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A silent so long for Robert Griffin III in Washington

LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 10: Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins looks on from the sideline against the Green Bay Packers in the fourth quarter during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at FedExField on January 10, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Getty Images

Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III took a final lap late in yesterday’s game, hugging sideline staffers in what looked like a goodbye.

The team would be foolish to keep him around at his $16.2 million option price for next year and with him having no reason to restructure it to help them after losing his job to Kirk Cousins, it was almost certainly his final act in D.C.

“We all know one thing about this game: Things change fast,” former Washington running back Clinton Portis said, via Jason Reid of ESPN.com. “Robert did great things for the franchise and the city in 2012. But it’s Kirk’s team now. That’s just the way it is.”

Griffin didn’t talk to reporters afterward — which isn’t unusual for the inactive third quarterback — but those around him insist he’s ready for another chance.

While 2012 was a long time ago, memories of how good he was then linger. Twenty touchdowns, only five interceptions, and 815 rushing yards made it an incredible season, before injuries and other things derailed him.

He turns 26 in February, and it didn’t take a long look at who was starting around the league late in the season to realize it’s worth giving him a shot.

“He’s going to get a second chance and he should get one,” former wide receiver Santana Moss said. “One thing this league has shown, numerous times, is that guys will get second chances. Whether you messed up off the field or you just weren’t what the coaches wanted, you can get your career going again. That’s proven.

“That first year, man, Robert was a rock star. Then different things happened. But he can take all those things, learn from them and get better. If Robert is like any of the best people in the history of this game, then he’ll use it all as motivation. But you look at a lot of these quarterbacks out there, and you mean to tell me Robert ain’t gonna get another chance?”

The only thing that’s certain is it ain’t gonna be in Washington.

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49 Responses to “A silent so long for Robert Griffin III in Washington”
  1. mymanmccoy says: Jan 11, 2016 6:31 AM

    Sorry, he’s done.

  2. huthuthaiku says: Jan 11, 2016 6:34 AM

    You knew this guy sucked
    When Skip Bayless called him great
    Bust for the ages.

  3. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jan 11, 2016 6:48 AM

    Kudos to Griffin for the way he handled himself this season. Not once did he attempt to draw attention to himself through the media or try to make himself part of the story although the media would loved it if he tried. He said all the right things when he got benched, and never lobbied for another chance through the media when the team started 2-4. He was a model team mate and professional throughout.

    I wish him good luck wherever he winds up.

  4. jackybadass says: Jan 11, 2016 6:51 AM

    Look at the poor qb play of course a second chance will come. Hope he’s healthy!

  5. bertilfox says: Jan 11, 2016 7:00 AM

    The Jets NEED him. I’m a Patriots fan but that would be a real boost to the Division if they could get him. They are disciplined and upcoming team. He could develop in a more functional environment (I can’t believe that I’m typing that about the Jets) and be the star that everyone thought he would be.

  6. qdog112 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:01 AM

    When you look across the league, there’s no doubt, RG3 can play, as a starter. Just hope he has learned a valuable lesson. That is, to tune out the noise and maybe take advise from people who have been there. ex. Don McNabb.

    Kid was on top of the world and tuned out voices he should have listened to. Get out of DC, get a hairdresser and focus on being a QB and not a rock star.

    Robert’s a good kid, with skills. His 20/5 ROY 1st year tells me that. Apply 1/10 of the time, money and energy wasted on Manziel and Griffin will succeed. If Manziel gets another chance and Robert doesn’t, it won’t be surprising, but it will be tragic.

  7. cardinalsfan20 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:16 AM

    Shannahan used him like a rented mule. It was disgusting.

  8. chmba says: Jan 11, 2016 7:18 AM

    Damaged by the jerk Shanahans! Hope he makes it back with some other team.

  9. mjs2012 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:29 AM

    Ain’t?

  10. weepingjebus says: Jan 11, 2016 7:34 AM

    D.C. hype machine had already moved on. Local papers last week were running stories about the Redskins path to the Super Bowl. It was adorable, like a kid wearing adult clothes.

  11. intrafinesse says: Jan 11, 2016 7:34 AM

    He obviously has some talent. It’s up to him to work hard for another team and earn the starting job.
    He can do it if he really wants it.
    A team with good coaching and willing to adapt it’s schemes to his strengths should be able to get something out of him.

    He may never be great, but he should be able to start, and be at least a Tier 2 QB.

  12. whooligun says: Jan 11, 2016 7:35 AM

    Detroit needs a backup

  13. abninf says: Jan 11, 2016 7:40 AM

    The name of the team is the Redskins. And after the latest court ruling on trademarks that PFT suppressed from it’s readers, there is no chance the Redskins lose theirs. It’s you that have lost hahahaha

  14. ravensdominate says: Jan 11, 2016 7:40 AM

    Haha peace out RGKnee.. Skins are terrible. Last night just showed how bad their division really is. Did not belong in the post season.

  15. DaveKShape says: Jan 11, 2016 7:43 AM

    This should be a lesson to any young player coming into the league. Ego/brand only work when you can back it up with good play.

  16. bearflagfan says: Jan 11, 2016 7:44 AM

    The Mt. Rushmore of highly valued 21st century spread option college QBs who flamed out in the NFL are Tim Tebow, JaMarcus Russell, Vince Young and Robert Griffin III. Johnny Manzel was nominated in JaMarcus’ place, but he skipped his portrait sitting to go gamble in Las Vegas.

  17. dannyglover21 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:52 AM

    Robert will have to play a style that he was unwilling to play the last two years in DC if he wants to get a shot. This also happens to be a style his body simply can’t handle.

  18. sidepull says: Jan 11, 2016 7:55 AM

    Good Luck RG3. It was an electrifying 2012.

  19. phinfan says: Jan 11, 2016 8:09 AM

    After RGme bashed his team in a press conference I lost all respect in him. And his oline lost respect in him because the following game the oline didnt block and he got creamed.

    If you go anywhere else robert learn to keep your mouth shut

  20. petedutcherjr says: Jan 11, 2016 8:10 AM

    Wherever Chip Kelly goes, there you shall find RGIII.

  21. shaniskins says: Jan 11, 2016 8:13 AM

    Sianara! It was a great 2012 but your diva and prima donna antics have caused many people to be tired of the whole RG3 phenomenon.

    BTW- us REDSKINS fans hope you jump on one of these other NFC East teams; you were and are a one year wonder!!!!!!!

  22. dualprime says: Jan 11, 2016 8:23 AM

    Texans?

  23. tomtravis76 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:23 AM

    If anyone watched that Houston game , his agents first call upon his release should be to the Texans.

    Bob showed alot by not turning the situation into a mess. On various DMV local radio his teammates praised him for the work he put in each week to do everything he could to help the team get prepared for every opponent. Hopefully he learned from his past missteps and goes on to have a nice career.

  24. eagleswin says: Jan 11, 2016 8:24 AM

    I haven’t heard anything about RGIII’s “brand” lately. Does he still have his clothing line?

    He was to busy monetizing his fame that he lost sight of his day job.

    I wonder if Dan Snyder still hangs out with him or if he’s moved on.

    Sounds like Shanahan deserves an apology. He did say that Cousins might be the better QB for the Redskins.

  25. 700levelvet says: Jan 11, 2016 8:25 AM

    Who?

  26. key2heat says: Jan 11, 2016 8:31 AM

    The funniest part is they are about to pay Kirk Cousins 17-21 million per year! Cousins didn’t beat or even compete with a winning team this year.

  27. jgedgar70 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:35 AM

    He’s just Bob Griffin.

  28. hogue34 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:38 AM

    He should send the Shanahans a thank you note for screwing up his career. On to Dallas RGIII

  29. tvguy22 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:40 AM

    Redskins.

  30. niners816 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:41 AM

    First of all: they are the Redskins. The whole “Washington” thing is ridiculous. It’s a football team. Second: Logicalvoicesays is crying tears of Robert Griffin right now.

  31. uknepatsfan says: Jan 11, 2016 8:48 AM

    The Texans should go for him.

    Far better than anything they have and probably better than any QB coming out in this year’s draft too.

    The Texans would be a legitimate threat to the Colts supremacy of the AFC South with a genuine starting QB.

  32. 23rdusernameused says: Jan 11, 2016 8:48 AM

    sooooo many picks given up for this dude!?!?!? Stupid!

  33. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jan 11, 2016 9:00 AM

    ….I am impressed Griffin was pretty quiet the whole season after he was terminally benched. He now has had a full season to get healthy and can join another team that will think he’s their savior. ……my bet is he lands in SF or Cleveland.

  34. RoofDude says: Jan 11, 2016 9:10 AM

    Regardless of people’s opinion of RG3’s talent… he’s handled himself very professionally through this fiasco. Granted, easy to do with his paycheck but, plenty in the past haven’t acted with as much class.

    I expect him to get another chance, & soon. Hope he’s successful & throws it in the Skins’ face.

  35. patsxsaintsfan says: Jan 11, 2016 9:13 AM

    Deserves another chance and I think he will do good with it if he can get the right fit. I wouldn’t have mind seeing chip kelly or Adam gaze match up with the kid just because I’ve always been a fan of watching him play. I still think he can be as good a QB as Russell Wilson if he could have some coaching and this experience humbled him enough to learn from his mistakes

  36. cfos00 says: Jan 11, 2016 9:21 AM

    I’m sure there ‘s a huge market for coach killing quarterbacks who’ve lost their jobs multiple times and have massive diva complexes. Good luck to anyone who wastes their time and money on this guy.

  37. ron69 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:12 AM

    What’s wrong with being inmature? He has the skills, he needs a good qb coach now, the Texans might be salivating already.

  38. whatnojets says: Jan 11, 2016 10:14 AM

    Will get another chance and that will be under Fitz and team @ New York Jets.

  39. reblaylock says: Jan 11, 2016 10:26 AM

    Texans need a QB. Come back to Texas!!!

  40. brett9990 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:31 AM

    The guy was amazing at the college level for one main reason – athleticism. The NFL is a completely different animal, and it’s clear that if Griffin’s not the best athlete on the field he’s not going to be successful. The league caught up to RGIII, and he’ll be lucky to be a career backup for awhile.

  41. coloradobuc says: Jan 11, 2016 10:49 AM

    I think he deserves another chance. He might end up in San Fran. Gotta stick with the work ethic & keep his mouth shut though.

  42. vailskier99 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:50 AM

    During all this time that he’s inactive, I hope he has spent every “off-the-field” minute in the film room to learn how to read Defense if he wants to be a starter again.

  43. beerbudsnbevo says: Jan 11, 2016 10:50 AM

    Here is the really awesome part….

    Cousins is Fool’s Gold… Not as good as advertised…

    Redskins will be a mess next year. Along with the Eagles and Giants.

  44. railcarcowboy says: Jan 11, 2016 10:54 AM

    How does a team draft the offensive rookie of the year and waste him?

  45. nikobelic2014 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:55 AM

    Future high school football coach somewhere..

  46. kneedragr says: Jan 11, 2016 10:59 AM

    Still surprises me how much hate their was for Shanny and his read option. Really that was a perfect offense for RG3, he will never have anywhere near the success running a pro style offense.

  47. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 11, 2016 1:07 PM

    Cousins has never beaten a team with a winning record to this day.

    Bob, at least, did.

  48. laserw says: Jan 12, 2016 12:03 AM

    Good riddance, jerk.

    I have a double middle-fingered salute for you.

    I wonder if you charged the Redskins fans for your autograph like you did before you were drafted by the Redskins. You are a truly disgusting, selfish jerk.

    We got precisely 3 wins for each draft choice that we squandered to get you in games that you managed to show up to start and managed to make it to the end.

    12 wins in a three year playing career.

    Yeah, another team is getting a true diamond in the rough.

    It’s more like a kernel of corn in a bowel movement.

  49. redskins0228 says: Jan 13, 2016 12:46 AM

    Have you ever seen a coach make a decision on an acl,mcl, lcl, or a concussion. Blame Shanahan because no coach has the authority to play a player with a potential injury without full approval from the doctors. You guys who pretend to know who ok’s players to play are idiots. The coaches are too busy coaching the game. They put players back into the game based 100 per cent from doctors.

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