RGIII: Team "protecting me from myself"
Talking about the Redskins’ decision not to play him today, Robert Griffin III sounded a little like Stephen Strasburg after the Nationals shut him down. He wasn’t, he admitted, happy, although he realized that the team was “protecting me from myself.”
Griffin was told Saturday night that Kirk Cousins would start. In fact, he tweeted about it:
“Players play, so I was not happy with the decision, but at the end of the day that’s the decision they went with. I respect that, but that doesn’t mean I have to necessarily like it.”
Could he have played?
“I felt like I could have.”
What about next week? “I feel like I could play this week, next week, the week after that. But that’s not my decision, once again.”
Griffin said was “upset” but respected the decision.
“I understand what their viewpoint was. But I think all players know we’re brought here to perform, to help our team win and that’s what I’m here to do. I wanted to play and they decided I didn’t need to play and it worked out great for us.”
Griffin was put in the position of helping coach Cousins.
“I just talked to him about being cool, calm and collected and just not to freak out. The first half, collectively for our offense, we just couldn’t find a rhythm. But we came out in the second half and put up a lot of points. That’s what it takes. Everything’s not going to be perfect. He did a good job staying poised and staying confident in there.”