RGIII Character Assassination? A report emerged from NFL Network last week that Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III asked the team not to show his bad plays in film study sessions. The Report stated that apparently, they didn’t show his bad plays at Baylor, and Griffin wants the same treatment from the Redskins, but they refused his request.
Is this character assassination? Well, it’s not news I know that much. When someone reports something you may or may not have said as fact, then I think that is a form of character assassination. Of the hundreds of conversations that happen between players and coaches on a week to week basis, how many make headline news?
How many bizarre requests come from the mouths of players to coaches and team officials that never even make it out of the facility? Yet an unsubstantiated request from RGIII becomes news? You have to ask why? And the answer is that RGIII is an attention magnet.
Talk about him, write about him, tweet about him, and it’s trending. People respond by defending and others respond with more criticism. All the while ratings increase, along with twitter followers, and page views. And everyone in the media knows it. But this is a fluid situation, and just as it changed one way on a dime, it can change again.
Last season RGIII was everyone’s hero, and this season he’s everyone’s villain. Last season he was rookie of the year, this season people are calling for him to be benched. Next season could be a totally different story. So people should be careful before they write off an athlete the caliber of Robert Griffin III.
Even in a bad performance you could see the type of arm strength and passing ability that very few in the NFL possess. The physical intangibles are there, now they need to work on the mental. Once the good play continues, people will be back on the RGIII bandwagon. He just needs to endure and continue to improve.