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Need to Know: RG3’s comments draw scrutiny, as usual

Jul 5, 2014, 5:49 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, July 5, 19 days before the Redskins start training camp.

Three and out

Robert Griffin III told FoxSports.com recently that “What I think is going to help us most this year is that everybody in that building is going to be for us being successful and for us winning. There are no ulterior motives. That will be great.” As does nearly anything that Griffin says, this statement invited some intense parsing by media and fans. As usual, the scrutiny was generally overblown.

—This statement stands out because we went most of the six months since Mike Shanahan was fired and replaced with Jay Gruden without any sorts of veiled shots being taken at the former coach by his main adversary. Griffin has not offered at a few softball opportunities to do so that have been tossed in his direction. He has remained on the high road.

—The bottom line here is that he said what he said in July. If he is still saying such things in September or October, there could be cause for concern that he isn’t focused on the present. Even then, if you know anything about Griffin and even occasionally look at his Twitter timeline, he is someone who is motivated by the “haters” and who seems to thrive on adversity. If he keeps last year in the back of his mind and thinks about it to use as motivation when he’s preparing that’s probably more positive than negative.

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Timeline

—It’s been 188 days since the Redskins played a game; in 64 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Training camp 19; Preseason opener vs. Patriots 33; Home opener Jaguars @ Redskins 71

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  1. kenlinkins - Jul 5, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Rich: If your quote is correct and I have no reason to think it is not, then I am going to give RG3 a pass on his remarks as nothing more than a general statement as he used the word “US” twice and not “ME”. In fact the case could be made that he also included himself in that remark as someone who didn’t always have the teams best interest at heart. He didn’t say we have removed the people with ulterior motives, he just stated that everyone one there is NOW only concerned with winning football games. If true, then that is another step in the development required for a NFL QB (knowing when you are hurting the teams chances at winning football games). RG3 could in fact just be adding “no ulterior motives” to the list of things that have been fixed (like better WR’s, reworked O-Line, Special Teams, tagging Orakpo, etc). While I am not so clear on the true meaning of his statement that I would not include “We fired a head coach who seemed more concerned about things other than winning” to his remarks, I am sure that the general terms and lack of any names leaves room for things other then “thank god the Shanahan’s are gone”! Until we see how RG3 handles 2014 with the ups and downs that are heading his way, I am willing to wait and see how the season unfolds as you can not prove a negative. Beside, after going 3-13, I think RG3 is due one general statement about his ex-head coach if that is the case. (BUT ONLY ONE)! Card Played, time to move on!

    • sullivandeezoldeezol67 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      Please, you’re either dreaming or extremely charitable if you take RGME’s comments as anything but a dig at the Shanahans. Assuming that your post is spot on and that RGME was ambiguous, then we may assume that the ambiguity was intentional. That’s actually genius on his part: to level a shot at people he detests without coming out and naming them and then, if challenged, he can squirm away and declare in effect,
      “ulterior motives ” wasn’t meant to refer to the Shanahans. And if he was including himself as possibly having ulterior motives, why wasn’t his new-found use of the first person plural–“we”–included to make things clear for us? The guy wouldn’t even take any responsibility for the losses last year. Do you think he’s going to admit to something far deeper–ulterior motives? You’re a charitable man, kenlinkins. BTW, Dan Snyder should thank his current buddy for turning the conversation away from the team’s name to the team’s leader.

  2. Skillet - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Redskins should never change their name, but if they were to it should become the Washington Prima Donna’s.

    • kkingrich - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:30 AM

      Winning is the cure to all this media scrutiny . If this were ten games into the season and we were 8 and 2 there would be no story. If this is what he feels and he has the confidence that his new coaching will render wins to prove it then I applaud the comment

  3. sullivandeezoldeezol67 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    I love how RGME has insisted that he is taking a low profile this summer and concentrating on football. Not a day goes by however that we don’t hear a quote of his or see a photo with Robert flashing poor imitations of gang signs (check out the WP) or marvel at the guy’s very own logo. I hate to think what it would look or sound like if he weren’t trying to put the breaks on media coverage of himself.

    • rpenman65 - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      That isn’t RGIII’s fault. It’s the media, they are nothing but wolves always trying to dig something up or make a mountain out of a molehill. Also the fact is the Shanahan regime was pathetic, and many interviews with the coaching staff last year showed pretty much that Mike was letting Kyle run the show, while Mike collected his 7 million and laughed all the way to the nearest Sun Tanning Salon. Personally I am glad they are gone…..

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