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Robert Griffin III ‘was a flat-out jerk’

Rodney Harrison: Robert Griffin III ‘was a flat-out jerk’

As we’ve seen, some observers believe that Kirk Cousins is treated differently than Robert Griffin III. Turns out this issue is also a topic in Chicago, where a local radio host brought it up during an interview with NBC Sports’ Rodney Harrison.

[Bomani Jones is the world’s biggest Cousins skeptic]

“I was not a fan of Robert Griffin III the last year and a half, last couple years,” Jason Goff (I believe) said this week during the Spiegel and Goff show on 670 The Score. “He was hurt, he seemed like he was saying all the wrong things. But Kirk Cousins is bad. And it seems like all the grenades that everyone is trying to fall over — because they were proved right that Robert Griffin III wouldn’t be a lasting, viable option — it seems like nobody is making the same comments about Kirk Cousins, who has been underwhelming at best, and who is getting to the point where he’s going to start losing football games for the Washington Redskins.”

“Well first and foremost, we see every week that there’s a lot of bad quarterback play, so I think we’re used to that,” Harrison replied. “What we don’t see is guys being jerks at the quarterback position. And Robert Griffin III was a jerk. He was a flat-out jerk. And when you look at Kirk Cousins, he comes and he says all the right things. And he’s trying, he’s fighting, his team is out there supporting him, he’s doing everything he can to win.

“We understand that you’re not going to be Tom Brady, you’re not a future Hall of Famer,” Harrison went on. “But I think we do respect that a guy’s out there fighting. You look at [Josh] McCown for the Cleveland Browns; he didn’t play particularly well a couple weeks ago, he comes back and throws for [457] yards or whatever it was. But I think we respect guys that work hard and try to do the right thing and stay humble. Robert Griffin didn’t do that, and he lost the respect of his teammates, as well as the guys in the media.”

[Aug. 31, 2015: Ryan Clark says RGIII lacks ‘meaningful locker room relationships’]

As early as last November, Harrison was advocating the Redskins cut ties with Griffin, far before this became a mainstream opinion.

“I’ve seen enough. I don’t think he fits in the system. I think you have to get rid of him,” Harrison said after Griffin’s poor showing against the Buccaneers. “They’ve surrounded [Griffin] with great weapons. I just think it comes down to RGIII. I don’t think he can read coverages. The offensive line is really bad. Defensively they gave up a lot of plays. They have a lot of issues on this team.”

By the way, you’ll recall that a great many folks — present company included — suggested that Griffin would be an unbearable distraction if he remained on Washington’s roster as the third quarterback this season. That seems to have been, um, incorrect.

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Jay Gruden: Stop Calling Me Fat

Washington is such a hilarious disaster, man. We’re not even done with the preseason, but the starting quarterback is shell-shocked and fed up, and the head coach is talking like a man who’s already in the middle of a 3-13 campaign. Here’s what Jay Gruden had to say to the press yesterday (via the Washington Post):

Coach Jay Gruden, left, observes quarterback Robert Griffin III during warm ups in Cleveland Aug. 13. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

That’s all we’re trying to preach as coaches, man. Block out the negativity surrounding this franchise, and it’s our job as a football staff and football team to go out and change the perception of this franchise. That’s what we’re trying to do. But we have to go out there and prove it and do it to get the negativity out of here.

This team is 0-0! This is a time when coaches and players and fans are supposed to be feeling optimistic, not openly talking about the organization’s poisoned by negativity. Gruden went on to say he was taking all of the criticism that’s been lobbed at him in stride, but he’s not cool with people calling him fat:

“I really dislike the guy that called me a fat ass,” Gruden said with a laugh, referring to CBS Sports radio host Scott Ferrall. “That really ticked me off. I don’t mind you critiquing my coaching style, but to make fun of my weight, that’s unfair. I’m only 225 [pounds]. But other than that, man, it’s football.

The quarterback hates his life, everyone hates the team, and the head coach is publicly responding to fat jokes made at his expense. What a franchise.


Do the Washington Redskins need to change their name?

Redskins planning stadium, won’t change nickname for move back to D.C.

Redskins president dismisses name change for new stadium
FILE – In this Dec. 31, 2014 file photo, Washington Redskins President and General Manager Bruce Allen speaks to reporters during an NFL football news conference at the Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va. Allen says the Washington Redskins will not reconsider whether to change the team’s nickname if it becomes a political barrier to building a new stadium. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

The Washington Redskins almost instantly didn’t like their stadium in Landover, Md., which must really stink for the taxpayers who paid $70.5 million for “land, sewer lines, highway interchanges and other infrastructure” for FedEx Field, opened in 1997.

The $180 million stadium itself was privately financed, but isn’t as nice as many of the NFL stadiums that have been built since. So the Redskins want a new stadium and are working on it now, even though their FedEx Field lease runs through 2026. It’s probably smart to get a jump on it now because it seems like there will be many layers of political battles along the way.

Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. are possible locations for the stadium, but those who enjoy nostalgia and accuracy and want the Washington Redskins back in Washington might not get their wish. Team president Bruce Allen reiterated that the team will not change its controversial nickname if that’s a stipulation for them to move back to D.C.

He was asked if the team would consider changing its name to facilitate the move.

“No,” Allen said, according to CSN Washington.

So that’s that.

If the Redskins moved back to Washington D.C. it would almost certainly have to be on the site of old RFK Stadium. That land is owned by the National Park Service, which leased it to the city for the next 22 years, according to ESPN.com. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell is against the team’s nickname. So without a team name change, a move to D.C. might not be possible, because that department would need to approve the move. The nickname doesn’t seem to be such a big deal in neighboring states; ESPN points out that governors in Virginia and Maryland say they won’t pressure the team to change its name to move there. CSN Washington did say that some officials in Maryland have issues with the name, and the political climate in Virginia could change by the time serious stadium negotiations take place.

None of this is going to happen immediately, so the poor Redskins will have to grind it out for some more years in their 18-year-old stadium. The team is just starting talks with various government leaders, but wants to get the process going now because sometimes squeezing taxpayers of money to help out a billion-dollar team the process can take a while.

“Building a stadium is different than building a house,” Allen said, according to the Washington Times. “We wanted to get ahead of it and start doing the preliminary work. It’s not going to be a new stadium in the next 48 months, so we don’t have to worry about that.”

So, are the Washington Redskins racist or a sporting exception?

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Mark Brunell doesn’t think RGIII can succeed in the NFL

Former Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell has defended Robert Griffin III against his critics before. As someone who transitioned from being a running quarterback to a more traditional pocket-passer after suffering a knee injury before his third season in Jacksonville, Brunell, now an ESPN analyst, expressed optimism that Griffin would be able to make similar changes to his game.

“He can get there,” Brunell told ESPN’s John Keim last May. “He’s one of the best young quarterbacks in the league and he got there because he’s a great athlete and he’ll be coached well. He’ll be fine. Other young quarterbacks couldn’t get to that point. He won’t be one of those guys. He’s smart.”

Even after Griffin struggled through the 2014 season, Brunell expressed hope that, with hard work, Griffin’s pocket instincts would improve.

“You can develop those [instincts],” he told Keim in January. “But to develop those instincts you have to stay in the pocket. You’ve got to be in there and it’s not easy because a lot of quarterbacks’ heads tell them to stay in there but the feet tell them we’ve got to go. It’s tough.”

On Monday, Brunell was part of a discussion of what went wrong for Griffin in 2014 on ESPN’s “NFL Live,” and his outlook for the Redskins QB sounded considerably less rosy.

“There were a series of things that were wrong with RGIII, and it really starts with his fundamentals,” Brunell said. “Unfortunately for the young quarterback, he has gone backwards.”

With video supporting each point, Brunell rattled off a few of Griffin’s biggest issues: poor footwork, including not stepping into his throws and transitioning his weight correctly, an inability to find open receivers and holding onto the ball for too long.

[Matt Cavanaugh provides consistent coaching to Redskins’ quarterbacks]

“Mark, the bottom line is this,” host Stephen A. Smith said. “Do you think RGIII is good enough to succeed in the NFL?

“I do not,” Brunell said. “From what I’ve seen the last couple of years — listen, he burst onto the scene and that was impressive — but like I said, he has gone backwards. It’s not just his decision-making, it’s his fundamentals. He’s taking too many hits, he’s quick to get out of the pocket. Last year was difficult to watch. Does he have the skill set? Yes, but we haven’t seen it in some time.”


Fellow analyst Damien Woody disagreed.

“Here’s the thing with RGIII,” Woody said. “Yes, you can look at a lot of deficiencies in his game. I’m going to choose to look at certain things that’s around him. Number one, the offensive line. ‘Suspect’ is putting it lightly. They were terrible. They were turrrible last year. What did they do? They brought in, in my opinion, the best offensive line coach, Bill Callahan. They drafted Brandon Scherff. What the Washington Redskins are doing right now, they’re focusing all of their energy on, outside of quarterback, probably the most important part of the team. That’s the trenches. They drafted heavily on the offensive line and defensive line. They’re going to get back to just smashing people in the mouth.”

Woody and Brunell both suggested that Griffin’s development depends on Redskins Coach Jay Gruden’s ability to maximize his talent.

“This is a make or break season for RGIII, without a doubt,” Brunell said. “If he doesn’t fix those inconsistencies, this could be it for him [in Washington]. It really could. … He hasn’t had a great supporting cast. Jay Gruden has to find out what he does well and focus on that. Find out what RGIII’s good at and let’s call those plays, let’s get him into a rhythm, get him some completions, take a little pressure off of him and let that running game get going.”

Smith asked if we know that Gruden is capable of that.

“I don’t believe we do,” Brunell said.


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