Robert Griffin III denies he rushed back because he was worried about Kirk Cousins

Robert Griffin IIIRobert Griffin III denies that he rushed back from knee surgery because he feared Kirk Cousins could take his starting quarterback job.

Cousins, a 2012 fourth-round pick out of Michigan State, helped lead Washington to victory after Griffin got hurt against Baltimore last year. He also won in Week 15 at Cleveland and looked pretty good whenever he got playing time.

There has been speculation the past several months that RG3 hurried back from surgery to repair his torn ACL and LCL because he was worried about losing his job. NFL Network took that speculation to another level when they reported that some with the Redskins felt RG3 returned eight months after having surgery because he was concerned about Cousins.

Here’s what they wrote:

Redskins coaches have noticed an insecurity with Griffin this season, and some in the organization believed part of his motivation to quickly return from ACL surgery was driven out of fear that Kirk Cousins would make a run at his job.

In comments to CSN Washington, Griffin disputed that notion.

“Me and Kirk have always been good,” Griffin told CSNwashington.com. “That’s not an issue. The way I look at it, hard work, dedication and God’s grace is what helped me come back and play so quick.

“My job during the offseason was to get ready to go and make sure Kirk was ready to go,” Griffin said. “And we worked well together.”

Allow me to call B.S. here and say I don’t believe Griffin. Griffin saying he has a good relationship with Cousins doesn’t exactly answer the question. They can still have a good relationship and he could still be worried about playing for his job. I absolutely think he hurried back in part because of Cousins. He probably hurried back because he wants to be out there and, like any competitor, how could he not be concerned about someone getting a crack at his job?

Trent Williams: Robert Griffin III, Mike Shanahan don’t deserve the criticism

Mike Shanahan Robert GriffinRobert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan have been widely criticized amid the Washington Redskins’ struggles the last several weeks, and offensive lineman Trent Williams believes it’s undeserved.

Williams and defensive team leader London Fletcher both were asked whether there’s any extra motivation for the team to play for Shanahan’s job, and they said no. That wasn’t an insult to Shanahan so much as it was a matter of them saying they’re focusing on their jobs. But Williams did tell The Washington Post that RG3 and Shanny don’t deserve all the criticism they’re facing.

“The media, number one, is going to go to the head coach and then the quarterback. But, it really has nothing to do with the head coach or the quarterback, why we’re struggling,” Williams said. “We’re just not playing well as a team. I’m pretty sure Robert knows that he’s going to get some scrutiny, but I don’t think he deserves it. I don’t think coach Shanahan deserves it, to see people talk and say he’s not doing his job. I think he’s doing a heck of a job. It does wear on you to see people go through undeserving criticism.”

Few people would agree that Shanahan is doing a “heck of a job,” but maybe he and RG3 are being criticized excessively. I wouldn’t at all call it undeserving, though.

Both parties are extremely deserving of criticism. Shanahan deserves criticism going back to playing Griffing when the quarterback was hurt last year. RG3 deserves criticism for his mixed public comments about his coaches and his subtle shots. And whoever’s in charge of the decision making there — likely Daniel Snyder — deserves criticism for having Griffin start Week 1 and sticking with him when the guy hasn’t looked healthy, as many players have said.

Chris Canty: Kirk Cousins would give Redskins better chance than Robert Griffin III

Robert-Griffin-RedskinsMike Shanahan has no intention of benching Robert Griffin III. With the Washington Redskins out of playoff contention, the last thing the team needs is to give RG3 less reps and potentially set the future of the team back even further. Having said that, there are plenty of people who feel that backup quarterback Kirk Cousins should be given an opportunity. Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Chris Canty is one of those people.

During an appearance on NFL Network, Canty said he agrees with San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks’ assessment of RG3’s play this season.

“I have to agree with Ahmad Brooks,” Canty said, per Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog. “It’s clear that RG3 does not have the explosion that he had during his rookie campaign. You know what, much of his game is predicated on his agility, his elusiveness and his ability to be able to separate from defenders. He can’t do that and that knee is not 100 percent healthy. This is his second reconstruction on that same knee. I think it takes a little more time for that guy to develop and get healthy in order to put himself in good positions to be able to help his team win.”

Griffin has obviously been cleared to play. He is probably not 100%, but he has to play and continue to develop if he wants to eventually get there. Given the current state of the Redskins, I don’t think sitting him would be beneficial. Canty disagrees.

“I think they should sit him down,” he added. “It’s clear that he is not able to run the offense at the high level that he did during in his rookie year. I think Kirk Cousins gives them the best opportunity to win football games right now.”

The real concern for Washington is Griffin’s future as a scrambling quarterback. If he is going to have to wear a bulky knee brace for the rest of his career, he may never be the explosive player the Redskins drafted.

Donovan McNabb blames Washington Redskins for Robert Griffin III media circus

Robert-Griffin-III-RedskinsRobert Griffin III has become one of the media’s favorite punching bags this season. After vowing to be ready for the start of the 2013 season, Griffin has been terrible. He has held onto the ball too long, failed to make accurate throws and not been a legitimate threat to scramble. According to Donovan McNabb, the Washington Redskins are responsible for creating the media circus.

“Really, to be honest, it started this offseason,” McNabb said on FOX Sports Live, via Sarah Kogod of DC Sports Bog. “Because everyone tried to sugarcoat the fact that he shouldn’t have been in the game while he’s hurt, they’re trying to cover each other’s side, and then now you see him out on posters, rehabbing, getting his knee back, his health, he’s ready to go. And so it became a circus.

“I blame the Washington Redskins for this, because you’re in control of the cameras that are out there. You know that you have guys that are coming back off of injury and why are we seeing it on ESPN, why are we seeing it on the national news? … From that circus on to where we are right now, it’s a pattern in which we’ve seen it coming.”

As Kogod pointed out, RG3 made the decision to sign on as a producer for a special documenting his rehab. He was also responsible for any comeback campaigns that were run by Adidas. Still, McNabb does not believe Griffin is getting enough help from his teammates and coaches.

“I know exactly what he’s going through,” McNabb said. “But is there somebody that’s helping him right now? I don’t think so. I don’t think so. Because you don’t hear any of his teammates coming to his defense, speaking up and saying, ‘Hey you know what, I’ve got to play better, Robert did a good job today doing this, doing that, we all can get better.’”

McNabb has said in the past that the Redskins are brainwashing RG3. He has also been critical of the former Baylor star at times, which is likely why Griffin has chosen to not speak with him or take his advice. At this point, everyone on the Redskins needs to be held accountable. It takes a group effort to play as poorly as they have.

Ahmad Brooks: Robert Griffin III should not be playing right now

Santana-Moss-Robert-Griffin-that-dudeRobert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins looked pathetic in a 27-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night. Griffin was hit almost every time he dropped back to pass and had very little time to throw. On the rare instances where he wasn’t drilled by a 49ers defender, RG3 looked uncomfortable and inaccurate. If you ask Niners linebacker Ahmad Brooks, Griffin shouldn’t have even been in the game.

“He’s obviously a man and he makes his own decisions, but I personally don’t feel he should be playing right now,” Brooks told reporters on Monday, according to CSNWashington.com’s JP Finlay. “I don’t think he should be playing. You can see it. Everybody can see it, everybody can see it.”

RG3 certainly isn’t making many plays with his legs. That could be a result of less designed runs being called, or it could simply be that Griffin has not yet fully recovered from his second ACL surgery and lacks burst. It’s probably a combination of both, as one of Griffin’s own teammates admitted the former Baylor star is much slower this season because of his knee brace.

“He’s a man, he has the heart of a warrior and is going to go out there and play regardless of the circumstance,” Brooks added. “Everybody can see it. Everybody can see it. He shouldn’t be playing.”

The numbers seem to support Brooks’ claim, as RG3 has thrown just 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 11 games this season. He was 17 of 27 for 127 yards, no touchdowns and an interception against San Francisco. He has also yet to score a single rushing touchdown. The Redskins are 3-8.

You have to wonder if next season will be any different or if RG3 will simply never be the same exciting player we saw during his rookie season. He’s not a pocket passer and probably never will be. With a big bulky knee brace, Griffin is simply an average quarterback on his best day.

Robert Griffin III: Report I don’t want negative plays shown in film is false

Robert Griffin IIIBoth 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.”

Shanahan told CSN Washington Sunday that the report is false.

“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:

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Aldon Smith kicks Robert Griffin III in nuts, gets away with it (GIF)

Aldon Smith kicked Robert Griffin III in the nuts during the third quarter of Monday’s San Francisco 49ers-Washington Redskins game, and he was lucky he got away with it.

Washington had a 2nd-and-7 early in the third quarter from the San Francisco 46 and went with a pass play. Griffin threw to the far sideline for Josh Morgan, but the pass was ruled incomplete. At the end of the play, after RG3 had already released the ball, Smith, who was an arm’s length away from Griffin, raised his leg and connected with the quarterback’s groin.

He must have a wide foot because he got both of them:

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