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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

Robert Griffin III’s dad reportedly pushing Redskins to hire Art Briles

Robert Griffin knee braceRobert Griffin III’s father is an interfering factor in Washington and even trying to get the team to hire Art Briles as head coach, according to a report.

Jason Cole writing at Bleacher Report reported some of the issues going on with the Redskins. He says RG3′s stubbornness has hindered his ability to receive coaching. Cole also says Griffin’s father has been a problem.

From Cole’s report:

In addition, Griffin’s father has increasingly become the kind of nuisance that some people warned NFL executives about before the 2012 draft. In recent weeks, according to two sources close to the situation, the elder Griffin has politicked Snyder to hire Baylor coach Art Briles, who coached the younger Griffin to a Heisman Trophy, to replace Shanahan.

This is not too surprising considering we shared a report recently saying that the Redskins were expected to pursue Briles once Mike Shanahan is done as the team’s coach. It sure sounds like Robert Griffin Jr. supports that move.

Cole also says “multiple team sources said they believe the father’s influence and interference have made this season more difficult.”

That explains why it was such a big deal that Griffin’s father was in the locker room after a game a few weeks ago.

In addition to the problems with Griffin’s father, Cole says the relationship between RG3 and team owner Daniel Snyder has undermined Shanahan’s ability to coach Griffin. Snyder loves RG3, which has empowered the quarterback and supposedly made it difficult for him to accept coaching. We’ve been hearing that notion for several weeks. Coaches have reportedly tried working with Griffin on his footwork, but he has supposedly been dismissive of this advice and instruction. In other words, Griffin became so big after his rookie season that he is not really open to coaching.

Sure, it’s easy for everyone to dump on Griffin now that he and his team are struggling, but maybe he needs to be reminded that he’s not a star yet and that he still has a lot of work to do. Until he can accept that, it will be difficult for him to reach his full potential as a player.

Michael Irvin pulls the race card over Robert Griffin III benching

Robert-Griffin-RedskinsThere has been no shortage of controversy surrounding Mike Shanahan’s decision to bench Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III for the rest of the season. Between speculation that Shanahan is intentionally trying to get himself fired and reports that RG3 is furious, the situation has turned into a full-blown circus. And now, Michael Irvin has attempted to introduce the race element.

During halftime of Thursday Night Football, Irvin and the rest of the NFL Network panel discussed the mess in Washington. Deion Sanders said he thought RG3 “needed a little humble pie.” Irvin basically said the Redskins wouldn’t be handling the situation the same way if they had a white quarterback.

“You are tearing him down,” Irvin ranted, via Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog. “I doubt that any man can come back from this, walking around three weeks around these guys that you have to lead. And I don’t want to hear about teammates either; we understand as teammates and players, quarterbacks do get special treatment.

“You don’t see people arguing when Peyton Manning or Tom Brady gets (special treatment) — I don’t want you arguing when this kid gets it. He’s the quarterback, and the rest of us brothers have to understand that and treat him as such. I’ve got an issue with all of it. … You think they could do this to Andrew Luck? Let me ask you that, you think they could do this to Luck?”

First of all, comparing RG3 to Peyton Manning or Tom Brady is so absurd we don’t even need to bother getting into detail over it. Brady and Manning receive “special treatment” because they’re Super Bowl MVPs, league MVPs, and future Hall of Famers.

Moreover, I refuse to believe that Shanahan’s decision to bench Griffin has anything to do with the color of RG3′s skin. Would the Redskins do the same to Luck if he was their quarterback, had played horribly, had a 3-10 record this season and was coming off his second reconstructive knee surgery? Yeah, I think they probably would.

RG3 reportedly ‘extremely angry’ about benching; Redskins coaches want to be ‘put out of their misery’

Mike Shanahan Robert GriffinWashington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is playing a game of chicken with Mike Shanahan and his coaching staff. It is widely assumed that Shanahan is going to be fired before the 2014 season, but for some reason he has been left to continue coaching his 3-10 team. And he’ll be doing so without the future of the franchise.

According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Robert Griffin III is “extremely angry” that he has been shut down for what are being described as health reasons. Griffin was upset that he was not allowed to play or practice in the preseason, so you can understand why he is hesitant to accept health as a reason for being benched for the remainder of the season.

While some have speculated that Shanahan is trying to get fired by starting Kirk Cousins, Snyder has reportedly been “receptive” to the idea of avoiding potential injury with his franchise quarterback. However, NFL.com’s Mike Silver cited sources who claim Shanahan’s real motivation for benching RG3 has to do with performance.

Rapoport added that the Redskins coaches expect to be fired and would actually prefer to be “put out of their misery” at this point.

Here’s my personal opinion — Shanahan is not going to resign and forfeit the $7 million he has remaining on his deal. That’s a given. He’s going to wait to be fired so the Redskins have to buy out his contract, but in the meantime he still has to audition for future coaching opportunities. The Redskins have looked completely lost with RG3 under center. That reflects poorly on Shanahan and his staff. If Cousins performs well and wins some games, it will show that the Shanahans’ offensive system can still work.

Redskins would sign another QB if Kirk Cousins or Rex Grossman got hurt

Mike Shanahan Robert GriffinHow committed is Mike Shanahan to keeping Robert Griffin III on the bench for the remainder of the season? As long as Shanahan is the coach, Griffin will not be touching the field again during a game in 2013. According to Mike Jones of The Washington Post, Shanahan told reporters on Thursday that the Redskins would sign another quarterback if Kirk Cousins or backup quarterback Rex Grossman got injured.

So there you have it — RG3 isn’t even available in an emergency. He is expected to be inactive this weekend and will apparently remain that way for the rest of the season. Since Shanahan insists he is benching Griffin to protect his health and the future of the Redskins franchise, I guess that is the only way to go.

To make matters more interesting, Washington offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan — who happens to be Mike’s son — told reporters on Thursday that he was “disappointed” RG3 won’t be playing and had no hand in the decision to bench him.

“You play your starting quarterback, that’s been Robert,” Kyle Shanahan said, via Pro Football Talk. “I’m pretty disappointed we don’t get to play with him. But it is what it is, and I’m gonna deal with the cards I’ve been dealt.

“I’ve got zero involvement in that. I actually game-planned for both (Griffin and Cousins) all Tuesday. It was a little frustrating to game plan for both. I was told the final decision Wednesday morning, then rolled with it. I definitely made it clear I was disappointed in that. … I think it would be good for Robert to get the reps.”

As PFT’s Mike Florio noted, that could simply be Mike’s way of protecting his son from what has turned into an embarrassing mess. With all the rumors swirling around about the elder Shanahan intentionally trying to provoke Daniel Snyder to fire him, it’s probably wise to keep his son as distant from the unpopular decision making as possible.

Is Mike Shanahan benching RG3 to provoke Daniel Snyder to fire him?

Mike Shanahan Robert GriffinKirk Cousins is expected to start at quarterback for the Washington Redskins this weekend over Robert Griffin III, according to ESPN’s John Keim. When Mike Shanahan told the media earlier this week that he was considering shutting RG3 down for the remainder of the season to protect his health, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that the former Baylor star had played his last snap in 2013.

The Redskins are 3-10, so it doesn’t really matter who their starting quarterback is for the final three games of the season. The most intriguing aspect of the story centers around Shanahan’s motivation for benching Griffin. On Tuesday, Mark Maske of the Washington Post reported that a source close to the Redskins believes Shanahan’s decision to bench RG3 could be an attempt at getting team owner Daniel Snyder to fire him.

Shanahan is under contract through next season. If he is fired, he would in all likelihood receive the remainder of the $7 million he is still owed. If he chooses to resign, he would forfeit the remainder of the money.

Maske also noted that the details of Shanahan’s contract are not known, but many believe it gives him the final say over personnel decisions like who will be the team’s starting quarterback. It’s possible that if Snyder attempts to intervene and force Shanahan to start RG3, Shanahan could contend that the terms of his contract were violated. In an instance like that, Shanahan might be able to resign and still collect the remainder of his money.

That theory would make sense and it would certainly help explain why an earlier report claimed Snyder would not step in if Shanahan chooses to bench Griffin. Snyder and RG3 seem to be so tight that it is widely assumed Shanahan is tired of their relationship. It would not be far-fetched to think that he is looking for a way out by benching Griffin.