Another day, another report refuted by Robert Griffin III.
Griffin addressed in a Thursday phone interview with Tarik El Bashir of CSNWashington.com the recent report from Albert Breer of NFL Network that Griffin rushed back from his torn ACL to prevent giving Kirk Cousins an opportunity to seize the starting job.
“Me and Kirk have always been good,” Griffin told CSNwashington.com. “That’s not an issue. The way I look at it, hard work, dedication and God’s grace is what helped me come back and play so quick.”
This glosses over the idea that Griffin felt extra incentive to return to avoid giving Cousins a chance to become this generation’s Gus Frerotte. And so Griffin dealt more directly with the notion that he’s motivated by a desire to protect his turf.
“Anyone who knows me, knows I’m not that guy,” Griffin said. “I’m not the guy that these negative articles are trying to paint me to be.”
That raises an important question. If Griffin isn’t “that guy,” where are these negative articles coming from? The notion that multiple reporters are making things up and/or making unwarranted leaps of faith based on sketchy sources seems a little far fetched.
The more likely reality is that some of the reports are true, and/or that someone with the Redskins doesn’t like Griffin very much, for either valid or invalid reasons.