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Myths about Robert Griffin III are getting busted pretty quickly.
In the last 24 hours we have heard from DeAngelo Hall (on Fox Sports 1) and London Fletcher (on Twitter) that the tension in the locker room that was rumored to have been created by Griffin simply did not exist.
Now the notion that Griffin would have a seat at the table during the decision on who to hire as a new head coach has been dispelled. Within hours after Mike Shanahan was fired, Griffin was on a plane. He first went to the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona to see his alma mater, Baylor, play. Then he headed for Hawaii and it is believed he has been there ever since. The Redskins will announce that Jay Gruden as their next head coach later today.
Reports that Griffin would have a seat at the table, literally and/or figuratively, raced across the Internet after Kirk Cousins was quoted as saying that Griffin would have a role in determining the new coach. But even though he was over 4,300 miles away surely Griffin was involved in the search process via telephone, Skype, FaceTime or other modern means of communication, right?
Apparently he did not. Mike Florio reported the following on Pro Football Talk:
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, it’s the truth. Griffin wasn’t involved. Indeed, the source said it’s still not clear whether the two men have spoken, even after Gruden had gotten the job.
So much for the “rampant owner-empowered entitlement” label that one local (sort of) columnist slapped on Griffin. He told reporters before the season ended that he just planned to get out of town and “lay low” during the coaching search.
He apparently stuck to his plan.