RGIII’s dad in the locker room

LANDOVER MD – NOVEMBER 25: Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is taken down by San Francisco outside linebacker Aldon Smith (99) after throwing a pass in the first quarter as the San Francisco 49’s play the the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field in Landover MD, November 25, 2013. ( Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

It wasn’t that long ago that the narrative surrounding Robert Griffin III’s relationship with his father centered around the perception that the elder was a little too hands on. In August, while appearing to criticize the Redskins system, he called running quarterbacks losers. Days later, after much backlash, he decided he’d no longer be speaking to the media.

He has been a visible fixture at games, however, and after last night’s loss he spent time with his son, first in the locker room, then at his press conference and then again by his locker. By most accounts, having your dad at a press conference isn’t unusual, but the presence of RGII in the locker room was rare enough that multiple reporters felt the need to make note of it.



It’s unusual for any family member to be in the postgame locker room, let alone the parent of the losing quarterback directly after a loss. Sure, a father has a right to console his son in hard times. But as fans and media call for RGIII to be more accountable for his own poor performance, some people felt that the presence of his father could send the wrong message.



Are we all looking too deeply into this? Possibly. Is it easy to find the negative in things that would otherwise go unnoticed on a winning team? Absolutely. But as fans are going noir and the media is struggling to make sense of what is happening to this team, perhaps now is not the time to test the rationality in Washington.



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Dan Steinberg · November 26, 2013

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