RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Bruce Allen knows well the history of Washington Redskins quarterback controversies. Sonny Jurgensen vs. Billy Kilmer in the '70s. Doug Williams vs. Jay Schroeder in the '80s. Heath Shuler vs. Gus Frerotte in '90s.
In 2013, the popular take-sides issue isn't QB vs. QB. It's QB vs. coach. Robert Griffin III vs. Mike Shanahan. And Allen doesn't see this one going anywhere.
"I don't see a controversy at all," Allen said Friday. "I know somehow Billy and Sonny are laughing that we created a quarterback controversy with Robert Griffin. But we have a very competitive player who's dying to play football and we have a very experienced coach who's doing the right thing."
Training camp came to an end for the Redskins on Friday, and from beginning to end it was dominated by Griffin's return from major knee surgery. The enormously popular quarterback and reigning NFL offensive rookie of the year moved well despite the brace on his right knee, whether he was rolling right on a bootleg or sprinting 100-plus yards along the rope barriers to slap hands with fans after practice.
It was a remarkable sight, considering that his surgery was seven month ago for an injury that often takes more than a year to completely heal. Still, he felt he should have been doing more than he was allowed under Shanahan's practice plan and wasn't shy about saying it publicly. On Monday, Griffin escalated the saga by saying he didn't like the plan and didn't fully understand it. The backlash was such that he made a special statement the next day to announce there was "no conflict" between him and the coach.
On Wednesday, Griffin took his first 11-on-11 snaps of camp, albeit against a scout team defense. He had a similar role Thursday and Friday. On Friday, he had 12 snaps and completed 6 of 8 passes.
Shanahan has vetoed Griffin's desire to play in a preseason game, preferring instead to focus on the Week 1 regular season opener Sept. 9.
"He's doing well right now. He is ahead of schedule. ... We've had no setbacks so far," said Allen, knocking his fist superstitiously three times on the wooden podium. "And the goal is for him to play in Week 1. Don't know if it'll happen."
Other highlights from Allen's state-of-camp news conference:
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