London Fletcher is on his way out of town. But he’s not leaving without giving Robert Griffin III some advice on how to deal with the controversies that, at times, seem to engulf the young Redskins quarterback.
“There are a lot of people that pull and tug at him,” Fletcher said Wednesday, moments after announcing that he intends to retire at the end of the season. “But I think really this is a time for him to just kind of exhale. If you look at the end of [last] year, he hurt himself, he didn’t have a chance to really exhale. This is a time for him to exhale, take a step back, reevaluate different things and say, ‘Hey, what do I need to [do] to be the player that he knows he can, be the player that everybody knows he can be?’"
Fletcher added: "That would be my advice for him. Really just take some time to clear his head and really decompress from everything that’s happened because he’s really been on a whirlwind if you think about it, since his senior year at Baylor.”
After claiming offensive rookie of the year honors a season ago, Griffin was benched last week for the final three games of his sophomore season. He’s also been the subject of several unflattering articles in recent weeks, the most recent one appearing on Bleacher Report on Tuesday.
Asked about Fletcher’s advice, Griffin said he intends to follow it.
“I do agree and I do take that advice—just exhale,” Griffin said. “For some people it can push you over the edge and really frustrate you. For me, I just have to do what Fletch told me and exhale. Just let it all go. You have to let the people who know you defend you. You can’t try to defend yourself or your family in these situations. It’s unfortunate that people won’t understand that. But people who know me, know my parents, know my family, know what goes on around here, they have to defend me."
He declined to specifically address whether he's bothered by stories that attack his father.
"I’m not going to worry about that,” Griffin said.