RG3 has nothing to say on his way out the door Monday

AP

Washington-for-now quarterback Robert Griffin III said his goodbyes on the sideline yesterday.

Today, as he cleaned out his locker for the last time, he didn’t have anything to add.

According to Liz Clarke of the Washington Post, Griffin told reporters this morning that he didn’t have anything to say. He shook his head no when asked if he was bitter, but offered nothing else.

Say what you want about his benching or the reasons for it, but he’s handled the aftermath the appropriate way. It would have been easy enough for him to be a distraction, but teammates credited him for not being one throughout the season, after Kirk Cousins took his job and made it his own.

It’s obvious Washington isn’t going to keep him around at $16.2 million for next season, leaving the only question the how and the where he plays next.

And by taking the high road on his way out the door, Griffin has probably made that process easier.

60 responses to “RG3 has nothing to say on his way out the door Monday

  1. The Redskins where in the playoffs as a Wild Card team for two reasons. First, RGIII was inactive for 16 games this season. Second, they are in the worst division in the NFL. Saying otherwise just shows your either a Homer, or don’t know football. Packers clearly the better team today. Unfortunately the season will end for them next week against Arizona. Ready to hear the cries of bad calls and the NFL being rigged. YOU LIKE THAT!?!?!?

  2. I hope he gets another chance. His lasting legacy at this point is opening the door for idiot players to add III and JR. to their jerseys to feel important.

  3. Some other players (and not just in the NFL) could learn a thing or two from the way RGIII handled himself on all of this

  4. Whats he going to say? He did the right thing. Acted professional the whole time through his demotion, took it like a man. Why would he give the media any fodder to distort and twist when he is heading out one door an another is getting ready to open? Good luck RG3.

  5. Well, He is not going to handed a Starting Job but I could see the Following teams sign him to compete for the #2 Job with the Possibility of Starting…

    1.Dallas
    2. Philly,
    3. St. Louis
    4. Cleveland

  6. Kirk has proven himself the better pocket QB and a much better fit for Jay Gruden’s offense. 98% of fans in Washington know and believe this, however, the 2% are very loud. I have no ill will for RG3… he gave us a great 2012 and I wish him the very best. He has proven himself as a high character guy and, with 2 years of work on speeding up his reads, he *could* develop into a legit pocket NFL QB with the added benefit of his speed. Right now though, its obvious he has MUCH to work on. I think he needs to go to a team where he can sit behind a really good QB, watch, and learn. Good luck Robert!!

  7. gdublud, just for the record the AFC South was a weaker division by record… So one might way that is the worst division in the NFL. Are you sure you know football?

  8. In the America I grew up in a time when people were allowed to get second chances and to redeem themselves. In today’s America I sometimes question if that is still the case. RG3 was a young, spoiled, entitled young man who believed it was his right to have everything he wanted handed to him when he came out of college. I think we forget that first season and we must always wonder “what if” in regards to playing him on one leg. I think the kid has seen the light, grown up and is ready to do what it takes to be a NFL level QB. Just look at some of the guys brought out onto the field this year totally unqualified. Someone, give the kid a chance.

  9. RG3 is a class act and a role model that was taken down by the media thanks to confidence that was purposely distorted to be confused as arrogance.
    He was an honor student in high school and in college. He graduated early from high school and college. Was already working on his Masters before most athletes even finish their 4th year. A son of a distinguished Army veteran. A family man. A guy who sacrificed a knee just to try to win a playoff game.

    So many guys that deserve to get torn down by the media in this league…he’s not one of them.

    HTRG3

  10. I din’t think this guy is done yet in the NFL. He has a lot of talent, he just needs to be coached up. It’ll be interesting to see where Kelly lands and if they have a QB already. I could see RG3 doing well in his system.

  11. The NFC East is bad, but the AFC South is by far the worst division, and it’s really not even close.

  12. I wish this man all the luck in the world. he handled himself unbelievably well. I hope he is 100% healthy in the new season and there is a team that takes a chance on him. I believe it will be well worth it! Good Luck, Robert!

  13. Robert Griffin III: look up the term ‘class’ in the dictionary, and you’ll see his name listed as its definition.

  14. …..he’s showing a lot of maturity by simply NOT letting the media goat him into saying anything that might cause him to be un-marketable. The media in general doesn’t care if they mess with a players career with irresponsible and tabloid reporting. Good for him for ignoring them.

  15. Truth of the matter is, every time he did say something, the media continually twisted his words out of context. So why would he have anything to say to them?

    I hope he gets a chance to compete somewhere else.
    But the Redskins seem to be in good hands with Kirk.

    Best of luck, Robert.

  16. I love all the praise for his “class”. Perhaps he learned something from the clown show he was the last few years?

  17. It must be nice earning over $16M for just sitting on the bench and encouraging the starting QB. RG3 will move on to another team at a significant discounted rate. Good luck for the future but he has to learn how to read Defenses to become a starter. Robert needs to join a team with a good coach who can teach rather than expect to become the immediate starter at say Cleveland.

  18. Should be healthy going into next year for once. He should find out who Russell Wilson’s off season qb coach is and spend time with that man. I could definitely see him in Dallas. Much better signing than Johnny Football would be.

  19. For all those teams lining up for RGIII just remember why he got benched…the RGIII of 2012 didn’t want to exist anymore, he wanted to be a pocket passer in the likes of Brady, Manning, Brees etc., however, to do so you must work on your craft to perfect skills you currently lack. If you are salivating at the thought of getting/having the RGIII of 2012 you just might want to forget about it, he doesn’t want to be that QB, so this notion of running an offense to take advantage of his talents theory should go by the wayside. Seems all the folks begging and wanting him to come to their team figuring he’ll be the 2012 RGIII, well you better think again…

    And as an RGIII fan, I must say his body is not made nor can it handle the constant pounding of an NFL season.

  20. As someone who watched Vince Young go into long-term tantrums and pouting sessions during each of the two seasons he was benched, RGIII’s response this year gives me hope that this kid is teachable. … And if he is, he may just have the last laugh–over and over again.

  21. The media doesn’t generally spend much time tracking down the inactive third string quarterback after a game to get quotes to twist. Not actively searching out a microphone to make a fool of himself in front of isn’t really the same thing as class. RGIII became irrelevant early in the season and simply didn’t throw a tantrum on social media, which was a good career move, but doesn’t really make him the Walter Payton Man of the Year.

  22. remember21 says:
    Jan 11, 2016 10:04 AM

    RG3 is a class act and a role model that was taken down by the media thanks to confidence that was purposely distorted to be confused as arrogance.

    He was an honor student in high school and in college. He graduated early from high school and college. Was already working on his Masters before most athletes even finish their 4th year. A son of a distinguished Army veteran. A family man. A guy who sacrificed a knee just to try to win a playoff game.

    So many guys that deserve to get torn down by the media in this league…he’s not one of them.

    HTRG3

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    There’s a thin line between confidence and arrogance. And he may have been well-educated and accomplished off the field as opposed to others but he certainly did not exercise his so-called intelligence early on in his career. This is, by so far, his best response to the media. I get it, his ability, skill and work were all being questioned but, he definitely gave the media all the material they needed.

    Not knocking griffin or anything, neither care nor dislike the guy. But stop with the excuses, he, at the very least, if he did have all these education and smarts, have to know that there is a negative side that he had to properly handle when he entered the league, especially being drafted number 2 overall.

    All you’re doing with mentioning all his accomplishments while the entire universe, outside of you, of course, are well aware of how he handled himself, is making you look like you’re on his PR team. Please just stop with the excuses. There’s plenty of blame with the whole debacle but, and at some point, he has to take some responsibility and man up. He’s a grown man making millions of dollars, he’s career is only over if he shows more weakness and not enough maturity.

  23. RG3 will be on the Redskins team next year. Kurt is not the answer. Look at this season , you have to win on the road, run the ball, and stop the run. Scot’s vision. Redskins can’t win on the road , can’t stop the run, and can’t run the ball under Jay Gruden. So what will happen? Jay will be fired , he is a pass happy coach, this is not Scot’s vision.Scot will hand pick his coach and he will coach up RG3, Redskins will get first round draft picks for Cousin, unfortunately he will turn out to be Matt Cassel 2

  24. Admittedly, I have never been an RG III fan. But I think the professional way he has handled himself this year has erased the RG ME persona. For someone who has been perceived as being phony and all about himself, his taking the time to thank and say goodbye to the Redskins field personnel was truly impressive. I hope he gets another chance to shine.

  25. He needs to work with Tom House the QB guru in the offseason.

    Look at how much he helped Blake Bortles. RG3 has the physical skills to be an NFL QB but he needs to work on his technique and skills–especially reading a defense and then going through his progression.

    If he is willing to do the work, he could have a future in the NFL. If he doesn’t then he won’t be around for long.

  26. Let the haters hate!
    No team is apologizing for making it into the playoffs! Win, Lose or draw, soft division or not!
    Hinsight is always 20/20 but had RG3 been as modest and humble now, back two years ago, he might have still been the QB in DC .
    But RG3 was more concerned about himself, his brand, his image, his commercials, that he put himself on a pedestal above the team.

  27. uglydingo says:
    Jan 11, 2016 10:24 AM

    It must be nice earning over $16M for just sitting on the bench and encouraging the starting QB.

    =====================

    $16M is what he would earn next year if the Redskins keep him, which they will not be doing for obvious reasons. He earned around $3M this year to sit on the bench, which is still a tidy sum, Mr. Bigglesworth.

  28. first things first….gregoryw, i DOUBT that happens. Second, RG3 handled everything with class. Griffin in my book is a class act and always has been. the media overblew everything about him. he’s not some entitled spoiled brat, he didnt control his dad, his dad did things on his own accord. RG3 was willing to do whatever it took to win. to me, RG3’s only issue was injury history and his fit in Gruden’s system.

    RG3 will (in my book) find another job and will likely be a starter for another team, though i dont know if it will be right away. if he goes to Dallas (like i think he will), then i expect him to be great when he takes over for Romo because 1) he’ll be fully healthy….2) Garrett will fix him…..3) i think watching on the sidelines for a whole year helped him grow as a QB.

  29. craniator says:
    Jan 11, 2016 10:11 AM

    Robert Griffin III: look up the term ‘class’ in the dictionary, and you’ll see his name listed as its definition.
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    I didn’t see his name listed in any dictionary I checked.

  30. If he’s smart about where he signs and gets into the right coaching/development situation I think he can still have an amazing career.

  31. If I were III I would sue the Shanny boys for coaching malpractice. One thing I have learned from III being in the league is that the fathers of a whole lot of NFL players are huge narcissists! Still waiting for an “X” though!

  32. RG3 is a class act and a role model that was taken down by the media thanks to confidence that was purposely distorted to be confused as arrogance.
    ————————————————-
    No, the media made him. Therefore the media can destroy him. It wasn’t the media that did it, it was maybe a combination of things on the field, but not the media. They GAVE him everything. They tried their damnedest to make him great but they couldn’t pull it off. Now when he gets negative press, they are suddenly out to get him??? Sounds like another guy I know of who has gotten everything he ever wanted, but still complains everyone is out to get him. Stop with the excuses. This happens all the time, just happens to be your guy this time.

  33. Good Luck RG III……..Hope you find the right fit for you and you come back and play at what we all saw was great potential early on in your career……

  34. Lunacy at it’s best…and furthermore it’s Kirk not Kurt

    gregoryw1965 says:
    Jan 11, 2016 10:35 AM

    RG3 will be on the Redskins team next year. Kurt is not the answer. Look at this season , you have to win on the road, run the ball, and stop the run. Scot’s vision. Redskins can’t win on the road , can’t stop the run, and can’t run the ball under Jay Gruden. So what will happen? Jay will be fired , he is a pass happy coach, this is not Scot’s vision.Scot will hand pick his coach and he will coach up RG3, Redskins will get first round draft picks for Cousin, unfortunately he will turn out to be Matt

  35. gdublud says:
    Jan 11, 2016 9:54 AM

    The Redskins where in the playoffs as a Wild Card team
    __________________________

    Silly comment – the Redskins WON the division and hosted a playoff game – THEY ARE NOT A WILD CARD TEAM

    second, when the truth is revealed here, it will be determined that RG3 signed an agreement before the season to collect his full pay and NOT BE CUT, as long as he did not say negative comments toward the club during the season..

    Be honest:
    1. it was too late into the pre-season for him to re-sign with a new club for any $$$ this season
    2. he may be so damaged he may never play again in the NFL

    Signing an agreement was a win for the club and a win for RG3. he got paid 3 of his 4 years and he can go on with his life now.

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