Dawkins on RGIII presser: ‘I cringed’

November 20, 2013

(Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

There’s kind of a feeding frenzy going on around Robert Griffin III right now, one I’m not convinced is entirely deserved. Many of the greatest works of literature are not examined as diligently as 10-minute speeches conducted in back hallways shortly after men in funny pants have run into each other for three hours.

But you don’t want to know what I think. You want to know what Brian Dawkins thinks, as represented by his appearance Wednesday morning on ESPN Radio.

“Well that comment after the game, as soon as I heard it, I cringed,” Dawkins said, referring to Griffin’s explanation for his game-ending interception. “And I closed my eyes. And you kind of say, naw, you can’t do that….As soon as he said it, I cringed. Because you immediately pointed the finger to somebody else. The first thing that came out of his mouth was ‘The receivers didn’t get open.’ And then, ‘I got pressure, if I’d have taken a sack…’. That’s two people you’re throwing up under the bus. You’re throwing your receivers under the bus, you’re throwing your offensive line under the bus, and ‘so I just had to just try to wing it out of the back of the end zone.’ ”

“In that situation, you just say, ‘You know what? I made a bad play. That was on me. I have to get the ball out of the back of the end zone, no matter what’s going on around me, no matter what’s going on with my teammates.’ You don’t have to even mention those guys.

“It all started to me in the offseason,” Dawkins continued. “Everything was about RG coming back. You had all these other things going on — he’s doing a documentary about himself — you had a lot going on during the offseason. And I know as a defender playing against him, I got tired of hearing it. So I’m pretty sure his teammates got tired of him being on TV as well.”

“And while there’s a lot of people that would say ‘Well wait a minute, he might be telling the truth there,’ it doesn’t matter,” host Mike Golic chimed in. “Not in the locker room. The locker room, the quarterback, he’s usually got to be the leader, he’s got to be the one that says ‘The ball’s in my hand, I’ve got to make a play, and I didn’t make a play.’”

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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