Doug Williams on RGIII: ‘This could be his city’


Doug Williams and Robert Griffin III have been linked for years: Williams wore an “Old RGIII” name tag in Annapolis, and Griffin narrated a piece about Williams for ESPN (watch it here), and Jay Gruden just recently talked about how Williams could help Griffin after the former quarterback joined the Redskins front office.

“It’s great to have a quarterback who’s been through a lot of things similar to what Robert’s going to go through with the publicity, both negative and positive,” Gruden said earlier this month. “For Robert to have a guy that he can maybe bounce some problems off of and Doug can help him out, it’d be great.”

And indeed, this publicity topic has already been raised between the two men

“Him and I talked,” Williams recently told ESPN 950 in Richmond. “I basically told him that man, look, this city puts its arms around this football team, and they definitely love their quarterback. I told him this could be his city, and he understands what goes on with it. A lot of people sometimes be down on the young guy, but he’s under tremendous pressure now with social media, with [Instagram]. He’s got so many things that he has to deal with. And I know he’s part of it too, but he’s young enough to do that. But at the same time, he does understand what is at hand here, and he is daunted with the task of trying to find a way to win championships.”

Williams, as he has before, also talked about how impressed he has been with Griffin’s mindset.

“Every week he comes down our hall probably two or three times a week,” Williams said. “And just talking to him, you realize you’ve got a guy that really wants to do well, wants to do what we all would like for him to do for this city: to bring us a championship. And he understands that, and that’s what he works for. And since I’ve been here, since February, I’ve never seen a guy work so hard, and spend as much time with the coach trying to find out exactly what he wants, and watching tape, and doing things like that. You know, he’s doing what the quarterback’s supposed to do, and that’s to be the leader of this football team.”

You’ll recall that Jay Gruden said during the offseason that RGIII “works out more than anybody I’ve ever seen.”

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



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