Posted November 27, 2013

Robert Griffin: ‘Anybody out there that’s going after my dad needs to back up’

NFC East, Washington Redskins
Robert Griffin III has been eluding pressure all season -- and not just on the field. (The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Robert Griffin III has been eluding pressure all season — and not just on the field. (The Washington Post/Getty Images)

For any number of reasons, whatever Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III does these days is guaranteed to make news — and the slant on that news is rarely positive, whether reality fits the narrative or not. After a rookie season in 2012 where he was seen as the most exciting young quarterback to come down the pike in a good long time, Griffin has been befuddled by a second-year regression that has as much to do with the players around him as it does his own injury-hampered ability to grow as a pure passer.

When he tried to point that out after Washington’s 24-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 17, the backlash hit Griffin’s own locker room, as receiver Santana Moss wondered why Griffin wasn’t taking more accountability for the team’s troubles on offense. In the Redskins’ 27-6 follow-up loss to the 49ers last Sunday, Griffin’s offense was held without a passing or rushing touchdown for the first time in his college or pro career.

After that game, Griffin was visited by his father in the team’s locker room, and that’s where things started to get silly. As the parents of players aren’t often seen in the most private of NFL environs, those most interested in the notion that Griffin is receiving preferential treatment had yet more ammo for their convictions. Robert Griffin II visited his son to talk about the game, and because he thought his son had been injured during the game — specifically, when he was kicked in the private parts by a San Francisco defender.

On Wednesday, Griffin III went on the offensive against those questioning the presence of Griffin II.

“He showed up, I was shocked that he was there, but he meant no harm,” Griffin said, per John Keim of ESPN.com. “Anybody out there that’s going after my dad needs to back up. That is my father. I will protect my family and he served 21 years in the military. I know that’s not an excuse for anything that he does, but he’s not overstepping his bounds. So I hope that people will respect that and back off.

“He asked me if I was OK and I said, ‘Yeah, I’m all right.’ And me and him just talked and that’s it.”

After the game, 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks opined that Griffin shouldn’t even be playing at this point.

“He’s obviously a man and he makes his own decisions, but I personally don’t feel he should be playing right now,” Brooks said. “You can see it. Everybody can see it, everybody can see it … He’s a man, he has the heart of a warrior and is going to go out there and play regardless of the circumstance. Everybody can see it. Everybody can see it. He shouldn’t be playing.”

Griffin suffered multiple knee injuries in his rookie campaign and was prevented from working with his offense in the 2013 preseason as he recovered from surgery. He’s been under fire on the field all season in Washington’s relatively limited offense, and it would seem that defenders are catching up to what he’s running.

Griffin seems to understand that this is part of the NFL, but when people started to question his father’s intentions, he went off.

“I don’t know what all has been said, I just know it hasn’t all been positive. He wanted to do his fatherly duties and step in there to see if I was OK.”

The 3-8 Redskins hardly resemble the team that recovered from a 3-6 mark in 2012 to win the NFC East. And the new element for Griffin is the kind of criticism that goes beyond the boundaries of the game. Unfortunately, in his case, that’s part of the job — like it or not.

45 comments
EdEsposito1
EdEsposito1

The Redskins suck.  Move along, nothing to see here.

mollyshuman
mollyshuman

They need to put Kirk Cousins in for an entire game and so what happens.  Cousins is an extremely competent quarterback.  RGIII let his ego at the end of last year to lead to his injury.  He should not have stayed in the last game after he was injured.

Jean
Jean

RgIII isn't "black" enough fo de medias--dey wants a "donovan".

rh2000
rh2000

The best thing he can do is get out of Washington!  

RichardHenryIII
RichardHenryIII

Let's just stick to pure football issues, media over reaction and fan pro or con is ridiculous

evil.aaronm
evil.aaronm

Helicopter dads gonna hover.  If RG III was truly injured, wouldn't it have been obvious?  Don't they have trainers for that?  What was dad gonna do for him that the trainers wouldn't?  Way to make your kid look like a wuss.

Funny-One
Funny-One

Maybe they didnt want his dad to see them getting their steriod shots and Testosterone shots and then calling each other racial slurs, then dance around the room in dresses.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

The only father who should be barred from that locker room is the offensive coordinator's. 

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

OH GOD His dad visited him to make sure he was ok. What is this evil world coming to? 

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

Why is this even a thing?  The people whining about his dad being in the locker room have nothing better to complain about, I guess.

Tyler15
Tyler15

The Redskins ruined this kid. Sending him on pass patterns, calling running plays for him he had no  business running in the NFL, playing him in the playoffs, and rushing him out there this year. I agree with Brooks, he does not look like the same player. 

MIke Shanahan won NOTHING until he had both Elway and TD. And he has wrecked this kid and this kid's future. 


Oh, and I'm a Cowboy fan.

BudPhyte
BudPhyte

Give the guy a break will you. He's been beaten into a pulp ... mentally as well as physically. He had an "I'm at a loss" look on his face late in the game. Sit him down and give him a chance to get it together again. He's very bright, he'll most likely work it out and be a franchise QB again. It's in the Skins best long term interest.

DonTheGreen
DonTheGreen

I'm with you RG III.  Glad your dad can be a father.  What's the deal.  Cool if more people can care for their kids.  Griffin is a great athlete; I'm a Cowboys fan and have a healthy respect.  He'll be lighting up scoreboards for years to come.  "Everyone can see that."

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I have to think that the happiest people in the NFL, after seeing Washington/Griffin's problems this season, are the St. Louis Rams. The lower Washington finishes the better their pick. Jeff Fisher must be singing in his beer.

Cool
Cool

I guess in our macho world with our macho mindset it is bad to have a concerned father.  Yes, I know, all of you parents would sit back and just wait for your injured son to call you because you are all macho.  As the father of an former collegiate athlete I can tell you that my son was always macho, but his father didn't give a flip, if I thought he was hurt, as a father my first instinct was to make sure he was alright.  

robert.bruce.parsons
robert.bruce.parsons

I have a clarifying question I need to ask Ahmad Brooks:  "Can everybody see it?"


Oh, and "sophomore jinx" has been around for a long time.

John337
John337

 Farrah is a typical journalist. College journalism is an extremely easy degree and students either come from wealthy parents or are lacking in intellect. A recent poll showed journalist to be 92% liberal democrats. Unfortunately sports writers are at the bottom and least paid. RGIII made the mistake of not denying his religion. 

KidHorn
KidHorn

The skins have a severe lack of talent. Their O line is terrible except for Trent Williams. Their receivers are among the worst in the league. RGIII could be playing better, a lot better, but when you're running for your life and there are no open receivers, it's kind of tough to play well. Alfred Morris is the only bright spot on their offense. Plus, Jim Hazlett's defense is terrible which means the skins have to frequently abandon their running game.

101philosopha101
101philosopha101

RGIII isn't even the best 2012 NFL draft QB in his OWN division.  Nick Foles is, picked 86 spots behind him.  Andrew Luck has his team in playoff contention.  Russell Wilson has the best team in the NFL.  RGIII is the runt of the 2012 NFL draft class right now.  Let's see if he can recover next year.  But right now, he is no good.  They should sit him out rest of year to heal up.

fmfrijoles
fmfrijoles

This is part of the process. Not every year is going to be like last year and not every year is going to be horrid. RG3 understands the most important part.....if you are going to be a QB in the NFL then you are going to get alot of blame for losses as well as the accolades for victory.


The idea that he shouldn't be playing is ludicrous........all young QBs need as much real gametime as possible to learn and progress. Benching him would serve absolutely no purpose.

DanaBougon
DanaBougon

Another example of the media exalting  a celebrity/athlete/politician and then laying in wait to take them down.  It's what the media lives for...

Everything this kid does now is being analysed and scrutinized... so his dad came in the locker room...big deal.  

This is just his second year...he's being ridiculed for not measuring up to last years performance, which was extraordinary.  So, lets see....had he not had that phenomenal 2012 and performed as a very promising rookie, would he be receiving all of this negative press? Guess he set expectations too high...

Yeah, he has a lot to learn both in his playing and also his character development...give him a chance for God's sake.


tfaw
tfaw

non-story.  jourmalism overload as usual...

jworsr
jworsr

Hey, you guys, you're ignoring the obvious.....  Ahmad Brooks isn't ignoring the obvious ~ he saw it up close and personal ~ I saw it via TV ~ the RGIII of 2013 isn't the RGIII of 2012 ~ and the culprit is Mike Shanahan, who allowed the RGIII of 2012 to play in the slop of a muddy field in the final minutes of a game already won.....

That's vintage Shanahan ~ ride the QB to coaching glory, as he did in Denver and as he wants to do in Washington, DC ~ only now, he has an injured QB who can't carry Shanahan on his shoulders!!!

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Why did security let him in the locker room? Does he have a pass? If he does then there is no issue. If not, then maybe there is. His 21 years in the military means absolutely nothing in this case, and was an insulting argument. In fact it goes to show that son knows his father was in the wrong.  

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

The right answer:  "If my father said what he did, I wish he hadn't.  He's my dad, but I'm my own man."

Then again, it's clear that the second statement isn't true.

Tyler15
Tyler15

Forgot to add - you even MENTION my family in a negative light, I don't give a crap about the circumstances, and we will meet face to face.

Cool
Cool

@John337 Studies also show that many republicans fail to graduate with a degree of any type, and I am just going to assume from your simple minded post, that you are one of them. Have a happy Thanksgiving and please don't burn down the double wide cooking the turkey.

strayon
strayon

@jworsr BINGO! When I read Brooks' comments, it struck me a just being honest; I did not think there was anything malicious or mere trash talking as is usually the case when players make comments about other teams and players.

An earlier post said "so his dad came in the locker room...big deal"... Well yes, it appears it was a big deal. If he appears to be getting preferential treatment, playing at the level he's playing at now, everyone should be wondering why? The whole Martin-Incognito situation was/is a violation of unwritten locker room protocol and we see how that has played out; you are either part of the T-E-A-M or you're not. When was the last time you heard of Archie walking into the locker room to see Eli or Peyton?

The NFL is full of "one year wonders" and so far, RGIII looks like he may be one of those. And let's not say anything about the knee. Even the hallowed Manning and Brady suffered serious injuries, but they have never suffered the type of self-inflicted wounds RGIII has.

And, I do agree that RGIII should be shut down for the season. If the Redskins truly view him as the cornerstone of their future, let him rest, rehab the knee and support his team from the sidelines. He came back very quickly from his injury, but had no time to work with the offense to start the season. There is plenty of blame to go around concerning the 'Skins miserable 2013 campaign so far. Sit RGIII, play Cousins and see what happens. The worst thing that could happen is the 'Skins continue with a sub-par season - which appears over now regardless. The best thing that could happen is Cousins plays great to the finish, RGIII comes back strong next year, and Cousins' trade value goes through the roof!


ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

@Rickapolis shut up. He mentioned his time in the military as saying he respects his father's defense of the country and he will defend his father in return. it had nothing to do with "my father was in the military and can do whatever he wants". Try digesting information before you comment. 

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@Tyler15 I don't think it was so much about family as it was that the guy had no business being in the locker room (And I'm assuming that RG2 does not have a pass, if he does there is no argument). The man didn't belong there. That it was a family member is irrelevant. 

Fierceblues
Fierceblues

@Cool @John337 as most Liberals are typically arrogant and bigoted, you fit the bill to a tee. Yes...I'm a Republican and have a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, a POST certificate from a Police Academy and I'm a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser who lives is in a upper end area of Palm Springs, California. I do believe in God,  have multiple firearms and believe the progressive mind set is the bane of free world.  Frankly....."many" Republicans and Democrats don't have degrees....so your point is without substance.  Regarding the "simple minded" jab....seems a lot like the pot calling the kettle black kind of thing, based on your biased and uninformed response.

Bigtruth
Bigtruth

Yikes john, you sound like an idiot.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@ITATTRACTS Nonsense. He was acting as if his father had special privileges because he was in the military. I was with the government 35 years, does that give me access to any place that anyone else is not? Of course not. RGIII is spoiled and entitled and wants his family and friends to get the same treatment. 

tlm773458
tlm773458

Sports Illustrated, not Yahoo.  Typing is apparently not a strong point for me today

tlm773458
tlm773458

Sorry, type-o.  United States government

tlm773458
tlm773458

Just out of curiosity when did sports.yahoo.com/nfl become a platform for political debate?  I was sure this was to discuss sports, not the failures of the Unites States government.

Jim70
Jim70

@Mark20 @Fierceblues @Cool @John337 Idiotic political tags have no place here or anywhere else (with "progressive" an especially arrogant expression). We don't divide along major party lines -- the ruling class could care less about the party membership of the lawmaker being shown the carrot or stick. Instead, the fundamental divide is between those who want to control others and those with no such desire. Oh, and fire the coach, have the interim coach sit RGIII down, and give him an off-season to get better with a new offensive coordinator and a better supporting cast. 

Mark20
Mark20

@Fierceblues @Mark20 @Cool @John337 Whatevs dude. Anyone who says "all liberals are arrogant and bigoted" is not worth spending time on, on a lovely Thanksgiving day. It's as bad as me saying that all conservatives are "arrogant and bigoted". I know many conservatives and some are actually not "arrogant and bigoted". LOL

Fierceblues
Fierceblues

@Mark20 @Fierceblues @Cool @John337  "progressive" in the case of society is not synonymous with making advances....rather it involves  the destruction of values and mores, in which the nation was established. Progressive as it turns out is becoming more "socialistic"....thus  the end result is a government that becomes"repressive"......and this I do not agree with.