Eventually Robert Griffin III will find some middle ground when talking to the media. There is a lot of territory in between his expansive comments after the Redskins loss to the Bucs on Sunday and his Belichickian “focused on San Francisco” press session on Wednesday. Perhaps one day he can learn to be like Tom Brady, giving good answers to questions without saying much of anything.
But for right now, three days after some say he compared himself to Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers and threw his teammates under the bus in the process and two days after his coach was highly critical of his play, saying as little as possible was the best move.
It was over early. As soon as he came out with the first “we’re focused on San Francisco” in answer to the first question of his regularly scheduled Wednesday press conference, most in the room knew that we wouldn’t get any insight into what he thought about the events of the previous 72 hours.
When he has tried to clarify comments in the past he usually ended up further muddying the waters. By mostly sticking to one-line answers punctuated by restating his focus on the Redskins’ next opponent, he didn’t dig himself any deeper into the hole.
So maybe Griffin will become smarter off of the field. Now, as he focuses on San Francisco, he needs to be smarter on the field. Former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley gave a very harsh assessment of Griffin’s play against the Bucs.
“There was a game plan initially installed, which was not run or operated in any way shape or form the way it should have been,” Cooley said on ESPN 980, via the DC Sports Bog. “There was a quarterback not reading the field when he should have been, there was a quarterback scrambling when he [shouldn't have been]….You can’t grade anyone else around Robert because of the way Robert played.”
So Griffin has started to get to work on his off-field game. But he’s not paid to give speeches, he’s paid to play quarterback. And until he masters that, the losses are likely to pile up, the off-field questions will continue, and the cycle will not be broken.
He did what he had to do today in meeting with the press. Now he needs to fix the far more important part.