File this under "What I meant to say was...."
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III issued a statement ‒ undoubtedly edited by the Redskins ‒ to clarify his comments from Monday's press conference that seemed to challenge Coach Mike Shanahan's management of his injury. Worse, Griffin seemed to question Shanahan's sincerity.
Hog Heaven winced when RG uttered those words and was woozy as DC sports talk radio blew it up as a major rift between the quarterback and coach ‒ with dark hints how this could threaten Shanny's tenure in Washington if Mr. Snyder were forced to choose between the quarterback who lays the golden eggs and the head coach.
To his credit, ex-Redskins LB LaVar Arrington, who thinks there is something to the notion, said that the 'Skins front office would not allow this nonsense to continue. Sure enough, Griffin III clarified himself on the official web site. Here is his statement.
"I just needed to address something that was said, something that’s been going along in the media since my press conference yesterday.
"I just want everybody to know that if there’s any questions about a rift between me and coach, or if there’s a conflict, there is no conflict. Coaches coach, I’m a player.
"Coach has a plan and I’m abiding by that plan. I’m doing everything that they ask me to do. I trust those guys. They want me to have a long career and that’s what this part of this plan is about.
"Yesterday, I voiced my opinion about it because I was asked about it. That’s been twisted and turned and tried to put against this team, and that’s not what we want. Like I said, coaches coach.
"Kirk [Cousins], Rex [Grossman] and Pat [White] have done a great job all offseason with the team, getting in and out of the huddle and making plays. It’s an honor for me to be in the quarterback room with those guys.
"So with that being said, I’m excited about tomorrow."
@RGIII wish you put it that way during your press conference— Anthony Brown (@SkinsHogHeaven) August 12, 2013
Let me tell ya, If I as a 23-year-old received the adulation that RG gets, my head would have exploded. We are all human. Hubris creeps in when we are doing everything right and can do no wrong. To put it Biblically, "Pride goeth before the fall."
It's odd, but a swelled head may be the biggest risk to Griffin's persona, if not his career.
Griffin has accomplished so much, has won us over so completely, has expressed so many good values in a way that seems so genuine, that it is easy to project our expectations of perfection onto him. I worried about how all this unabashed love would mess with the young man's head.
Something was bound to pop.
Griffin voicing his doubts about the Shanaplan for his return opened the door to a media frenzy by the commentariat (less so by the straight sports reporters).
Donovan McNabb thinks the Redskins are brainwashing RGIII.
Jason Whitlock thinks Griffin displays an attitude of arrogance, selfishness and insecurity about Kirk Cousins.
DallasNews.com: Redskins Robert Griffin III, Mike Shanahan not seeing eye-to-eye on QB's prep work. And I bet they loved reading that in the land of the wicked.
You get the idea.
Football is the most team-oriented of team sports. It's the most hierarchical, too. The teams that win football titles have unity between coach and quarterback. Conflict kills it.
RGIII/Shanahan "rift" may be fake, may be real. Bottom line? The fact that this is an ongoing story = bad for organization. #Redskins— Daniel Shiferaw (@dshif) August 14, 2013
It's Mike Shanahan who seems to apply the lessons learned from the Seattle game. Griffin, ever eager, is as anxious to get into a preseason game as he was to return for the second half of the Seattle game. It's Shanahan's head we will scream for if he allowed Griffin to return too soon only to be lost again.
Son, back in aught-six, when we thought the 'Skins would make a Super bowl run, we watched Clinton Portis wreck his knee in a preseason game, and he wasn't even a quarterback.
Hog Heaven already wrote that RG should cool it. Nobody cares that he wants to run 11 on 11 drills and play in preseason games. We want proof that all the parties are doing it right this time. This preseason is a replay of decisions made in that Seahawks game, complete with Griffin's eager to return to action.
The royal baby does not belong to his mother. He belongs to Britain. Well, the royal knee does not belong to Griffin, it belongs to the Redskins. It belongs to us.
That's what happens when we make you king.
Meanwhile in real football news, Redskins safety Phillip Thomas is OUT for the season with a Lisfranc tear.
Wikipedia: Lisfranc injury.
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Given Washington Redskins former quarterback Donovan McNabb's comments today that RgIII is being "brainwashed" by the Shanahans, he is obviously still hurt from how it all ended for him in Washington and hasn't come to peace with the fact that when he came to DC he was all but done as a starter in the NFL. All that being said, while I don't condone Mcnabb's term of "brainwash," when referring to the Shanahan's development of RGIII, he does have a point to a certain extent.
If RGIII didn't play for the Shanahan's who are the only coaches in the nation that we know of who hate McNabb, RGIII would talk to him I'm sure. RGIII is in a tough spot, I'm sure he'd love talk to McNabb, who I'm sure he patterned some of his game after as a younger player but because the Shanahan's made McNabb out to be the bad guy when their horrible 2010 trade for McNabb didn't work out as planned, RG3 knows he can't talk to McNabb.
People seem to forget who brought McNabb to DC. Mike Shanahan wanted McNabb to lead this team in 2010 and I'm sure his original plan would have had McNabb still being the Redskins quarterback today. Mike Shanahan wanted McNabb, not the other way around. Shanahan and Allen up 2 high draft picks to get McNabb in 2010. Those selections could have been important pieces to rebuilding the Redskins in 2010 and 2011. Kyle seemed to have a vendetta against McNabb the first time they met, it just seemed Kyle was never on board with the trade. With the offensive coordinator not being on board from the get go, the move to get McNabb was doomed from the start. From all accounts, Kyle wasn't asked by his father first about the move and Kyle was never on board.
I still can't believe the Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen were naive enough to think that adding an aging McNabb with some other veterans onto the Redskins 4-12 team would result in the Redskins being a playoff team. The redskins ran a whole media campaign and advertising campaign around McNabb from April until September and then 6 months after the trade he's the bad guy?
As long as RGIII is the quarterback of the Washington Redskins, I do not see him having a conversation with Donovan McNabb, but that's not to say when RGIII's career is over as well that he won't reach out to McNabb.
@Avbanig Thank you for the comment.
I have a lot of respect for McNabb as a worthy competitor in Philadelphia, but I am leery of him speaking with Griffin right now, both because of the manner of his departure and because Griffin has to focus on his rehab and on the season. Bad timing.
I do agree. This is not the time for RG3 to talk to McNabb. The resin though is not because of McNabb- it's because of the Shanahan's. it was a marriage that didn't work out and it became personal and as long as the Shanahans are here, McNabb and RG3 won't speak because RG3 isn't going to mess up his relationship with his coaches