Griffin on McNabb: 'He’s free to have that opinion'

Griffin on McNabb: 'He’s free to have that opinion'
June 6, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Last week, former Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb said he was concerned that current Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was doing “too much.” 

On Thursday, Griffin responded.

“I heard what he said,” Griffin said. “It is what it is. Everybody is going to have their own opinion. He’s free to have that opinion. So I’ll just leave it at that." 

In an interview with Mike Wise of The Washington Post, McNabb said Griffin is overexposed. In particular, McNabb criticized Griffin and the Redskins for the quarterback's weekly interview sessions during OTAs.

“It’s too much right now; it’s just too much,” McNabb was quoted as saying. “I get some of things he’s doing to draw attention to himself: the Adidas commercials, going out and enjoying the life of a young, famous NFL quarterback. I understand RG has a lot of stuff going on.

“But if you’re coming off ACL surgery, you don’t need to be having a press conference at OTAs. Every week? Really? It becomes a circus, a sideshow. It takes away from the focus of what those sessions are supposed to be about: the team.”

McNabb spent 11 seasons in Philadelphia, where he earned six Pro Bowl berths, before being traded to the Redskins prior to the 2010 season. After struggling for much of the year, he was benched by Mike Shanahan for the final three games. It turned out to be McNabb's only campaign in Washington.

In The Post column, McNabb suggested that he and his father should sit down and have a conversation with Griffin and his father, who has been outspoken about how the Redskins have implemented his son.

Griffin said he would not be opposed to such a meeting, but he also didn’t sound as though he was in a hurry to schedule one, either.

“I watched Donovan play when I was younger, so I saw what he went through, the ups and downs,” Griffin said. “I think it was what, five NFC Championship games? So I know the history. It’s not something I would be opposed to. But like I said, it’s just right now I’ve got other things to do.”

Asked if McNabb had reached out to him personally, Griffin said, “Nah.”