Shanahan joked that he won't hold it against Griffin "just because he's got a lot of charisma and I don't."
"He's a natural leader. ... You want guys to lead your football team," Shanahan said. "Everybody's got their own way of doing things. Some guys are a little bit more serious. You've got to be yourself."
"He's got everything that we look for," Shanahan said, "and I'm looking forward to working with him."
"You just don't want to throw a guy in there right away until he feels comfortable," Shanahan said. "And there's a growing process. It doesn't happen right away. Obviously when you give up a first and second, you want that guy to get in there as quick as possible, but you want to do it at the right time and make sure he's ready."
Shanahan stressed that he doesn't expect Griffin alone to turn the Redskins into instant winners. Washington went 5-11 last season, its fourth consecutive last-place finish in the NFC East.
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