If youve watched much television or been on any sports-related websites this offseason, theres a very good chance youve seen Robert Griffin III on the screen.From award shows in Los Angles to big-budget commercials for adidas and Gatorade, the Redskins rookie has, at times, seemed to be everywhere.Griffin, though, made one thing clear the eve of his first NFL training camp Wednesday: hes done filming commercials for now and wont be making any appearances on the red carpet until next offseason.He also said he plans to put down the smartphone and stop using Twitter to update his nearly 270,000 followers.Its all about the Redskins playbook now.Its all business, Griffin said told reporters during a wide-ranging 26-minute news conference at Redskins Park. Were getting down to the season time. Im not going any award shows or doing any commercials during the season.He wasn't quite done with being a pitch man, however. During the news conference, which was televised locally and nationally, he wore a burgundy and gold T-shirt emblazoned with the phrase "No pressure, no diamonds" and the adidas logo.Although Griffin wont toss his first pass in an NFL contest until he suits up for the preseason opener August 8th in Buffalo, the quarterback said he never had any hesitation about doing the types of commercials that are often reserved for more accomplished pros.Youre only unproven if you think youre unproven, he said. Im not proven, but I dont think Im unproven, either. The only thing I made sure I stayed with was companies I truly believe in and not just doing things to get money. It was great experience doing all those things. Everybody wants to be in the Gatorade commercial, get the Gatorade dripping from your face.Asked if he sought the counsel of any veteran teammates before agreeing to do the high-profile ads, Griffin said followed the advice from those in his inner circle.I talked to my guys about that type of stuff, he said. We wanted to make sure I wasnt doing too much before I even played. But the situations that arose seemed fine. If it wasnt good, I definitely would have felt it in the locker room. But when all the guys showed up, most of them were even laughing about them or saying they were really cool. It rubbed the team the right way.The team doesnt look at me as a celebrity, he added. Yeah Im their quarterback and Im the guy thats going to lead them to victory, but theres no celebrity.Then he cracked: Theres no autographs in the locker room, for the most part. Im not RG3 to them, Im just Robert.Like the commercials and other endorsements, Griffin added that Twitter will have to wait, too.Its not that he has tweeted that much. In fact, hes only sent out 377 of the 140 character messages, and many of them have been responses to his growing legion of fans.As far as getting rid of it, probably not, he said. But as far as tweeting goes, probably not too much tweeting. We dont plan on losing any games, but you cant tweet when you win and not tweet when you lose.So, he added, you might as well not tweet altogether.Some observers have wondered recently if Griffin was putting himself at risk of becoming over exposed. Perhaps. But the good news for Redskins fans is that no one needed to tell him that playtime over and it was time to get to work.He figured that one out on his own.Its going to be really good to just bear down and focus on football," he said.
Tight end Vernon Davis has seen the Washington Redskins go through many ups and downs since becoming a part of the organization in 2016, but the 2018 season brought a new set of challenges.
Two injured quarterbacks headlined the Redskins' 7-9 season and fans were once again calling for team president Bruce Allen's job.
In a rare media availability during Tuesday's Senior Bowl practice, Allen noted how "close" he felt the Redskins were to reaching the postseason but his continued lack of transparency is something that does not sit well with Redskins fans.
Davis, speaking Wednesday on 106.7 The Fan's Sports Junkies, is standing by the team's president.
"I strongly believe, like I said before, we have the pieces to win games."
"Bruce and Dan [Snyder], those guys are constantly sitting in their office trying to find ways to win. It's not like they're not doing a great job with it. I believe in them. I believe that they're going to make the right decision to do the best they can do to help us win football games around here because that's what they're there for. Bruce is there to make sure that we're a championship team. Make sure that we're winning. Making sure that we have all the pieces when it comes to different positions on the football field. So, they're doing just that.
Allen has continued to praise the Redskins fans for their passion throughout the offseason. But if you know the Redskins, don't expect many changes to take place.
And if it's hard for you to hang on to the little insight Allen provides Redskins fans with in regards to the future of the organization, Davis urges fans to keep holding on.
"I wouldn't quite count him out. I just say have patience and continue to support the Washington Redskins."
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MOBILE — Bruce Allen stood in the pocket and watched as the pass rush came, but like a veteran quarterback, he avoided the pressure and sidestepped the blitz.
Speaking with reporters for the first time in a long time on Tuesday at the Senior Bowl, the embattled Redskins team president dutifully took every question thrown his way.
Allen got asked about the low attendance figures at FedEx Field, and maneuvered his explanation into the injured Redskins squad that took the field Week 17.
Allen got asked about the #FireBruceAllen movement and deftly turned the conversation into a discussion on the passionate Redskins fan base.
Allen did not provide much of an update on injured quarterback Alex Smith or any real contract talks with pending free agents Jamison Crowder, Preston Smith or Adrian Peterson.
Allen did not provide much of an update on a new Redskins stadium, and there wasn't much information about additions or changes to the front office.
Pressed why he was the right person to run the Redskins, Allen explained that his passion for the team puts him in the same line as the fans.
He wants what they want.
It's true, Allen loves the Redskins and has since he was a child and his father famously coached the team. That still doesn't explain why he deserves to run the team. There were questions about the front office structure and the coaching staff, but the answers were mostly endorsements of the status quo.
It's also fair to point out that on many contractual matters, Allen might not be able to say much, or it might be wise for him to provide as little information as possible.
Give Allen credit.
He's quite good at talking without providing real insight into what he's thinking. That's not on accident, and it is a skill.
In fact, many executives and coaches around the NFL deploy the same strategy. Coach-speak is famous for providing no information, and few GMs like to give their opposition the slightest clue about their next move.
What amplifies the situation is the rarity upon which Allen speaks, particularly in group settings.
Want some good news Redskins fans? Allen said he would talk again at the NFL Scouting Combine.
That's about a month away — and maybe then, there will be more answers.
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