RG3's knee, relationship with coach on mend

ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III's right knee and his relationship with coach Mike Shanahan, each of which was damaged to an extent during the wild card playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, are coming along well according to player himself.

Griffin, who needed surgery on his LCL and ACL three days after playing much of the Seahawks game on one healthy leg, worked on the field in front of the media for the first time on Thursday and then met with the media en masse for the first time since the injury.

"Me and Mike hashed everything out," Griffin said. "The injury and what happened with the injury clouded the success that we had the whole season. It left a bad taste in the mouth of everybody. I don't have a problem with the way I was used (last year).

"It's proven (that) when you have consistency at the head coach position and the quarterback position, everybody's on the same page, you win a lot more. I don't think there's anything that needs to be repaired. The only thing that needed to be repaired from last year was my knee and that's repaired."

Shanahan, who yielded to Griffin's desire to keep playing against Seattle until the quarterback had to be helped off the field in the fourth quarter, also played down reports of any rift between him and the franchise player for whom he gave St. Louis three first-round draft picks and a second-round selection.

"You talk about things that you could have done differently," Shanahan said. "Robert's the first person to tell you that this year, 'I'm going to be a little bit more conservative than he was a year ago.' If you're not on the field, you're going to hurt our football team. ... We're going to try to protect Robert as much as we can. We're going to let him do the things we think he does best and hopefully it will be as productive."

Griffin was so productive in 2012 that he set NFL rookie records for passer rating (102.4) and rushing yards (815) while leading the Redskins to their first NFC East title since 1999 after four straight years in the division basement.