Josh Gordon: RGIII shouldn’t have been playing

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Wait, it’s February and I’m still writing about what other NFL players think about Robert Griffin III’s 2013 season? What’s wrong with me? And you’re reading it, too. What’s wrong with you?

Anyhow, as you recall, Ahmad Brooks said RGIII wasn’t ready for the start of the 2013 season. Chris Canty said in December that RGIII still wasn’t healthy. And now Josh Gordon — Griffin’s former teammate at Baylor — is saying that the quarterback shouldn’t have started the 2013 season.

“Honestly I just don’t think he was ready to play,” Gordon told ESPN last week. “He was injured. He should have never stepped out there until he was healthy. And I’ve told him that. I really think he should have waited.”

Gordon was then asked to assess Griffin’s personality.

“Grif is definitely a leader,” the receiver said. “Guys follow him. He just has that magnetic type of personality about him. On the football field, guys are just gonna attract to him. He knows what he’s doing. He’s very very smart on the football field. He’s gonna treat you like his best friend, but he’s gonna want you to act like a professional and like a winner when you’re out there. And he’s gonna want you to act like an extension of himself.”

One of the “First Take” hired rabble-rousers then suggested that there were lies being told about Griffin last season from inside the Redskins organization, except he did so in especially loud and accusatory tones.

“That’s an in-house situation,” Gordon said. “But I really think it was a deception type of look clouding over him. It was bad, negative. But some guys just weren’t ready for RGIII. They weren’t ready, they don’t know his personality. But he’s a great guy. I take nothing away from him. He’s one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL right now. I would take Grif any day.”

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.



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