London Fletcher to RGIII: ‘Don’t take those big hits’


(Julio Cortez / AP)

Redskins fans and local media members have spent two years arguing over whether Robert Griffin III takes too many hits while carrying the ball. Now a former teammate, London Fletcher, is weighing in.

The linebacker was asked last week on “ProFootballTalk Live” whether Griffin has the ability to limit the punishment he absorbs.

“He has the ability, but what’s Robert’s problem is he’s usually the best athlete on the football field,” Fletcher said. “And he had to learn, coming into the National Football League, everybody can run on defense. D-linemen can run, linebackers can run, safeties can run. And when they get a hold of you, they have bad intentions. So he has to learn to be more like Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and even Cam Newton. Slide more, or run out of bounds. Don’t take those big hits.”

Still, when asked about his biggest concern for Griffin in 2014, Fletcher mentioned a totally separate issue.

“I think the biggest concern will be him embracing that leadership role in terms of having to be the total team leader, and sometimes having to be the bad guy,” Fletcher said. “You know, it’s a different dynamic when you have to be the leader. Sometimes you have to say something to maybe upset [someone] or ruffle a few feathers. And that’s one of the things he’s going to have to balance.”

Fletcher was then told that some critics might assume Griffin is too much of a diva to succeed in that role.

“That’s not true. He’s not a diva,” Fletcher said. “He’s a hard worker, he’s extremely talented, he wants to be the best. I saw that guy rehab three times a day last year. We were both going through rehab situations, I had surgery myself, and he spent so much time in there. He wasn’t out doing all the diva [stuff], the commercials and all the things you saw. Perception in this case is not reality.”

(Via @NBCdianna)

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