Never too far from controversy, Robert Griffin III again alerted his detractors with recent comments to Peter King about his role in coach Jay Gruden's West Coast Offense. Griffin explained that the coach wants the quarterback to play within the offense and take the easy plays as they become available.
The comments that made the most noise:
"They are asking me to be basic and take the plays that are there. If that’s what Jay wants me to do, that’s what I am going to do. It doesn’t mean you take everything out of your game. When those opportunities come up to make plays out of the pocket I will do it and not think twice about it. But if they are asking me to do the ordinary, that’s what I am going to have to do."
Two words stand out: basic and ordinary. The RG3 detractors, and there are many, suggest that using words like that implies Griffin thinks his coach is limiting the type of player he can be. In 2012, Griffin showed to be an electric talent that no coach should try to harness. The two years since, however, RG3 has looked lost at times and in need of strong coaching.
Griffin's known verbosity has caused unneeded drama in the past, but is this a clear case? Or did Griffin just use weird words to describe his intention of playing within the system?
It's tough to judge RG3 because every word he utters gets parsed from a local to a national level. Does he say the wrong things? At times, absolutely. Does it warrant the criticism often leveled at Griffin? Some is warranted, but not all. It's all certainly debatable. The media and fans chastise athletes and coaches that offer little or nothing of their personality, but when athletes open up and talk, sometimes the blowback is harsh. It's a delicate balancing act, one perhaps that corresponds directly with winning. As a rookie in the middle of a seven-game win streak to win the NFC East, fans loved what Griffin had to say, regardless if it seemed trite or was cliche-ridden. Now, after winning seven games in two years, Griffin is judged in a much different light.
What do you think? By saying "basic" and "ordinary" was Griffin taking a shot at the Gruden system? Or was it just an unfortunate choice of words? Or, not even unfortunate, was Griffin just trying to accurately portray his role in the offense as he sees fit?
Let us know what you think in the comments.