While he might not have been involved in the coaching search that led to Jay Gruden, making Robert Griffin III more comfortable was clearly one of the goals of the process.
And after a year spent defending himself against reports about his character and motivations, Griffin recently shared his feelings on Facebook in a long post that seemed like a guy who needed to vent.
The full post, as reprinted by CSNWashington.com, began with explaining why he wears a compression sleeve on his arm, but quickly turned into a defense of his own motivations.
“You see WE do these things because they make us comfortable. Not to be different. Been wearing a sleeve and glove for 10 years. You see WE are a team,” he wrote. “You think I want it to be national news that I visit a beach? Or shop at Walmart? Or wore red shoes instead if green yesterday? Well I don’t. I’m “striving” for greatness just like my fellow teammates do. The “attention” that comes with being a QB in the league is what you are referring to. All the press conferences and talking to the media? Mandated by the league to have a press conference every week during the season and during team activities during the off-season. Oh wait, you must be talking about the Commercials? Right?
“Oh ok so what was the deal with those in 2012? WE won the division. So in 2013 when WE get knocked down, and finish last it’s because of the commercials? If that is your reasoning I have nothing more to say. WE will get back up. That is what matters. I hope I answered your question well enough. And that you keep supporting the team.”
The attention shouldn’t be news to Griffin, as he was a celebrated star before he got to the NFL (with the socks to make sure every camera was pointed on him). Now that things have become uncomfortable, his reactions are interesting, because until he does something newsworthy on the field again, it’s all we have to work with.