Report: RG3's father 'politicked' for Briles

Report: RG3's father 'politicked' for Briles
December 17, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Darrell Green questions Redskins coaching staff

Last week Mike Shanahan told us there would be some sort of bombshell coming out about the Redskins almost every day. He has been wrong about many things as head coach in Washington but he was dead on the money about that.

Jason Cole is reporting on the Bleacher Report that Robert Griffin III has not taken well to coaching suggestions and that his father, Robert Griffin Jr., has been intrusive to the point where he has been lobbying for Griffin’s college coach to take over as head coach of the Redskins.

According to the report, Griffin’s “stubbornness was crystallized” during a game when quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur attempted to correct his footwork after an errant throw. The quarterback reportedly brushed off LaFleur’s instruction.

(Note: In the story that was originally posted, Cole reported that this interaction had taken place on the sideline. After it was noted that LaFleur coaches from the booth, not the sideline, the post was revised to say that it was a conversation on the sideline phone.)

In addition, the elder Griffin “has politicked Snyder to hire Baylor coach Art Briles”, who coached Griffin when he won the Heisman Trophy. Briles has been discussed in the media as a possible candidate but others are concerned that Griffin needs to have the influence of someone with NFL coaching experience (Briles has none). In addition, if the Redskins hired Briles it might make it look like both Griffins had undue influence in the process.

This is not the first time we have heard of Griffin Jr. going beyond what is considered normal behavior for a player’s parent. During the offseason he suggested that his son needed to be made into more of a pocket passer and he was recently seen in the Redskins locker room after a game.

“Multiple team sources said they believe the father’s influence and interference have made this season more difficult,” according to Cole.

That may be true, but none of this should be a surprise to Mike Shanahan, Dan Snyder, or anyone else in the Redskins organization. It was well known that Griffin “was something of a stage father” when his son was at Baylor, according to the report.

The fact that Griffin might be a little difficult to coach also came up in scouting reports prior to the draft. If the organization has found itself unable to deal with Griffin III, Griffin Jr., and the dynamic of the two then perhaps they should have considered that before making the blockbuster deal to move up in the draft to get him.