While the hype surrounding the Redskins may have to do with the other Griffin, cornerback
Griffin came to Washington after six productive seasons with the Vikings. When choosing a team to sign with, Griffin gauged the personality of his coaches and his comfort in the defensive system.
“I was kind of familiar with the coaching staff here, and I kind of fell in love with the scheme,” he said. “It was something I ran in school, so I’m used to the fire zones, the man blitzes, and stuff like that. It fits my style of play a little bit.”
Griffin has the reputation as a hard-hitter at cornerback, someone that isn’t afraid to make a physical play on the ball. During his time in Minnesota, he led the defensive backs in tackles twice, and tallied 14 forced fumbles.
In Washington, Griffin will be competing with 15 defensive backs currently on the roster, but says he doesn’t mind the competition.
“That’s the best thing,” Griffin said. “Competition breeds excellence.”
And Griffin understands excellence.
During his time in Minnesota, the defense finished in the top-10 in defense four times. Griffin worked hard to be a leader on the Texas Longhorns team that won the 2005 BCS National Championship.
“That’s just something I’m used to,” he said. “In college as well as in Minnesota, we always had depth over there. Competition is the best thing for a football team. It brings out the best in each individual and I’m all about it.”
Along with his production and experience, Griffin also brings versatility, having played at safety with the Vikings.
“I can play anything if asked,” Griffin said with a smile. “I’ll go out there and show my wide receiver skills too.”