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Griffin won’t change the way he handles the media

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Last week, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III learned a lot about the way potentially conflicting remarks from a player and a coach will be scrutinized and interpreted.  This week, Griffin said the experience won’t change how he handles the media.

I’ll continue to be who I am,” Griffin told reporters, via Rich Tandler of CSNWashington.com.

The problem started when comments from Griffin juxtaposed with comments from Shanahan created the impression that a rift exists between the two men regarding Griffin’s return to play from a torn ACL.

“I sat down and talked to a few people, ‘Do I stop being who I am, stop being honest with you guys and not give you guys ammunition to turn against this team or do I just go into a shell and Bill Belichick it all week?’” Griffin said.  “But I’ll continue to be who I am and if something like that does happen just go back and make a statement and make sure everybody is clear on it.  I don’t think I can change who I am just because people are going to take my words and put them against me.”

But he doesn’t have to change who he is.  He just has to be more careful.

Griffin and Belichick currently are at opposite ends of the same spectrum.  Neither wants to have to filter or frame his comments in real time.  Griffin resolves the dilemma by being candid; Belichick opts to say nothing.

The better approach is to talk, but to know when to spot potential problem topics and how to tiptoe them.  For some, it’s a natural instinct.  For others, it’s a skill developed over time.  For Griffin, last week’s events provide an opportunity to understand the balance between saying something while, at times, saying nothing.

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54 Responses to “Griffin won’t change the way he handles the media”
  1. floratiotime says: Aug 22, 2013 9:06 AM

    I wish ‘who is is’ didn’t talk so much.

  2. jessepinkman1199 says: Aug 22, 2013 9:06 AM

    The Perfect Quarterback (albeit tad immature at the moment).

    Hail to the REDSKINS.

  3. jrebar88 says: Aug 22, 2013 9:07 AM

    rgWEAK is such a phony.

  4. jimmyt says: Aug 22, 2013 9:09 AM

    Belichick doesn’t speak because he is afraid that the mean media will trip him up and/or twist his words. His fans think it’s “cool” but he really is nothing more than a coward, a common trait shared amongst cheaters.

  5. tigerlilac says: Aug 22, 2013 9:14 AM

    “The better approach is to talk . . .”

    Mike, more self-serving comments were never spoken. The word “talk” is even in your website’s name. I trust Belichick both knows and implements the real “better approach” and it’s being frank when it makes sense and being close to the vest when it doesn’t.

  6. sandblastermoron says: Aug 22, 2013 9:16 AM

    Maybe it is time to release this shmuck?????

    RG”ME” is a distraction/headache to this team….

    PLAY Cousins!!!! better arm and higher IQ!!!!!! and can actually read a defense!!!!!

    HTTDS!!!!!

  7. nnagi says: Aug 22, 2013 9:19 AM

    Bob, it’s called discretion – look it up and learn how to use it just like other mature adults do

  8. bigkountry24 says: Aug 22, 2013 9:21 AM

    Belichick it….To funny! lol

  9. thefootballgodssay says: Aug 22, 2013 9:25 AM

    what a DIVA

  10. jessepinkman1199 says: Aug 22, 2013 9:30 AM

    Cue the wacko, hateful comments from peytonsneck18 in 3….2…..

  11. broadstbully says: Aug 22, 2013 9:39 AM

    @sandblastermoron,

    Any proof?

  12. ranger764 says: Aug 22, 2013 9:41 AM

    Talking about making a mountain out of a mole hill. Why is everyone ripping RG3 for absolutely nothing? I’m not a Redskins fan, but I kinda like the guy. I don’t see why there is so much hatred for him. Seriously.

  13. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 22, 2013 9:45 AM

    hes t.o and chad johnson jr. a media diva, all hype and he fizzled!!!!

  14. n0hopeleft says: Aug 22, 2013 9:45 AM

    This team has implosion written all over it. A little success gets to their head, in a down year in the nfc east, and now they’re in the headlines for the wrong reasons. This starts with the two leaders of the team, head coach and QB…

    No depth where they need it most. One injury on defense can cripple this team. Watch it happen. When that happens, who will the fingers be pointed at?

  15. sidelineshot says: Aug 22, 2013 9:46 AM

    I’ll be more interested in what he has to say when the team wins something.
    And, the team will be hard pressed to win with the coach they have.

  16. godofwine330 says: Aug 22, 2013 9:48 AM

    @RGIII “just go into a shell and Bill Belichick it all week”

    That is hilarious. I like how he put that.

  17. bigsuede says: Aug 22, 2013 9:49 AM

    If you talk candidly, the media will turn your words to make a controversy and you lose. If you shut it like bill belicheck, the media will make you out to be a curmudgeon and you lose. If you parse you words and learn to say nothing while speaking, you are criticized for come off as a phoney and you lose.

    IT’S A TRAP!

  18. commonsensedude says: Aug 22, 2013 9:49 AM

    Technically speaking, in order to properly “Belichick It” an individual needs the presence of a video camera, not the absence of a microphone.

  19. onlysane1intheroom says: Aug 22, 2013 9:52 AM

    jimmyt says: Aug 22, 2013 9:09 AM

    Belichick doesn’t speak because he is afraid that the mean media will trip him up and/or twist his words. His fans think it’s “cool” but he really is nothing more than a coward, a common trait shared amongst cheaters.

    ____________________

    Jealous hater.

  20. steelerben says: Aug 22, 2013 9:52 AM

    RG3: I’m feeling good and I’m going to try to convince the coaches to let me play, because I like playing football, even though they don’t think it is a good idea to let me play until the regular season. I worked hard in rehab and am ready for the pay off.

    Shanny: We learned our lesson last season by sending Griffin out on one leg against a defense out for blood. He blew out his knee and we nearly wasted like ten first round picks.

    Media: ZOMG. Griffs totes hates Shannatan.

    The problem isn’t being candid in press conferences. That’s much more entertaining and as a fan more interesting. I’d rather know what the different perspectives are and not have everything rigid and scripted like a presidential campaign. The problem is the media turns into gossiping 14 year old girls because the news cycle is so short and there isn’t a lot to talk about.

    PS – using Bill Belichick as a verb was excellent.

  21. indywilson40 says: Aug 22, 2013 9:52 AM

    I’ve never seen an athlete like to hear himself talk more than this guy.

  22. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 22, 2013 9:54 AM

    He just has to be more careful.
    ________________

    No he doesn’t. I think most fans at this point realize 95% of any “controversial” remarks made by anyone are things that the media have totally overblown and twisted to serve their own ends.

    @jimmyt,

    I feel sorry for you, mattwalshvideo and a handful of other people who have no real football knowledge and have spent years stuck in neutral on the same place utterly incapable of moving on. What a sad way to live.

  23. greymares says: Aug 22, 2013 9:59 AM

    I have long wondered why any athlete would talk to the media EVER. It is never in the best interest of the player to do so. Under the false precept of gaining information for fans the media’s sole purpose is for ratings(electronic media) or to make themselves look good.(writers). the casual fan only wants to know who’s playing,when and what was the score. the more in depth fan has all the ability to find out all the necessary facts without the media spin on it.

  24. kcarm30 says: Aug 22, 2013 10:02 AM

    The media is just beating a dead horse with all the RG3 talk–enough is enough.

  25. puckthefatriots says: Aug 22, 2013 10:05 AM

    He wont change who he is because he loves the camera too much. Just play football.

  26. phludge says: Aug 22, 2013 10:11 AM

    Robert, you keep on being who you are. Speak your mind and be honest. I go by this rule when talking to anybody; kids, co-workers, and even my bosses… “If you don’t like what I say, you;ll get over it”.

  27. logicailvoicesays says: Aug 22, 2013 10:16 AM

    What a great young man. RG3 is much more than an incredible athlete. He is a fantastic human being. After he’s done with his Hall of Fame NFL career, he will be a great leader for society. He will stay in Washington for the rest of the life, including 8 years at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It will be great to see President Griffin do the ceremonial coin toss for the Redskins season opener in 2040. #RG3isTheGreatestAthleteAndLeaderinSportsHistory

  28. tinbender2000 says: Aug 22, 2013 10:18 AM

    The fact that Bob confuses Bill Belichick’s knowing when to speak and when silence is called for as “going into a shell” tells me that (a) the guy’s an idiot and (b) he’s full of himself. Bob, people want to know what Belichick thinks, only a few rabid Redskin fans give a crap what you think.

  29. rt61 says: Aug 22, 2013 10:21 AM

    He needs a little coaching up from the Jim Harbaugh school of PR. I can’t help saying that all of RG3′s press conferences are rubbing me the wrong way.

  30. tsizzlesucks says: Aug 22, 2013 10:24 AM

    For someone who was outplayed by 2 other rookie qb’s( playoffs) and who really hasn’t done squat yet, he sure loves to talk a lot! This egomaniac has more quotes than Brady, Eli, Peyton, Drew and AAron combined. Maybe he should try proving himself first and talking about it later…his act is getting old real fast!

  31. justintuckrule says: Aug 22, 2013 10:29 AM

    Bill belichick went from a coaching icon to a simple verb in one fell swoop

  32. gregmorris78 says: Aug 22, 2013 10:44 AM

    @sandblastermoron

    Are you watching the same league as the rest of us? Griffin is the best passer in the NFC East, Manning Close second. Griffin’s IQ is higher than your your best three years put together and is getting better.

    If he stays healthy, he will bee sooooo dangerous

    Mind your own team

    (Oh, and all players benefit from being healthy)

  33. tinbender2000 says: Aug 22, 2013 10:46 AM

    Watch out for the guys in the White Coats Logical!!! LOL

  34. delmonte55 says: Aug 22, 2013 10:48 AM

    Smug….we’ll see how much he wants to talk if things don’t go well.

  35. firesnyder says: Aug 22, 2013 10:58 AM

    Gotta hand it to the kid. “Bill Bellichick it” is hilarious! The media has already nationalized that comment. Sorry Pats fans. Its the ugly (and funny) truth.

  36. mullman76 says: Aug 22, 2013 11:06 AM

    I’m tired of RG3.

    I’m sick of the hype running rampant because if ESPN and PFT.

    He had a good rookie season, then proceeded to blow his knee out.

    Enough already. Time will tell.

    Until then, the young lad needs to shut his mouth and concentrate on football.

  37. cliverush says: Aug 22, 2013 11:07 AM

    Coach Belichick will talk about football and how the team can get better. The players will only speak of themselves and how they can improve. They will not speak of others not will they discuss strategy or injuries. If you want soap opera material there are plenty of sources for that. TMZ and the Jets are a good place to start.

  38. myditkainyourbutkis says: Aug 22, 2013 11:15 AM

    BILL BELLICHICK IT!!! HILARIOUS!!!

    A joke about Billy B regarding his stance towards the media? funny AND original!

    RGIII is the BEST QB EVER!

    Just because the Skins franchise has had the personality of a potato the last decade doesn’t mean you need to celebrate every word your injury prone QB, with a borderline personality disorder, says.

  39. granadafan says: Aug 22, 2013 11:23 AM

    “phludge says: Aug 22, 2013 10:11 AM
    Robert, you keep on being who you are. Speak your mind and be honest. I go by this rule when talking to anybody; kids, co-workers, and even my bosses… “If you don’t like what I say, you;ll get over it”.”
    ===========================================

    And I’d be willing to bet you’re extremely unpopular too. Seriously look up “Dale Carnegie” and his book called “How to Win Friends and Influence People”. The problem lies with YOU not everyone else.

  40. steelerben says: Aug 22, 2013 11:24 AM

    I have to chime in again to speak to the guys that think he is some kind of camera hog, attention craving, me-me-me guy.

    The Washington DC media is RABID for any sound bite from Griffin. He address them on the same schedule as any other player. Every single word he says is analyzed and parsed and combed through for any hint of meaning. The city is so starved for a winner that having a young superstar in town is like a feeding frenzy.

    A lot of the hype is justified. If you haven’t watched the kid play, I suggest that you do. Discount the fact that he is a Redskin and just watch what he does. The kid is electrifying. He’s got an unbelievable arm, Olympic sprinter speed, great decision making skills, a ton of drive, and is a complete competitor. When you hear him in an interview, he is humorous, intelligent, engaging and comes across as genuine. He has all the key ingredients for a major star.

    Granted, he hasn’t won anything significant yet, and one season can be a fluke, however he did take a pretty poorly put together team with a porous defense and a lack of players at the skill positions to the playoffs as the NFC East Champions.

  41. devildog911 says: Aug 22, 2013 11:25 AM

    He knows his career is not going to last that long so he’s trying to hype himself up and getting all these endorsement so when he’s out of the NFL after this season, he’ll have enough money saved up.

  42. stunzeed5 says: Aug 22, 2013 11:40 AM

    You do realize he doesn’t speak any more than any other QB right? You do realize it “angers” you guys only because he’s better than your QB and he gets more attention right? Class dismissed.

  43. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 22, 2013 11:42 AM

    how about u just play football and shut it!! this guy hasnt seen a camera or mic he didnt like, mushmouth knows his playing time is winding down, so he has to get allthe air time he can now.LOL @ skins fans, too bad u guys still dont have a franchise QB yet

  44. qdog112 says: Aug 22, 2013 11:43 AM

    I’m a fan of RG3, but I think he talks way too much. McNabb and Moon are right. No one needs a minute by minute update on his injury status.

    What a shock it will be for Bobby, when the techs pack up the lights and cameras and move to the next shiny object. The kid thinks they love him – they really love him. I call it buy into the hype.

    In my opinion, he should be rehabbing in the background. It’s his teammates on the field who deserve the attention. RG3 comes off as a glory seeker, a fortune hound. Defer to the guys who are playing.

    Take advice from somebody who’s been there.

  45. firesnyder says: Aug 22, 2013 12:06 PM

    Pats fans have so much anger. It must be the cold weather up there :) Read steelerben’s comments above. He is spot on about RG3… the media is 100% RIDICULOUS down here in D.C. Every word is dissected for meaning and then, inevitably, warped in some unintended way. Its really stupid. There are just too many people in sports talk radio and in the print media who simply have to CONJURE up stories each day. Pathetic.

  46. harrypairotestes says: Aug 22, 2013 12:09 PM

    He’s going to handle the media as best he can. I can’t even begin to imagine the pressure the limelight brings most of these athletes, especially today. It will take someone who’s had experience and a very strong composure not to just blurt out an answer to a very stupid question, as some of these media folks ask.

    Changing the way he handles the media should not be his priority. He should focus on changing the way he approaches the games instead.

  47. mackcarrington says: Aug 22, 2013 12:11 PM

    Griffins main problem is that he thinks he has to always “be honest” with the media. He has yet to learn that is what causes problems.
    Also, athletes who don’t particularly care to talk to the media learn to give responses that don’t make the media eager to talk to them. The media loves Griffin because he always gives them more than they ask for.

  48. nceaglesfan says: Aug 22, 2013 1:17 PM

    Let me be me! Anyone else remember who made that comment. Any similarities here?

  49. fanasaurus says: Aug 22, 2013 1:31 PM

    @jimmyt, to call B.B. a coward for not giving the media sound bites is pathetic, and to say the same thing about a fan base is so juvenile. I bet you love Rex Ryan and the jets good luck with that while it last. Reading your post in the past gives me the impression that your frustrated with the Patriots success, and the best you can do is lash out in your hopelessness.

  50. skinsfan91 says: Aug 22, 2013 1:36 PM

    Griffin holds one press conference a week like any other high caliber athlete. Not his fault his words get reported by every sports outlet in the country because people like most of you who “can’t stand Griffin” respond to and click on anything that has to do with RGIII. Do you see the irony?

  51. normaneinstein7 says: Aug 22, 2013 2:36 PM

    ___________________________________
    n0hopeleft says: Aug 22, 2013 9:45 AM

    This team has implosion written all over it. A little success gets to their head, in a down year in the nfc east, and now they’re in the headlines for the wrong reasons. This starts with the two leaders of the team, head coach and QB…

    No depth where they need it most. One injury on defense can cripple this team. Watch it happen. When that happens, who will the fingers be pointed at?

    ___________________________________
    No, you HOPE they implode because obviously you aren’t a fan of the Redskins. You are probably a fan of a Redskins rival team. This is one of the deepest teams the Redskins have had in years. That said, we do have potential weak points at safety, due to injuries and inexperience. We will have temporary depth issues at DE due to Jarvis Jenkins 4 game suspension.

    In regards to your “down year in the NFC East” comment, is nothing more than ridiculous. The Cowboys didn’t have an off year. They’ve always been chokers. They did the same thing they normally do. The Giant’s went 9-7, which is not out of the norm for them. They even won a SB with that record.

    I don’t quite get your “they lack depth where they need most” comment. Our 3rd string QB is a veteran who started in a SB and has been in the system for the last few years. We have a lot of depth on oline due to our recent drafts. We added depth at OLB through the draft. We recently signed a solid vet Nick Barnett who is going to add depth at ILB. We’ve added a lot of depth to our secondary through the draft as well.

    We haven’t become a “dream team”. This team is confident as they should be. We haven’t gone out and made big FA signings like we had in the past. We’ve pretty much kept the same core who won 7 straight games and a division championship for the 1st time since 1999, all with an 18 million dollar cap hit. The Redskins are back. Deal with it.

  52. firesnyder says: Aug 22, 2013 4:19 PM

    Word normaneinstein7!! You go. That’s a solid recap of what the Skins have accomplished. AND, all of this was done with a $36 million cap penalty. Watch out in 2014 because that is when the Skins can ACTUALLY spend $$$.

  53. footballfan01 says: Aug 22, 2013 5:42 PM

    Luck is better.

  54. rasta028 says: Aug 23, 2013 1:55 AM

    Oh boo hop, RGIII has done nothing wrong, you’d think he stabbed someone the way some of you fools act….

    Shut up and let the season begin and your boy Luck has done nothing so far fool. ^^^^^

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