Redskins | Perspective
September 19, 2017 at 5:26 PM
It seems clear by now that, in the fall of 2027, if not the fall of 2057, Robert Griffin III will want us to be talking and writing about what went down with the 2012 and 2013 Washington Redskins. But don't take the bait. It's over. Vow with me: I refuse to talk and write about Robert Griffin III.
Writing about Griffin now would be a disservice to the 53 players who dressed for Washington in Los Angeles on Sunday. It would be disrespectful to, say, Mason Foster, who separated his shoulder, put it back in and made the game-clinching interception against the Rams.
Griffin last took a regular season snap for the Redskins in 2014. He had a spat with old teammate Santana Moss about a coach who was fired four seasons ago? Please. It's irrelevant and not worth our time.
I mean, look at all the compelling story lines and colorful characters in Ashburn right now. There's . . . uh, hmmm. Did Riggo or Cooley say anything interesting on the radio today?
So, fine, sure. You could write 54 stories about this year's team — one on each player on the roster, and one on RGIII — and the public would click on the Griffin piece more than the one on Josh Norman, more than the one on Ryan Kerrigan, more than the one on Trent Williams, more than even the one on Kirk Cousins — combined. Cousins, you may recall, was drafted the same year as Griffin. You could argue he is more relevant in Washington because — oh, I don't know — he's still in the NFL and still on the team! Griffin, judging by his social media feed, plays more pickup basketball in Estonian gyms than he does football.
But we're not in the business of soliciting cheap clicks. It's unseemly and beneath us, journalistically.
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Writing about Griffin, who is not playing football in the fall of 2017, in the fall of 2017 serves only as a distraction from what the current group has ahead of it, which is a Sunday night home date with the Oakland Raiders. Griffin isn't playing against the Raiders in prime time. He isn't playing against anybody at any time.
Washington's victory over the Rams in Week 2 has driven standing-room tickets for that game to $34.20 apiece on StubHub. Grab your Josh Doctson jersey and go!
Given the enthralling nature of this year's team, why would we care that, in an interview with 106.7 The Fan, Moss implied — and, by "implied," we mean "stated outright" — that Griffin celebrated coach Mike Shanahan's firing after the 2013 season? This years-after-the-fact gossip reads like so much middle-school drama. Reserve it for Snapchat, kids. We have a long history of easily dismissing such gossipy garbage when it comes to the local football team. Like this, from Moss:
"When the whole thing went about," he said on 106.7 The Fan, "we hear that Mike Shanahan's not coming back the next year. Then we hear the quarterback [is] like, 'Hey. Mmmm-hmmm,' " said in the most yeah-I-told-you-so mmmm-hmmm possible.
Toss it out the window. Water off a duck's back.
"Like, basically saying that, 'You got me out of here, not playing last year the last few games [when Griffin was benched by Shanahan], then that's what happens. You get fired.'
"You can't do that," Moss continued, as if we might care. "One thing I'll just share with you: God don't like ugly."
And those who chronicle sports in this town don't like ugly, either. That's why we're not going to waste time acknowledging it.
Now, Griffin, he's different. He can't help himself. So he fired back, as if anyone would take note. He only has 2.23 million Twitter followers. Who's even paying attention? Cousins, he's the starting quarterback, and his contract situation makes him the most interesting athletic character we have, right? So he must have more followers than Gri . . . Wait. Just 175,000. Well, Norman, the franchise cornerback, he has . . . 194,000. Um, never mind.
Whatever. If I still cared about Griffin, and I don't, I would follow him on Twitter. If I did, I would have been exposed to his slew of tweets back at Moss on Tuesday.
"Santana Moss, I treat you like a brother & have always had your back," Griffin wrote, as if it matters. "To openly lie about me is a betrayal . . .
"Put in an impossible situation w/ a coach who never wanted me. Made players like Santana Moss a believer through hard work, film study . . .
"Showing up early, leaving late, putting in the extra hours, staying after practice & getting extra work in. We won the division that year. . . .
"Next year coach wants out, says he wants out, says he never wanted me as his QB & I GET BLAMED? C'mon man. I have been the good soldier."
You have been the good soldier? Really? For what army are you marching?
It doesn't matter. We are in Washington, and Washington is an important city — the most important city — and we are way beyond getting all worked up over any single person's Twitter feed.
We are over you, Robert Griffin III. We no longer care about the hope you provided in 2012, or the disappointment that followed in 2013, or what may or may not have happened with Mike Shanahan. There are 14 games remaining on this schedule, and the world is ripe with possibility and potential, and we won't deign to acknowledge what you say or think, because you no longer matter. Those of us interested in football in Washington, we will concentrate only on those who are playing or coaching or administrating football in Washington, thank you very much.
Now, what did Scot McCloughan tweet today?
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