John Feinstein on why Gruden had to name RG3 starter
Before the Redskins fired former coach Mike Shanahan following the 2013 season, a series of anonymously sourced reports emerged that attacked quarterback Robert Griffin III's on and off-field personality. Publicly, Shanahan and Griffin refuted the reports, but privately, many believed Shanahan and his son Kyle to be a source for some of the negative press.
With the Shanahans now gone, and new coach Jay Gruden in place, it seems it could be a fresh start for Griffin.
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Last week, RG3 took to Facebook and announced he was excited about the Gruden hire. While that post was brief, the following day Griffin opened up on the social media site to respond to various questions and critics about his appearance and actions. It seemed Griffin had reached a boiling point and felt the need to open up. His full response below:
I usually don't do this because everyone will have an opinion on what you do or don't do. But to answer your question.
I wear a sleeve because....well the same reason Pierre Garcon wears a fang mouthpiece-S. Moss wears a hand warmer when it's 70 degrees-Will Montgomery wears elbow pads-Alfred Morris wears shin guards-London Fletcher doesn't wear sleeves in below freezing weather-Adam Carriker does bicep curls and tricep extensions before a game-Chris Baker dances before every game in the locker room-Logan Paulsen does 2 handed spikes when he celebrates touchdowns-Chris Chester does ninja spins to block people-Some guys wear sleeves & some don't-Some guys wear wristbands & some don't-Etc Etc
You see WE do these things because they make us comfortable. Not to be different. Been wearing a sleeve and glove for 10 years.
You see WE are a team.
You think I want it to be national news that I visit a beach? Or shop at Walmart? Or wore red shoes instead if green yesterday? Well I don't. I'm "striving" for greatness just like my fellow teammates do. The "attention" that comes with being a QB in the league is what you are referring to. All the press conferences and talking to the media? Mandated by the league to have a press conference every week during the season and during team activities during the off-season. Oh wait, you must be talking about the Commercials? Right? Oh ok so what was the deal with those in 2012? WE won the division. So in 2013 when WE get knocked down, and finish last it's because of the commercials? If that is your reasoning I have nothing more to say. WE will get back up. That is what matters. I hope I answered your question well enough.
And that you keep supporting the team.
In just two seasons in the NFL, Griffin has gone from media darling to paparazzi target. It's a remarkable turn.