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RGIII says he never feared losing his job to Kirk Cousins

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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.

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77 Responses to “RGIII says he never feared losing his job to Kirk Cousins”
  1. eventhorizon04 says: Dec 5, 2013 10:00 PM

    “RGIII says he never feared losing his job to Kirk Cousins”

    Of course not. The current regime in Washington mortgaged their entire short-term future to get him, lol.

  2. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 5, 2013 10:00 PM

    Yeah right. Trying to save face with lies.

    RGFragileEgo in action.

    SMH won’t this guy every shut his mouth ?

  3. suhisbetterthanu says: Dec 5, 2013 10:04 PM

    When will he just shut up?

  4. SparkyGump says: Dec 5, 2013 10:04 PM

    Give him a line and someone to throw to and he’ll be fine. I’m sure the skins could get a lot for Cousins this spring.

  5. ajg314 says: Dec 5, 2013 10:05 PM

    There is just waaaay too much drama that surrounds that team.

  6. newmarketmaulers says: Dec 5, 2013 10:06 PM

    Cover your eyes Logical, but I’m already sick of hearing about this guy.

  7. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 5, 2013 10:06 PM

    RGIII is starting to be quite the virus.

  8. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 5, 2013 10:07 PM

    What a train wreck.

  9. blacknole08 says: Dec 5, 2013 10:07 PM

    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.

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    No it’s not. The media has crucified this kid. They are taking sound bites from him and twisting his words to write stories that match their agenda. He is not the only player on the Redskins, yet he has to shoulder the blame for all the problems that have occured in DC this year. The Defense has done him no favors, his WRs drop passes.

    Yea, RG3 puts a ton of pressure on himself, but he is a competitor, and I commend him for wanting to be that leader who takes the brunt of the blame for his team’s failure.

  10. vsyseng says: Dec 5, 2013 10:08 PM

    *cough* Kyle *cough*

  11. crabcakesfootball says: Dec 5, 2013 10:08 PM

    This offseason for RG3 – spend less time being BFFs with Dan Snyder.

    No White House Correspondence dinner as Danny Snyders date.

    No film premieres with Danny Snyder and Tom Cruise.

    Snyder is not your friend. He will make you worse.

    Ask his old BFF Clinton Portis.

    Actually- just never do anything with Dan Snyder. Everything he touches sucks, except for one company that worked that let him buy the Skins.

    Hes the George W. Bush of owners. Everything he does fails except the job before the most important job.

  12. seatownballers says: Dec 5, 2013 10:08 PM

    Start cousins. Trade rg3 for a low pick. Draft 2 New db’s. Get a new coach. Aquire a reciever that can catch in free agency. Cut Davis, start reed.

    There logical. I have shown you the light to winning a weak division. But Snyder doesn’t have the vision to see past the nose on his face.

  13. getyourownname says: Dec 5, 2013 10:09 PM

    This is what happens when you attend the Little Danny Snyder School of Interpersonal Relationships and Team Building.

  14. pillowporkers says: Dec 5, 2013 10:09 PM

    That raises an important question. If Griffin isn’t “that guy,” where are these negative articles coming from?

    ———————————————————

    The media? Not a Redskins fan at all, but it’s not like RG3 is the one writing all the negative articles about himself. The media loves to build people up, tear them down, and build them up again. It’s what they do.

  15. gammynomnom says: Dec 5, 2013 10:12 PM

    ” Me and kirk are good” sounds a bit like Robert expects Kirk to know his place.
    Had they started Cousins instead of an ineffective and overrated media star like Griffin, they may still be in the playoff hunt in a terrible NFCE.
    Sounds like he has one of those Clinton Portis relationships with Danny Boy.

  16. lennydpocketqb says: Dec 5, 2013 10:13 PM

    The Redskins are becoming the new Jets. The circus has a new town!

  17. qdeathstar says: Dec 5, 2013 10:15 PM

    Man. The media sure is trying to drum up even more drama for the redskins…

    There is no way rg3 was worried about loosing his job to cousins. It makes no since. It wouldnt have been possible. If. Cousins had a shot at the starting job, he would have gotten the chance by now. Especially with the stinkers rg3 is leaving on the field.

  18. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 5, 2013 10:17 PM

    I’d really like to see what Kirk Cousins can do while RGIII rests up. It could be a good temporary change of pace. Or open options. And if you lose and can’t win that division, then that 2nd round pick just becomes more valuable.

  19. drew05 says: Dec 5, 2013 10:18 PM

    Just tell Cousins to wait another season or two…

    RGme will play or talk his way out of the League.

  20. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 5, 2013 10:18 PM

    By the way, Bridgewater just tore up CIN on that last drive with an amazing run and series of passes. Egads, that was just sick.

  21. laserw says: Dec 5, 2013 10:21 PM

    If the jerk Griffin would spend half the time preparing for games as he does running his trap, the Redskins would be in the playoff hunt.

    I guess when you are a fraud and a gimmick that now has no talent since he is a one legged clown, running your yap is all you have left.

    And just remember, Griffin is a loser as a pro.

  22. nick255 says: Dec 5, 2013 10:23 PM

    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.

    I think the reporters are also a little vindictive because they all jumped on his bandwagon and he’s turning into a bust.

  23. bennyb82 says: Dec 5, 2013 10:25 PM

    I am gonna guess that the Redskins have had more articles written about them than any other team this year.

  24. kev3west says: Dec 5, 2013 10:25 PM

    “…Someone with the Redskins (named Kyle) doesn’t like Griffin very much.”

  25. delhommed says: Dec 5, 2013 10:26 PM

    Cousins should be the starter… Cousins isn’t as good of an athlete as the was last year but he is a better qb… This year and last year!

  26. logiclevoicesays says: Dec 5, 2013 10:28 PM

    Matt Flynn will be available next year.

  27. Foghorn The IKonoclast says: Dec 5, 2013 10:30 PM

    He needs to think that Cousins can play, because Robert Griffin the 3rd, has still to prove anything, anything remotely close to the hype that the media trotted out. The same with Josh Freeman, Troy Smith, Akili Smith, Terrell Prior and the list goes on and on and on.

    Yes, oh lookie, we have a pretty good QB in Seattle. Russell Wilson is brilliant and he is all those things that are projected for the above also rans.

    So when Griffin is finally called out being a lesser version of Michael Vick, who was mature enough to actually listen to someone besides his own echo emanating from his mouth.

  28. 1rockyracoon says: Dec 5, 2013 10:31 PM

    3 first round draft picks and a second round draft pick–the reasons why Griffin didn’t have to worry about losing his starting job.

  29. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 5, 2013 10:32 PM

    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.
    _____________

    I missed that the first time I skimmed the article.

    Of course a member of the media would say this. Those of us who read and watch what the media puts out know that they make things up all the time and throw smelly claims against the wall hoping they’ll stick.

    No only is it not far fetched, it happens all the time.

  30. acasar123 says: Dec 5, 2013 10:32 PM

    Where there’s smoke there’s fire.

  31. sickoe47 says: Dec 5, 2013 10:33 PM

    And logicalvoice says;blah blah blah blah blah blah!

  32. mitchellb751 says: Dec 5, 2013 10:33 PM

    If wanting to keep your job is labled insecure then I guess we are all guilty. Since when is it a bad thing to want to keep your job? Not saying he should be starting,that is his coaches decision. Can you blame the guy for wanting to keep his job?

  33. rgmememe says: Dec 5, 2013 10:35 PM

    And the lies continue to fly. Every QB in the NFL worries about losing their job when they go down due to injury.

  34. raaz227httr says: Dec 5, 2013 10:36 PM

    Have you ever played the game telephone? That’s how this happens. It’s just the DC area reporters are really bad at it!

  35. waitingguilty says: Dec 5, 2013 10:37 PM

    “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.”

    I’ll post my comment when I stop laughing at this line…it’ll be a few days.

  36. jbagbey22 says: Dec 5, 2013 10:38 PM

    The constant articles on RG3 are beyond out of control. As an avid Redskin fan and a resident of the northern virginia, I don’t even listen to local sports radio or local redskin related tv shows. They, as well as the national media is the problem. They blow everything way out of proportion and make up some of these stories themselves. It’s never ending. So what, maybe he didn’t want to lose the starting job. What competitive player would?

    Robert has immense talent and he hasn’t come close to reaching his potential. It takes time. Cam newton got creamed by the media last year because Carolina wasn’t very good; this year he can do no wrong because the team is doing well. It takes time and if the redskins continue to build around Robert, all of this noise will start to subside.

    I mean, seriously, you don’t see blame being tossed at a terrible offensive line, receivers who drop the ball entirely too much and a defense that has allowed 362 points this year, but somehow the QB is the problem every week.

    At the end of the day, the redskins aren’t just a good team this year and the blame should go all around , not just one player who is doing all he can do with a very limited supporting cast.

    Honestly, I am ready for the season to end so the young man will stop being chastised every day. He is our QB and our best option. Bottom line, we need an offensive line that can actually create a pocket, a number one receiver (garçon is a 2 on a good teAm) and blow up the defense. And oh yeah, adios shanny ANd co

  37. chipbeastkelly says: Dec 5, 2013 10:38 PM

    Operation Lying

  38. randomguy9999 says: Dec 5, 2013 10:40 PM

    another hour, another blah blah blah by RG3

    reality is there trouble in Washington… multiple people aren’t liking RG3 and he isn’t liking them… and he’s so freaked out by it, he’s out every 5 seconds refuting it.

    One thing is for sure, he’s not acting like a franchise QB…. well, he isn’t playing like one either

  39. p31squared says: Dec 5, 2013 10:42 PM

    There’s a reason they used a third-round pick on a QB the same year they drafted their “franchise” QB…

  40. stampnhawk says: Dec 5, 2013 10:44 PM

    With all the money Snyder has, you’d think he could hire compotent team PR and Communication guys to keep the star player from repeadtedly sticking his foots in his mouth. With the Shanhan duo, those PR guys would have their hands full as well, but keeping a lid on RG3 is in the best interest for everyone involved with that team.

    Or, tell RG3 to keep his mouth shut, or else get fined internally (likely not CBA-friendly).

    Every day there seems to be a new topic that he has to talk about. I realize why the media, because he always says something that is left open to interpretation with an undercurrent of entitlement and brattiness, it appears.

  41. skinsfan91 says: Dec 5, 2013 10:45 PM

    uh . . . what?

  42. abomb80 says: Dec 5, 2013 10:45 PM

    I’m sure one of these stories will provide ironclad proof that the Shanahans aren’t the problem in DC.

  43. dannyreneau says: Dec 5, 2013 10:47 PM

    I’m neither a Redskins fan nor RGIII for that matter, but to say that the media wouldn’t make up false drama for clicks is far fetched in and of itself.

  44. dccowboy says: Dec 5, 2013 10:48 PM

    “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.”

    BAHAHAHAHAH!!!! Reporters do this stuff all the time to a lot of players. One says something like that and the others pick it up and parrot it. In a matter of days it becomes ‘smoke’, then, the same reporters start the ‘where there’s smoke, there’s fire’ chant, then it becomes gospel. Its been done before.

  45. secularreason says: Dec 5, 2013 10:58 PM

    I like how there’s no credit given whatsoever to Dr. Andrews but God’s grave is definitely more important.

  46. ravenswhat says: Dec 5, 2013 11:05 PM

    Robert loves him some Robert.

  47. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 5, 2013 11:11 PM

    The way I look at it is, if this is the only football game left to be played and my job is on the line and I have to win it, then I’m saying…

    Bring in the Spartan, I choose him today

  48. badmoonrison says: Dec 5, 2013 11:35 PM

    At first I thought RGMe was just a total selfish jerk, but the more stories the media prints about him, taking the things he says out of context, etc, the more I think they just hate him and intentionally want to make him look bad for some strange reason.

  49. smack1114 says: Dec 5, 2013 11:35 PM

    I hate the God’s grace part. Apparently he shouldn’t have come back so quickly and that also implies God favors him over cousins.

  50. hitmeimopen says: Dec 5, 2013 11:46 PM

    Knowing RG is a smart and thoughtful guy, he should simply say that he doesn’t deny that motivation comes in many forms. Fear of losing one’s job motivates lots of people, no less myself.

  51. northstarnic says: Dec 6, 2013 12:08 AM

    Another instance if RGKnee opening his mouth to remind us there is no doubt that he is a fool.

  52. blackbeard43 says: Dec 6, 2013 12:13 AM

    I don’t buy the story. Like someone has said, why would you trade up in the draft and give up 2 first rounders and a second round pick for a QB that was tearing it up in his rookie year, to see if his back up steals his job?

    And..yeah. on that line about reporters making things up based on sketchy sources, i was laughing my ass off on that!

  53. logicalvoicessayss says: Dec 6, 2013 12:43 AM

    Is Rex Grossman available?

  54. bigdaddydooko says: Dec 6, 2013 1:58 AM

    “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.”

    Umm…doesn’t seem too far fetched to me. Isn’t that what you guys do for a living. Maybe not making things up, but definitely taking leaps of faith based on sketchy sources…..like saying maybe someone in the redskins organization doesn’t like griffin too much.

  55. larondontlikeugly says: Dec 6, 2013 5:14 AM

    Anyone who has grown up in the DC over the last few decades understands the media’s agenda against our young star athletes. It happens in every sport, every year, and is (in my opinion) one of the main reasons that our guys never develop to their full-potentials. These writers are only concerned about getting called up to ESPN or NFL Network (which the majority of them end up doing) and spend most of their time replacing factual journalism with speculatory garbage.

  56. bringbackkosar says: Dec 6, 2013 5:18 AM

    It must be another Goodell/media conspiracy to hold down the greatest QB in the history of the universe AND to deny the best 3-9 team the league has ever seen their rightful place as world champions, just ask illogicalvoice for the details

  57. tdubdizzle says: Dec 6, 2013 5:52 AM

    RG3s balls are so deep in Shannahans throat he doesn’t even know Kirks still on the team.

  58. tdubdizzle says: Dec 6, 2013 5:53 AM

    The Redskins are going to suffer as long as RG3 is QB.

  59. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 6, 2013 6:02 AM

    “Multiple reporters making leaps of faith based on sketchy sources”
    That’s how the controversy surrounding they supposedly racist name of the franchise started…..
    Regarding RG3, like someone else said, in Cam’s second year, Eli’s second year, and surely others I can’t drop off the top of my head, the media constantly lambasted qb’s who simply were still learning to play at the NFL level.
    Having said that, Kirk Cousins, if he ever gets the reins, will be a fantastic NFL QB, you can see it in his play & how he handles himself

  60. ketch20too says: Dec 6, 2013 6:40 AM

    To expect RG III t come back after blowing up his knee and having no off season with the team and be the player he was last season was completely unrealistic. Last year was not a fluke, kid has talent. I suspect with an entire off season to prepare and a full year of healing behind him he will be much better next year. It would help if there was some talent around him, but they mortgaged a big part of their future in draft picks to draft him.

  61. bunjy96 says: Dec 6, 2013 7:37 AM

    The media had Favre, then Tebow, now its RGII.

    Who’s next Johnny Football?

  62. 1bigtex says: Dec 6, 2013 7:42 AM

    The only thing that could possibly make this slow motion train wreck more entertaining would be for the Skins to sign Tebow. The combination of RG3-9’s supporters blaming everyone except Griffin set against a backdrop of the Tebowites calling for St. Timmy to show that he is the one and only combination QB/Savior would be just delicious.

  63. yojoemama says: Dec 6, 2013 7:52 AM

    Griffin is an undersized one trick pony. Unfortunately for him and Redskins fans, the pony show is over.

  64. gibson34 says: Dec 6, 2013 8:07 AM

    is it me or are we all sick of hearing about the worst QB and organization in the league? There is more talk about this guy on the team than the horrid season this team is having….blow the whole thing up as they are not going anywhere for the next 10 years at least.

    FTTR

  65. TheDPR says: Dec 6, 2013 8:11 AM

    Some advice that might help this kid become more of a professional and team player and maybe even succeed one day:

    If there are no other Griffins on your team, you don’t need to go by “III” as an athlete.

    If you’ve never won anything in this league, you don’t need to go by a nickname like RGIII.

    If you aren’t required to give an interview, don’t give one. You have studying and practicing to do.

    Just be Robert Griffin, a young athlete learning how to succeed as a professional.

    You can’t do anything right now about being coached by Shanahans but that will pass.

  66. wryly1 says: Dec 6, 2013 8:13 AM

    If Griffin were a fish, he’d be the first one in the boat; absolutely cannot resist taking the bait.

  67. whatjusthapped says: Dec 6, 2013 8:20 AM

    Remember, the Redskins gave up the farm to draft him. That was a hugely lopsided trade and the only way it could work out for the Redskins is for RGIII to deliver a Superbowl and that didn’t happen in his first season, it wouldn’t happen in his 2nd season and the next decade isn’t looking too good.

  68. isphet71 says: Dec 6, 2013 8:21 AM

    Been saying since last year that Cousins, and not RG3, will be the guy with the longer, better career in the NFL when all is said and done.

    RG3 was placed too high too fast. The fall was inevitable. And in today’s media, if you fall, even a little, the media piles on and piles on until they bury you.

  69. cowboyhater says: Dec 6, 2013 8:24 AM

    jbagbey22 says: Dec 5, 2013 10:38 PM

    The constant articles on RG3 are beyond out of control. As an avid Redskin fan and a resident of the northern virginia, I don’t even listen to local sports radio or local redskin related tv shows. They, as well as the national media is the problem. They blow everything way out of proportion and make up some of these stories themselves. It’s never ending. So what, maybe he didn’t want to lose the starting job. What competitive player would?

    Robert has immense talent and he hasn’t come close to reaching his potential. It takes time. Cam newton got creamed by the media last year because Carolina wasn’t very good; this year he can do no wrong because the team is doing well. It takes time and if the redskins continue to build around Robert, all of this noise will start to subside.

    I mean, seriously, you don’t see blame being tossed at a terrible offensive line, receivers who drop the ball entirely too much and a defense that has allowed 362 points this year, but somehow the QB is the problem every week.

    At the end of the day, the redskins aren’t just a good team this year and the blame should go all around , not just one player who is doing all he can do with a very limited supporting cast.

    Honestly, I am ready for the season to end so the young man will stop being chastised every day. He is our QB and our best option. Bottom line, we need an offensive line that can actually create a pocket, a number one receiver (garçon is a 2 on a good teAm) and blow up the defense. And oh yeah, adios shanny ANd co

    ——————————————————————————————

    I’m re-posting this because everyone who is not a skins fan, and doesn’t even follow this team should read this again. Well said my friend. Now this is how 99.9% of skins feel about the year. The only thing I would respectfully disagree with is the shanny comment. The guy needs another year to get this together, and if then we see a repeat of this season….then I would say let this guy go. One thing he brings to this team is stability to the organization, and for the players that will stay with this team. HTTR!!

  70. getyourownname says: Dec 6, 2013 8:25 AM

    “With all the money Snyder has, you’d think he could hire compotent team PR and Communication guys to keep the star player from repeadtedly sticking his foots in his mouth.”
    ————
    He has a PR guy, but he’s on academic sabbatical at the moment. Right now he’s learning what the word “parody” means.

  71. FinFan68 says: Dec 6, 2013 8:30 AM

    So sick of this dude. He is starting to remind me of McNabb with all the drama and passive-aggressive BS.

  72. ejm845 says: Dec 6, 2013 8:47 AM

    me and kirk are good,thats sounds very similar to what vick said

  73. dcstinks says: Dec 6, 2013 8:50 AM

    RG3. stop talking ad start playing or else you might be the one holding a clip board. Long live Shanahan and RG3.

    —Eagle Fan

  74. greymares says: Dec 6, 2013 9:01 AM

    all thats needed from this guy is something illegal or criminal. he’s a train wreck about to happen.

  75. ziplock10 says: Dec 6, 2013 9:42 AM

    This RGIII media pinata needs to stop. He needs to stop responding to these “reports”.

    Cuz everyone knows if you throw enough stuff against the wall, something will stick.

  76. aoc57 says: Dec 6, 2013 10:06 AM

    All I see from the Shanahans are egos not playing the best players and questionable play calling. With a shoddy defense that Shanahan ultimately is responsible for.

    RG3 is a second year QB coming off major surgery. Hate all you want but that’s what he is. People were ready to throw dirt on Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco year two as well.

    What we need is Lovie Smith- players coach, winning record, no Super Bowls, no ego, strong defense, plays players whether they are supposed to be (Orakpo and Kerrigan with their hands in the dirt).

  77. harrypairotestes says: Dec 6, 2013 5:25 PM

    Blah, blah, blah, blah……

    I’m RGIII, son of RGII and a direct descendant of RG.

    I have shown flashes of greatness especially with bringing the Redskins to the playoffs last season albeit losing to a less talented and less intelligent QB in Wilson.

    I have shown I have a lot of pull by convincing the team that I can rehab my injured knee in less than what a normal person takes to heal and therefore letting me play in the season sooner rather than later.

    I am not to blame for all that I say to the media. They twist everything I say.

    I am also not to blame for the failure of a team that is in DC at the moment. I am just the QB, it takes a whole team to win and I don’t necessarily have a good OL nor a desent Defense. This is, of course, totally different from last season where I brought the team, all by myself to the post season.

    As I have said before, it takes time to build trust around a team. If anyone would like to know how long, just ask my dad, he’ll be in the locker room again next week after we lose our next game. Also, ask my back up, both he and I have built a good trusting relationship.

    I am RGIII, I am without fault and am just a real honest, talented, intelligent and mature individual that is sooooo misunderstood by everyone.

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