After each game, Robert Griffin III reviews his performance with the Redskins’ coaching staff.
He also dissects the effort with his father, Robert Jr., who points out what he liked, what he didn’t and where his son must improve – even after blowouts such as Sunday’s 31-6 win over the Eagles.
“I thought I protected myself pretty well, but he pointed to the play where [Eagles’ defensive end Jason] Babin got me on my side and my legs got messed up a little bit,” Griffin III said. “He told me I can’t do that. I said, ‘I know, Dad.’”
Robert Jr., a retired Army sergeant, also offers up suggestions on technical details.
“Little things [like] not holding the ball up when you scramble,” Griffin said. “He just makes sure he [makes] those points because sometimes the coaches are so focused on other things, they might miss a minor detail. But he definitely brings it up.”
Asked how important it is for him to make Robert Jr. proud, Griffin provided some insight on the often complicated relationship between father and son.
“It’s paramount to me,” he said. “I didn’t even know what that word meant until he taught it to me a few years ago. It’s really important.”
Griffin added: “When I come off the field after a game, he gives me his criticism or praise. There are some games we lose where I think he’s going to tear me apart and he doesn’t tear me up. Then there are some games like the last one where you go 14 of 15 and he’s chewing you out, and you’re like, ‘Come on, Dad.’ But I appreciate it and he knows that.”