It was only a matter of time before someone threw a wet blanket on the Robert Griffin III love fest. Of course, they had to do it on the day it was all but confirmed he’d be a Redskin.
Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel pulled together the scouting reports for the draft’s top quarterbacks and found some statements about RGIII that are less than flattering.
“I don’t think he has vision or pocket feel, which to me are the two most important components of quarterbacking. He’s just running around winging it. He’s [Michael] Vick, but not as good a thrower.” said one scout.
Another scout got a little more personal.
“He’s got a little bit of a selfish streak, too. Everybody was laying on Cam, but for some reason this guy has become gloves off. He doesn’t treat anybody good.”
I don’t have a problem with the first comment, but the second scout’s criticism is just foolish. Besides, you show me a quarterback that isn’t at least a little bit cocky and I’ll show you a bad quarterback.
Everyone who has spent time with Griffin has come away impressed. He showed up to support the Baylor women’s basketball team in its quest for a national title. He has publicly declared his Chrysler Pacifica as “good enough”. He was a starter at Baylor for three years and there was never evidence of him not treating someone well.
I’m not saying he’s perfect, but an anonymous scout in an anonymous report anonymously calling him selfish is incredibly out of line with general public opinion.
“I think the people that know me — and even the people in the media have seen — know I’m not a selfish guy,” Griffin told CBS Sports in Florida after hearing about the report. “It’s just when the draft gets closer, everybody’s going to try and find something wrong with you to try and pull you down, so I’m not going to sit here and argue that.”
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER...
* The National Federation of State High School Associations is following the NCAA’s lead in regulating high school baseball teams to use safer bats. It will make the game safer and some say it will force the athletes to play smarter.
* Teammates say that the Caps 22-year-old goaltender is playing like a veteran
* The Wizards messed up their own season, so why not start ruining season for other teams, too?
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
Adam Carriker is quite the prankster...
When I'm bored I send a text to a random number saying "I hid the body."— Adam Carriker (@BigPoppaPump94) April 20, 2012
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Karl Alzner talking about goalie Braden Holtby.
“The best part about it is, he makes a big glove save and drops the puck and then leans on his post. He just makes it look so easy. I think, as a player, that’s gotta be a little frustrating when the goalie can make it look as easy as he does.”
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
Ovi falling over the boards. We kid because we love.
via Puck Daddy
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Wizards big man Kevin Seraphin decided to get into the Caps playoff spirit.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Nationals host the Marlins on MASN at 7 p.m. All TV/Radio listings are here.
AND WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY?
A former accountant with no college football experience trained his butt off, had the best vertical jump, broad jump, and 40-yard time of all the athletes at BYU’s pro day and ended up with a three-year contract offer from the Dolphins.