London Fletcher says Robert Griffin III is probably the most popular player in the Redskins’ locker room


(Connor Radnovich / AP)

“The word out of Washington — and I’ve talked to people around the league, coaches, players — is that RGIII is not very well liked in that locker room,” Bleacher Report NFL Analyst Matt Miller said earlier this week.

[Miller, Bleacher Report notes, "always has a finger on the pulse of the league."]

“And we’ve heard things like this before,” Miller went on. “The feeling is he started to alienate some of his teammates on the offensive side of the ball, and I think a lot of that stems from his struggle to learn this new playbook, the new Jay Gruden system, and I don’t think that’s breaking news. We’ve seen RGIII struggle before, especially in year two under Mike Shanahan. We’ve heard reports out of Washington this year that he’s struggling to adapt to this new system, but I think it’s all kind of coming to a head, to a boiling point. His frustrations  are spilling over into the locker room. The happy feelings are kind of dying in Washington right now.”

Newly minted CBS analyst London Fletcher appeared on the Junkies on Friday morning, and John-Paul Flaim attempted to ask something about whether RGIII is not very well liked in the locker room, presumably spurred on by an analyst with his finger on the pulse of the league. Fletcher quickly interrupted.

“That’s not true,” Fletcher said. “I’ll just stop you right there. You know what? Robert is probably the most-liked player on the team, or one of the most well-liked players on the team, when I was there, because he’s engaging. He’s charismatic. … He was humble. He handled himself like [humbly] the whole [rookie] season. He’s handled himself like that the two years I was there with him, and I’m sure he continues to handle himself that way. So I think that’s more just somebody trying to put some things out there that’s not true.”

Of course, Griffin drew headlines again this week with some social media posts, which then led to some backlash, or some something, anyhow, which Griffin responded to, because Griffin responds to all:

“You can say what you want in that regard, but as far as I’m concerned, I said what I needed to say,” he said. “There’s no need to look into it. It’s right there. It’s on Facebook, it’s on Instagram and it’s on Twitter. And it’s what our household deems necessary to go out there every day and be successful. That’s all I have to say.”

And that led to more something about something, as seen here, from PFT’s Mike Florio on the incident:

If Griffin has concocted a narrative that many doubt him in order to provide extra motivation for himself and his teammates, that’s fine. The perception that he’s thin-skinned, however, will serve as chum in the Internet shark tank, inviting plenty of real doubt, hate, and vitriol to replace the exaggerated and/or fabricated collection of criticism that prompted his tweet.

What in the world are we all doing with our lives? Do you think I am annoyed because they all talk nonsense? Rubbish! I like people to talk nonsense. It is man’s unique privilege, among all other organisms. Dostoevsky wrote that. On Instagram, I think.

Anyhow, Fletcher also defended Griffin’s use of social media.

“He’s using those doubters as motivation to him, and that’s not a bad thing,” Fletcher told the Junkies. “He’s been doing this stuff before. He’s doing what he’s doing. He’s always been socially active from a media statdpoint. That’s who he is. That’s his personality. He’s engaging, the fans love him, and it’s okay to vent and say some of the things that you’re feeling.

“Some people have different thoughts on it,” Fletcher allowed. “I don’t have a problem with it, because he was doing these same things when he was the rookie of the year, when he helped lead us to the NFC East championship. So now that there’s been a little bit of adversity people want to jump on him and say he shouldn’t be doing this, but he was doing the same thing when we were winning 10 ballgames.”

Okay, go get some fresh air.

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