Dad: RG III should throw more

Updated: May 23, 2013, 4:37 PM ET
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Robert Griffin III's father believes that the Washington Redskins should devise an offensive game plan that has his son passing more and running less.

Robert Griffin Jr. expressed his opinions to The Washington Post on Wednesday.

"I just know that based on what I know Robert can do, he doesn't have to be a runner as much as I saw last year," Griffin Jr. told the newspaper. "To me, you're paying these [receivers] a lot of money to catch the football. I'm his dad -- I want him throwing that football, a lot. A lot."

Griffin III said at a news conference Thursday that he has talked to his father about his comments, adding, "I don't have a leash on my parents."

"I told him, 'thank you' because that's what he's supposed to say as my father," he said. "Yeah he doesn't want to see me running out there. He wants me throwing the ball. He knows what I can do. Coach knows what I can do. It's not that I agree or disagree with what he said, I was just proud he stood up and said something."

Griffin III, recovering from surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right knee suffered in the Redskins' playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, has said his goal is to return in Week 1 if he's healthy enough to do so. He appears to be making good progress in his rehab and even did jumping jacks for fans at the team's draft event in April to show how good he is feeling.

Griffin III ran the ball 120 times for 815 yards in the Redskins' zone-read offense.

Griffin Jr. told The Post that his son has talked to coach Mike Shanahan and his son, Kyle Shanahan, the team's offensive coordinator, about the offense.

"I think for [Griffin III], he likes some of the things that they do. And he feels any area where he had a concern, he addressed it. And I think [the Shanahans] have concerns, too. We want to have a united community," he told the newspaper. "That first year everybody was just, 'Wow.' And now we have to look at sustainment. It can't be a 'Wow' again."

Shanahan has said he's hoping his young star learns from his injury and will choose to slide rather than look for contact when he does run.

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