Robert Griffin III: “We’re not what our record says we are”

AP

Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells liked to say, “You are what your record says you are.” Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III doesn’t see it that way.

After his team fell to 3-8 on Monday night, Griffin said the frustrating part of that record is that he and his teammates know that they’re better than their 3-8 record would suggest.

“Any time you lose in the National Football League, there’s going to be criticism and we understand that,” Griffin said. “The hardest part of all of this is probably the fact that we know that we’re not what our record says we are.”

When asked about the personal challenges he’s having this season, Griffin again turned the answer to his team, and to saying his team is better than 3-8.

“I mean, this is a team game,” Griffin said. “I’m not going to sit up here and talk about myself. So like I was going to say, talking to those guys in the locker room, we know we’re not what our record says we are and that’s what makes it tough. It wouldn’t be this hard and no one would be criticizing if we didn’t think we were a good team, if people didn’t think we were a good team.”

People thought they were a good team heading into this season, but that’s not the case anymore. Now people think they’re a 3-8 team, because that’s what their record says they are.

136 responses to “Robert Griffin III: “We’re not what our record says we are”

  1. Wow, his attitude and perception is decking just like his play. Any intelligent person realizes you are exactly what your record is, what other possible measure is there? Whether you lose by 100 or 1, the other team beat you. Until you have the attitude of a Brady, Manning, Rodgers, even Luck, you won’t get anywhere in the NFL. Grow up Robert.

  2. The expectations for this team were way too high going into the season. RG 3 & 8 had a massive knee injury and couldn’t practice the whole off season. Also, he had limited reps in training camp. 2nd year player needs reps. The defense was never good last year, but played well down the stretch against weak competition. The offensive line is below average and they do not have that true possession WR.

    The reliance on the read option and RG 3 & 8’s ability was dumb. Give coaches an off season to study a gimmick and they will neutralize it. Notice the wild cat is gone?

    Lastly this team just sucks.

  3. so when throwing around the blame, its a team game, and you don’t want to talk about yourself?

    and you aren’t what your record says you are? and you didn’t lose once, you lost 8 times in 11 games.

    they really need to give him a generic answer sheet. its not even out of context, its just not good at all. shutup Robert.

  4. “People thought they were a good team heading into this season” You mean that one fan, logicalvoice?

  5. You are wrong, RG3. You guys were completely inept against a San Francisco team that is a Wild Card team in the NFC this year. You are bottom dwellers this year because your play put you there. In a league where your performance is measured from every possible stat and angle you can’t escape what you’ve put out on the field for 10 games and say that’s not us. That’s what’s tough on your fans. You guys aren’t close to competing this year.

  6. Griffin is a half wit that the fluffers have convinced that because he has athletic ability that he is a superstar. See Vick, see Young, see any of the other flash in the pan I can run and throw Qb’s over the past decade. It is inevitable that either injuries or their lack of maturity brings them down.

  7. This speech is too little too late. You can say that you’re not a bad team when you’re 1-3 and still have time to turn things around. It’s tough to convince anyone that a 3-8 record belongs to anything else other than a bad team.

    You guys may be good players, but you’re a bad team. Trust me, I’m a Browns fan. I have extensive experience in such matters.

  8. I love denial. It makes those see things that arent there, and whats there, they dont see.

    The NFL is filled with brilliant defensive minds and they always figure you out. Its at that point that you have to make adjustments. thats what makes or breaks a QB. Its why you see some kid off the bench have a few good games then gets completely shut down.

    The game is about adjustments. So RG3, do you adjust or just put your tail between your legs and sulk?

  9. RGIII is in his second year and has regressed.

    Parcells won several superbowls with the Giants, took the Patriots to one (when they really sucked) made the Jets, Cowboys and Miami contenders. I’m with Parcells on this one.

    You are what your record says you are.

    The proof is in the pudding.

  10. “We’re not what our record says we are”
    ==================================

    Yes, yes you are. Moral victories don’t count.

  11. Skin started 3-6 last year when Bob was healthy an torched the Cowboys on this very day. Now they have a worse record because their dual threat QB has gone one dimensional and a turnover machine. Rest up Bob, if Mike is smart he puts Cousins in for the rest of the season.

    I give thanks to the Skins bad season after all that trash talking after one division title in 13 years. Stick a fork in em

  12. Let’s be honest. He is not big enough to take
    Hit after hit after hit week after week. His body
    Will break down year after year. Been there seen
    That( Mike Vick). Flashy as hell does some things that
    Seem impossible but it will never last a full season. He isn’t
    The QB that can avoid the pounding like a Cam which I know
    A lot of you like to point to. Or a big athletic one like Andrew Luck.
    He doesn’t have the brain of a Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. Same old story seen it all before.

  13. Seems to me that contrary to what he said, he enjoys sitting up there and talking about hisself. While he pointed out that this is a team sport, he doesn’t support his team through his words or actions.

  14. I’ve watched a few Deadskins games this year. You are exactly what your record says you are. If anything, you weren’t as good as your record said you were last year.

  15. They are 3-8 because of the bogus 18 million dollar cap penalty imposed on them for no reason. Fans of other teams go through your rosters and subtract 18 Million dollars worth of players and honestly see where you would be. The funny thing is the Giants owner who had this done thought it would help his team make the playoffs last year and this year. How did that work out for you Big Blue!!!

  16. RGIII, Parcells is in the Hall of Fame.

    So far this year you belong in the “Hall of Shame”

    As they say, “if you’re not the smartest person in the room, you need to start listening”.

    Parcells earned his stripes, his accomplishments speak for themselves.

    Try being humble.

  17. Your one of the worse teams in the league along with my Giants. Face reality! Last year every ball bounced your way and teams weren’t ready for the college offense you were running. The read option is just like the wild cat. A fad that lasted one season. Gimmicks don’t work in the NFL. Take this off season to learn how to run a pro style offense or consider going to finish your playing days in Canada.

  18. Oh so when it comes to talking about the seasons failing , Robert isn’t going to talk about himself. This guy has gone from seemingly good guy to total heel in 8 months. Vince McMahon couldn’t write this one

  19. “im not going to sit up here and talk about myself”

    ——-

    “i will do that on my own espn special that will chroncile my return to greatness sponsored by gatorade and adidas”

  20. Five below 500 yet they’re a good team? Where’s RG’ s accountability? I guess because people labeled him “great” last year in the gimmick.offense (that NFL DCs have adjusted to) we’ re only suppose to remember those 12 month old highlight reels?

  21. skinsterps says:

    They are 3-8 because of the bogus 18 million dollar cap penalty imposed on them for no reason
    _________________________

    Number of Shanahan coached teams to reach the Super Bowl without salary cap cheating = 0

    Number of Shanahan coached teams to win the Super Bowl without salary cap cheating = 0

    Went to Washington and immediately messed with the cap even though he received multiple league warning that the Washington team would be penalized if he didn’t cut the cheating out.

    Funny thing that when you ignore league warnings over and over that there actually is a reason for getting penalized.

    Shanahan, 20+ years of salary cap cheating and counting.

  22. THEE simple truth is rglitious was not fully healed this year and anyone who knows anything about football can see that. next year will be that much sweeter. hope you douches all come back next year and apologize to me personally. CAN’T WAIT! now get on yer knees KISS the trophies and HAIL!!!

  23. It would possibly be an accurate statement if they had lost a ton of close games. However, a lot of the games were really just blowouts that they were able to make appear close towards the end.

  24. Yeah, keep telling yourself that in January when you’re sitting at home watching the playoffs.

    You ARE what your records says you are. Bottom of a weak NFC East and about to give the St. Louis Rams another Top-10 draft pick…

  25. As a lifelong fan, I hate to say it, but my team is not good at this point. One play against S.F. on Monday night shows what is wrong. Robert took the snap and headed left. As the too-light line broke down under the 49er D-line, a hole opened up and he had a chance to cut thru it. Instead of cutting, he drifted further left and was tackled for no gain.
    2 HUGE problems exposed on 1 play.
    First- The O-line is the lightest in the league and is dominated on almost every play. QB and RB’s are getting little to no chance to make a gain with every play.
    Second- Either Robert has no faith in his knee or he is still not healed. Last year he would have blown thru that hole and gained 8-10 yds. The explosion is just not there. This has been so obvious since the first series of the year against the Eagles that Ray Charles (God rest his soul) could see it!
    Par Robert for the rest of the year, get some Hogs for the line and try again next year !! Maybe with a new coach and son……

  26. I think we can officially “crown their ass” as the worst team in the NFC East and one of the worst teams in the NFL season.

    Sorry RGIII, scoreboard. You’re 3-8. You’re closer to drafting Teddy Bridgewater then making the playoffs. Otherwise you would be 8-3 and fighting for home field advantage in the NFC.

    Let this continue to be a lesson: Giving up a bounty of draft picks for ONE player rarely pays off in the NFL, and now the Rams are fixing to get a top 5 pick in the draft, on top of the other contributors they got from previous picks (and, BTW, have a better record then Washington in a harder division).

  27. Robert Griffin III: “We’re not what our record says we are”

    Sorry Bob, that is EXACTLY what you are.

  28. There is no better indicator of who you are as a team than your record over a significant number of games.

    And that applies to my Vikings as well.

  29. First off im a big skins fan who is beyond disappointed with every element of this franchise this year, save for Pierre Garçon and Alfred Morris. I’ve followed this team since I was 5 in 1981. After 20 years of futility, last year was great but has made this year worse than any Kent Graham, Gus Frerotte, Jay Shroeder or Sexy Rexy led team.

    Griff has disappointed me in many ways and I won’t rehash those because you all have and the media loves to knock players off their pedestal any chance they can. It’s the American way. But I found these stats worth sharing thanks to the boys at the wapo blogs. Interesting who continues to get the noise while no one says boo about a Super Bowl winning QB just a few years ago.

    Eli: 56.9% completions 2,760 yards 7.0 yards/attempt 14 TD 17 INT 28 SCK 72.5 Rating 4 Fumbles 2 Fumbles lost
    Robert: 59.8 % 2,832 yards 7.1 yards/attempt 14 TD 11 INT 28 SCK 81.8 Rating 11 fumbles 4 fumbles lost

  30. I for one think the RGIII bashing is aimed at the wrong target – he’s coming off a major injury that’s basically eliminated the best part of his game, and he’s struggling to adapt his entire playstyle as a second year NFL QB. The real blame goes to Mike Shanahan, who has clearly lost all ability to coach. That’s the reality, the guy is over the hill. It happens to all of us.

  31. Jim Rome needs to interview him..

    Rome: Bobby what happened this year?
    RGIII: uh my name is Robert
    Rome: Okay Bobby , what happened this year

  32. I am a Skins fan: RG3 needs to grow up, take responsibility for his play, and shut up about the rest. The coach can talk about the “team play”, Robert should focus on his play.

  33. No Robert, you are what the record says you are!
    A below average quarterback on a below average team!

  34. Not a Washington fan but I respected RGIII before he morphed into RG Me. Now in his second season, RG 3-8 works my nerves every time he opens his mouth and utters foolishness. The teams record is reflective of their play on the field. They suck.

  35. Shanahan is the most overrated and overpaid coach in the league..he needs to be unceremoniously dumped after the season.

    Take your 35m from Redskins and beat it into retirement ..and any other team that gives you another shot deserves to fail.

  36. You are what your record is whether your daddy told you that in the training room or not. Funny how he never bitches when they win. How come he ain’t complaining that his team is winning when it shouldn’t be. Its as stupid as complaining about losing not being your fault.

  37. I can understand why a locker room thinks themselves better than their record, it’s a high caliber, pro-level group of talented men (or else they wouldn’t be there). That they are unable to gel together well enough to be a winning team suggests a lack of leadership and common purpose.

    So, I’m putting this on the coaching staff (and front office) because attitudes trickle down and it’s Shanahan’s responsibility to get the best from his men.

    Allowing this whole RGIII thing to garner the lion’s share of the attention was at first a great boost, but Shanahan has let it go unchecked and now that the chips are down, it appears to be a 3-8 team

    IMO, RGIII needs to step back from the microphone, he’s obviously going thru some growing pains as the light from his Heisman and the success he had in college had dimmed.

    Andrew Luck of the Indy Colts: Compare and Contrast.

  38. RGFragileEgo, the gift that keeps on giving.

    When will this guy realize he needs to shut his piehole and stop giving the media free treats ?

  39. At what point to do we begin paying the appropriate amount of attention to the mediocre QB of a 3-8 irrelevant football team as opposed to making screaming headlines out of everything he says?

    Where are the Mike Glennon headlines? His team is 3-8, but he is actually playing much better than Bob Griffin right now.

  40. Shanny may have his signature all over this poor showing so far this season, but one thing cannot be pinned on him. That is the salary cap penalty. This horrific setback was actually all Snyder’s doing.
    While I shudder to think of where the Skins future lies, I can’t blame Shanny for the culture in D.C. That has Snyder’s fingerprints all over it.

  41. in DC, you are not allowed to criticize minorities; that is how we got stuck with odumbo. of course reid, pelosi, boehner are almost as bad. but it is ok to dump on them; they are not part of the protected class like affirmative action failures are.

  42. skinsterps says:
    Nov 28, 2013 8:23 AM
    They are 3-8 because of the bogus 18 million dollar cap penalty imposed on them for no reason. Fans of other teams go through your rosters and subtract 18 Million dollars worth of players and honestly see where you would be.

    The Eagles are $26M under the cap. The Packers are $18M under. The Bengals are $28M under. The Cardinals are $14M under. Many more teams that are much better than the Redskins are between $10-15M under the cap.

    Next excuse, please.

  43. RG III Knee,

    Last time I checked, your record is what is representative of your team’s ability to win and lose games. Not only are you EXACTLY what your record says you are, you are EXACTLY what the rest of the league KNOWS you are – last place in the NFC East, and not going anywhere.

  44. This one doesn’t make sense to me at all. We all know that you are what your record says you are. That aside, we all know we’ve rooted for a team that had a rash of injures leading to unexpected loses. Maybe a few OT loses or missed field goals…things like that.
    Redskins? Two of their WINS have have been by miracle over SD and CHI. Their win over OAK was against a backup QB. That’s it! Nearly every loss has been a blowout.

    This doesn’t at all seem to be the time to imply you’re somehow better than the record. In this case, you really are lucky not to be 2-9 or 1-10. Rams fans must be so excited to watch every Redskin game.

  45. OK RG3-8, there are only 2 possible explanations here:

    1. You’re only saying this type of stuff to keep everyone talking about you- because why else would anyone talk about a 3-8 team, other than that should think about benching their QB? (This is actually pretty low in the range of where he can fall on the scale of narcissism.)

    2. You’re actually this delusional. If this was typical playerspeak, you would have actually claimed some responsibility when asked about why/how you are struggling- therefore, you could actually be this delusional.

  46. He’s right, they are lucky to even have three wins. I saw a stat Monday night that he’s only throw 32 passes while the redskins held a lead of any size. The only leads they really had were vs Minnesota and Oakland

  47. zappaisgod says: Nov 28, 2013 7:57 AM

    Griffin is a half wit that the fluffers have convinced that because he has athletic ability that he is a superstar. See Vick, see Young, see any of the other flash in the pan I can run and throw QB’s over the past decade. It is inevitable that either injuries or their lack of maturity brings them down.

    There’s another one waiting in the wings at Texas A&M.

    A year or so from now, we will making the same comments about him instead of Griffen as may very well be gone as a starter.

  48. He’s right. We should have lost to San Diego. If the Chargers hadn’t borrowed Kyle Shanahan’s play book with 1st and goal at the one near the end of regulation, we would have lost that one too. Robert needs to just shut up and play footbl.

  49. My Bills are 4-7, and have played well and shown some good signs. But, we’re 4-7 and exactly what the record says we are. Stop believing all the hype there RGIII. When you’re at 8-3 the rest of the league will pay attention to you more!

  50. Full disclosure: I am a diehard Skins fan. I really liked RGIII last year where he seemed like the ultimate team player, firing up his team on the sidelines, taking hits for the betterment of the team, and playing almost beyond his capability. My biggest fear was that it he would start believing the hype that generated around him and he would become more and more diva-like. This year, that seems to have come true. I watch him on the sidelines and he sits staring out into space – almost Cam Newton like in his first years with the towel over his head. I feel like he’s separated himself from the team, almost dillusional. Now he’s far from the only problem in Washington, but the media and public find him to be a convenient target. He’s going to have to turn back into a gutsy player (that doesn’t include risking himself every play) that can lead men, something that’s not happening now. I think he can do it – he just has to get back to basics and be a football player again and not a star.

  51. Robert Griffin III: “We’re not what our record says we are”

    =========================

    Bill Parcells disagrees.

  52. I’m a Lions fan, but I thought RG3 was going to be a great NFL quarterback.

    RG3…I say this with love…quit acting like a spoiled rapper want-to-be and start behaving like an NFL QB. Stop playing on YouTube, fighting with the press and receiving gifts.

    START WATCHING FILM!!! That’s what great QBs do…they watch film. They lead their team. They spend a lot more time practicing their plays than their pose…and stop blaming everyone else for your lack of success.

    It’s not too late to make a change. Look at Wilson…there’s a great young QB who knows how to DO THE WORK that it takes to succeed. Turn it around right now….go watch film, apologize to your players and your coach, get over yourself and stop courting the media.

    Good luck RG3…you’re going to need it. This is your one and probably only chance to redeem yourself. Don’t waste it!

  53. Doesn’t RG3-8 kind of prove what Parcells was trying to get across. Don’t get into the could’ve, would’ve, should’ve about your failures. If you’ve lost 8 games in 11 weeks, don’t stand in front of the mic and claim your something other than what you are… Which is bitterly disappointing and somewhat embarrassing.

  54. If there’s ever a case of a team being better than their record says, it would be the 2012 Packers. We would’ve gone at least 13-3 last year if the refs had any idea what they were doing.

  55. Just shut up Robert. You talk too much these days. It over shadows anything you do on the field. He seems to not take responsibility for anything other than winning. Everyday it’s something with this kid. He seems to a little paranoid about the public perception of him. Did anyone actually say anything about his dad coming to the locker room? I hear him defending it a lot, but nowhere have I see a negative comment from a team mate about it.
    Her is just not that natural talent and leader everyone dubbed him last year. I see little leadership, and I see regression of QB play.

  56. “We are 3–8, but we’re not really.”

    “Coach, don’t show my bad plays in team meetings.”

    “I’m not responsible for our losses. But I will say that I am to make everyone happy.”

    Pattern, anyone?

    It appears that Somebody is refusing to face reality.

  57. OMG… shades of Coach Dennis Green… sort of.

    RG3 and Green need to do a commercial together… “we aren’t who we thought we were”… or “these aren’t the droids we’re looking for”… or something like that.

  58. This is the same team that started 3-6 last year and won 7 in a row so I agree with him. When you lose everybody has something to say. Fire def coordinator and offensive coordinator 10-6 easy

  59. Bench RG3 and play Cousins for the rest of the year.

    Offseason, Fire ALL the Coaches, half the present players,trade RG3 and build a much better team for the future with well chosen very deep draft picks and free agents.

    Heck, at least then there would be some hope for the future.

  60. Bobby three sticks should have his P.R. people look at how the wind is blowing before he says another word in any interview. Just look at the thumbs up vs. the thumbs down ratio to the comments in this discussion that cast him in a less than positive light.

  61. The two Redskin fans @ work have stopped talking “football” (better to focus on the job at hand- ha!) and one has quietly taken down his Redskins car flag and neatly folded it in the glove box for next season….

  62. WOW!!!

    It isn’t really like he’s the first, or more than likely the last one to make such a statement concerning their team, but really, griffin will be best served if he really just takes the high road and not say what’s really he feels he needs to say, especially with the team’s record.

    I don’t get it with these athletes. Nothing has worked for him this season. NOTHING. And him going and saying nonsense on how the team is really better than what their record say is just making him more of an egotistical sore loser than anything.

    Call it a season Rob. There’s always next year, which I hope, when you get to, you’ll have learned some valuable leassons this past season that you’ll handle things better including minimizing your talk and “love me some me” attitude.

  63. manilarizzo says:
    Nov 28, 2013 9:22 AM

    First off im a big skins fan who is beyond disappointed with every element of this franchise this year, save for Pierre Garçon and Alfred Morris. I’ve followed this team since I was 5 in 1981. After 20 years of futility, last year was great but has made this year worse than any Kent Graham, Gus Frerotte, Jay Shroeder or Sexy Rexy led team.

    Griff has disappointed me in many ways and I won’t rehash those because you all have and the media loves to knock players off their pedestal any chance they can. It’s the American way. But I found these stats worth sharing thanks to the boys at the wapo blogs. Interesting who continues to get the noise while no one says boo about a Super Bowl winning QB just a few years ago.

    Eli: 56.9% completions 2,760 yards 7.0 yards/attempt 14 TD 17 INT 28 SCK 72.5 Rating 4 Fumbles 2 Fumbles lost
    Robert: 59.8 % 2,832 yards 7.1 yards/attempt 14 TD 11 INT 28 SCK 81.8 Rating 11 fumbles 4 fumbles lost

    —————————————-

    I could write a whole book to retort to your comment but I’ll make it simple.

    Eli, and as much as I know you will say that he doesn’t really deserve it, has PROVEN he can win. He has two SBs to show for it. Eli, as much as I would want to say never, has gone through his growing pains with the Giants but has not gone and showed his ME-FIRST attitude all over the place.

    Knock Eli as much as you want, I can accept the fact that he and his team has played horribly this season. But aside from the usual talk from the big mouths like Rolle and, recently, JPP, I would not trade that for the mess that is in DC right now nor trade that person they call a QB that is “supposedly” leading the skins into the promise land. The 2013 Giants are where they should be but the funny thing is they can’t even be last in the East as the skins seem to have taken that place, AGAIN.

    You cannot mention Eli and griffin on the same breath. Casting the whole SB wins aside, they are still on two different levels. I can even entertain the idea that griffin is a much better athlete but that is gone by the wayside by how he’s selfish, egotistical and conveniently collect when he needs to be (when he wins and WHINES like a girl when he loses!).

    Your stats are interesting, but the issue at hand has nothing to really do with his numbers but more for his character and personality. A griffin right out of college with a Brady, Manning or even a Wilson attitude would have been scary for the entire NFL, but alas, that is just not meant to be as he’s shown and proven, again and again, his immaturity and calousness.

  64. Robert Griffin the 3rd, yes you are. But we are going to play a little game here. Every time you begin to prove your worth, I will give you a I. Pretty soon you will make to G, but you will retire or quit long before that.

    LO1

  65. Meanwhile back in Indy – they are breathing prayers of thanks and patting each other on the back and congratulating themselves profusely.

    And they should.

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