Both Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan have responded to a report saying the quarterback asked the coach to stop showing negative plays he made during film sessions. Both men have said the report is false.
NFL Network’s Mike Silver reported on Sunday that the relationship between RG3 and Shanny is deteriorating. He also said that RG3 is insecure — particularly about backup Kurt Cousins — and that he asked the coaching staff not to show negative plays he made during film sessions.
“At Baylor, bad plays of his were not shown in meetings at times,” Silver said during GameDay Morning on Sunday. “I am told by someone familiar with the situation that he asked the Redskins to do the same, and that request was rebuffed.”
“Robert did not request that I not show negative plays,” Shanahan said. “Completely false. No truth that he asked me to do that.”
After Monday night’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Griffin was asked about the report and also called it false.
“It’s false,” Griffin said as he shrugged. “That’s why I didn’t respond to it, because there’s no need to respond to untrue things. So to echo what Coach said, it’s completely false. People trying to character assassinate me. It’s unfortunate.”
How can someone report something so wild and then both the coach and player deny it? Is Shanahan trying to preserve what’s left of his relationship with Griffin? Or was the report indeed false?
Maybe Griffin doesn’t want the coaches to be extra harsh or critical on him and asked them to soften up some, which could have been interpreted as him not wanting his negative plays shown. I don’t know what the truth is, but usually it lies somewhere in the middle.
You can see RG3’s response to the question at the 6:10 mark in the video below: