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RG3 dismisses “outsiders looking in that don’t understand football”

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With his team out of playoff contention, Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III has heard the talk that he should sit out the rest of the season to protect his surgically repaired knee and focus on getting into peak condition for 2014. Unsurprisingly, Griffin does not agree.

Instead, Griffin says that people who think he should yield to Kirk Cousins for the rest of the season simply don’t know what they’re talking about.

“I don’t take any offense to that. That’s just outsiders looking in that don’t understand the game of football,” Griffin said, via the Washington Post. “When it comes to a time like this, it’s easy for guys to check out. I think it would be real cowardly of me to check out and say, ‘Hey, I don’t want to play these next four games.’ It’s not who I am. It’s not who any competitive football player is. You want to play, so we’re going to finish out the year and you take what’s happened this year, being 3-9, and you face it.”

Apparently Griffin thinks 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks doesn’t understand the game of football, as Brooks is one of the people saying Griffin shouldn’t be playing. But Griffin says he’s going to play the next four weeks the same way he would play if his team were fighting for a playoff spot.

“You have to do the same thing no matter whether you’re winning or losing, and we’ve got four games, and I’m going to give it my all these four games, and I know these guys will, too,” Griffin said.

Even if some on the outside think the wiser course of action would be to sit out.

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82 Responses to “RG3 dismisses “outsiders looking in that don’t understand football””
  1. primenumber19 says: Dec 5, 2013 10:56 AM

    I understand a 3-9 record well enough Bob.

  2. bucrightoff says: Dec 5, 2013 10:56 AM

    Wow, always thought Shanahan was Logicalvoice, but clearly its RGIII himself.

  3. onearmsteven says: Dec 5, 2013 10:57 AM

    Every single thing he says is always on this site. Often in a negative tone

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 5, 2013 10:58 AM

    Cue Chis Crocker errr @logicalvoicesays

    “Leave Britney alone!!! err the best QB in the NFL!!! Leave RG3 Alone!!!”

  5. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 5, 2013 10:59 AM

    What a gift to professional football is RGIII. Smart, talented, humble player and person. We should all aspire to be as elite as him. #thankgodimaredskinsfan

  6. tvjules says: Dec 5, 2013 11:01 AM

    The outsiders that do understand football, are suggesting Washington trade Cousins to get some picks back that they desperately need.

  7. ctattles says: Dec 5, 2013 11:01 AM

    Peter Griffin > Robert Griffin

  8. crush22 says: Dec 5, 2013 11:02 AM

    Andrew Luck >

  9. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 5, 2013 11:03 AM

    Viking fans don’t understand football.

  10. richardmswartz says: Dec 5, 2013 11:03 AM

    If he gets pulled for Cousins everyone on the team quits (if they haven’t quit already). I hope on a human level he doesn’t get hurt in one of these next four games. On an entertainment level, however there would be nothing quite as captivating then Steven A. Smith and Skip Bayless trying to hide their wood should they get to chance to pontificate to each other if he should get injured in one of these upcoming meaningless games.

  11. 23rdusernameused says: Dec 5, 2013 11:04 AM

    who’ve guessed!!?!?!
    RGme me me

    hey, RG3and13, maybe you’ll like your next coach, and his kids!!

    3 1st’s and 2 2nd round draft picks for that?!?!!? LOLOL

  12. bigbenblows86 says: Dec 5, 2013 11:04 AM

    No Robert, what i understand is that you werent worth the draft picks that were given up to get you. HAIL to the worst franchise in sports.

  13. slbasegame257 says: Dec 5, 2013 11:05 AM

    RG3 just has no idea how to keep his mouth shut.

  14. wannabear says: Dec 5, 2013 11:05 AM

    No!!!! You dont understand football RG!!

  15. jetsclaps says: Dec 5, 2013 11:06 AM

    He’s become really unlikeable.

  16. nesuperfan says: Dec 5, 2013 11:06 AM

    You don’t have to have played in the NFL to know something about things that go on in the NFL. I have been watching since 1971, and like most older watchers, we have seen many an injured player push his recovery, and end up fading away forever.
    So young RG3, you can believe that you know it all, and that we know nothing, but we do have something to teach in the form of history lessons.

  17. vaughnplatt27 says: Dec 5, 2013 11:07 AM

    This guy is not very good with the media. This latest comments are going to be received well.

  18. phinfan says: Dec 5, 2013 11:08 AM

    Everytime this guy talks now I’m getting sick to my stomach. So glad my Tannehill isn’t as selfish and spoiled as this mo-fo.

  19. bearshaterseverywhere says: Dec 5, 2013 11:08 AM

    RG-Idiot! Shut your mouth already, you just make it easier for people to hate you.

  20. brownspower says: Dec 5, 2013 11:08 AM

    Good for RGIII. I like his attitude. Besides that, he’d really catch it if he even implied that he should be exempt from finishing out the season.

  21. fxg0201 says: Dec 5, 2013 11:09 AM

    McNabb was right about the Redskins situation but we bashed him when he told the truth

  22. seatownballers says: Dec 5, 2013 11:10 AM

    Give cousins a shot. Why not? This season is over. And at that point, in the off season- Trade one of the quarterbacks

  23. ravensterps says: Dec 5, 2013 11:15 AM

    I used to like this guy.

  24. katientony says: Dec 5, 2013 11:21 AM

    If the Redskins are sick of RG3, the Vikings will take him off their hands…

  25. romosmicrodongs says: Dec 5, 2013 11:25 AM

    obviously robert needs the extra reps and there is zero reason he should be benched

  26. scrp2 says: Dec 5, 2013 11:30 AM

    I don’t know why all the losing. Quarterbacking is not that hard. Just check off your receivers. I play Madden.

  27. 4greatestvikingever says: Dec 5, 2013 11:41 AM

    Like Donovan McNabb.

  28. bengalguy says: Dec 5, 2013 11:45 AM

    Andy Dalton……the new QB everyone loves to hate, yet everyone wants

  29. chut26 says: Dec 5, 2013 11:48 AM

    He doesn’t want to sit out because he is worried Cousins will be a better QB.

  30. kepdogg23 says: Dec 5, 2013 11:49 AM

    The Rams want you to keep playing!!

  31. therealsmiley says: Dec 5, 2013 11:50 AM

    Preach on! Hail!

  32. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 5, 2013 11:58 AM

    Yeah I’d sit him. No way I’d let him take a hit after this coach abused him last year with too many. Not a chance. Special circumstances apply, he’s not playing any more this year.

  33. digitalsasquatch says: Dec 5, 2013 12:01 PM

    When did he start drinking his own Kool-aid?

  34. weepingjebus says: Dec 5, 2013 12:02 PM

    I understand his sentiment, but from a PR perspective he’s probably better off trying the Eli Manning “Huh? Where am I? What year is it?” routine.

  35. thefiesty1 says: Dec 5, 2013 12:03 PM

    Smart kid. It’s the stupid coaches that will ruin his career.

  36. richndc says: Dec 5, 2013 12:32 PM

    One thing is for damn sure. He bought into all his own hype and is not handling the adversity very well at all, poor kid never saw any of this coming. oh, the times they are a changin my friend…..

  37. bigredscouting says: Dec 5, 2013 12:33 PM

    Oh, and anyone saying he should sit, when Aaron Rodgers was stuck behind a 50+ sack offensive line, he learned he must make quick decisions to succeed. Great players thrive, in spite of adversity, in the long term. We just have to wait and see how RG3 develops in the long term. I’m not saying RG3 should not take some of the blame, but there’s plenty of reasons the ‘Skins are 3-9.

  38. cgarsmoker says: Dec 5, 2013 12:46 PM

    If Cam Newton made the same remarks, he would get beat up by the media.

    Why don’t people just face the facts….RG3 just isn’t that good and his condescending attitude will star wearing thin.

    #canthandleadversity

  39. skins1979 says: Dec 5, 2013 12:52 PM

    Keep it up RG3 we all know you need a line.

  40. wtfchiefs says: Dec 5, 2013 12:54 PM

    You don’t have to understand cooking to tell when a steak is burnt.

  41. taintedlombardis says: Dec 5, 2013 12:56 PM

    The RG3 haters that post so fervently would hate him regardless. He hasn’t really said anything wrong, it’s just he lets his guard down around the media. It’s a bunch of nothing.

    Peeps act like RG3 is the worst thing to ever step on the field. Year 2 on a horrible team with a cap penalty coming back from surgery, he’s doing alright, but is unable to carry the team like last year.

    By the way haters.

    Luck QB rating: 82.4
    RG3 QB rating: 83.3

    Luck is turrible. Been in a similar system for 5 of the last 6 years and still struggles. He’s reached his ceiling.

  42. taintedlombardis says: Dec 5, 2013 12:58 PM

    RG3 also averages more yards per attempt than Luck.

  43. ordiggs says: Dec 5, 2013 1:04 PM

    i totally agree with RG3 he needs to keep playing, but the shanny’s have to realize they set the table with the systemic failures over the past 4yrs. The shannys believe their system is bigger than talented football players. That what got mike shanny fired in Denver because Pat Bowlen was smart enough to see his team was regressing and the roster was top heavy with skilled players, absent was the need for good Dlinemen and olinemen, this is how football contenders are built. Mike Shanny is too stubborn and too much of an egomaniac to admit this. Look at Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson there team was built before Wilson was drafted , via the draft with good olinemen and dlinemen not with under performing players discarded by other teams. Please stop with salary cap issue , excuses are like aholes everybody has one .

  44. ravenswhat says: Dec 5, 2013 1:05 PM

    Oh good lord bob. Just stay silent until you start winning. Trust me.

  45. pftfan says: Dec 5, 2013 1:05 PM

    He should complain about outsiders in his next Subway commercial.

    “Where do ELITE 3-9 Quarterbacks go to get their sandwiches? SUBWAY. Eat Fresh”

  46. metrocritical says: Dec 5, 2013 1:07 PM

    As an outsider who has watched multiple Redskin games this year, it appears that maybe RGlll doesn’t fully understand football, most specifically the QB position. When completely healthy, he is a highly gifted athlete who relies heavily on his immense physical skills and can do great damage as a running QB with his speed and elusiveness. However, it appears that he has relief on those skills to the detriment of his overall development as a multidimensional QB. The recovery process has exposed RGlll as a mediocre QB with a run first mentality but without the ability to effectively run first. While he may fully recover and become truly dynamic again, he would best be advised to commit to learning the mental side of playing his position as a pass first QB so that he can have some career longevity.

  47. tinbender2000 says: Dec 5, 2013 1:13 PM

    nesuperfan says: Dec 5, 2013 11:06 AM

    You don’t have to have played in the NFL to know something about things that go on in the NFL. I have been watching since 1971, and like most older watchers, we have seen many an injured player push his recovery, and end up fading away forever.
    So young RG3, you can believe that you know it all, and that we know nothing, but we do have something to teach in the form of history lessons.

    Agree 100% Speaking of which, RGlll years old is going to get his butt handed to him this weekend.

  48. dowhatifeellike says: Dec 5, 2013 1:16 PM

    My mistake, I didn’t realize a 23-year-old second-year player could be a paragon of football knowledge. Maybe he should be coaching the team instead.

  49. 80sbroncofan says: Dec 5, 2013 1:18 PM

    RGME pads most of his stats in garbage time when his team is already down by 30 points and hes playing against a second string defense.

  50. painsyndicate says: Dec 5, 2013 1:31 PM

    Current QBR:

    Foles – 75.6
    Wilson – 67.5
    Kaep – 66.9
    Luck – 60.1
    PONDER – 51.2
    Glennon – 46.6
    Tannehill – 45.9
    Manuel – 45.5
    RG3andout – 42.1

    But I am quite sure there is a very logical excuse as to how this could possibly be.

  51. ilovefoolsball says: Dec 5, 2013 1:32 PM

    Well give the kid credit. You can’t accuse him of being smart with his career.

  52. jmorand47 says: Dec 5, 2013 1:37 PM

    Any fan buying a ticket appreciates that type of attitude. Especially if that ticket is to a game at the end of a season for a team playing out the string. Like say, the Vikings or the Packers.

    I’m a Viking fan and I understand the game of football.

  53. securb2013 says: Dec 5, 2013 1:42 PM

    I wonder if that opinion will change in 2 years when he is an outsider.

  54. frank booth says: Dec 5, 2013 1:47 PM

    logicalvoicesays says: Dec 5, 2013 10:59 AM

    What a gift to professional football is RGIII. Smart, talented, humble player and person. We should all aspire to be as elite as him. #thankgodimaredskinsfan
    ==================================
    Amen to that- A great consolation gift- if you want a player who is not in the Top 10 in any QB stats (except interceptions), RG3 is your man.

  55. raiderlyfe510 says: Dec 5, 2013 1:47 PM

    I agree with Bob Griffin…finish what you start, and improve that pocket presence.

    He needs to learn how to rely on that rocket arm instead of his feet. This is good experience for him.

  56. victorycruz says: Dec 5, 2013 1:52 PM

    Go back to your Subway commercials and stop acting like you’ve proven anything in the NFL. I honestly believe the Skins would’ve been a playoff team with Cousins. This coming from a Giants fan

  57. tjules21 says: Dec 5, 2013 1:52 PM

    Normally, I’d agree with Bob Griffin the Third. You play it out regardless of record. However, he is a very young QB coming off a very bad injury. I don’t know how his health is now, but it clearly wasn’t good earlier in the year.

    All the while, you’ve got Cousins on the bench who has shown flashes of being a very good QB. If you’re the Skins, don’t you want to find out what you’ve got with Cousins and/or showcase his skills to the league? If you don’t do that, maybe he winds up walking in free agency and you get nothing for him. And who knows, maybe he outplays Bob and you keep him.

    Regardless, you’ve got to flip one of these guys at some point for some serious compensation. Play Cousins.

  58. obsessedvikingfan says: Dec 5, 2013 1:53 PM

    Packer fans don’t understand anything let alone football.

  59. patriotwayspygate says: Dec 5, 2013 1:57 PM

    Steeler Nation

    #SixRings.

  60. khenien says: Dec 5, 2013 2:08 PM

    He doesn’t want Cousins coming in and making him look bad like we know would happen. This guys is all about himself.

  61. jaycrew1215 says: Dec 5, 2013 2:11 PM

    He looks “ordinary.”

  62. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Dec 5, 2013 2:24 PM

    RG3 and 9, is afraid for fans to see how well things may go with Cousins at QB.

  63. aikmanschinstrap says: Dec 5, 2013 2:25 PM

    RG3 is a joke, on a joke of a franchise.

  64. steviefoosball says: Dec 5, 2013 2:31 PM

    Someone put a muzzle on Bob!

  65. skinsfan91 says: Dec 5, 2013 3:08 PM

    RGIII is the future of this franchise, he needs his reps. Simple as that. Our defense isn’t good enough to get us to the playoffs. Don’t know what that giants fan talking about.

  66. nittanybluehen says: Dec 5, 2013 3:11 PM

    People calling for Kirk Cousins clearly didn’t watch him play last year. The guy was firing interceptions all over the place and beat a lousy Browns team.

    The Redskins are 7th in total offense and 23rd in total defense, 31st in points allowed, and seem to make an awful special teams blunder each game. Yet somehow this awful season has been all RG3’s fault. Think for yourselves and don’t just believe whatever you hear on TV.

  67. 1bigtex says: Dec 5, 2013 3:38 PM

    logicalvoicesays says: Dec 5, 2013 10:59 AM

    What a gift to professional football is RGIII. Smart, talented, humble player and person. We should all aspire to be as elite as him. #thankgodimaredskinsfan

    ……..

    Should we all aspire to be 3-9?

  68. taintedlombardis says: Dec 5, 2013 3:50 PM

    painsyndicate says:
    Dec 5, 2013 1:31 PM
    Current QBR:

    Foles – 75.6
    Wilson – 67.5
    Kaep – 66.9
    Luck – 60.1
    PONDER – 51.2
    Glennon – 46.6
    Tannehill – 45.9
    Manuel – 45.5
    RG3andout – 42.1

    But I am quite sure there is a very logical excuse as to how this could possibly be.
    ———————————————

    Nobody respects QBR. ESPN made it up and it is full of many subjective criteria. They won’t even release how it’s calculated. Remember when Tebow had the highest QBR in the league?

  69. zam0854 says: Dec 5, 2013 3:58 PM

    nittanybluehen says:

    The Redskins are 7th in total offense and 23rd in total defense, 31st in points allowed, and seem to make an awful special teams blunder each game. Yet somehow this awful season has been all RG3′s fault. Think for yourselves and don’t just believe whatever you hear on TV.

    _____

    Redskins offense is 7th in total offense? Hell, most teams are in prevent defense come the 4th quarter BRO!

    Must be nice Andrew Luck – being the #1 overall pick in the draft, making the playoffs the first 2 yrs in the league, carrying a suspect offense to NUMEROUS 4th qtr comebacks…

    #BetterCoaches
    #BetterTeammates
    #BetterLeaders
    #BetterOrganization

  70. taintedlombardis says: Dec 5, 2013 4:37 PM

    @zamo,

    You mean Mathis and that defense carying the team? Don’t forget the opportunistic special teams as well.

  71. skinsfan91 says: Dec 5, 2013 5:48 PM

    Ultimately, this adversity is going to make RGIII a lot better. He’ll get a full offseason, the team will be better because we’ll have salary cap space to bring some talent and he’ll have his health back. Shoot, most you chumps on here said he wouldn’t make it passed week 4.

  72. cfh666 says: Dec 5, 2013 6:26 PM

    He never stops talking, he comments on everything. He just needs to shut up. RG 3 is an idiot! Go to work, do your job, and please stop talking!

  73. mattyk72 says: Dec 5, 2013 7:07 PM

    With regard to Brooks’ comment, so a QB who’s on pace for 4,000 yards and 20 TDs shouldn’t be playing?

    Ok.

  74. skinsfan91 says: Dec 5, 2013 7:25 PM

    He never stops talking? The hell are you talking about, he doesn’t a weekly press conference like any other QB in the league. It’s not his fault his name produces hits on websites.

  75. boyshole25 says: Dec 5, 2013 8:35 PM

    Two second rounders? Um
    No moron just one

  76. skinsfan91 says: Dec 5, 2013 8:49 PM

    I love it, we post absolute facts like the fact the that he DOES one press conference a week, like any other QB. We only gave up one second rd. pick. “NOPE, DOWNVOTE.”

  77. seaeagle707 says: Dec 5, 2013 9:05 PM

    Whether you play or don’t, the last four games, by Feb. 3rd, no one will remember. Better to lose some ego, and save your knee, than the other way round.

  78. brucetrimble says: Dec 5, 2013 10:32 PM

    @ onearmsteven
    You find RGIII quoted on this site more frequently than most other QBs because he likes to talk and then hear or read about what he has said and then comment on that. He is a media darling (now) because he is accessible and will talk to anyone. Until he learns what to say and when, you will continue to see his comments here.

  79. Foghorn The IKonoclast says: Dec 5, 2013 10:44 PM

    Robert Griffin the 3rd, better be aware that the punter could soon have his job, and oh yeah, the janitor at the high school.

  80. ordiggs says: Dec 6, 2013 9:18 AM

    Mike Shanny is too stubborn and too much of an egomaniac to admit this. Look at Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson there team was built before Wilson was drafted , via the draft with good olinemen and dlinemen not with under performing players discarded by other teams. Please stop with salary cap issue , excuses are like aholes everybody has one . Now there is why the skins are 3-9 look at the shannys!!!!

  81. harrypairotestes says: Dec 6, 2013 12:21 PM

    Three letters: E-G-O

    Everyone, from the owner to it’s supposed star player has tons of it. Too bad for such a talent wasted on griffin. His immaturity fails to make him realize that when you say something like what he said especially concerning a teammate who happen to play the same position, everyone outside of DC knows he’s being egotistical.

  82. harrypairotestes says: Dec 6, 2013 12:32 PM

    Skin fans can defend griffin all they want. Call him a “talented” QB who’s misunderstood and is a media darling. Let’s talk fact coz thats what make sense, shall we. Your talent can only take you so far, without maturity and intelligence, well, we all know where he’s at. To be a media darling, one has to covet attention. Skin fans claim his kindness prevents him from declining to make any kind of comment. He would have been better served saying no or taking the high road and not let himself get baited by the media. But of course, that, again, takes maturity.

    Defend your QB all you want, bottom line, it takes two to tango. Much of the stuff in the media about him would be irrelevant if he really controlled himself (hint, hint – maturity).

    You guys are funny!!!

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