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Reaction to out of context RG3 quote is over the top

Aug 18, 2015, 9:39 AM EDT

RG3 sideline vs Browns

The problem with the “best” comment that is creating an uproar out there is that the full thought of Robert Griffin III doesn’t fit into a tweet. But, “I feel like I’m the best quarterback in the league,” has been wildly misrepresented, for the most part. It was taken out of context because his full comment runs about 125 words and it doesn’t fit into a tweet. At that size it even pushes the limits of the recommended length for an attention-getting Facebook post.

Most of those reacting to the tweet-sized quote didn’t bother to find out what he actually said. Here is the complete quote via WJLA:

“I don’t feel like I have to come out here and show anybody anything or why I’m better than this guy or better than that guy. It’s more about going out and affirming that for me, I go out and I play, I know I’m the best quarterback on this team. I feel like I’m the best quarterback in the league and I have to go out and show that,” he said. “Any athlete at any level, if they concede to someone else, they’re not a top competitor, they’re not trying to be the best that they can be. There’s guys in this league that have done way more than me. But I still view myself as the best because that’s what I work toward every single day.”

What’s not to like here? He believes he has to be confident if he is going to excel. If he doesn’t believe he is the best, he doesn’t think he’ll ever get there. Griffin says that he works toward being the best every single day.

This situation is identical to the firestorm that was created by Griffin’s comments after the Bucs game last year. He spent several minutes taking every bit of blame for a poor performance. Then he was asked about 2012 and he said that they were playing “good team ball” that season. “The Peytons and the Aaron Rodgers, those guys don’t play well if their guys don’t play well. They don’t. We need everybody.”

Nobody who sat through his entire postgame press conference, even some of Griffin’s worst critics, came out thinking that Griffin had thrown his teammates under the bus or had deflected blame for having a poor game. (Read the transcript for yourself.) But the Peyton-Rodgers quote was snipped and tweeted and Griffin came off as a delusional bad guy.

Even if you do think that Griffin is delusional based on his most recent comment he hardly is the first NFL athlete to make an outlandish claim about his performance. He’s not even the first in the last month. In July, the Vikings’ website asked Adrian Peterson what his goal for yards rushing this year is. Peterson said it was 2,500 yards. To get that he would have to beat his personal best and the NFL record by about 400 yards, just about 20 percent. This after having had nearly a full season off due to child abuse charges. He is no more going to rush for 2,500 yards than I am going to be the next President of the United States. But his comments raised nary an eyebrow in the media.

Yes, Peterson is in a class by himself and perhaps someone with his career accomplishments can be allowed a little more leeway than Griffin. Fair enough. But what about Elvis Dumervil? Last month he said that he has the number “23” posted in his locker. That number of sacks would break Michael Strahan’s single season record and that is his goal for this season.

Dumervil’s had a career high 17 sacks last year. He turned 31 in January. Maybe the chances of him getting 23 sacks are not quite as remote as Peterson getting 2,500 yards. Perhaps I’ll just say that I’ll be a U. S. Senator before Dumervil gets 23 sacks in a season. But the reaction to his comments was crickets.

There have been other, similar remarks by NFL players this year. But none of them have created quite the firestorm that Griffin’s have. On Mike and Mike the hosts (neither Mike was present) spent five or 10 minutes at the top of each of the first two hours of the show talking about it. I saw this tweet with a Toronto radio station promoting an appearance by Alex Marvez, a FOX Sports NFL writer has no particular connection to the Redskins, to discuss what Griffin said. That kind of saturation coverage is just over the top considering the context of what Griffin said.

Griffin is scheduled to speak to the media this afternoon. It would be hard to blame him is he came out with the same type of press conference he had following the reaction to what he said after the Bucs. Remember that one where Griffin did his best Belichick imitation and said over and over that he was “focused on San Francisco”.

It would be hard to blame him if he did.

140 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. berniebernard666 - Aug 18, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    “what’s not to like here” is the fact that he is saying it. Tom Brady doesn’t need to put his teammates down by telling them he is the “best” on the team. Aaron Rogers doesn’t do it. Neither Manning does it. But Griffin has to continue to pound his chest and make claims about being the starter and being number 1 and being the best.

    Gruden was right. He has been pampered and he has alienated a lot of his teammates and fans with his comments over the last few years and this just adds on to the negative feelings and negative press which Griffin creates all by himself. That’s a FACT. Just open up any sports page if you want proof.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 18, 2015 at 10:09 AM

      Ridiculous! Another adult shouldn’t have to explain the whole context of RG3’s statement but and yet you continue to take it out of context. As a leader of this team; he is in every right to make these statements because is a leader of these team. RG3 is also the starting QB for this team, a Heisman trophy winner, and rookie of the year.

      • goback2rfk - Aug 18, 2015 at 10:21 PM

        I dont see anything wrong with what he said, however, with his bad history of interviews I do not know why he gives the media anything to feed on. Why not give generic answers or Marshawn Lynch them,
        I just think he doesnt need to go there. you know what im sayin

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 19, 2015 at 8:00 AM

          Lynch was chastised by the media and fans for his lack of responsiveness during the SB. I prefer a player who speaks his mind over one that speaks with rhetorical political correctness. There is nothing wrong with RG3’s comments. His attitude is just fine is the ones reading it that need a lesson in reading comprehension or an attitude adjustment. Rich clearly demonstrated the unwarranted accusations against RG3. So if you don’t see anything wrong with what Bernie said then you must support the same misinformation and outright lies. The gudy is just some jerk of a fan kowtowing to the media BS and making more BS up as he goes along all the while trying to call it reality.

        • skinsgame - Aug 19, 2015 at 7:28 PM

          Who cares if Lynch was “chastised”? Lots of people like a player who keeps to himself like that. The media always hates a quiet player because there’s little to report. Griffin talks too much to some, Lynch talks too little for others. Preference doesn’t make either side wrong.

    • Rich Tandler - Aug 18, 2015 at 10:14 AM

      What part of that quote–in context–is pounding his chest?

      • babyteal1 - Aug 18, 2015 at 10:21 AM

        Maybe….I feel like I’m the best QB in the league

      • berniebernard666 - Aug 18, 2015 at 5:44 PM

        “I’m the best on the team”…..”I’m the best on the team”. If you can’t see that as pounding his chest you need to escape from the twilight zone and enter reality.

    • jay - Aug 18, 2015 at 10:25 AM

      Get a clue couch potato, every athlete does it fr pee wee to pop Warner, all thru hi school and college and especially the pros and this includes the Manning’s, Bres, Rogers, u name any pro and he will tell u that he is the best at whatever it is he does and that’s not saying anything about his teammates that’s acknowledging his confidence and desire. Get off the couch and compete maybe u will get a better understanding, u pencil pushers slay me.

      • berniebernard666 - Aug 18, 2015 at 5:47 PM

        listen potato eater on the couch…….Manning, Brees, and Rogers can say what they want. They have all won Superbowls. They are team leaders. They don’t have teammates calling them out or backstabbing them. Your Cult Leader Griffin does.

        Seek out an intervention…….. and leave the Cult of Griffin. You’ll see things more clearly. And leave those Potatoes alone.

      • Dirk - Aug 18, 2015 at 6:21 PM

        RG, you have to win to keep em off ya great team around ya this year Go SKINS

    • Alldcsports - Aug 18, 2015 at 1:17 PM

      RG3 can feel however he wants, he’s not asking for anyone’s opinion especially the fans and media… To take his comments (about himself mind you) and let it affect you emotionally says a lot about the ppl who are so quick to make negative comments…. Haters gon hate… HTTR

    • realfan82 - Aug 18, 2015 at 1:27 PM

      and you are the complete idiot’s guide to being a dumb @$$

    • balzakhttr - Aug 18, 2015 at 3:05 PM

      Your an idiot. There is a link where you can read the transcript where rg3 didnt bash his teammates, like tom brady…dumbass

      • berniebernard666 - Aug 18, 2015 at 5:51 PM

        listen up batzakhttr you obviously are 14 and not allowed very much internet access because your mom doesn’t trust you with porn….I say that because you obviously are unaware that Griffin has bashed his teammates several times including LAST WEEK….dumbass.

        Last week he said he had a good day because EVERYBODY WAS WHERE THEY WERE SUPPOSE TO BE. That is clearly a passive aggressive slam on some of his receivers. Passive aggressive is an adult term we use. Ask your mom about it.

        • Stephfan - Aug 18, 2015 at 6:02 PM

          No it’s called your reading into it to hard

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 18, 2015 at 6:35 PM

          I think it’s more like reading into it with too much hard liquor! What sober person even interprets the statement in that manner? I’m not sure if RG3 made that comment last week. Based on his bizarre behavior, I have my doubts.

  2. Destructo - Aug 18, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Confidence, when you have it people get nervous say you’re cocky etc. I like it, hope he keeps his chin up and head clear, and does as he says.

  3. babyteal1 - Aug 18, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Bottom line…never say I’m the best QB in the league. You remove that quote and all is good.

    • jay - Aug 18, 2015 at 10:34 AM

      I bet he has never excepted one of those lame participation trophies either like some of you non athletic types like to do. He has nothing to apologize for, luv the renewal of confidence..

      • realfan82 - Aug 18, 2015 at 1:30 PM

        exactly, everybody has been so wimpyfied and sissified, that they forgot this is a man’s sport and it takes confidence to play it

      • skinsgame - Aug 19, 2015 at 7:32 PM

        Jay, you are “betting” he doesn’t have a particiapation trophy with no evidence and blindly accusing others of having those trophies, again with no evidence? Brilliant.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 18, 2015 at 10:35 AM

      Not when “believe” is part of that statement. See how it changes the statement you appeared to have distorted?

    • balzakhttr - Aug 18, 2015 at 3:09 PM

      Every quarterbAck says they think they are the best on the league. You just dont have media making it bigger than it is, unless your rg3

    • Nate - Aug 18, 2015 at 9:42 PM

      He didnt say that he IS the best qb in the league you dumbass. Man, can you get any more stupid? Doubt it….

  4. gonavybeatarmy - Aug 18, 2015 at 10:28 AM


    There’s no bigger fan of your work than me. Well, maybe your relatives. But you are way off base here. These problems continue to happen because he won’t shut the hell up. Griffin is a dangerous combination of zero self-awareness, extreme arrogance and diarhea of the mouth. He effectively is on a one year contract with one foot out of the organization, and someone in his position needs to say as little as possible. Things with Griffin always get “taken out of context” because he says so much. And someone who grew up in the social media age should know better. Or maybe he’s just not as smart as everyone in the media used to report ad nauseum. By the way, what exactly does Tony Wylie do? The communications guy should have fixed this stuff slready. I guess he’s just another organization stiff.

    Lastly, Dummervil was an All-Pro last season and AP, despite not playing last season, is one of the greatest RBs in league history. You’d better have one hell of a Super PAC to conclude that your chances of being elected president or senator are greater than two eventual first ballot hall of fame members achieving those very challenging benchmarks.

    • johnnyblaze - Aug 18, 2015 at 10:41 AM

      Dude your delusional if you think Dumervil is a first ballot hall of famer.

    • darcrequiem - Aug 18, 2015 at 10:42 AM

      ” These problems continue to happen because he won’t shut the hell up. ” No they persist because for whatever reason the sports media parses everything he says. Things like this are why Marshawn Lynch had to be forced to show up for media obligations. The NFL requires players to be available to the media. He didn’t setup his own press conference and make some sort of proclamation. He answered a question and as usual, the national media takes a partial quote to create it’s own narrative.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 18, 2015 at 10:45 AM

        Yep, you nailed it darcrequiem. The media does parse out the statements to create it’s own narrative and some football fans bite into that bait every single time.

        • gonavybeatarmy - Aug 18, 2015 at 11:15 AM

          Knowing how to read defenses and being better prepared than everyone else on the field makes a great QB. Griffin is a remedial QB and project right now who is very far from mastering the most rudimentary aspects of the position, and It’s year four.

          Griffin’s not even in Andy Dalton’s class right now, much less old birds Brady, Peyton Manning and Brees.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 18, 2015 at 11:44 AM

          No offense but I seriously doubt you understand the rudimentary aspects of a Quarterback position. He’s not Andy Dalton’s class? Try making that outrageous statement among NFL scouts or QB coaches, and you’d have better luck finding someone on the moon to agree with you.

          The recent throw to Pierre Garcon wasn’t rudimentary. He used both the play action and then his progressions to bait the safety which left Garcon wide open. He showed some progress and more promise in the preseason game than he is given credit. Also, anyone who was watching him in college and understood the system he played under knew there were aspects of RG3 that needed work before becoming a complete QB in this game.

          From injuries, to poor coaching decisions, to a dysfunctional front office; RG3 has gone through more adversity in his first 3 seasons than probably any other NFL quarterback today. While during that time he has had his share of achievements but instead fans like you appear to only focus only on the struggles already have closed the chapter on his career. Why? Because he failed to turn into Payton Manning during all these setbacks and distractions.

        • ET - Aug 18, 2015 at 1:15 PM

          Griffin is a remedial QB and project right now who is very far from mastering the most rudimentary aspects of the position

          What? You’re a regular commenter, so I know you’re not trolling (or I’m reasonably sure you’re not), but that’s a pretty ridiculous claim, even at the surface level. “Remedial QBs” don’t make NFL rosters, let alone win ROY awards.

          Does Robert have issues he needs to correct or minimize? Absolutely. But the hyperbole is over-the-top and unwarranted.

      • gonavybeatarmy - Aug 18, 2015 at 10:53 AM

        The reason his “words get parsed” by the media is because he gives them so much to parse.

        “A wise old owl lived in an oak. The more he saw, the less he spoke. The less he spoke, the more he heard. Why can’t we all be like that old bird?”

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 18, 2015 at 11:01 AM

          Old birds don’t make good Quarterbacks. Confident people who believe in their abilities do.

        • Rich Tandler - Aug 18, 2015 at 11:13 AM

          Because not everybody is like everybody else. Had Twitter been around when Joe Namath and Joe Theismann were RG’s age, before they had won Super Bowls, or, in Theismann’s case before he earned a starting job, it would have exploded every time any of them said anything. People are different, they don’t all have to be robots just because it works for some others.

        • darcrequiem - Aug 18, 2015 at 11:30 AM

          No the reason they get parsed is because they have an agenda. To get clicks/website traffic. We live in a soundbite/clickbait society. Most people read the headline not the story. A writer at Forbes wrote an outlandish headline with an article that expressed the opposite opinion. He wanted to see how many people that commented actually read the article. The vast majority only read the headline. Their comments made it obvious.

          Once our media labels a person. They go out of the way to support that narrative. At this point no matter Robert says, they are going to make story about it. Kudos to Rich for pointing out their shenanigans.

        • jay - Aug 18, 2015 at 11:52 AM

          Because gonavy, he’s an athlete not a old bird, what would u actually know about that old navy

    • jay - Aug 18, 2015 at 10:43 AM

      And you know the situation with the Redskins and RGIII better than Rich Tadler or any other Redskins beat reporter because??? Maybe, whoever u r, ur a better sports reporter then Rich, maybe ur just the best sports reporter n the industry…

    • bangkokben - Aug 18, 2015 at 11:05 AM

      Dummervil in the HOF? Ever? Plenty of guys like him. Kevin Greene. Is he in the hall? Dexter Manley and Charles Mann. Charles Haley need five super bowl victories to eventually get in the hall. Man, just start wearing Purple and Black, hon. Seems like you only see the sunny side of the Ravens and shite of the skins.

      • gonavybeatarmy - Aug 18, 2015 at 8:56 PM

        I’ve probably been a season ticket holder longer than the majority of people here have been alive. The Skins organization is and has been a mess for decades. We are the only team to not have won eleven or more games in a regular season since Gibbs 1.0. The Lions were the only other team during that time to not have won 11+ games; they won twelve last season. And Rich’s recent factoid that Kerrigan is the first Skins first round pick to get a second contract from the team since Chris Samuels is such a big indictment of the organization that it’s an embarrassment.

        I’ve been hopeful since the hiring of McCloughan and remain hopeful with the provision that the majority owner and the team president/politician allow McCloughan to do his job. But the burden is on them to prove it to the fans. Honestly, the noise that three high ranking team officials are supportive of Cooley’s return should give any straight-thinking fan pause based on the long history of meddling by an owner who has never even played organized football.

        As for the Ravens, I despise them more than any other team in the NFL. But their organization and leadership from Bisciotti, Newsome, Cass and DeCosta run circles around the Skins. The Ravens have been adding thousands of seats to their stadium for years; the Skins have been ripping out tens of thousands.

        • bangkokben - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:32 AM

          Fair points. I can’t really dispute any of them. As for the Cooley situation, the circus never leaves this town. McC must be the guy that has the final say and IF he changes his mind we’ll never know if it was forced or if he just ran out of other viable options which is why I think it won’t happen. Then we can pound our chest and say see we have a warden and the inmates aren’t running the asylum. To me, not giving #47 a try out because it would look desperate is the same as the Jaguars a few seasons ago not signing Tebow and building a team around him. Acknowledge your situation (NFL joke) and take a chance. The part about not looking like a joke is too late and didn’t just start with Cooley. Doesn’t mean you can’t build the team the ‘right way’ but let’s not pretend that anyone other than Reed has real NFL experience or has a legitimate chance at make 31 other teams rosters.

  5. redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 18, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    RG3 is not the only person that “believes” he can be the best QB in the NFL. It’s not like RG3 lacks a track record of success playing Quarterback. He is a Heisman Trophy winner, rookie of the year, and has been a starting QB on this team for many seasons now. It’s a shame that hate of RG3 is so permeated, even among many Redskin Fans, that you have to remind folks about what he has achieved so far. Do you know who couldn’t make any of those statements about himself four years into the NFL? Aaron Rogers, who now an elite QB.

    The fact that some take issue with a leader that reflects confidence in himself, brings one of two answers:
    1) The person just doesn’t know how to act as a leader.
    2) The person just doesn’t want RG3 in a leadership role for this team.

  6. austrianhttrfan - Aug 18, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    IMO RG3 did nothing wrong here, IMO Rich you should bring it up during the press conference and admit that people didn´t follow through all his comments…and ask him somethingelse…
    Man I just wish RG3 has a great season…really

  7. Redskins_USA's Team - Aug 18, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    I like Robert a lot, but to use his analogy– I would prefer he be more of an Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady (or Marshawn Lynch for that matter) and say very little to media because of what happens–it gets taken out of context and accomplishes little to nothing, especially during this time of year. The guy has enough weight on his shoulders–mgmt needs to step in and protect him from himself and the media building up to season opener.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 18, 2015 at 10:43 AM

      It’s interesting you bring up Marshawn Lynch. For someone who stated as little as possible, he sure did get attacked by both media and football fans for weeks. I’m just stating that in today’s information society, blind hate will find a star player no matter what he states or doesn’t state.

      RG3 was hated by many as soon as the trade was made to draft him.

      • Skulb - Aug 18, 2015 at 11:38 AM

        You know, it´s hard to take you seriously when you insist on using the word “hate” in this way.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 18, 2015 at 11:52 AM

          Take it how ever you choose. I don’t give a damn! I have many of my own family members and some good friends that have …yeah hated on RG3 since he was drafted. Most don’t know lick about college football and as soon as they saw him they didn’t feel he “looked” the QB part. This is not about race! it’s about his build and his style of play. Of course many are just like fans here that have a narrowed view of what a successful QB is and still don’t believe spread formations are used in the NFL.

          You see examples here where fans are choosing to attack RG3 character by kowtowing to the silly media bytes instead of taking his statements at full value.

        • Skulb - Aug 18, 2015 at 12:32 PM

          I get that, but most people here are questioning him based on his performance, and not some preconceived notion of what makes a QB. And I just don´t think “hate” is a very useful word to describe it.
          In general I think he should talk less and play better. And then once he does play better no one will care what he says anyway, and the only people who will be hating him are the fans of other teams who get embarrassed by him weekly.

        • bangkokben - Aug 18, 2015 at 12:58 PM

          Skulb, responding to your 12:32 PM EDT post regarding “talking less and playing better”

          I agree in principal, but what is HE supposed to do when asked the question? (Not sure what the specific question was but probably something like, “Do you think you have prove that you’re the starter?”) If he no comments the question, then he gets crucified for not ‘showing’ confidence. Just leave out the “best QB” part?

          The conspiracy theory part of me thinks that this was an organizational attempt to get the heat off of the GM for not bringing in the radio man for TE.

        • Skulb - Aug 18, 2015 at 1:07 PM

          Oh I agree. Not interested in his press statements at the moment, only in how he plays. Not sure about your analysis of why it went this way with this quote – this has happened to him a few times now. But in general I think it would be a good idea for him to just rattle off some sports platitudes about team spirit, mom and apple pie and then just storm off the podium before anyone can goad him into saying something that can be misquoted.

          And again, it all comes down to performances now. I do think he needs to prove to people that he has what it takes to be a starter. if nothing else keeping himself healthy for a full season. Maybe he shouldn´t say that though. Although who knows. Honesty can look good in the media occasionally, like when Peyton disarmed the press by talking about how embarrassingly slow he was when running at the combine, and that his only comfort was that Eli was even slower. To my knowledge nobody took that as a sign that Peyton lacked confidence; it was true and it didn´t make him appear as if he thought he was a superhero.

          Admitting you have a weakness is not necessarily a recipe for defeat. Especially when you´ve been unable to hide the weakness for a while.

        • bangkokben - Aug 18, 2015 at 2:57 PM

          I think what you’ve got with Griffin is what you got. Someone who enjoys the spotlight and someone who’d like to be transparent with the public. If he wins like in 2012, if he wears superhero socks, it will become a cute personality quirk – instead of ‘evidence’ that the guy doesn’t have what it takes to be an NFL QB. But until then we’ve got a guy who will answer questions truthfully at the beginning of a season who with each parsing evolves into the Belicheck clone from last season. Those that want him to be that clone somehow think that it will make him a better player and are irate with Griffin when he answers questions truthfully. The reality seems to be Griffin plays better when confident and having fun with the press. The media will do what they do. I don’t fault them. I just don’t appreciate how fans who say they just want a better Griffin on the field make a big deal of this. BTW, I don’t sense that you are. But everyone is sick of the how-Griffin-should-have-answered-this-question saga. I think the best course of action is to expect it, except it and ignore it.

        • Skulb - Aug 18, 2015 at 3:35 PM

          Right! He´s a football player. How he plays football matters and everything else is just nonsense. His stats are my evidence that he needs to step it up if he wants to make it in the NFL long term. Maybe that just means staying healthy though. I guess we´ll see this season.

  8. troylok - Aug 18, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Someone should be coaching this guy on comments to the media. He needs to talk in sound bites like a lot of players have learned to do: “Couldn’t do it without my teammates”, “Just got to keep getting better every day”, “We’ve got to take one day at a time”, “Coach is pushing every player on the team to get better”, “I think my teammates are doing a heckuva job”, etc. He should know by now that everything he says will be dissected ruthlessly by the media. Controversy sells papers. Sound bites give them no controversy to sell.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 18, 2015 at 10:48 AM

      So RG3 needs to dumb down his statements or spite out cliches? Why, is it to placate the ignorant that don’t know how to comprehend a whole statement?

      • troylok - Aug 18, 2015 at 11:57 AM

        It’s because he has said so much dumb stuff in the past that he gets everything dissected today. You can say it is “dumbing down” what he says, but I call it playing it safe. Most of the players in the league have already been coached on what to say. Listen to what Aaron Rogers says in a presser. He never says anything that will give another team ammunition. He never says anything that will make anyone he believes he has some special status on the team.

        • darcrequiem - Aug 18, 2015 at 12:07 PM

          No most of the “dumb stuff” he said in the past are repeats of this situation. An out of context quote. Rich gave prior examples in his article.

        • troylok - Aug 18, 2015 at 1:55 PM

          darcrequiem, don’t make excuses for RG3. Why did he receive the nickname “Bob”? Was it because he was misquoted or because he came in talking smack when he had done nothing in the league? Did Shanahan have problems with Bob mouthing off to the media or did he think he was just being misquoted? Back to my original point; when it comes to the media and RG3, less is better.

        • ET - Aug 18, 2015 at 2:29 PM

          Robert really hasn’t said much “dumb stuff”—almost everything “dumb” has been taken out of context. While you have a legitimate position regarding the safety of inoffensive sports clichés, the counter-argument to that is also persuasive—Robert is a smart guy and he’s entitled to express himself. Should he be careful? Absolutely. But he is being careful already. There are sharks in the proverbial water. Should the guy be expected to become an automaton?

        • fwhalstead1 - Aug 20, 2015 at 1:38 PM

          This is why things are the way they are with Robert and why everything he says is dissected and parsed so much. He’s been extremely passive/aggressive at times and far from being innocent in this. He should stick to discussing football and the team. Drop the “me’s and I’s” and the “My Guys” from his vernacular. While I agree his recent stuff is overblown I also can see why ppl looked at him like he was crazy for saying something publicly that has not been displayed on the filed of play. Long story short, he needs to speak about TEAM only unless he wants to PERSONNALY accept blame which is what most pro athletes do…

  9. Kim - Aug 18, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Griffin just needs to SHUT UP! Of course you need to be confident and think you’re the best, but everything doesn’t have to be SAID publicly. Saying you have nothing to prove is also a lie because based on his amateur performances last year, he has to prove that he even belongs as an NFL starting quarterback. It’s not right that the media takes everything and runs with it, but THAT’S HOW IT IS IN THIS BUSINESS. He should know that by now – stop playing the victim and philosopher and let your actual performance do the talking. But I suspect that will have him benched by mid season. I’ll be happy to eat crow if I’m wrong.

    • jay - Aug 18, 2015 at 11:44 AM

      Why, why do he need to shut up, because u think so Kim, what makes you an expert, when was the last time u were required to answer the questions of a fringed media, when did u get so well informed, was it when u were drafted by some team, any team, do u actually know what competition and team sports is or r u just a straight up hater, not just of RGIII but of any man with confidence and a healthy opinion of his abilities because that’s exactly what u read like???

      • Kim - Aug 18, 2015 at 12:15 PM

        Are you in love with RG3?? No I’m not a hater or an expert. You sure aren’t either. It is my OPINION that he needs to be quiet because he looks like an overrated immature kid at this point of his career. Put up or shut up! No one wants to hear his babbling anymore backed up with poor performances

        • darcrequiem - Aug 18, 2015 at 12:21 PM

          You do realize that league requires him to speak to the media or be fined right?

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 18, 2015 at 1:35 PM

          Kim, you’re right it’s an opinion and a pretty poor one at that. It’s apparent you need to learn the rules and the ways of the NFL before calling a twenty something year old starting NFL QB immature. Let us know how your 20 something self would handle the same situations with so much more “maturity”. You appear to be just another of many glossing over media sound bytes and taking a misinformed stance.

          People who are immature don’t command a NFL offense or return from MCL/ACL tears in less than a year. Maybe RG3 has made some ill advised statements but at his age I don’t know any other players out there that has had to live under the public eye and deal with the adversity he has so early in his career.

        • Kim - Aug 18, 2015 at 1:53 PM

          Yes and you do realize there were plenty of other ways he could’ve responded, right?

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 18, 2015 at 2:07 PM

          Yes I do; and as Rich stated not everyone is programmed to respond like robots. RG3 is not a careful with his words as he could be but not everyone can be. Many players just regurgitate the same phrases and cliches. Some make comments that don’t even answer the question but they again are not thinking for themselves and instead are searching for political correctness. RG3’s response are almost all unfiltered and certainly they may lead to some controversy sometimes. However, most of the perception on RG3’s attitude or “maturity” is based on false information with the twisting of his words. You accept that is how the business works. That’s fine and I do to, but I won’t let the distortion of the press swing my opinion of someone. I choose to see the statement in full context as Rich presented it here.

        • darcrequiem - Aug 18, 2015 at 3:34 PM

          Kim you can’t have it both ways. Do you want him to “shut up” or answer the questions he’s given? Prior to this he was being lambasted by the media for wanting to only be “ordinary”. Of course, just like this situation, that was taken out of context. You need to realize that no matter he answers a question, it’s going to be twisted into a “controversial” headline.

        • Dion - Aug 18, 2015 at 7:08 PM

          Ur key word was “nobody” that’s ur opinion not everybody who is a fan of the team n not a hater of RG3

    • bangkokben - Aug 18, 2015 at 12:46 PM

      “Saying you have nothing to prove is also a lie”

      A lie? Really? Here’s what the man said: ““I don’t feel like I have to come out here and show anybody anything or why I’m better than this guy or better than that guy. It’s more about going out and affirming that for me, I go out and I play”

      Is he lying? He sounds to me to be telling the truth.

  10. sidepull - Aug 18, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    For now he is what his win/loss record says he is, until he proves on the field otherwise. I don’t care what he says just prove it on the field of play. If this is what it takes to get himself pumped up go for it. I think hes grown up enough to realize how far a fall from grace, a hard landing it will be if he does not produce on the field this year. I hear others say he has no self awareness and that if he does take a hard fall his year he will not take responsibility and that he will implicate others in his demise. in 2012 I did think he was the best QB in the NFL until he got hurt. I think Rg3 thought he was too. I hope he does have a great year. But be prepared if he does because he has no cut off or filter. He gonna talk, always. I just wanna see him back it up he talk with play. Others want to see him fall hard. They just don’t like his perceived bravado. The young man had this city on his shoulders while us fans were maniacally screaming RG3 RG3 in 2012. He would not quit until he had to be carried off the field. He wants to be a Redskin forever despite the negative play and publicity. I hope it works out in his favor.

  11. mr.moneylover - Aug 18, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    I blame the ppl who put the headlines as IM THE BEST QB IN THE LEAGUE…its clear if you read the whole thing hes not saying that what he is saying is in years past he felt he had to prove redskins made the right choice this year he feels he can go out there play free with not alot of pressure on his sholders and that he can build his confidence back so he can become one of the best in the league cause thats what hes working on doing everyday…now this year is rg3 first year reading defense and his second year in jay gruden offense we shouldn’t be expecting much out of him this year anyway because its still problems around rg3 to simply judge rg3 play….DO WE KNOW JOE BARRY DEFENSE WILL BE BETTER THEN LAST YEAR DEFENSE ? NOOOO …DO WE KNOW THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE O-LINE WILL HOLD UP AGAINST AN ELITE DEFENSIVE LINE??? NOOOO….REDSKINS ARE IN REBUILDING MODE IF YOU ASK SCOT M. HE WILL TELL YOU THATS TRUE WE ARE NOT PLAYOFF BOUND YET BUT I DONT THINK WE WILL FINISH LAST IN THE DIVISION IF JAY GRUDEN USE RG3 THE WAY I PICTURE HIM USING RG3

  12. hk2000 - Aug 18, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    I like RG3, every one on this blog should know that by now, but I think he should’ve said ‘My goal is to be the best QB in the league’, or ‘I’m trying to become the best QB in the league” something to that effect would be just fine. Then again, I prefer he goes out there and show it- I doubt that will ever happen under our current coach, but hope I’m wrong.

    • mr.moneylover - Aug 18, 2015 at 1:59 PM

      Out of that whole interview they took the soundbite of rg3 saying hes the best QB in the league witch he wasnt tryna say…once again like Clinton portis said the DC media always tryna tear down they star players thats why they have great success when they move on to other teams…this is something that rg3 cant control….I’m glad they only letting rg3 speak once a week and thats suppose to be after each game something gotta change they tryna destroy this kid and run him out of town….whoever started this they should get fired and not be allowed to follow the team

  13. rainsarge - Aug 18, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    RG made one comment we need everybody to play well. Which could be interpreted “as don’t try to be a hero everyone just needs to do their job.” The media with too much time decided to interpret as “I’m Peyton Manning and my teammates aren’t up to par.” That got him benched.
    Then RG3 said basically that to be the best you have to believe you are the best. The media condemned him as delusional.
    Then the media wonders why people like Marshawn Lynchrefuse to talk the them or Arian Foster just repeats I’m just trying to be a good teammate or Belichick repeats various non-answers to questions.

  14. renhoekk2 - Aug 18, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    You are comparing apples to oranges Rich. Peterson and Dumervil are setting goals, albeit lofty ones. But they have been top performers at their positions for years, that’s why no one batted an eye at what they said. You have a QB who by any reasonable assessment, is not even middle of the pack of NFL QB’s, coming out and claiming he’s the best in the league. If Griffin had said something similar to Peterson and Dumervil and said his goal is 25 TD passes for the season, most fans would not be so critical, And your argument would carry more weight.

    • hk2000 - Aug 18, 2015 at 11:49 AM

      Are you kidding, those who hate him will always find something to criticize- because that’s what they do.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 18, 2015 at 1:49 PM

      You apparently still haven’t comprehended his statement. He said he “feels” he is the best QB in the NFL” and follows that up with a contingency …”and I have to go out and show that”. He obviously is his referring to his belief in his abilities with the understanding he has to make it happen on the field. There is nothing wrong the statement he made.

  15. Skulb - Aug 18, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    If I had to use Tandler´s casino chips I´d put 100$ on performance on the field and 0$ on talking to the media. If Griffin plays well he could say in the post game press conference that he thinks he´s a camouflaged purple space cow who has come here to conquer the earth, and no one would care. He´s having these problems because of poor performances, and he´s the only one who can help himself get rid of them by improving.

  16. Stephfan - Aug 18, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    Man you guys are ridiculous serious so what if he said it… Don’t you guys want your qb to have confidence in himself. I for one have no problem with him saying especially when he said he has to proof it!! All of you having a problem with it probably want him to fail so who cousins can come in and throw ints? And for the record just because griffin says these things aren’t the problem with the Redskins. How gm’s that didn’t know the business before Scott. A sorry defense and defensive coach? How bout no wideouts for years other than miss. No good running backs since Portis until we found alf? How bout no offensive line until Trent and Brandon were drafted? How not winning a SUPER BOWL SINCE 92??? But I guess that’s rg3’s fault and not the organization? Also what’s going on now isn’t his fault? Other qbs had the chance to come in and take it from griffin and they didn’t period? Kirk lost every game he started but I guess the is to blame? Defense was horrible last year but it’s his fault right? Our head coach calls horrible games but it his fault? The only thing griffin is a fault for is playing bad last season period. I swear you guys shouldn’t be so butt hurt over this seriously and I applaud Rich becausevyou so called fans are sad really

  17. olopez30 - Aug 18, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    I’m in agreement that it was out of context once I read the whole article…but was it necessary to even go there?

    These RG3 stories just over-saturate the news to the point where we take it as the same white noise. The one conclusion we can draw from the interview is that RG3 thinks highly of himself. Which is great..but I think he just needs to internalize those feelings and show us on the field how he believes he’s the that confidence between the lines. All he ends up doing is giving more ammunition to his detractors.

    • skinsgame - Aug 19, 2015 at 8:39 AM

      Thank you. Well said.

  18. timwillhidetimwillhide - Aug 18, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    Rich Thanks for being one of the few Media people to comeout with the whole story on both the Bucs comments and these comments. Regardless Haters are gonna trash people who are Confident because they feel bad about themselves

  19. timwillhidetimwillhide - Aug 18, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    Everyone who is Competitive feels this way. If they don’t they are gonna be a loser at whatever task they take on and will be a loser in life.

  20. voice4thefans - Aug 18, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    I been a Skins Fan since 1962 and bring that boy here was the worst decision in the history of the franchise, I can not wait until he is Gone, benched or break a leg , yeah its over the top but that is how I feel we will never win with that BOY and he is not the best QB on this team………

    • Rich Tandler - Aug 18, 2015 at 1:58 PM

      You’re going with “boy” here? Really? Uh, check your watch, it’s 2015 now.

    • bangkokben - Aug 18, 2015 at 2:12 PM

      Seriously, were you one those guys marching with swastika arm bands trying to keep Washington white? Never win? 10-6 in 2012. Not going to win with him from this point forward? Maybe.

    • Stephfan - Aug 18, 2015 at 3:11 PM

      Really u want him to brake a leg smh how bout you go brake yours

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 18, 2015 at 3:33 PM

      Change the name to voice4theKluKuxFans. You’ll never represent the voice of me or any other fan here BOY!

      • skinsgame - Aug 19, 2015 at 8:40 AM

        You got all that from “boy”? Wow.

    • kenlinkins - Aug 18, 2015 at 4:08 PM

      I ready hope that your use of the term “boy” in your comment is a yet to be explained definition that I am not clear on.

    • Dion - Aug 18, 2015 at 7:16 PM

      U must be white calling a grown man a boy we’re n 2015 who even uses them words anymore

  21. kenlinkins - Aug 18, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    Rich, Was there a question asked of RG3 and this was his answer, was this statement targeted to some media types who made post a story that he wanted to address or was this just out of the blue statement?

    • Rich Tandler - Aug 18, 2015 at 1:57 PM

      It was a question in a one on one interview with Channel 7 sports. I couldn’t get the video to play to get the exact question; it is linked in the post.

      • kenlinkins - Aug 18, 2015 at 2:44 PM

        He was answering the question *Do you feel you are completing, not just for the starting QB, Do you feel you are the best QB, do you feel like you have to prove you are the best QB,***** do you know what I am saying?) So that is the frame work and where you should pull the context from. The first thing that hit me was that the interviewer didn’t jump on the answer, so it didn’t shock him into a follow up question or call RG3 on his answer. Maybe he felt his question was not clear, also RG3’s answer of “No, I don’t know what you are saying” before the above quote should give RG3 some “wiggle room” on his answer. Now that I have a better understanding of the context, his statement IMO becomes clearer. “No I do not have anything to prove, I am the best QB on the team, I feel I am the best QB in the League and I have to go out and show that’ and ends with why he states he is the best QB in the NFL (i.e. every QB thinks that this time of year). As someone who didn’t like the RG3 deal I would love to find bullets to shot at him, but in fairness, unless you just hate RG3 this statement is not one that should be used to try and hurt him.

  22. redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 18, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    Hold onto that feeling of being the best QB, RG3. I know that is what brings out the incentive to show it on the field. Believing in yourself is the only way to achieve success. In the NFL, you have to believe you are the best to become the best in this business. So let the naysayers about you continue to get lost in the game of words as they wallow in the misinformation and distortions created by media and themselves.

  23. brucefan1 - Aug 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    One thing I can tell for sure in listening to what what Griffin has had to say in these past few months in regard to how negatively some people perceive him is that he is not going to let what people who hate him change who he is, how he feels about himself and how he is going to express himself, despite the constant attacks.

    (And yes, I mean HATE, because so MANY of these attackers go way beyond the way he plays — they choose to attack his character, his personality, his words, his family, his life choices — not what goes on on the field. His play is just a portion of it.)

    And ya know what? I think this may irk his detractors among the fans and media the MOST — RG3’s refusal to break before them!

    I can almost hear those people SCREAMING to themselves, “When is this buzzard gonna admit that I’M RIGHT!!”

    The notion that it probably ain’t ever gonna happen has GOT to be killing them. LOL

    • bangkokben - Aug 18, 2015 at 2:18 PM

      You, Bruce, laugh out loud an awful lot. I mostly snicker or chuckle under my breath and occasionally snort but even then it’s mostly inaudible. Have a happy Tuesday. Joy. Joy.

      • brucefan1 - Aug 18, 2015 at 2:38 PM

        Haha! You noticed, ben!

        True, I DO (err.. I also capitalize a LOT of words — strictly for emphasis!) try to see the humor in situations as much as possible, even in the most annoying situations (And if there were a internet code for “snicker”, I’d use that too. Can you help me out?)

        One thing I DON’T do nearly well enough, tho, is proofread my comments! My old English teachers would have had the one above covered in red ink, what with all those typos! And I know the Grammar Police are out in force at this blog. LOL! (Ooops)

        All that aside, did you think my comment was as way off base as usual? Lay on, McDuff. ;^}

        • bangkokben - Aug 18, 2015 at 3:04 PM

          Not off base. We will see later today if Griffin continues to be ‘himself.’ I hope he does but it is a fine line before the media then asks his teammates the parsed version of his comments.

  24. joe spanos - Aug 18, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    Robert is clueless. He talks way too much. He just doesn’t get it. He’ll be out of the NFL inside four years after the Skins release him and he doesn’t catch on with any other team, even the Raiders. Josh McCown is a better NFL QB than Robert.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 18, 2015 at 3:42 PM

      Great analysis, it was quite informative! How about we trade RG3 for Josh McCown. Do you agree with that? Any other great ideas you have to make this team better?

      • charles mann forever! - Aug 18, 2015 at 4:57 PM

        Who said anything about trading for McCown? Spanos simply said McCown is the better pro QB. So is Cousins, and that’s not saying much. the Redskihs could never have draftex Andrew Luck in 2012 but they could have just as well drafted Russell Wilson or even Ryan Tannehill (who has thrown more TD passes than RG3). So what if RG3 was rookie of the year. So was Vincent Young. By your logic, the Redskins should bring him out of retirement. Are you an Ashburn Park astroturfer? The owner is known to employ them.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 18, 2015 at 8:44 PM

          Yeah right; more fan revelation that Cousins is the better QB and yet RG3 is the one starting. I actually like Cousins but RG3 has the higher ceiling that is why he is still the starter. So what RG3 was rookie of the year? He also lead us to the first playoff in how long? Oh but now RG3’s past success no longer holds merit in your mind. How about give the guy at least two season with no severe injuries and coaching changes before you mindlessly toss him out like some old rag?

          Fans like you are so fickle I’m surprised you can hold a favorite team for more than a season. Here two season away from a playoff and oh look what do we have now: Tannehill should have been drafted over RG3! When did you come up with this decision? Tannehill has more TD passes than RG3? Well he also has played more games. Keep trying to discount RG3’s achievements and fudging statistics. You might eventually get to arrive to something relevant.

      • washington football team - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:40 AM

        Yeah. Trade RG3.

        • Rich Tandler - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:50 AM

          Hey, I see you giving comments under, so far, three different names. I’m deleting all but the ones that are under this “washington football team” name.

        • Rich Tandler - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:51 AM

          Oh, and comments consisting of spelling/grammar corrections to other posters will be trashed, too.

    • ET - Aug 18, 2015 at 4:10 PM

      Lordy, Josh McCown is the new messiah.

      Redskinsnameisheretostay is right, you’re a regular Gridiron Genius.

  25. Domenic Sebastiani - Aug 18, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    I was listening to 106.7 Chad Dukes yesterday for 2 hours and I was sick of hearing it.
    Tell me about the 2 TE’s we signed?
    Tell me anything else about the team..
    My God, enough already. Let’s move on. Why do they twist everything RG3 says out of context? Let the guy play the game for crying out loud.

    • bangkokben - Aug 18, 2015 at 3:01 PM

      Cooley thinks he’s better than every TE on the Redskins roster. They’re just camp bodies, we’re waiting until a vet is released. Now back to your regularly scheduled Griffin saga.

    • darcrequiem - Aug 18, 2015 at 3:36 PM

      Dukes is STILL on the radio!? I’m glad I moved away from the DMV….

  26. Martini3102 - Aug 18, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Thank you for that article. The people that put Robert down on this aren’t thinking right. Think about this: do you want a qb who doesn’t think he is the best or want to be the best out there? Seriously. Secondly, this man was given garbage for three years on the oline to work with. Three years. And you want him to bring you a title? Any title? smh. He’s a young qb not Jesus.

  27. smithrob26smithrob26 - Aug 18, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    Here is the problem with the Peterson and Griffin rationalization.
    Peterson has done it for 7 years, Griffin only one and let’s all be honest, Griffin was because no one knew what to expect that first year.
    I would much rather Griffin shut up and show us but since he never does, I will give my opinion which no one really cares about anyway.

    I was just as excited and happy when the Redskins drafted him. I cheered and was so happy that we finally had a QB that first year. Then the injury happened, then he didn’t want to run the offense he had been running for years, he wanted to be a drop back QB, then we saw how bad he was at that and that he can not stay healthy much less slide. I mean c’mon all of us that played baseball were taught how to slide at what 8 years old? It’s really not that difficult! Then comes him talking crap about the last coach, got him run out of town, and yes I wanted Shanny gone. Last year runs his mouth and can’t read a defense like a blind dog can’t see his owners. Then we hear Snyder tells Gruden’s agent he is stealing money, Gruden says this year there will be a QB competition then all of a sudden there isn’t one and Griffin is named the starter for NO REASON, IT COULD NOT BE DUE TO HIS PLAY LAST YEAR! Griffin runs his mouth about Gruden wanting him to be basic and ordinary, which would be awesome if he was just ordinary, which he isn’t yet. Now we hear him saying he is the best QB on the team, (I don’t agree) and the best QB in the NFL.
    One might then say WTF are you saying? Are you serious? Shut up and show us!
    I will end with this and it is a quote from Joe Gibbs after whooping a teams ass!
    “Win with class Men, win with class”. How many QB’s and teams will now be gunning for Griffin since he said he was better than their QB?


    • fwhalstead1 - Aug 18, 2015 at 6:14 PM

      Easy there partner…these folks on here can be very vicious when it comes to Robert….while I agree that this has been way over blown and taken out of context, I agree more with your statements and sentiment. Spent the whole summer at camp to see average yet came home each day to read glowing articles about how he has vastly improved…then saw him against the Texans and he was well…he was just average….at some point the hype machine has to stop and his play has to begin…his biggest problem is him…he’s damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t but he can change the narrative with his play but NEVER with his words…

    • bangkokben - Aug 19, 2015 at 12:17 PM

      The thing that changed from the time Gruden said that there would be a QB competition to Gruden’s announcement that Griffin was the starter at the combine was the hiring of the GM. That’s your reason. If you saw the coach’s body language when he said it and remember how he said it, it was the same as when I make my eight-year-old apologize to her Grandparents. Forced.

  28. berniebernard666 - Aug 18, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Man O Man…..Griffin has a legion of CULT FOLLOWERS who come here to defend him from those of use who dare point out REALITY. That reality is he does not have a winning record in the NFL. That reality is he cannot stay healthy. That reality is he has not yet played a 16 game season. That reality is he threw his teammates under the bus after the Tampa Bay game and his coach called him out on it. That reality is that Griffin seeks fame and drama by continuing to shout at the top of his lungs how good he is, despite the contradiction in his stats. That reality is he has worked under 2 coaches in the NFL and has alienated BOTH of them….and that reality is Kirk Cousins showed him up last Thursday and Griffin felt compelled to tell everybody he is the Redskins QB and the best on the team…..because he now feels threatened.

    And that reality is the Redskins have noticed all this and cancelled his press conference today in order to shut him up and talk to him about his diarrhea mouth.

    • Stephfan - Aug 18, 2015 at 6:06 PM

      Bernie who is better

      • fwhalstead1 - Aug 18, 2015 at 6:36 PM

        Define “better”…. Athlete? QB? Win/Loss record?

    • fwhalstead1 - Aug 18, 2015 at 6:32 PM

      Well you pretty much summed it up Bernie…your realistic view is spot on and those of us that can see know that Robert is not as smooth or polished at running this offense as the other 2 QB’s on the roster. Are they better? Yeah – at running this offnese. Are they as athletic and talented? No. They also know that the play to garcon was not DESIGNED but rather an off schedule play that just happened to develop…My best friend put his money down in Vegas last month on the over/under on Griffin at 4 1/2 games (meaning Griffin will be out via poor play or injury by the 2nd half of game 5). He actually chose the under and he LOVES Griffin…when I asked him why he said he did not think Robert would perform well enough to keep the starting job because no one at Redskins Park is willing to tell the emperor he has no clothes (Snyder) and he thinks all of the stuff they’ve done in the off season was for show and confidence building in the hopes that it would keep just this type of stuff from going down yet here we are…blame the media, blame Robert….doesn’t matter because once again the narrative is about what Robert SAID as opposed to what he has DONE….these folks also continue to point to the spectacular season that was 2012 (wasn’t it beautiful ?) and hape all the credit on Robert…they forget that KYLE developed a SPECIAL offense just for Robert (wasn’t it special?) and that the running game was phenomenal as well because of KYLE’s offense…yet Kyle and all the rest are gone because of the ridiculous “All In For Week One” propaganda and hype machine which resulted in an EPIC FAIL that is somehow NOT Robert’s fault (they claim injury, he claimed and got buy in from the owner that he was healthy and should be the starter). His karma is screwed here in DC by his OWN MAKING…yet we blame the media and say he’s taken out of context (which he frequently is)…long for the day when we have a QB that says “It’s not for me to decide who is the best, I’ll leave that up to you guys. I’m gonna continue to work my butt off to be the best I can be for this team and let the chips fall where they may”. That was easy huh? Nope you are right….and as much as he says he isn’t trying to prove it to anyone he’s lying…

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 18, 2015 at 6:59 PM

      It’s not that RG3 has cult followers. Your version of reality is so irrational at times that appears your source on RG3 comes from H.R Pufnstuf. You appear to not only misinterpret RG3’s comment but distort them to some bizarre version of reality.

      His injury issues are very real and his most severe injury against Seattle was mismanaged by the team as much by him. Oh, of course you’ll probably claim it should have no effect on his curent development.

      He never threw his players under the bus after the Bucs game and Rich clearly pointed this out. Regardless you denial and distorted version of “realit”y will continue to state the contrary.

      Let me put it right here for you kiddo as a refresher.
      “This situation is identical to the firestorm that was created by Griffin’s comments after the Bucs game last year. He spent several minutes taking every bit of blame for a poor performance. Then he was asked about 2012 and he said that they were playing “good team ball” that season. “The Peytons and the Aaron Rodgers, those guys don’t play well if their guys don’t play well. They don’t. We need everybody.”

      Nobody who sat through his entire postgame press conference, even some of Griffin’s worst critics, came out thinking that Griffin had thrown his teammates under the bus or had deflected blame for having a poor game. ”
      –Rich Tandler

      Oh but please enlighten us about the “reality” behind his comment. I’m sure you’ll find something “passive aggressive” underneath this comment.

      • charles mann forever! - Aug 19, 2015 at 4:45 AM

        Are you an Asburn Park astroturfer? The owner is known to employ them. Your dedication to a subpar QB like RG3 who has a firmly established losing record is very irrational, your excessive hyperbole aside.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 19, 2015 at 8:21 AM

          I think your dedication to sheer ignorance is far superior than my dedication is to RG3. You see I’m actually a rationale fan that wants RG3 to reach his potential with the backing of a sound front office and stable coaching. I know the organization is a big part of impacting his development. They are part to blame for the mismanaging his injury in the first season, front office implosion in the second, and in the 3rd season they hire a questionable OC as a rookie head coach. And what do you have but some knuckle heads for fans that can get a wrap around these setbacks and instead want to hastily lynch the kid.

          Aaron Rogers would be heading into his first full season as a starter right now after 4 years on the bench. What obvious is that Green Bay has far superior fan intellect that the many here that exist as so called Redskins fans. Many fans here are downright juvenile in their understand of he team and game in general. You fit that group. Please don’t disgrace Charles Man by using it as your name. Clueless Forever is a better fit.

    • fwhalstead1 - Aug 20, 2015 at 1:42 PM

      This is why things are the way they are with Robert and why everything he says is dissected and parsed so much. He’s been extremely passive/aggressive at times and far from being innocent in this. He should stick to discussing football and the team. Drop the “me’s and I’s” and the “My Guys” from his vernacular. While I agree his recent stuff is overblown I also can see why ppl looked at him like he was crazy for saying something publicly that has not been displayed on the filed of play. Long story short, he needs to speak about TEAM only unless he wants to PERSONNALY accept blame which is what most pro athletes do…

  29. celeoinc - Aug 18, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    My God! How people can hate so much? He was not talking about being the best NFL QB. I do not think he was trying to be confident either. He was talking about what kind of attitude any NFL QB must have in order to survive in the NFL. Listen to the entire interview and if you still don’t understand what he’s saying then you are not so smart. Sorry!

    • skinsgame - Aug 19, 2015 at 8:43 AM

      Actually, he said , “I feel like I’m the best QB in the NFL.” So, yeah, he sorta was talking about being the best QB in the NFL.

      • bangkokben - Aug 19, 2015 at 12:36 PM

        If my wife tells me where I left my keys and I say, “Under where?” Did I really say, ‘underwear.’ Of course not, but it sounds as if I did. Griffin actually said the words you printed but did he actually MEAN, “I am the best quarterback in the NFL at this very moment.” Obviously, from the context, he did not. But many “fans” and media – who have the context but leave it out in their discussions – stand around like 2nd graders pointing and snickering. “He just said underwear.” Complete non-story.

        • skinsgame - Aug 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM

          Not the same. I agree that Griffin was attempting to speak to his confidence but, it isn’t the same as a homophone. It isn’t a mistake on the part of the listener that Griffin didn’t express himself as clearly as he could’ve and he left himself open to criticism, frankly. I hope he kills it and shuts us all up but, he didn’t look too convincing the other night to me and I wish he’d keep his answers to questions more succinct. Your wifes underwear are under where?

        • bangkokben - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:13 PM

          “that Griffin didn’t express himself as clearly as he could’ve and he left himself open to criticism”

          I agree that he leaves himself open to criticism but I think he was pretty clear as to what he meant especially if you hear the whole quote. Bad choice of words? YES! Presenting only a part of the whole allows the reader to jump to their own conclusions. When even after getting the whole picture, it is hard to draw new conclusions. First impressions are hard to break. The media deliberately jumped on the juicy quote and created a narrative: “Griffin thinks he’s the best.” Griffin said it. It’s on him.

          He definitely needs to be more succinct and concise. Why? Because this has ZERO to do with how he played but somehow makes his mediocre performance look even worse.

          Lastly, if Russell Wilson said the same thing in response to a question about his contract. The media’s narrative would’ve been the same. The reaction would’ve been: “He’s nuts but kudos for him for having big cajones and maybe one day.” Robert just has to win.

        • skinsgame - Aug 20, 2015 at 12:26 AM

          Absolutely. Winning would clear up a whole lot.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 19, 2015 at 2:05 PM

        Would you’d rather have the starting QB of your favorite team feeling like an average QB in the NFL? Do you think that is how players become elite in this business? If many here could manage to muster the attention span of a 10 year old and just listen to the whole discussion then everyone should understand RG3 was talking about the frame of mind needed in becoming a top competitor. You have to feel or believe you are the best to work yourself to that level. Did you NOT hear or read him state… “There’s guys in this league that have done way more than me. But I still view myself as the best because that’s what I work toward every single day.””!

        If you put it all into the proper context then you’d realize your distorted sound byte version what he commented on is not true.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 19, 2015 at 2:13 PM

          Stare REAL hard at the part where he states ” I work TOWARD every single day”! But TOWARD what, pray tell? Oh, working toward being the BEST!

          Now does his comment as a whole look like a public announcement stating “I am the best QB in the NFL” or is it a “frame of mind” reference?

        • skinsgame - Aug 19, 2015 at 8:07 PM

          I don’t disagree that confidence is important to any leadership position and a QB is a leader. I just happen to believe in a quiet confidence or at least one where it can’t be misconstrued as arrogance where none is warranted. I don’t believe he meant to come across that way but there is room for the argument that at least came across wrong. It’s as if he’s always trying to prove something to himself and others so he can’t just smile and choose few words. He talks too much, I feel, and it makes him look desperate. Believe me, I hope he makes me eat crow. I’ll jump to the front of his bandwagon again, gladly. But it’s been a bumpy ride for a long time now for those remaining on it.

  30. kenlinkins - Aug 18, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Rich, I watched the whole interview and while I would still give RG3 a pass on the “best QB in the NFL” statement, I want to know if the remarks about the “business part of the NFL” being not what you would dream of as a kid, the “Back stabbing” remarks, and the talk of having his father at practice not being a problem like other players fathers were, was old news or something still on RG3’s mind? (note: his father was a practice the day he gave the interview).

  31. goback2rfk - Aug 18, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    The 2012 RG3 was playing like the best QB in the league, however, that was 3 years ago

  32. jnhaybok - Aug 18, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Why is it RG’s responsibility to parse his words so carefully? If people take it out of context and criticize him, then that’s their own stupidity. Their opinions should have zero effect, because they’re just wrong. If someone calls me an idiot after interpreting something I said incorrectly, why should I care? They’re the dumb one, not me.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 19, 2015 at 8:25 AM

      Bingo! There is a serious literacy issue among football fans and many Redskin fans.

    • skinsgame - Aug 19, 2015 at 8:16 PM

      If you stand on a platform, with a bullhorn, and shout out your thoughts, and your audience gets a mixed message, you invite criticism, critique, and praise. He has the opportunity at having the last word, on the field. Let’s see what he does with it.

  33. warpath1 - Aug 19, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    Rg3 standard answer to any question for the remainder of the year. “I play football on a football field with a football”

  34. RussianBreadMaker - Aug 20, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Out of context or not, he sure talks about himself quite a bit. You can’t go wrong when you give answers like, “we’re trying to get better as a team.” Come on Robert. Archives

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