all I can focus on – that's all I'm gonna to focus on.
"I know the city wants us to win just like we did in 2012, and we want that, too, and we're going to go to work to make sure that happens," Griffin III continued. "We just have to put the work in and not really talk about it."
The groundwork is already being laid for that plan at the team's facility in Loudoun County, Va., and Griffin III can't wait to "stay healthy, go out and have fun and play the game, and the rest will fall into place."
"I think with the moves that we've made – that the coach and the GM have made – it will allow us to be in a better position to go out and win games, and I think all the guys are excited about that," he said. "You never like to see guys go, as far as coaches and players, but I know coach is going to do what's best for the team, and we all hope and pray we end up winning."