Arrington said he “thinks the world of” the Redskins’ fan base, which supports the team through thick and mostly thin. In March, he insisted that he’s not a bitter ex-player during an appearance with his former co-host Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan, but on Tuesday he sounded as if he thinks his best years — and Robert Griffin III’s — were wasted in Washington.
“Every year that the Hall of Fame inductees go in and I watch it, I just sit there and I think about, I gave my best years to dysfunction,” Arrington said. “It just kind of bothers me a little bit…because it’s like if you had the structure in place to have success, my track record kind of speaks for itself. Guys that have come in there, Robert Griffin III, guys that have been there, their track records speak for themselves. How does a guy go from being special on every level, and then they come to the Redskins and it’s gone? The magic is gone. I can’t explain it. It’s almost a weird phenomenon, and I hate that I’m a statistic of that weird phenomenon.”
Arrington, who battled injuries and probably wasn’t Canton-bound no matter which team drafted him out of Penn State, was asked where Griffin could find success outside of Ashburn.
“A different profession, probably,” he said. “For me, I look at it like this: Once you’ve damaged somebody the way he’s damaged right now, I just think that it will be a long shot for him to turn out to be what he was and what people expected and anticipated him to be. When he was drafted, his rookie year, they ran a lot of Wildcat and that read-option did very well. And if you notice, it’s not just Robert Griffin III that’s struggling. It’s guys like [Colin] Kaepernick as well. The guys that ran that Wildcat-style offense are now struggling. When you break down Robert’s film, it’s just very simple to see the things that are really, really not good, and the things that make you wonder, for me, how is he being coached? Here’s the thing: You have to have done enough homework before you drafted the guy. Now, I know they’ve got [offensive coordinator Sean] McVay and they brought in [Jay] Gruden to fix him, so you have a different group of guys, but I go back and I say, okay, you bring him in and then you draft Kirk Cousins in the same draft. The handwriting’s on the wall right there.”
Like Griffin’s former teammate, London Fletcher, who suggested Tuesday that the Redskins gave up on their quarterback of the future too soon, Arrington said some of the blame for Griffin’s failings fall on the coaching staff.
“If a guy went No. 2 in the draft, you would certainly think that they would be able to teach him some of the things that he’s coming up short in over and over again,” he said.
Thanks to @BenRaby31.