If you’re someone who rolls your eyes at every new Robert Griffin III commercial, hashtag or bit of self-promotion, the start of Redskins training camp should provide some relief. At long last, pundits can analyze Griffin’s on-the-field performance after spending much of the offseason scrutinizing the Redskins quarterback’s behavior in his free time.
Griffin summed up the increased criticism he has faced following last year’s 3-13 campaign during an interview on 106.7 The Fan earlier this week.
“If you win a Super Bowl, you can do whatever you want,” Griffin said. “If you’re not winning, you can’t do anything, but that’s not how you gotta live your life.”
And that’s not how Griffin has lived his life, which was fully apparent during a long montage of photos and images from Griffin’s very public offseason that aired during Wednesday’s episode of Comcast SportsNet’s “Training Camp Daily.”
“Listen to me: I love Robert Griffin III,” Fred Smoot said after the montage, which included Griffin’s new logo. “I don’t like RGIII.”
“And there’s a difference,” host Chris Miller said.
“There’s a total difference,” Smoot said. “My grandma always told me, ‘If you knew better, you’d do better. Well evidently, this guy don’t know no better, because he continues to do the same thing every offseason. I’m watching Russell Wilson, just come off a Super Bowl win: one commercial. I’m watching [Andrew] Luck: zero commercials. They’re working on a trade — the trade of playing quarterback. They want to be the best. They know longevity and winning outlast being popular. You can be popular for a short time. The rise to the top is quick, but the drop, it’s a lot faster. So I want this guy to just focus on playing quarterback, and that’s when Robert Griffin III comes in. Because he can play the game; his mind is just everywhere right now. I just don’t agree with it and I don’t like it.”
Smoot, you may remember, has been critical of the way Griffin carries himself off the field before, especially in comparison to Wilson and Luck.
“It’s about time somebody be honest,” Smoot said during an interview on 106.7 The Fan in September. “Sometimes RGIII can be a brat, alright? Because I’m watching these other quarterbacks and I’m watching how they compose themselves and the things they do. With Luck and Wilson, and it’s a different vibe. Sometimes I’m starting to think that RGIII is really really buying into the attention. But I tell anybody this. The NFL will humble you. And I think he’s going through that humbling process right now as we speak.”
Doc Walker chimed in on Wednesday, coming to Griffin’s defense while also suggesting that the quarterback consider taking up golf next offseason.
“In the era of social media — first of all, I played with Joe Theismann,” Walker said. “Nobody is more entrenched in media than Joe T. Nobody outworked Joe T. Nobody outworks Robert Griffin III. What I like about him is he never sacrifices his game for the outside. The shoe companies have a different agenda. And we saw Jordan, we’ve seen Bolt. What do they all have that Robert hasn’t gotten to yet? Longevity. He’s so young. Now, the last time he was healthy, he was the Rookie of the Year, but last year — and we saw what that offseason represented. This one, now I’m going, now you’re out on a ledge, because you didn’t back off. Now, they’ve gotta perform. I believe he will. But I would hope that they understand in the process, that you can’t do it alone, and your teammates will buy in because he gets things done. What I worry about, and I agree with Fred, is that this is a big-picture deal. I always say, the best hobby for guys — and my brother [Brian Mitchell] has it — is golf. That’s what Michael Jordan did. Eighteen [holes], you’re quietly alone with your crew, and it’s not a public agenda. Everything is not public.”