Dr. James Andrews arguably is the best orthopedic surgeon in the country, if not the world. (Or, perhaps more accurately, he has convinced everyone in the sports world that he is.) But his expertise doesn’t extend from his hands to his mouth.
Andrews’ most recent gaffe comes from describing Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III as “superhuman” in his ability and motivation to recover from a torn ACL suffered in a playoff loss to the Seahawks.
In this specific situation, it’s critical that fan and media expectations be managed properly. Calling Griffin “superhuman” will serve only to make everyone believe he’ll be ready for Week One — even if he isn’t. Then, Griffin will either end up risking injury or appearing less than “superhuman” if he fails to be ready to go.
It’s not the first time Andrews has said something he shouldn’t when it comes to Griffin. Last month, Andrews boasted that Griffin is “way ahead of schedule.” And only days before Griffin’s already-injured knee imploded on the green dirt of FedEx Field, Andrews said that Griffin re-entered the December contest in which his knee was originally injured without being cleared.
So while Andrews is a great doctor, he’s not a P.R. specialist, he doesn’t play one on TV, and he didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. Or ever.