- John Keim, ESPN Staff Writer
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Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said there is no controversy between coach Mike Shanahan and quarterback Robert Griffin III, a relationship that continues to be dissected -- by the day and the word.
Shanahan has said he doesn't care if Griffin likes him, that it only matters if he respects him. Griffin, who has publicly questioned Shanahan's plan for him, maintained there is no rift or conflict between the two.
"We have a very competitive player who's dying to play football, and we have an experienced coach who is doing the right thing," Allen said. "I know somewhere Billy [Kilmer] and Sonny [Jurgensen] are laughing that we created a quarterback controversy with Robert Griffin."
Griffin felt the need Tuesday to clarify remarks he made the previous day in response to a question about whether he understood Shanahan's plan for his recovery.
In an interview with ESPN to be aired Sunday night, Griffin said, "They asked me what I thought of the plan, and I told them honestly if it was up to me and it was my way or the highway, it would be something different. But that's not how it is. You have to respect authority, and I have. Coach asks me to do something, and I do it. If he says don't do that, I haven't done it. I felt I needed to come out and let everyone know it's not a problem, it's not an issue. That's not what our team needs."
Griffin also said ultimately both he and Shanahan just want to win.
"When you all have a common goal, you can put all the differences aside or whatever you're not thinking the same way on certain things," Griffin said. "We all want to win. Coach wants me to be healthy. I want to be healthy, and that's what this plan's about, so that's what you do."
Of course, the biggest question surrounding Griffin is whether he'll play against the Philadelphia Eagles in the opener. Griffin started taking 11-on-11 snaps against the scout team this week.
"He is ahead of schedule, he gets his work in," Allen said, then knocking on wood as he continued. "We've had no setbacks so far. The goal is for him to play in Week 1. I don't know if that will happen."