With his team out of playoff contention, Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III has heard the talk that he should sit out the rest of the season to protect his surgically repaired knee and focus on getting into peak condition for 2014. Unsurprisingly, Griffin does not agree.
Instead, Griffin says that people who think he should yield to Kirk Cousins for the rest of the season simply don’t know what they’re talking about.
“I don’t take any offense to that. That’s just outsiders looking in that don’t understand the game of football,” Griffin said, via the Washington Post. “When it comes to a time like this, it’s easy for guys to check out. I think it would be real cowardly of me to check out and say, ‘Hey, I don’t want to play these next four games.’ It’s not who I am. It’s not who any competitive football player is. You want to play, so we’re going to finish out the year and you take what’s happened this year, being 3-9, and you face it.”
Apparently Griffin thinks 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks doesn’t understand the game of football, as Brooks is one of the people saying Griffin shouldn’t be playing. But Griffin says he’s going to play the next four weeks the same way he would play if his team were fighting for a playoff spot.
“You have to do the same thing no matter whether you’re winning or losing, and we’ve got four games, and I’m going to give it my all these four games, and I know these guys will, too,” Griffin said.
Even if some on the outside think the wiser course of action would be to sit out.