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Robert Griffin III says he can be a “stern leader” if needed

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There has been a lot of focus on Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III’s play in the two weeks of the season, and that’s not going to change, especially with Washington starting 0-2.

What’s more, Griffin III’s leadership was a topic of conversation after Sunday’s loss to Green Bay, with the quarterback indicating he’s capable of being more demanding if needed.

“If those guys want me to go out there and be the stern leader then I can do that,” Griffin said afterwards, according to Rich Tandler of CSN’s RealRedskins.com. “I got some of that from some of my teammates on the sideline asking me to do some more things. Not necessarily change who I am as a person but if they want me to be hard on them, I’ll be hard on them.”

As a leader, Griffin said he tries to build his teammates up as opposed to being harsh.

“I believe in positive reinforcement. If something happens, I know he’ll make it up the next time he gets that chance,” Griffin said, according to Tandler. “And that’s just the way I lead. If they want me to do that, you know, I’m fine with doing that . . . If that’s what we need to get over this hump, to move forward and start winning games I’m definitely going to do it.”

Griffin III completed 26-of-40 passes for 320 yards with three TDs and one interception in the 38-20 defeat at Green Bay. All three TD passes came after halftime, when he completed 20-of-27 attempts for 213 yards with Washington in pass-first mode playing from behind. He was not much of a rushing threat, gaining one yard on four carries.

Griffin III and the Washington offense, as they were a week ago, were better in the second half than the first. With Griffin III only in his second game back from his January knee injury, perhaps some struggles were to be anticipated.

Still, Washington is just one game out of first place in the NFC East. Its next two games before the Week Five bye are against Detroit (Sept. 22) and at Oakland (Sept. 29). Should Washington get to .500 by the end of September, there doesn’t figure to be much more discussion of whether Griffin needs to tweak his leadership style. Winning will do that for a team.

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38 Responses to “Robert Griffin III says he can be a “stern leader” if needed”
  1. blackhawks2010 says: Sep 15, 2013 10:16 PM

    RG3 looks like a different player this year. Skins look terrible.

  2. fxg0201 says: Sep 15, 2013 10:19 PM

    When you aplogize to those who paved the way for you you will start winning. Apologize to Mcnabb.

  3. bengalguy says: Sep 15, 2013 10:19 PM

    Someone check on logicalvoice…..and bring him in off the ledge.
    Kirk Cousins….warm-up

  4. packersarethebest says: Sep 15, 2013 10:25 PM

    Also please check on Skip Bayless.

  5. ososrule says: Sep 15, 2013 10:27 PM

    Hahahaha, when needed? It’s needed!!! you’re still a rookie and you already have missed a chunk from injury! Wake up crutches! Don’t get in over your head!

  6. thehuckster404 says: Sep 15, 2013 10:30 PM

    All things considered, RG3 is doing really well for a second year player coming off of knee surgery.

    The leadership needs to show up on the defensive side of the ball.

  7. gerard33 says: Sep 15, 2013 10:32 PM

    Too many “I”s and too much talking in general…. just do the things you’re talking about and keep it inside

  8. dylanssongwriter says: Sep 15, 2013 10:35 PM

    He has been great when defenses go into prevent mode after stomping the redskins in the first half.

  9. lennydpocketqb says: Sep 15, 2013 10:39 PM

    He’s doing great in fantasy and that’s all I need him for. Don’t care if the redskins succeed or not.

  10. fdugrad says: Sep 15, 2013 10:42 PM

    He is clearly not healthy,and without the threat of his running ability, he will become a pocket-only qb and his effectiveness will be severely compromised. AP is the EXCEPTION to ACL recovery and NOT the new standard. They have a competent and healthy backup in Kirk Cousins and should sit Griffin until he is recovered sufficiently enough to use ALL of his skills. His demeanor should be the LEAST of the team’s concern.

  11. blackqbwhiterb says: Sep 15, 2013 10:53 PM

    Settle down, he’ll be fine… Kyle’s not utilizing the sort of plays that worked so well last yr, and the defense has been AWFUL… Patience patience

  12. htowntexan says: Sep 15, 2013 10:54 PM

    He needs some AP juice . . .

  13. doe22us says: Sep 15, 2013 11:00 PM

    Hello everyone, he is coming from a major knee injury, he will be fine in the long run. Its the Skins D that needs to step up.

  14. s0merand0mguy says: Sep 15, 2013 11:02 PM

    RG3… Horrible.. Just horrible

  15. jh500 says: Sep 15, 2013 11:03 PM

    You know RG3 is the 4th best QB in the division

  16. nedhigginssports says: Sep 15, 2013 11:11 PM

    but more importantly, can you patent that phrase, rock an awesome t-shirt with a hash tag before said phrase, and hold several self-important press conferences about it?

    #SternLeader

  17. ejm845 says: Sep 15, 2013 11:12 PM

    Hey logical voice to bad ur season over after 2 games

  18. ninthwardfriend says: Sep 15, 2013 11:14 PM

    Who are you? Drew Brees? Brady? Manning? Rodgers? Young man you need to understand one thing, you have done nothing. Andrew Luck is quiet and trying to earn the respect of his peers and fans. Take note.

  19. samquix says: Sep 15, 2013 11:28 PM

    Hide the laces from the “Logical” Voice. Skins could EASILY go 1-6 before playing SD. And that’s assuming they beat Oak. Who I hate but at this rate will be leading the NFL in rushing.

  20. richndc says: Sep 15, 2013 11:32 PM

    For example: after Alfred Morris fumbled twice last week, Griffin threatened to bust a ‘nasty Hot Carl’ in his mouth–and had Ethiopian for lunch-holla!!!!

  21. richndc says: Sep 15, 2013 11:36 PM

    Just LOVE that richndc fella!!! Best…comments…ever

  22. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Sep 15, 2013 11:43 PM

    Maybe RG3 should worry about planting his foot and completing passes. Quit talking about yourself and winning some games.

  23. pfic15 says: Sep 15, 2013 11:44 PM

    2nd yr QB. He will be fine. New challenges this year. This isn’t Madden.

  24. romosrevenge says: Sep 15, 2013 11:53 PM

    RG3 will go down as one of the worst top draft picks of ALL TIME. Next week it’s Detroit and the gentle giant, Mr. Suh. He’ll be IR’d before game 6 and Cousins will start a win streak. And the Skins are just a bad team man, a bad team.

  25. denver1979 says: Sep 16, 2013 12:05 AM

    Where’s logicalvoice at 0 and 2 telling us all how Washington is better than all of us in any way?

  26. f1restarter says: Sep 16, 2013 12:05 AM

    If Griffin can’t run, he’s done. He doesn’t have the ability to be a pocket passer, where he would be required to understand, read, and dissect a defense.

    Face it, RG3 is no Manning. Or Brady. Or Rodgers. Or Brees. The list goes on and on.

  27. drgreenstreak says: Sep 16, 2013 12:29 AM

    He’s gonna have to realize this ain’t the Army. He doesn’t out-rank anybody.
    Respect is earned. He hasn’t earned it yet.
    You cannot lead with respect.

    RGIII should not run his mouth to the media. He should speak to his team, directly. He’s got some growing up to do.

  28. drgreenstreak says: Sep 16, 2013 12:29 AM

    “without” respect

  29. mykl954 says: Sep 16, 2013 12:55 AM

    His was a nice story last season but now this kid is too full of himself and we’ve reached critical RG3 sensory overload. He needs to zip his lip at this point.

    If you saw Tannehill outplay Luck in an away win, and realize he’s beaten Wilson, is 1-1 vs Luck and beat RG3 in college, whether you want to bump RG3 or just add him alongside the others, the Fins’ franchise QB deserves to be right up there in the outstanding class of 2012 QB discussion!

  30. softhelmet says: Sep 16, 2013 1:37 AM

    Maybe they should the team’s name? Hahahaha!

  31. manzoa says: Sep 16, 2013 3:23 AM

    Well I guess the d-bags fitting this guy for a yellow sports jacket when he was drafted just hit the pause button…but go ahead, keep saying stupid things about his “awesomeness” so the rest of us have something to laugh at.

  32. wagon151515 says: Sep 16, 2013 4:53 AM

    I in no way like the Redskins. I am a fan of a division rival but I will be the last person to stick a fork in any team after only 2 games. ANY team, including this skins team can turn it around. For anyone to say, “well at least they are only a game out” is foolish. We are two games into the season, most teams are only a game out. The concern comes from how this team is looking. I think that report about Dr. Andrews being concerned with the way Bob was being used was accurate. I think the doc was basically saying, if you guys want to continue using this player and run the read option 20 times a game, then this player will have a 3 year career. So with 2 games down we’ve seen the coaches here take that advice and basically cut the read option play out. Down the road we could see the coaches bring that play back in the way they were using it that last half of the season last year. If that happens this offense could improve. But Bob’s knee has been blown out twice now. The doc is concerned with that. The knee will only continue to blow out until this kid has no career. The Skins were a fluke last year in a sense. They had one offensive play they absolutely dominated everyone with, the read option. To use that play, or to not use that play, that is the question. And there season will be determined by that answer.

  33. ziplock10 says: Sep 16, 2013 7:27 AM

    I’m a Redskins fan, but am really wondering what is the deal. When he needs to, he moves fine. The Shanny’s have ALWAYS had rollouts and waggles if you will. It’s like there is a rule now to keep him from moving or is it RGIII deciding this… I don’t know. But even Grossman rolled out alot! If he can’t roll out, he shouldn’t be on the field.

  34. inthearex says: Sep 16, 2013 7:46 AM

    Logical gets hard at the notion of bob getting stern.

  35. cuda1234 says: Sep 16, 2013 9:54 AM

    Is it my imagination or does this guy sound more and more like Tim Tebow every day? I need, I am, I want, I think….

  36. dcapettini says: Sep 16, 2013 11:16 AM

    It seems that RGIII has bought into the whole “Messiah” thing in Washington. You may find his taking responsibility for everything refreshing, but I see it as letting his press go to his head. There are 53 guys on a football team; he is only one, albeit an important one. If he can’t run, then Cousins should be out there. If they can’t be respectable without RGIII, they need a new attitude, new players, or new coaches; although except for the attitude it seems they have had plenty of the other two. The press has made RGII and to a lesser extent, Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton, into one man football teams. Good copy, but bad analysis. Football is great because it is a team sport and right now, Washington is a bad team.

  37. mogogo1 says: Sep 16, 2013 1:46 PM

    RG3’s leadership isn’t going to help the Skins defense make stops. And the bigger leadership issue is above RG3. Shanahan let them get backed into a corner with the whole comeback hysteria and now the tail wags the dog. Should RG3 really have played through to the end of that unwinnable game? Was getting him back to start the season worth it if he wasn’t going to be able to run, meaning their offense was going to be severely limited from what it was before?

  38. contra74isloosbuthole says: Sep 16, 2013 2:42 PM

    so where was that burgundy and gold beat down losers?

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