Newly-appointed Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden is looking forward to working with Robert Griffin III – but insists the quarterback must work hard in order for their relationship to work.
Gruden became the eighth coach in the 16 seasons Dan Snyder has owned the team, but he described the opportunity to coach the Redskins as a "once-in-a-lifetime deal", and he can't wait to get going.
When asked whether the presence of RG3 was a factor behind his decision to accept Snyder's offer, Gruden told reporters: "Robert's a great quarterback and very exciting. And anytime you want to move forward with a franchise that's a very important position, as we well know. He's a great player and I look forward to the chance to coach him."
The new coach admitted that he was unsure in which departments RG3 can improve as a player, but he believes the 23-year-old possesses all the necessary attributes to become one of NFL's elite quarterbacks.
"I see a ton of talent," Gruden continued. "I see a guy that can run. I can see a guy that can move in the pocket. I see accuracy, I see long-ball accuracy, I see toughness, I see a guy that wants to win and I see a strong leader.
"I see every trait that a quarterback has to have to be successful -- I see Robert having all of those. Why wouldn't you want to coach a guy like that? I'm excited to coach him and hopefully he's excited to play here."
And when asked to explain how he can build a trust-based relationship with the team's star man, Gruden added: "It's got to be genuine. He's got to believe it. And I'm going to let him know that I'm a trustworthy guy. He's also got to understand that I expect a lot from the starting quarterback.
"I expect him to come in and work hard. And I expect him to take the blame on some throws. I expect him to be a great leader. I expect him to do extra things to be great. As long as he's working his butt off I will provide him with everything he needs to be successful."
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