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Robert Griffin III takes jab at Mike Shanahan, Kyle Shanahan

Mike Shanahan Robert GriffinRobert Griffin III is relieved to not be playing under Mike Shanahan and Kyle Shanahan this season. We know that because the former Baylor star has alluded to it a number of times. RG3′s most recent shot at the Shanahans came when he was speaking to reporters on Thursday about his struggles last season.

Griffin had a fantastic rookie season before falling victim to a brutal sophomore slump. He threw only 16 touchdowns passes and 12 interceptions in 13 games last season. He finished 2013 with a passer rating of 82.2. Some blame a slow recovery from ACL surgery, but it sounds like Griffin blames the coaches.

“You don’t go from the ability to read defenses one year and not have that ability the next, so I don’t believe that one bit,” he said, via Pro Football Talk. “And it’s really just a good thing to have two coaches that believe in you. Sean and Jay have done a great job. They’ve given me a lot on my shoulders in that quarterback room and I cherish that. You want to be asked to do more or just to do the bare minimum.”

I wouldn’t be surprised if Griffin has a big year in 2014. The fact that he is healthier than last year will certainly help, but so will having a good relationship with Jay Gruden. As a first-year head coach, Gruden will likely give Griffin more freedom. The confidence RG3 and Gruden have in each other should translate to success on the field.

If nothing else, it seems like RG3 will be much happier heading into the season. That has to count for something.

Robert Griffin III getting statue at new Baylor stadium

robert-griffin-iiiBaylor is opening a new 45,000-seat football stadium this fall. Robert Griffin III is a big part of the reason the Bears outgrew their old facility, so the team is thanking him in a big way. According to David Ubben of Fox Sports Southwest, Baylor has decided to honor RG3 with a statue at McLane Stadium.

The 9.5-foot bronze statue will be installed and unveiled in the south end zone before Baylor’s regular-season opener against SMU at the end of August. Tom White and his wife Marcey, owners of Tom White Studios in Texas, built the statue after taking photos of Griffin in his Baylor uniform and allowing him to choose his favorite ones.

“We’d like to keep all photos of it private and anything to describe the pose so there’s some surprise at the unveiling,” Marcey told Fox Sports Southwest. “It’s gonna be awesome. It’s a great tribute to him and all of his wonderful accomplishments.”

RG3 won the Heisman Trophy at Baylor in 2011 after racking up nearly 5,000 yards of total offense and throwing 37 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He scored another 10 touchdowns on the ground. Griffin also led Baylor to its first bowl game in 19 years and helped put the football program back on the map.

Despite the aforementioned accomplishments, plenty of people feel that the statue is premature (see some tweets here) considering RG3 has yet to accomplish anything significant at the NFL level. Baylor is honoring him for what he did at Baylor, not what he has done with the Washington Redskins.

Robert Griffin III: DeSean Jackson is not getting No. 10

Robert-Griffin-RedskinsDeSean Jackson is going to have to find a new number with the Washington Redskins. The 2013 Pro Bowler wore No. 10 during his six seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, but that number is currently taken by a fairly important player in Washington. Some of you may know him as RG3.

In his introductory press conference with his new team, Jackson told reporters that it had not yet been determined who would wear No. 10 for the Redskins next season. That sparked a bunch of unnecessary speculation that Robert Griffin III put to rest.

Players work out deals to exchange jersey numbers all the time. Eric Decker recently had to take one of his new teammates to a nice dinner and pay him a huge chunk of cash for No. 87. Jackson may be able to talk another player into giving up his second-favorite number, but he’s not getting 10. RG3 is supposed to be the face of the franchise. Faces of the franchise typically don’t change jersey numbers.

H/T Pro Football Talk

DeSean Jackson reportedly met with Robert Griffin III before Redskins visit

desean-jacksonThe Washington Redskins are considered a serious contender to sign DeSean Jackson. They are one of a number of teams who have expressed interest in the 27-year-old wide receiver since he was released by the Philadelphia Eagles, and we all know Daniel Snyder is never afraid to spend money. In fact, he may have even sent Robert Griffin III to do a little recruiting.

TMZ Sports is reporting that Jackson and RG3 hung out in Los Angeles over the weekend for “several hours” and that things went well. Jackson was scheduled to visit the Redskins on Monday.

According to ESPN Radio 980′s Chris Russell, Jackson does not intend to settle for a team-friendly deal in the wake of a troubling report about his alleged link to members of a gang. Jackson, a 2013 Pro Bowler, was scheduled to make $10.5 million with the Eagles in 2013 prior to his release. He is reportedly looking for an average annual value of $9 million to $10 million on the open market.

Again, Snyder is not afraid to spend. The Redskins have just under $7 million in cap space heading into 2014, whereas other potential Jackson suitors like the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders have roughly $14 million. That said, money won’t be the reason Washington misses out on Jackson. If they want him bad enough, they’ll find a way to make it work.

Robert Griffin III responds to wedding invitation with autograph

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Sending wedding invitations to your favorite NFL player seems to be a new fad that is sweeping the nation, and I’m sure the bride and groom never hear back in most situations. Such was not the case with Washington Redskin fan Zach Curley, who recently sent a wedding invitation to Robert Griffin III and his wife Rebecca.

Griffin responded to the invite the same way Peyton Manning responded to one back in December, only RG3 took it a step further. He signed the invitation itself and sent an autographed trading card as well.

“Shocked,” Curley told DC Sports Bog’s Dan Steinberg when asked how he reacted. “Just that somebody as big as RGIII would take the time, right away, to write something back — I thought that was really cool. Obviously I’ll be a Redskins fan all my life, but he will be my favorite player from now on, until the end of time.”

We all know RG3 had a horrible 2013 season and was on the receiving end of a lot of negative publicity. Curley is hoping to alleviate some of that by sharing Griffin’s wedding response.

“It’s been a crappy year for the whole team, obviously, but he kind of got a bad rap,” he said. “It seems like he’s just had a lot of bad press lately, and nothing’s been going anybody’s way around the Redskins. So the fact that he’s had a bad few months, and that he could still respond back to somebody he doesn’t know and will never meet, that was really special and means a lot to me.”

Fans also sent RG3 and his wife wedding gifts from their public wedding registry back in May, and the couple took the time to respond to each person with a thank you note. Kudos to Griffin for the nice gesture.

Robert Griffin III reportedly bragged to teammates about his influence over Dan Snyder

Robert Griffin IIIHas Robert Griffin III gone from league darling to entitled diva? It would appear that is the case, especially if you believe all the recent reports about RG3, and the words of Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins.

Jenkins obliterated Griffin in a column published on Monday. In the column, Jenkins cites RG3′s “egotism,” calls him a “boy emperor,” and says the second-year quarterback bragged to teammates about his influence over Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.

Jenkins described Griffin as a “boy emperor who believes he can dictate everything from the play-calling to what’s served at training table,” and said the “tip of his egotism” was getting the offense altered to suit him.

Here’s a sampling of her words:

Behind closed doors, Griffin had fierce finger-pointing tensions with his wide receivers, and he bragged to teammates that he could procure favors from the owner and influence the franchise’s direction.

According to Jenkins, RG3′s status as the boss’ favorite partly resulted in his lack of accountability for the Redskins’ poor season.

[Related: Santana Moss says RG3 needs to take more responsibility]

I’m sure many people will view this as an unfair column by Jenkins, but I don’t. Beginning in the offseason, Griffin came across as a spoiled brat. He constantly disagreed with coach Mike Shanahan over his recovery/rehab and made that issue much worse than it should have been. He really undermined his coach, and it sounds like we know the reason — he felt empowered by Snyder. Jenkins also indicates that the report that Griffin didn’t want negative plays about him shown during team film sessions is accurate.

I still think RG3 is a good player, but he has not handled himself well in the past handful of months and really needs to be humbled. It remains to be seen whether he’ll change his ways in the future, but this also explains why Washington may have some serious difficulty finding their next coach.

Helmet smack to Pro Football Talk

Robert Griffin III’s wife Rebecca did not want to be on national TV (GIF)

Robert Griffin III attended the Fiesta Bowl on Wednesday to watch his alma mater Baylor face UCF. His wife, Rebecca, is also a Baylor alum and accompanied him to the game. But when RG3 was shown on TV by ESPN, she wanted no part of the shot. Becca didn’t even look at the camera, and she left her husband hanging as she exited stage right. All RG3 could do was laugh.

Robert Griffin III wife Rebecca

Griffin and his wife got married over the summer. Here are some pictures from their wedding.

GIF via @corkgaines