A year ago, Griffin struggled offensively when healthy, which helped contribute to a 4-12 overall record.
“Robert has a good understanding of our system and what we want and I think I have a good understanding of what he is as a quarterback,” Gruden said, via ESPN.com. “He’s a quarterback still in the developmental stages. I have a good understanding of what he needs and he has a good understanding of what we’re looking for, and hopefully, moving forward, he’ll be a more confident and decisive quarterback, and I’ll have a better understanding of what he’s comfortable with and give him opportunities to succeed.”
“I don’t know how much of his confidence has wavered up and down. You’ll have to ask him,” Gruden said during the NFC coaches breakfast at the NFL annual meetings in Phoenix. “But I think Robert has always been a very confident guy, a very confident quarterback, and I don’t think he’s ever lacked in that department. But if he has wavered a little bit because of the last couple years, then it’s good for him to come into this year, knowing that he’s the starter and that the guys are behind him, and the coaches and we’ll see what he can do. He’ll have every opportunity to succeed.”
The team recently said that they would consider the possibility of taking a quarterback with the fifth pick of the draft this year.
Griffin III, 25, has thrown for 8,097 yards with 40 touchdowns and 23 interceptions in three seasons. He has also rushed for 1,480 yards and eight touchdowns.
With the Bucs widely expected to take Jamies Winston with the No. 1 pick in the draft, Marcus Mariota could still be on the board when the Redskins pick.
“It’s something we have to talk about in-house,” Gruden said Wednesday, per CSNWashington.com. “If we think it’s worth the risk to hit the reset button, if he’s that good of a football player, if we decide in the building that he’s that good of a football player that we think we should do that, then we should do that.
“We’ll see. That has not been determined yet, obviously. We have some time to determine whether or not we want to go that direction. [Mariota] is a heck of an athlete, I’ll tell you that. And Jameis is a heck of passer. Two very good options to have if you are in need of a quarterback and you think you want to go that direction, then they are both worth going that direction for probably.”
The Redskins are still debating whether to pick up the fifth-year option for quarterback
“We’ve had some early discussion on it,” McCloughan said. “We’re still talking it through.”
McCloughan also said the club would consider drafting a QB at No. 5.
Griffin is entering the final year of the rookie contract he signed in 2012. After a great first season that ended with a torn ACL in the playoffs, Griffin has struggled on the field the past two seasons.
May 3 is the deadline for teams to pick up fifth-year options.
Griffin's 2014 season saw him only account for 1,694 passing yards and four touchdowns with six interceptions. He was benched in favor of backup Colt McCoy during the year.
"It's not etched in stone," Gruden said. "Guys will still come in and compete. Kirk and Colt won't lay down, but they understand their role. But for Robert moving forward it's important for him to know that everybody is excited for him and will work hard for him and he just has to do a good job."
The Redskins also have quarterbacks Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy on their roster and Gruden said it's good to establish a hierarchy early.
"It's important for somebody to have a starting block," Gruden said. "This is where we are now and this is where we'd like to be."
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