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RG3: ‘It’s not what the game’s about’

Dec 8, 2013, 5:43 PM EST

Robert Griffin III addressed media reports that his head coach was upset with his relationship with team owner Dan Snyder. Well, sort of anyway.

“I don’t know about it, still don’t know about it,” he said. “I’m just trying to deal with what I have to deal with right now, thinking about thing game, getting ready to watch the film.”

According to the report, Griffin received special treatment from Snyder including the owner sending his security detail to be with Griffin on occasions when the quarterback was out and sending his limo to give Griffin’s fiancée (now wife) rides after road games.

“Not going to talk about that stuff, guys,” he said. “It’s not relevant to the football game, it’s not relevant to my life, which is my answer to that and it’s just ridiculous.”

Questions about the relationship between Griffin and Shanahan have been a regular occurrence during Griffin’s media sessions and the insertion of Snyder into the mix is just another twist.

“It’s not what the game’s about,” said a clearly frustrated Griffin. “Constantly I go to these press conferences and get asked questions about non-football things as opposed to football. It’s just not the way the game should be going. You partially understand some of it. There are other questions that need to be asked and there are other things we need to do like playing better.”

Griffin was also asked about being removed from the game when healthy for the first time in his career. With the Chiefs up 45-10 early in the fourth quarter, Kirk Cousins went in and finished the game at quarterback.

“It’s tough, but I understood. You don’t fight that,” he said. “You want to finish the game with your guys.”

When asked during his press conference, Shanahan would not confirm that Griffin will be the starter next week.

“That’s not an issue,” Griffin said of his status as the starter.

Near the end of the news conference, Griffin was asked why he thought his relationship with his coach constantly was being questioned. His answer was somewhat cryptic.

“I don’t know. I’m getting frustrated now trying to hold everything back,” he said. “Some things are allowed to happen and we can cut a lot of this stuff out and it’s not being cut out. I don’t know what else I can do about that.”

What does all of that mean? Stay tuned.

  1. GogogoStopSTOP - Dec 8, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    After the ‘Skins drafted Griffin, that summer, it was eerie seeing him on TV commercials all over the DC, Maryland & Virginia area. He hadn’t done a thing & he was endorsing everything. That situation has only gotten worse.

    His face has been everywhere. He was idolized by the media, especially the radio & TV ‘homers’. Everything was “Robert this…,” “Robert that…” It was unreal: he was proclaimed a savior without any proof that he could do anything.

    He’s a good QB. He will never be what people thought he would be because he can’t run & if he can’t run, he’s just an average guy.

    Schadenfreude? Shanahanfreude? Sniderfreude? Maybe, but it was horrible karma from the draft on.

    ‘Skinfreude? ROTFFLMAO-freude… Ha Ha Ha! Go Jints!

  2. Rich Tandler - Dec 8, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    You do realize that Griffin won the Heisman Trophy, right? That fueled the endorsements. So how can you say “he hasn’t done a thing”.

    And he has led a team to a division title. That’s something, IMO.

    I get that he’s having a bad year and that gives everyone the right to take shots at him. But it’s just dumb to say that they guy hasn’t accomplished anything.

    • GogogoStopSTOP - Dec 8, 2013 at 7:42 PM

      You misquote me.
      I said: “It was unreal: he was proclaimed a savior without any proof that he could do anything.” It’s not clear he’ll take the ‘Skins anywhere.

      You misquote me.
      I said: “He’s a good QB. He will never be what people thought he would be because he can’t run & if he can’t run, he’s just an average guy.” And, I’ll say again, it’s not clear he’ll take the ‘Skins anywhere.

      • Rich Tandler - Dec 8, 2013 at 7:46 PM

        No, you said “he hasn’t done a thing”. I see it in front of me.

        At least own up to what you say.

        • Jeremy - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:03 PM

          But you did misquote him Rich. He said, “he HADNT done a thing” lol

        • GogogoStopSTOP - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:40 AM

          The NFL: if you haven’t one at least a playoff game, by definition: “YOU HAVEN’T DONE A THING.”

          You are making a small argument by quibbling with ‘haven’t done a thing.’ You’re playing a schoolyard taunt: “have so!” “have not!”

          Come on, all the hype, but has not won a playoff game. “Yet,” I’ll give you. A “good QB,” I’ll give you. But up to now, he hasn’t done a thing.

          Na na, naanaana!

  3. Jay W - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    I am soooo tired of primadona RG3. I hope he is traded so we can get back some of the draft picks wasted on getting him. Let’s start over (again) with a qb who isn’t bigger than the team.

    • manchild157 - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      Realistically what could we get for him?

    • Rich Tandler - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      Griffin is not going to get traded, nor should he be.

      • EKnox - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:19 AM

        I watched the Dallas game from last year, and I saw a different RG3 not only running, but the ball was flying out of his hand like a missile and I don’t see that this year. I think he’ll be back to form next year. I’m a Redskins fan 1st, I’m still a big RG3 fan. He had major knee surgery!

      • manchild157 - Dec 10, 2013 at 8:43 AM

        That was a hypothetical question. No way that we trade him.

  4. Marc - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    I think RG3 will be fine. The team as a whole is horrible this year. Let him get a training camp under his belt and get that brace off next season, then he’ll be fine. It’s only his second season, and with very little NFL experience, you would expect mistakes from a guy coming off of knee surgery and missing all of training camp. Adrian Peterson was able to do it because he is a veteran, so you can’t compare the two. I do agree he needs to keep his face out of the media and just work hard and come back firing next year. Hopefully he gets some guys to protect him.

    • manchild157 - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      That’s the key right there Marc. He needs protection at the oline. He got hammered last year with a good knee and no brace, they should spend the resources there before moving on, never been a fan of any of the oline except TW. Fortunately he was able to scramble out of the pocket when the dam broke and could make some things happen.
      Also his presence in interviews is a bit much, I get it that he’s a smart guy but his interviews are like articulated like a spin doctor. Stop interviewing for a seat in the Senate

  5. manchild157 - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Rich- I’m thinking the last few weeks about trading Cousins. Ram’s Bradford is out with a knee injury and would like your take on it. Let’s say Cousin’s and our 4th round pick for the 1st round pick that they received from us. If it’s rediculous then ok, I can stop thinking and talking about it.

    • Rich Tandler - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:08 PM

      They might trade him but there is zero chance that they will be able to trade and get back that first. Cousins probably fetches somewhere between a mid-2nd and an early 3rd. Throwing in the fourth, or even something higher, isn’t even going to move it into the first.

  6. clp5150 - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    If he is going to be a “pocket passer’ then the O-line needs to be upgraded. It simply isn’t working to scheme. Last year it looked much better, but at that time, we were using Bob for more running type option plays.

    Manchild- I think you may not have a choice with trying to trade Cousins…we need all the picks we can get…but if they intend to sit Bob to protect him…what message does that send to Cousins anyway? By the time we can get the team to where it needs to be, Bob may be on his latter years…who knows if continues to take the brutal beatings. Then we are back in need of a QB again. The whole team is like Groundhog Day…the same issues just repeat over and over and over…

    As for Bob never “hadn’t done a thing”…the whole team hasn’t. Don’t just single out one player. There have been plenty of teams that have been playoff/superbowl contenders with a standard QB because their D beat the sh*t out of you. Our whole team collapsed. Not just one player.

  7. manchild157 - Dec 10, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Wow, what 24 hours can do, now Shanahan says he didn’t clean out his desk last year. From Griffen needing snaps this season to sitting him to protect him(which is reasonable because the oline is porous giving up 25 sacks in 5 games) and to let Cousins finish the season. Wonder if they will place Griff on inactive game day list and activate Rex from that list. Little to no significance as far winning a game. Hope Cousins does well to increase trade value.

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