During a moment of contemplation late in the Redskins’ 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.
“I’m just not an – I’m not an ‘A. hole.’ I believe in positive reinforcement,” Griffin explained after the game. “If a guy, something happens, I know he’ll make it up next time he gets that chance, and that’s just the way I lead. If they want me to do that, I’m fine with doing that, because if they ask for it, if one of them asks for it – because it was just one – I’m willing to do it. If that’s what we need to get over this hump and start moving forward, and we start winning games, then I’m all for it.”
Griffin acknowledged that there is a fine line that a quarterback must walk, particularly in the Redskins’ fragile 0-2 situation. And he said that he still must remain true to himself.
“Not necessarily change who I am as a person, but, if they want me to be hard on them, I’ll be hard on them,” Griffin said. “You start off 0-2 and it’s a little bit harder to go about that” without causing problems.
Griffin said it’s not time for the Redskins to panic, and that he would rather step up and take the blame for the team’s shortcomings rather than pass it off on someone else, or publicly grill a teammate.
“I’m not going to ever tear someone down as a person. That’s just not who I am as a person. I’m not here to tear people down,” Griffin said.
He also said “I’m not going to point the finger at anybody else. It doesn’t matter what goes on, on that field, I’m responsible for that. I’m the quarterback, everyone’s going to look at me, and that’s what I do. I have to take that. You have to be willing to take that, and we’ll be better, period. It’s all on me, and no matter what happens this next game, it’ll still be on me. And I will make it happen. We’ll figure it out. We’ll figure out whatever it is right now.
“If we’re not starting fast, then it’s my fault,” Griffin continued. “If we come out in the second half and we’re playing well, then the team did a good job. I’m not afraid to say, ‘Put that on my shoulders.’ I’ll take that. We didn’t start fast because of me.”
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