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RG3 leaves Michigan-TCU game mid-broadcast after wife goes into labor

Robert Griffin III left in the middle of an ESPN broadcast on Saturday after receiving a phone call apparently telling him that his wife was going into labor.

Griffin, an analyst for ESPN, was part of a “Field Pass” viewing option on ESPN2 for the Michigan-TCU CFP semifinal game at the Fiesta Bowl. The “Field Pass with the Pat McAfee Show” option featured RG3, Taylor Lewan, AQ Shipley, A.J. Hawk, and Darius Butler.

Late in the third quarter, RG3 took a phone call during the broadcast.

“Sorry guys, I gotta go,” Griffin said.

The former Heisman Trophy winner shared that his wife was going into labor.

Griffin already has three daughters and is welcoming a fourth. This is his third child with wife Grete.

Robert Griffin III apologizes after using anti-black slur

Oct 17, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Steve Young (left), Robert Griffin III (center) and Larry Fitzgerald on the ESPN Monday Night Football Countdown set before the game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Denver Broncos at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Griffin III apologized on Monday night for something he said during ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown” show.

Griffin is one of the analysts on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” pregame show. The crew was breaking down the NFC playoff picture, and RG3 was talking about the 12-1 Philadelphia Eagles. He talked up Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts.

“People said that Jalen Hurts couldn’t get it done. He could not break from the pocket. He’s not the quarterback of the future. I think he proved all those jiggaboos wrong,” Griffin said.

After the video clip circulated on Twitter, Griffin tried to address the matter. He said he intended to say “bugaboos” rather than jiggaboos, but misspoke. He apologized for using the term, which is a disparaging name for black people.

“Yooooo, Definitely need to clarify this. THIS IS NOT WHAT I MEANT TO SAY. Was trying to say “those Bug-A-Boos” in reference to haters and doubters. Regardless of my intention, I understand the historical context of the term that came out of my mouth and I apologize,” Griffin wrote on Twitter.

ESPN takes matters of race very sensitively, so there is little doubt they will major action against Griffin swiftly for using that word, even if it was unintentional.

RG3 shares how much film Kyler Murray watches

Oct 24, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) against the Houston Texans in the second half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Griffin III shared some information on Monday night concerning the big homework issue with Kyler Murray.

The Arizona Cardinals gave Murray a 5-year, $230.5 million contract over the offseason. However, the contract contained a clause that ensured Murray would do at least four hours of independent film study per week during the season. The implication was that the Cardinals didn’t think Murray was doing enough preparation during the season.

The public revelation of the clause’s existence caused a lot of backlash, and the team ended up removing it.

Prior to Monday night’s Week 14 game between Murray’s Arizona Cardinals and the New England Patriots, RG3 shared some information about Murray’s work ethic.

“I took it upon myself to reach out to Kyler and talk to him about all this backlash that’s come from the homework clause in his contract,” Griffin said on ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Countdown’ show. “People saying he doesn’t put in the work. And I can unequivocally tell you that Kyler Murray watches at least 40 hours of film every single week. That’s seven hours of film a day from Monday though Saturday, with the bulk of it being at the beginning of the week.”

Griffin said his takeaway from talking with Murray is that “you can do it different ways with your film study.”

According to Griffin, Murray does over 40 hours per week of film study. The Cardinals quarterback also told Griffin he understands he needs to play better.

Griffin may be defending Murray, but the ESPN analyst’s anger over the issue is misdirected. It was Murray himself who said in a 2021 interview with the New York Times that he doesn’t kill himself watching film.

“I think I was blessed with the cognitive skills to just go out there and just see it before it happens. I’m not one of those guys that’s going to sit there and kill myself watching film. I don’t sit there for 24 hours and break down this team and that team and watch every game because, in my head, I see so much,” Murray said.

He brought this on himself by saying that. On top of that, he gave the Cardinals reasons to question how much time he is putting in, otherwise they wouldn’t have added that clause.

Maybe the big problem is the Cardinals never should have given Murray the contract if they had reservations about his work ethic. But many people associated with the franchise have had questions about the former No. 1 pick.

Fans react on Twitter to RG3’s funny pirates line

Dec 22, 2019; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III (3) looks up to the scoreboard during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Fans appreciated some wordplay by Robert Griffin III on Monday night.

ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown” crew gave their picks for the Week 13 matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints. Griffin picked Tampa Bay to win and then threw in a double entendre.

“I’m going with the Tampa Bay Bucs. These pirates are ready to get the booty!” RG3 said.

The pirates being ready to get the booty has a more straightforward meaning about the Bucs trying to get the prize of a victory. There is also the more sexual interpretation, which fans enjoyed.

Griffin has become known for his sexual innuendo and wordplay on air and Twitter. That continued to be the case on Monday night.

Robert Griffin III has bold message for Packers

Robert Griffin III delivered a bold message for the Green Bay Packers.

Griffin was speaking on ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown” program ahead of the Week 12 Monday Night Football game between Indianapolis and Pittsburgh. RG3 said that he thinks the Packers should hold out the injured Aaron Rodgers in order to give Jordan Love an opportunity.

“I think the Packers should play Jordan Love, but I don’t think they will,” said Griffin. “I don’t think there’s anybody in that building that has the gonads to tell Aaron Rodgers that he needs to sit down for the time being. Because the best for the organization is to find out over the next five games whether Jordan Love is the quarterback of the future. I don’t think that they will do that.”

Griffin acknowledged that Rodgers gives the team the best chance to win, but he said they should find out if Love is the quarterback of the future.

Though that sounds great, there is one issue with Griffin’s proposal, and it’s something Booger McFarland pointed out. The Packers signed Rodgers to a 3-year deal, so the defending two-time NFL MVP is the immediate future of the team.

Rodgers, who is dealing with a broken thumb and ribs injury, has said that he will play for Green Bay so long as they’re mathematically in the playoff race. It’s not a stretch to think that Love will be getting his shot for the 4-8 Packers before the season ends.

ESPN crew takes aim at Kyler Murray’s leadership

Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) against the Green Bay Packers at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Kyler Murray did not play in the Arizona Cardinals’ loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night due to a hamstring injury, but he was still a major topic of conversation during the ESPN broadcast. He probably would have preferred not to be.

ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown” crew spent roughly four minutes prior to kickoff criticizing Murray for his poor leadership ability. First up was former Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who played with Murray for two seasons. Fitzgerald praised backup quarterback Colt McCoy for his leadership ability and seemed to hint that Murray does not have the same qualities.

“The conversations with former teammates were glowing about his leadership — leading meetings, taking the onus,” Fitzgerald said of McCoy. “If he makes a mistake, saying, ‘That was on me, I’m gonna get it fixed.’ That’s a big part of being a leader.”

Robert Griffin III then chimed in and said Murray seems like he is “on his own sheet of music” too often. RG3 suggested the Cardinals should let Murray install the offensive game plan every week so he cannot point the finger at anyone else when things go wrong.

“What I would do, I would go back to what they did in the preseason. They made him call plays just to show him how difficult it was. I would take it a step further. I would make Kyler Murray install the offense every week for the rest of the season because he is the one that is seeing the game at the quarterback position,” Griffin said. “Everyone needs to be on the same page as him, not just the coaching staff. If he installs it, everyone will know what he’s seeing and what he wants to operate. That could be a solution to their problem.”

Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young also shared his opinion. He said it is time for Murray to go “back to school.”

“Kyler Murray his whole life has had the answers to every athletic test that he’s ever taken. He’s gotten A+’s through middle school, high school, college, and then even early here in the NFL,” Young said. “The NFL will have its referendum, and I think it’s happening now for Kyler. He’s whip-smart and he knows everything, but there is a part of playing great quarterback that is going back to school. That’s what Patrick Mahomes has done, that’s what Josh Allen (has done), that’s what Dak Prescott has talked about doing.”

You can see the full segment below:

It is unusual for ESPN to spend that much time criticizing a star player, but Murray’s attitude this season has become a big talking point in the NFL. The former first overall pick was seen cursing at head coach Kliff Kingsbury during a heated confrontation last month. Star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has also had some issues with Murray.

The Cardinals got off to a hot start last season and finished 11-6. They lost to the Los Angeles Rams in the first round of the playoffs. They have taken a step back this season and fell to 4-7 on Monday night.

Robert Griffin III offers advice for Josh Allen amid struggles

Josh Allen has made some costly mistakes that have hurt the Buffalo Bills over the past several games, and Robert Griffin III thinks he knows what the star quarterback needs to change going forward.

Allen has a whopping six interceptions in Buffalo’s last three games. He threw two brutal red-zone picks in Sunday’s 33-30 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, the second of which ended the game in overtime. Griffin, a former NFL quarterback who now works as an analyst for ESPN, tweeted some advice for Allen on Thursday morning.

“The @BuffaloBills are at their best when Josh Allen plays free but they need him to play MORE COMPLIMENTARY. Josh has 3 straight games with multiple ints. LOVE the mindset of making plays but he has to PROTECT THE BALL and the Bills have to find a running game outside of Him,” Griffin wrote.

That was basically a nice way for RG3 to say Allen has to stop trying to force the ball into tight coverage. Allen is arguably the most talented quarterback in the NFL, but he has cost the Bills in crucial situations this season by trying to do too much. His interceptions in the fourth quarter and then overtime against Minnesota were the most glaring examples of that.

Allen is also dealing with an injury to his throwing arm. The Bills said that was not an issue in Week 10, but you have to wonder if it will prevent Allen from being able to zip the ball into tiny windows, which is one of his strengths. If the elbow injury is a factor, that would be even more reason for Allen to follow RG3’s advice.

Robert Griffin III makes bold comment about Chiefs’ offense

Robert Griffin III made a bold comment on Monday night about the Kansas City Chiefs’ offense.

The “Monday Night Countdown” crew members were discussing the Chiefs, who were coming off a 44-23 road win over the San Francisco 49ers. The performance from the Chiefs was impressive and led to praise from the analysts. But RG3 took it to another level, saying that the Chiefs’ offense is actually better without Tyreek Hill.

“Patrick Mahomes has proven that he doesn’t need Tyreek to play at an elite level,” Griffin said. “And now, their offense is better without Tyreek Hill.”

Booger McFarland disagreed and said you don’t get better without Hill. But Griffin repeated his claim.

“This offense is better without Tyreek,” Griffin said.

Steve Young agreed, stating that Patrick Mahomes has become better, and the Chiefs’ offensive line is better too.

The Chiefs are 5-2 this season and are No. 1 in the NFL in points scored per game. They were fourth (2021), sixth (2020), fifth (2019) and first (2018) in the NFL in the previous four seasons under Mahomes and Hill.

One could argue that the Chiefs’ offense is better so far this year than it was last season, but we’re only seven weeks through the season. There’s a long way to go, especially when the weather starts to turn.

It’s difficult to conceive that the Chiefs’ offense might be better without one of the top receivers in the league. Hill is a speedster who scored 67 touchdowns with Kansas City. He is averaging a career-high 110.4 yards receiving per game with Miami. There is no doubt that he is a weapon and playmaker. And the numbers so far are favorable to Kansas City’s offense.

If pressed, I’d still rather have a Chiefs offense with Hill than without. But KC does look good this season.

Robert Griffin III and LeSean McCoy get into bizarre Twitter argument

Russell Wilson’s slow start to the season is sparking a lot of debate and arguments, including one between former players.

Former quarterback and current ESPN analyst Robert Griffin III shared an image of Broncos running back Melvin Gordon staring at Wilson during Thursday’s game against Indianapolis, inviting users to contribute a caption.

This did not sit well with former Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy. McCoy took aim at Griffin by commenting that the former Washington quarterback “experience(d) this moment a lot more than Russ,” a clear shot at Griffin’s NFL struggles.

Things only went downhill from there. Griffin accused McCoy of bitterness and went as far to say that he would have had a better career than McCoy if not for injuries. McCoy was still unimpressed, which prompted Griffin to label him a “rollie pollie.”

Deion Sanders actually intervened and urged Griffin and McCoy to let it go and move on. Griffin did so, but McCoy did not, questioning Sanders’ characterization of Griffin as “dominant.”

McCoy, who last played in 2020, has not been shy about voicing some hot takes lately. Griffin is a growing presence at ESPN following his injury-hit career, where he has generated some weird and amusing moments. He comes across as a bit overly sensitive here, but the argument certainly got some attention, whether he wanted that or not.

Robert Griffin III makes curious comment about ex-Washington coaches

Robert Griffin III on Monday made a curious comment about his former Washington coaches.

Washington traded up to take Griffin No. 2 overall in the 2012 draft. The move looked genius when RG3 won Offensive Rookie of the Year and led Washington to the playoffs in 2012. Washington went 10-6 that season but lost in the wild-card round of the playoffs to Seattle.

Griffin hurt his knee in Week 14, sat out in Week 15, and returned in Week 16. He reinjured his knee in the playoff game and ended up undergoing knee surgery.

There was a big controversy over the Washington coaching staff’s handling of Griffin, as well as their scheme for him. Griffin didn’t want to run any longer, while the coaches wanted to utilize that important aspect of the speedster’s game.

Griffin never replicated the success of the 2012 season, was supplanted by Kirk Cousins in 2015, and made just seven more starts the rest of his career after leaving Washington.

Meanwhile, Washington’s offensive coaching staff in that 2012 season included Kyle Shanahan, Sean McVay, Matt LaFleur and Mike McDaniel. They were all coaching under head coach Mike Shanahan, who won two Super Bowls while guiding the Denver Broncos.

Kyle Shanahan has coached two teams to Super Bowl appearances (one as a coordinator, the other as a head coach). Sean McVay turned around the Rams’ franchise and won a Super Bowl. LaFleur has gone 42-11 since becoming the head coach of the Packers in 2019. And McDaniel has looked like an offensive wizard so far as head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

It has become very apparent that the coaching staff in Washington was exceptional and that their schemes helped maximize Griffin’s abilities in 2012. It’s also become apparent that Griffin was completely wrong when he won a power struggle and told the coaches how to handle him.

But even 10 years later, Griffin doesn’t seem to recognize that.

Prior to the Rams-49ers game in San Francisco, “Monday Night Countdown” aired a conversation they hosted between Kyle Shanahan, McVay and LeFleur. The three NFC coaches are regarded as some of the brightest minds in the league.

After the package aired, Griffin somewhat cut down the coaching staff with an odd comment.

“I think they’re truly a story of … they weren’t ready to be successful in Washington,” Griffin said. “I wasn’t either. So, for them to come back and have the success that they’ve had as head coaches, I think it really shows their growth and development.”

That is quite a comment. And the comment shows that Griffin is still in denial.

10 years later, he still doesn’t realize how great of a coaching staff he had. He didn’t want to listen to them and thought he knew better. His family reportedly wanted Art Briles hired in place of Shanahan. The Shanahans were run out of Washington after the 2013 season, and we’ve seen the success Kyle went on to have. McVay remained in Washington and helped turn Kirk Cousins from an afterthought into a Pro Bowl quarterback. McDaniel left Washington and followed Kyle Shanahan, and we’ve seen what he can do.

It seems that Griffin’s comment would be completely correct if inverted. Those coaches were ready to be successful in Washington; it’s Griffin who wasn’t.