RG III: Feel like best QB in NFL, now 'have to go out and show that'

ByJohn Keim ESPN logo
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. -- Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III hasn't lost his confidence, even if it means saying something few others would.

Griffin, speaking with WJLA-TV, maintained that he's not only the best quarterback on the team -- he's also the best in the NFL, though even he concedes it's more of a nod to his competitive nature than reality.

"I feel like I'm the best quarterback in the league, and I have to go out and show that," he told the station. "Any athlete at any level, if they concede to someone else, they're not a top competitor, they're not trying to be the best that they can be.

"There's guys in this league that have done way more than me. But I still view myself as the best because that's what I work toward every single day."

Griffin remains the Redskins' starting quarterback after two trying years following a dream rookie season. In 2013, Griffin was returning from multiple torn ligaments in his knee but played the first 13 games before being removed from the lineup. Last season he dislocated his left ankle in Week 2 and missed six games. Upon his return, he was benched after three games, only to get the job back following an injury to Colt McCoy.

That led to numerous stories about Griffin's flaws and future in Washington. But the Redskins named him the starter in late January, and the coaches have been pleased with his progress this summer.

Griffin has drawn criticism in the past for certain comments, but he's been a more muted version of himself since the spring. What he won't change is his outlook on himself or his approach.

"I don't feel like I have to come out here and show anybody anything or why I'm better than this guy or better than that guy," Griffin said.

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