Here’s one name you can take off the list of “People Who Are Quite Concerned About Robert Griffin III’s 2013 Performance Through Three Games”: Baylor Coach Art Briles.
RGIII’s former boss gave several interviews this week that touched on his most famous pupil. In none of them did he suggest panic would be the appropriate current response.
“We text quite often, about three or four times a week,” Briles told ESPN Radio’s Ryen Russillo. “You know, Robert’s a man. He’s a competitor. He’s a fighter. He’s a guy that’s very determined and very disciplined. So I don’t worry about Robert. I know where Robert’s heart is, I know where his mind is and I know where is passion is, and that’s fighting his tail off to be the best that he can possibly be. So all that stuff will take care of itself. It’s kind of like I always tell our players — it’s a marathon, it’s not a sprint. I mean, let’s be judged when judging time is. And judging time for all of us – NFL, college, high school – is at the end of the season. THAT’S when you’re judged.”
Later in the week, Briles was on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Gil Brandt and Alex Marvez.
“I’m not concerned from a football standpoint, because I know that this game is a marathon, it’s not a sprint,” Briles said. “And you’re usually only as good as what you were last week, and you’re worried about the next week, so you never really can enjoy or be despondent over what happened. So when it’s all said and done, I think the water will clear, and I think he’ll end up having a great season this year.”
Then Briles was asked about Griffin’s recovery from his previous knee surgery.
“Honestly, it took about a year, and I think that’s what most ACLs take, especially at a skill position,” Briles said. “He got operated on in October and came back the next September, and wore a brace the entire 2010 season. But we didn’t run him as much, and tried to protect him with playcalling a little bit. His instincts took over a few times early in the season, where he got out scrambling and made some plays. And then later in the year, once we felt like he was where he needed to be, we turned him loose a little bit.”