During a moment of contemplation late in the Redskinsā 38-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers, a veteran teammate came up to Robert Griffin III and suggested that the quarterback may need to become a more vocal and demonstrative leader in an attempt to spark greater execution.
Griffin since coming to the Redskins has taken pride in serving as a motivational and positive leader and had hesitations about taking a harsher approach. But at the same time, Griffin considered the advice because at 0-2, the Redskins need to find something that works.
āIām just not an ā Iām not an āA. hole.ā I believe in positive reinforcement,ā Griffin explained after the game. āIf a guy, something happens, I know heāll make it up next time he gets that chance, and thatās just the way I lead. If they want me to do that, Iām fine with doing that, because if they ask for it, if one of them asks for it ā because it was just one ā Iām willing to do it. If thatās what we need to get over this hump and start moving forward, and we start winning games, then Iām all for it.ā
Griffin acknowledged that there is a fine line that a quarterback must walk, particularly in the Redskinsā fragile 0-2 situation. And he said that he still must remain true to himself.
āNot necessarily change who I am as a person, but, if they want me to be hard on them, Iāll be hard on them,ā Griffin said. āYou start off 0-2 and itās a little bit harder to go about thatā without causing problems.
Griffin said itās not time for the Redskins to panic, and that he would rather step up and take the blame for the teamās shortcomings rather than pass it off on someone else, or publicly grill a teammate.
āIām not going to ever tear someone down as a person. Thatās just not who I am as a person. Iām not here to tear people down,ā Griffin said.
He also said āIām not going to point the finger at anybody else. It doesnāt matter what goes on, on that field, Iām responsible for that. Iām the quarterback, everyoneās going to look at me, and thatās what I do. I have to take that. You have to be willing to take that, and weāll be better, period. Itās all on me, and no matter what happens this next game, itāll still be on me. And I will make it happen. Weāll figure it out. Weāll figure out whatever it is right now.
āIf weāre not starting fast, then itās my fault,ā Griffin continued. āIf we come out in the second half and weāre playing well, then the team did a good job. Iām not afraid to say, āPut that on my shoulders.ā Iāll take that. We didnāt start fast because of me.ā
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