RG3’s advice to rookie QBs: Listen to your coaches, they’ll make you better

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As the second overall pick of the 2012 NFL draft, Robert Griffin III got off to a brilliant start but ultimately disappointed, amid talk that he and coach Mike Shanahan did not see eye to eye. Which makes Griffin’s advice to this year’s crop of top quarterback prospects interesting.

Griffin was asked what he’d tell the quarterbacks who will be drafted this year, and he said they need to listen to their coaches.

“The advice I would give them, to keep it short and frank, is [if] they are able to play at a high level in college, they can do that in the pros,” Griffin said. “Right now, it’s all about what everybody is saying, and you can get caught up in that. Don’t get caught up in that. It’s about playing the game. Play it at a high level and listen to your coach. Know exactly who you are as a player and know that they’re there to make you better.”

Griffin, who signed with the Ravens this week after being out of the NFL last year, said he worries that young players will get caught up in draft hype.

“Everybody wants to be labeled the best quarterback, the best this, the best that,” Griffin said. “I see the guys get caught up in that a little bit. You just want to make sure you don’t. It is important to feel a certain kind of way, but where you get drafted, where you go, is as important as the number behind your name. Hopefully, those guys get in a great organization that will take care of them.”

Shanahan has faced criticism for not taking care of Griffin, particularly in the playoff game when Griffin blew out his knee. Perhaps that comment was a bit of a criticism of Shanahan. But Griffin’s other comments suggest he knows he bears some of the blame as well.

52 responses to “RG3’s advice to rookie QBs: Listen to your coaches, they’ll make you better

  1. RGIII is not in a position to be giving advice to anyone. He needs to shut his mouth and try to make the team. People like him never seem to learn that the way to be taken seriously is to let your performance on the field do the talking.

  2. Every time RG3 speaks it sounds like he’s channeling Jaden Smith’s pretentious and uninformed view of the world. This is the first time I can recall agreeing with what he’s said. Trust your coaches. Solid advice.

  3. There was at one time a lot of postings by logicalvoicesays (a woman I think) who was madly infatuated by RG3, but she has been mostly silent since RG3 fell off the earth. I wonder what became of her and if she will resurface now the he is back in the league. Her posts were really entertaining.

  4. v2787 says:
    April 14, 2018 at 2:54 pm
    RGIII is not in a position to be giving advice to anyone. He needs to shut his mouth…
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    Totally disagree. For a short time, RG3 had the football world at his feet and he now knows he completely blew it. Rookies should listen to what he has to say. For someone seen as extremely egotistical, this is a big step for RG3 to publicly admit his failure and to learn from his mistakes.

  5. He should have followed his own advice. He might still be starting in the NFL?! Nobody could convince him to play a little smarter and modify his game for the pros…

  6. Griffin made some mistakes and let the overwhelming media attention get the better of him in some respects. But this was an exceptional young man coming out of college who did what was asked of him on the NFL field. Shanahan just about ruined a fine QB talent, and his comments to young players were extremely generous.

  7. uglydingo says:
    April 14, 2018 at 3:12 pm
    v2787 says:
    April 14, 2018 at 2:54 pm
    RGIII is not in a position to be giving advice to anyone. He needs to shut his mouth…
    ………………………………………………….
    Totally disagree. For a short time, RG3 had the football world at his feet and he now knows he completely blew it. Rookies should listen to what he has to say. For someone seen as extremely egotistical, this is a big step for RG3 to publicly admit his failure and to learn from his mistakes.
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    Agree. A franchise mortgaged their future to get him, he was on top of the world and a fan favorite, and then was out of the NFL 5 years later. I’d hope he’d have some lessons learned to share.

  8. He may be qualified to pass along some advice, but hopefully he’s started taking some of it. Advice aside he needs to show he can grasp the fundamentals of his position and put it into action on the field.

  9. RG3 is on his second wife since entering the NFL. Which indicates he’s had some growing up to do. But I’m confident he can write a good ending if he gets a shot. Dude throws as grogeous a deep ball as anybody in the league. He just needs to own the mental part of the game…and he’ll be a very good QB again.

  10. If you want to win in the nfl, you need drop back QB’s with intelligence, ability and some balls…..Not running QB’s, it’s been proven over and over again, some of these recivers in the league are exceptional athletes, why not get a guy who can get the ball into their hands….

  11. Anyone knocking RGIII for sharing advice will hopefully take a few moments to re-evaluate the situation. Anyone who goes through challenging experiences and wants to share his experience so other people can benefit from it, is simply interested in helping people. He’s doing a very kind and unselfish deed.

    When you see a person sharing of themselves to help other people – if your mind generates negative thoughts about that – please think about that. There is nothing to be angry about here.

    I’m guessing you are angry about a lot of things. You don’t have to be angry all the time.

    This man, regardless of his mistakes (we have all made some – just the world doesn’t know about all of the,), he is doing what he can to help other people so hopefully they don’t make the same mistakes.

    Honorable.

  12. You had not only one but two potential franchise quarterbacks in the same draft and one coach ruined one by rushing him back early and management ruined the other over time by pinching pennys. Gotta feel a little sorry for the Hoggetts.

  13. superfanentertainment says:
    April 14, 2018 at 3:53 pm
    RG3 is on his second wife since entering the NFL. Which indicates he’s had some growing up to do.
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    I fail to see how something as personal as re marrying indicates someone had some growing up to do. No one but the two people in a marriage knows the dynamics of their relationship.

  14. 700levelvet says:
    April 14, 2018 at 4:19 pm
    If you want to win in the nfl, you need drop back QB’s with intelligence, ability and some balls…..Not running QB’s, it’s been proven over and over again, some of these recivers in the league are exceptional athletes, why not get a guy who can get the ball into their hands….
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    The most…..mediocre team in sports.

  15. Why is this overrated egomaniac joke of a QB still called RG3? He should be called Bob until further notice

  16. In other words, don’t be like me. Be coachable.
    Don’t worry about your “brand”.
    Just focus on football

  17. superfanentertainment says:
    April 14, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    But I’m confident he can write a good ending if he gets a shot. Dude throws as grogeous a deep ball as anybody in the league. He just needs to own the mental part of the game…and he’ll be a very good QB again.
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    One of those adamantium procedures would help as well.

  18. Why does he still have a cute nickname?
    He still hasn’t done muchin the league. He hasn’t earned the nickname.
    So, Bob Griffen has spoken about how to be successful in the league?
    Maybe don’t spend so much time on your”brand” and pay attention to the film.
    If he had spent as much time on the game film as he did on his logo, he might still be relevant.

  19. Shanahans coaching of RG3 was better than his success with John Elway and Steve Young. 3 straight years with having the number one offense in San Francisco and 3 out of 4 years having the number 1 offense in Denver with 3 Super Bowl wins on top of it.They went 10 -6 in Washington with the most productive offense in the history of the Redskins and broke 21 records with a 18 million dollar cap hit, with RG3 as their QB. They went from 13th in defense in 2011 to 28th in 2012 with the cap hit and still won the division.They had 6 new starters on offense Shanahan knew what he was doing and was fired with RG3 insisting he was Aron Rodgers and wasn’t being used the right way .Shanahan only has 5 rings, 3 Super Bowls and 2 National championshiprings. Oklahoma and Eastern Illinois. RG3 now knows he made a mistake and was used the only way he would have a chance to be successful. He lost a lot of money, give him a chance to help guys with egos like his.
    Rg3 knee or concussions?Do you think any coach makes decisions on who stays in the game? That’s why they have doctors and specialists. Ask RG3 who made the decision for him to stay in the game. No coach makes that decision. Ask Belichick if he’s ever made that decision as a coach! The answer will be no.

  20. RGme was all about HIMSELF. His Brand. He thought that he was the “cats meow” whatever that means. When you watched him practice throwing the football he thought that he was the shyet. The icon The guy.

    Now he grew up (Unlike Dez) and gives good advise and is still in the NFL. Just like Manziel, some guys just Do Not Get It right away, and some only AFTER it passes you by…..

  21. Running qbs and NBA players are all the same. Only difference is NBA players if you’re good enough get the coach fired. It’s a shame because fundamentals have left the game because talent is better than coaching.

  22. I’m tired of hearing Mike Shanahan ruined RG3. Shanahan almost died playing football and because of his injury playing the game was taken away from him forever. RG3 had a knee injury and told his coach he was good to go. Mike let him play because he knows playing the game is a blessing some have for a short time.

  23. Why is everyone bashing the guy? Ryan Leaf got more sympathy when he tried to pass along similar advice. That said, hopefully RG3 can take advantage of a second chance very few first round flameouts get.

  24. They blamed RG3 failures due to his ACL injury after the 2012 season. There were 62 ACL injuries by players in the NFL that year. Rehab the dam injury and play football just like you did in college. John Elway lost his ACL his senior year in high school and never had it operated on and played through half of his senior year in high school as well as his college career at Stanford and 16 years in the NFL. The one game in the NFL when he forgot his brace he didn’t play, the knee had no ACL. He never used his knee as an excuse and he seemed to do OK through his career.

  25. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    April 14, 2018 at 3:02 pm
    In a basement somewhere in the greater DC area there’s a not so logicalvoice thinking this is the greatest piece of wisdom spoken since Confucius walked the planet.

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    One of the funnier comments i’ve read in sometime. Thank you sir

  26. It’s ashame that some can’t let go of the cheap knee jokes and the Primadonna attitude. He played a grest roll in his own failures It’s true he in 2 years went from Heisman Trophy winner to Rookie of the Year, and leading the Skin’s to the playoffs while injuried. He s not in D.C. anymore so hopefully he has learned his lesson and matured . So let it go !!!

  27. It’s ashame that some can’t let go of the cheap knee jokes and the Primadonna attitude. He played a great roll in his own failures It’s true he in 2 years went from Heisman Trophy winner to Rookie of the Year, and leading the Skin’s to the playoffs while injuried. He s not in D.C. anymore so hopefully he has learned his lesson and matured . So let it go !!!

  28. Most of us have never been considered a possible number one overall pick, like RG3 and others like Ryan Leaf have. These were 19-20 year old kids who were dominant in college football. They were young superstars. Young multi-millionaires. I would like to believe I’d have the maturity of a 30 year old, but chances are, I wouldn’t. I’m hearing Rg3 and Leaf reach out with advice, and it’s darn good advice. People do mature with age. Getting knocked off the mountain top can also bring you to your senses. I don’t know why it makes people feel good to see others fail. Perhaps it’s because we’ve never succeeded at anything ourselves.

  29. 700levelvet says:

    April 14, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    If you want to win in the nfl, you need drop back QB’s with intelligence, ability and some balls…..Not running QB’s, it’s been proven over and over again, some of these recivers in the league are exceptional athletes, why not get a guy who can get the ball into their hands….
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    TRUTH!!!

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