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RG3 says he’s got “tough skin” to handle criticism

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After being the most popular man inside the beltway a year ago, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has heard more criticism this year.

But he said he had “tough skin,” and the discipline his parents raised him with are helping him deal with the recent wave of questions.

Whether from the local media or even Redskins legends, Griffin has taken more heat this season, something that seemed impossible a year ago.

“You take life as it comes. Life’s going to throw you curveballs sometimes. You just have got to figure out which ones to try and hit,” Griffin said, via Mike Jones of the Washington Post. “Right now, it’s not a burden. It’s a burden if you make it a burden. You’ve got to believe. It only takes one person to believe so you can have success. I always believe in this team. I always believe in these players and so on and so on. That’s what it is for me. It’s not a burden.

“I understand what comes with being the quarterback of the Washington Redskins. I understand what comes with being a quarterback in the NFL. And yeah, it might be a little harder here because of certain aspects of what goes on around this team. I understand that.”

Asked to clarify what he meant by “around this team,” Griffin acknowledged the pressure that comes with playing for a team with a tradition of success in a major media market.

“Our fan base is great. They demand success. They got a taste of it last year and they’re going to want more of that and we’ve got to provide it and we will,” he said. “I think we will. So I think that those are some of the factors that go into it. It’s not a small town. It’s not a small-city team that doesn’t have a big media room like this. It’s part of it and I understand that.

“Even coming from a small town in high school and a medium-sized town in Waco in Texas, you come, you step up to another level, you’re in the big city, bright lights and you’ve got to perform, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

The Redskins haven’t performed to date, and nothing about the process has looked smooth.

And there have been times this year when Griffin hasn’t appeared to be as thick-skinned as he might like to believe.

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43 Responses to “RG3 says he’s got “tough skin” to handle criticism”
  1. tigerboye says: Nov 16, 2013 9:04 AM

    rg3 and the skins will be fine – just ball httr

  2. ravenswhat says: Nov 16, 2013 9:06 AM

    Kaepernick and RG3 have been exposed big time this year. Big time.

    Luck & Wilson have the “tough skin”.

  3. ozymandias121 says: Nov 16, 2013 9:07 AM

    He’s softer than Jonathan Martin and that baby from Rutgers.

  4. qdog112 says: Nov 16, 2013 9:09 AM

    People told Donovan McNabb to “go away” when he offered help to this guy. Now, he’s seeing that he didn’t know what he thought he knew and that a little advice might not be the worse thing for him. The kid has fallen in love with himself while the fanbase just wants to win. They don’t care who the QB is, as long as he gives the team “promise”.

    This guy is stuck on the idea that “they love me, they really, really love me”. IMO, he should have been less visible during his rehab and should discuss football only He’s showing just how naive he is. Oh, and if you have thick shin, you don’t need to tell anyone. It’s evident in your actions.

  5. FlyFromTheInside says: Nov 16, 2013 9:10 AM

    He is just going thru what every other QB who played for the Redskins has. The main problem is the local media who ratchet up perceived issues and problems to a greater scale than what they should be causing an avalanche effect from the National media because of the location of the team. This is the main reason why you do not hear the same sorts of things from smaller market teams.

  6. scottheis82 says: Nov 16, 2013 9:10 AM

    There we go…The Washington tough skins

  7. cuozzo says: Nov 16, 2013 9:13 AM

    This guy is going to be a forgotten trivia question in about two years…the latest quote from this bum…”I’m getting hit way too much”. RGme. Yea, you believe in this team alright. Please, just go away!!!!!

  8. anonymousfan6 says: Nov 16, 2013 9:18 AM

    Redskins and tradition of success is an oxymoron.

  9. wryly1 says: Nov 16, 2013 9:18 AM

    A headstrong young QB and a headstrong old coach, both with huge egos that aren’t on the same page.

  10. indymarc says: Nov 16, 2013 9:30 AM

    Colts made the correct pick when choosing Andrew Luck.

  11. redskinfansince82 says: Nov 16, 2013 9:30 AM

    RGIII don’t take the bait and get into it over this fake media controversy supposedly about LEADERSHIP. RGIII as our quarterback I will take you over Campbell, Brunell, Shuler, Ferotte, Hostetller, Green, B. Johnson, J. George, S. Mathews, P. Ramsey, D. Weurfull,T. Hasselback, T. Collins, D. Mcnabb, J. Beck, R. Grossman and anybody else they claimed was the answer. RGIII you are way better than anything we had in the last 20 years. How soon we forget……..HTTR!!!

  12. cuda1234 says: Nov 16, 2013 9:31 AM

    Not sure there’s every been an irrelevant player who talked about himself more than Tim Tebow, but RGme is getting close.

  13. arwiv says: Nov 16, 2013 9:32 AM

    I really am not trying to bust chops here, but what “tradition of success” is he talking about? They’ve had 6 winning seasons in the 21 years since they last won a championship. This team has been one of the biggest jokes in football for the last 2 decades.

    Think about this: the most successful coach in Washington since their last SB win was Joe Gibbs 2.0. from 04-07.

    I mean yeah, any team that has been around for so long will have “some” success (except the eagles of course)….but sorry, for 80+ years of football, the skins haven’t exactly torn it up.

  14. bcblazer says: Nov 16, 2013 9:34 AM

    RG 3 will never b the same since the injury! What u saw last yr was RG3 , this yr and forever he will b know as RG 1 1/2! To bad he’s bin ruined, sooty skinz fanz

  15. bcblazer says: Nov 16, 2013 9:38 AM

    Rg3 will never b the same! What u saw last yr was rg3, this yr and forever he will b rg1.5!

  16. f1restarter says: Nov 16, 2013 9:43 AM

    It’s becoming clear that the Colts picked the right QB last year, just as they did in 1998.

  17. bcblazer says: Nov 16, 2013 9:44 AM

    What u saw last yr was RG3, hope u have it on video, cause u’ll never c it again! He’ll never b able to play that way again! From now on he will b known as RG 1.5 ! Sorry skinz fanz

  18. jimnaizeeum says: Nov 16, 2013 10:10 AM

    Needs tough knee ligaments!
    #HTTR…I mean HATER

  19. laserw says: Nov 16, 2013 10:27 AM

    Those who have less talent than they are said to have need thicker, tougher skin.

    The Halloween Griffin is one of the biggest trade busts in NFL history. Anyone who thought that this clown’s running gimmick was a long term “gift” is a fool. It is a proven fact that running quarterbacks do not improve in running once they enter the NFL. With more and more use, running quarterbacks diminish in effectiveness.

    Smart “running” quarterbacks learn to improve their passing game and do in fact become more effective.

    The Halloween Griffin is not one of those smart running QB’s. He is adverse to being coached and unwilling to listen. He has NEVER been a great thrower – his gimmick bought him time that now has disappeared as he clutches the ball for weeks and then fumbles nearly every week.

    Develop that tough skin, Mr. Halloween. If you think the cries for your benching are loud now, just wait until after the Redskins miss the playoffs and you played every game and will end up as a 2 year pro with a career losing record. And then imagine your need for tough skin when Kirk Cousins no longer settles to hold the clipboard in 2014. He will give you a challenge for your starting position or maybe your tough skin can be developed to knife him in the back to prevent him taking over.

  20. skinsfan4 says: Nov 16, 2013 10:33 AM

    arwiv says:
    Nov 16, 2013 9:32 AM
    I really am not trying to bust chops here, but what “tradition of success” is he talking about? They’ve had 6 winning seasons in the 21 years since they last won a championship. This team has been one of the biggest jokes in football for the last 2 decades.

    Think about this: the most successful coach in Washington since their last SB win was Joe Gibbs 2.0. from 04-07.

    I mean yeah, any team that has been around for so long will have “some” success (except the eagles of course)….but sorry, for 80+ years of football, the skins haven’t exactly torn it up.

    ““““““““
    Arwiv, you are clearly a younger person. The Skins were a dominant team in the 80s. Joe Gibbs won 3 Super Bowls in the Gibbs 1.0 era. Every year it was a battle between them, the Niners, and the Giants as to who was going to win the Super Bowl.

  21. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Nov 16, 2013 11:00 AM

    Washington Casinos going back to irrelevance where they belong.

    And that whe thing about McNabb offering advice is so lame. If you really want to help someone you don’t offer it through the media. You contact the person in private…

  22. mikeythelectrician says: Nov 16, 2013 11:03 AM

    Griffen is about as thick skined as mike vick is smart average qb on a bad team, only reason he gets attention is bc the media is always lookingc for the first above average black qb to hype up, why though? Idont get it

  23. 25cuts says: Nov 16, 2013 11:05 AM

    All this talk doesn’t mean anything. Everyone is waiting for them to win 7 in a row again….not happening. Philly is going to light that D up tomorrow. And what makes it even better, is that we’re in a “rebuilding” year where the skins expect playoff wins.

  24. harrycanyon says: Nov 16, 2013 11:06 AM

    It seems everytime someone mentions this kids name, and it isn’t followed by heaps of praise, then Griffin has to respond with a comment. Someone with thick skin wouldn’t have responded in the first place. I wonder if Griffin also shrugs off coaches when they try and do their jobs and coach him. If there ever was a young player over hyped too early, this kid is it. From the silly nickname to the rehab campaing, it’s just silly. Time to grow up Robert, the little RG3 moniker looks dumber everytime you open you mouth in reponse to everything.

  25. assuredmutualdestruction says: Nov 16, 2013 11:11 AM

    If Washington’s defense EVER started to play better, the skins would come back and win their division. I’ve been critical of Shanahan and RGIII just like everyone else, but Griffen has been playing well enough to win if that D was a little better.

    Can’t they fire their D coordinator like the Ravens did with their O coordinator late last season. Worked out pretty well for the Ravens.

  26. procre8te says: Nov 16, 2013 11:18 AM

    Getting Ridiculous.

    I really don’t understand all the hate for RG3. Has he blown up on the media? No. Has he said he plays when he wants to play? No. Has he made “business decisions” and tried to stay off the field as to not get re injured and risk getting payed? No. Has he thrown team mates under the bus? No.

    Has he put in insane amounts of rehab, study and work? Yes. Has he layed it all on the line for the Skins’? Yes. Has he played DECENT in return from MAJOR reconstructive knee surgery? Yes (On pace for better year than a LOT of QB’s have ever had like Bradford for instance. Just saying.) . Has he been positive? Yes. Has he been a leader? YES, Despite what Darrell Green things, and i’m a HUGE Green and Skins fan.

    Look. The REALITY of the situation is that there are a LOT of negative, Hating, Curmudgeons, Who for whatever reason feel the need to take shots and tear guys down after they have had a modicum of success. I get Rivalries , cowboys hating on Skins’ etc, But for the fans of Kappernick, Wilson, Luck, Tannehill etc…. Just remember that your guy could very well be next to be unceremoniously thrown under the bus. 49′er fans already are starting to see it.

    People called Phil Mickelson a Bum, Loser, Choker for years just because he was the SECOND BEST golfer in the WORLD. Luck is awesome, Wilson is a stud, and you know what… so is RG3, Just dealing with a bad TEAM and a snake bit season. It Happens. Don’t hate the guy becuase you hate the team name or the owner.

  27. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 16, 2013 11:21 AM

    Lol this guy has thinner skin than a newborn babe and an extremely fragile ego.

    He believed all his own hype that he was “Superman” and on finding out he isn’t he hasn’t known how to handle the fact.

  28. justintuckrule says: Nov 16, 2013 11:23 AM

    Until he’s taught to maybe look at a second wr, he’s doomed like the rest of the one read wonders.

  29. stonedwhitetrash says: Nov 16, 2013 11:31 AM

    There’s no doubt RG-whatever is very full of himself

  30. rasalghoul says: Nov 16, 2013 11:33 AM

    I’m so happy I bought him the ‘tough skin’ from his wedding registry… although the passing skills might have helped him more.

  31. arwiv says: Nov 16, 2013 12:18 PM

    And one last thing….RG3, and any other young QB who maybe under heat for that matter, should study every single Eli Manning post game press conference. Say what you will about Eli’s play on the field, but his ability to address the media and to always say the right thing is a textbook lesson on how to be professional.

  32. arwiv says: Nov 16, 2013 12:20 PM

    skinsfan4

    For some reason my comment to you was deleted.
    Im 43…I remember the skins of the 80s/early 90′s very well. They have still been horrible for the last 2 decades regardless.

  33. newjerseygiants says: Nov 16, 2013 12:23 PM

    Redskins had their “big year” last year, if you can call it that. Now its back to being habitual bottom dwellers for the next 20 years.

    #BurgundyAndGoldLosers

  34. bcblazer says: Nov 16, 2013 12:58 PM

    Rg3 basically played too long last yr which cost him his. Areer

  35. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Nov 16, 2013 1:14 PM

    procreate: has he blown up on the media?

    no, he’s actively courted the media, never letting a camera and mike pass him by….

    has he made “business decisions” to stay off the field until fully healthy?

    no, his business decision was to publicize the rehabilitation; it was “operation patience” and he pretended that his rehab was somehow more heroic than any other guy coming off a knee procedure..

    as to his leadership; i expect some of the old heads in the room tried to keep him from getting too full of himself, but it doesn’t appear they have succeeded.

    as to phil mickelson: for the people who called him a choker, it had nothing to do with tiger. in 2006, when he needs only 5 on a par 4 to win the us open he drives into a tent, compounds his mistake by hitting a tree on an ill-considered second, puts his third in a buried lie in a trap, etc. etc. it was like jean van de velde at carnoustie. only difference is phil has come back to win several majors (though not the open) since.

    and until rgme does something similar, keep phils name out of it….

  36. roverboy1949 says: Nov 16, 2013 2:18 PM

    RG3 has a problem that is very simple. His head is too big for his helmet. When you call your head coach by his first name, you are not showing the respect he is due(whether you think Coach Shanahan deserves it or not, he still is the head coach). RG3 is Not as good as his hype and he should be willing to at least listen to others who may be able to help him.
    As for all the QB’s of the past 20 years, none of them could be called “the answer”.
    Also, I am probably the only person left who thinks Danny Boy goofed when he fired Marty after a winning season.

  37. sweetnlow44 says: Nov 16, 2013 3:23 PM

    Wow, people are taking their hate a little far. People need to take into account that this poor guy is having a mic shoved in his face all day by media people that are just as overbearing as the paparazzi. I’m a seahawk fan and can’t stand the redskins, but ease up on the guy. Their defense is their biggest issue anyway.

  38. skinsfan91 says: Nov 16, 2013 3:44 PM

    RGIII has never called his coach by his first name. I’ve seen every press conference. RGIII has a problem it’s all you chumps ragging him down. It’s pathetic. He does have thick skin. He remains positive and commited to victory despite wack losers who explode with joy anytime something negative is said about him.

  39. endzone says: Nov 16, 2013 4:16 PM

    This Kid gets on my last nerve the way he delivers these “wise” comments as if he’s been in the league 10+ years as a successful QB.

    His dad could do RG3 a world of good by telling him to stop being such a windbag.

  40. procre8te says: Nov 16, 2013 5:10 PM

    @ thefirstsmilergrogan:

    Please allow me to briefly retort.

    YOU: “”no, he’s actively courted the media, never letting a camera and mike pass him by…. “”

    Wrong on so many levels. He was put in a position of city savior before he was even drafted. If he did not do interviews you would be saying he is an unperson able jerk with no people skills. He addressed as much with his “not going to be bill bellicheck” If you hate him because he is on commercials and does interviews, then I’m guessing you hate on Wilson, Kappernik, Luck etc as well. By the way I’ve seen WAY more pub on wilson, luck and Kapp this year since the RG3 SKins are not 9-0.

    YOU: “”no, his business decision was to publicize the rehabilitation; it was “operation patience” and he pretended that his rehab was somehow more heroic than any other guy coming off a knee procedure..””

    I’d love you to try to quantify that statement. Did he say “my rehab is more important”? Uh.. no. Give me some definitive examples as to WHY and how you have ascertained that he feels this way? Hes a young Star, ESPN wants to pump him up. He sells tickets and gear. Now.. I DO agree, I would liked to have seen less of the whole rehab thing. But Much of this is fueled by fan and media interest not RG3 “pitching” his rehab to espn. I seem to remember hearing A LOT about a certain QB’s Multiple Neck surgeries and his Heroic, brave, hailed recovery.

    YOU: “”as to his leadership; i expect some of the old heads in the room tried to keep him from getting too full of himself, but it doesn’t appear they have succeeded.””

    Again… your not getting it. Give me some definitive examples of HOW he is full of himself? Because he said he things Alf Morris should have won ROY? Because he says its a TEAM effort to succeed? Part of it is that it really Irk’s negative haters when they hate on someone and said person stays above it and positive. Your (haters) goal is to drag someone down and ruin their day, year, Career what have you. Your all Salty that RG3 is STILL saying the right things and not losing his composure. Additionaly… can you even DEFINE leadership? IF the skins won last week they would be “right back in the hunt” and EVERYONE would be saying RG3 is back with a HUGE 300 yrd 3 td game! what a leader to come back from adversity and hes rounding into form… blah blah blah…

    YOU: “”as to phil mickelson: for the people who called him a choker, it had nothing to do with tiger. in 2006, when he needs only 5 on a par 4 to win the us open he drives into a tent, compounds his mistake by hitting a tree on an ill-considered second, puts his third in a buried lie in a trap, etc. etc. it was like jean van de velde at carnoustie. only difference is phil has come back to win several majors (though not the open) since.””

    Im not trying to get into some historical recap of golf. You miss the broader point. The point is that unless you are Peyton Manning or Micheal Jordan, people are just WAITING for you screw up so they can “justify” their venomous diatribe. Riddle me this Batman, WHO is the athletes that you revere? I’m guessing I could come up with some pretty bunk arguments that would make you think im a total troll.

    YOU: “”and until rgme does something similar, keep phils name out of it…””

    Keep Phils name out? Is he your dad? I thought it was a very Apt Analogy. But.. As I have thoroughly dissected your attempt to refute me…. Its clear. If you dont get it… you just dont get it. Lastly…. RG me… thats cute. Did you write that? your very clever! The best part is how it totally fits him… just for the exact reasons I have laid out for you. Now if you’ll excuse me I have to go write about Kappernick is a complete fraud and that his success thus far has been a total and complete mirage, that has been shattered because of his clear selfishness and lack of leadership. I mean… he did wear a Dolphin hat right? Hey Florio, care to throw a “Boom Roasted” my direction???

  41. edhochuliisanhonestzebra says: Nov 16, 2013 6:23 PM

    I think that logicalvoices is right and that RG3 will return to last year’s form in the next week or so.
    He certainly didn’t show it in the 2nd half of Thursday night’s game in Minny.

  42. robertallen1958 says: Nov 16, 2013 8:11 PM

    I seem to remember hearing A LOT about a certain QB’s Multiple Neck surgeries and his Heroic, brave, hailed recovery.
    —————————————————–
    wow, first of all, i know Payton Manning and RGme is no Payton Manning,

    when Payton was rehabbing you couldn’t even find him, he was not to be found, a lot of people Talked about his rehab but he didn’t and he didn’t make a reality show of it, and don’t even think you can compare the two, as a QB Payton has set the bar pretty high, seen it all, done it all! and has a ring, RG# has done nothing in the nfl, his little run-option play has been figured out, its not there anymore, and the one comment was right, quit talking like you been playing ten years in this game, Payton has forgot more than you will ever know, start throwing to your #2 or #3 and not panic, learn to read the Defense, this isn’t the SCC its the NFL, RGme isn’t 1/2 as good as he thinks he is, gezz i hated him since the “achieve greatness” Gatorade adds like he was great already.

  43. siennaLilo says: Nov 19, 2013 12:13 PM

    RG3 does not have thick skin. Sorry. Agree that young QBs should study how Eli Manning handles the press and pressure overall. You do have to be, you know, extremely intelligent and mature to handle the media like that though. RG3 seems smart but not that mature yet.

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