Coming into the game against the Atlanta Falcons I knew that Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III would have several cameras trained on him constantly throughout the game. With producers and pundits keenly watching and looking to pounce on any negative facial expression or body language on his part.
However, not only did RGIII not give the cameras anything negative to show, I think his positivity actually helped the Redskins function better as a team in the game. There was no sulking, no towels over his head, no separating himself from the team. Interaction between RGIII and the man who replaced him in the lineup Kirk Cousins was all positive.
If there is any animosity between the two you would never know it. RGIII didn’t come off like it was his team, and Cousins was just merely there. Griffin was supportive of Cousins and appeared to understand that this was Cousins stage, and not his. And I’m sure something deep inside of Griffin hated the position he was in, but his professionalism won out.
The only time RGIII could be seen being negative, was when the finality set in that the Redskins would lose the game. But that’s understandable. However, the next few weeks, might be some of the most difficult for Robert Griffin III, as he has to continue in a support role, after having been a the face of the Franchise for the past two seasons.
And he needs to realize the cameras will still be on him watching and waiting for him slip up. Looking for anything negative to make a headline out of. Kirk Cousins is trying to make the best of a bad situation, and RGIII has to do the same. Because Griffin may end up being judged even harsher now not for what he says, but for how he conducts himself without even saying a word.