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Former Washington Redskins kick returner and now CSN Washington analyst Brian Mitchell went off on Robert Griffin III and his recent comments about being the best quarterback in the NFL.
“The media didn’t take off with anything,” said Mitchell. “I think everyone that heard him make the comments took off with it. And he says things over and over again and he has to come back and wants to explain what he said. He’s a smart enough young man with enough intelligence to know how to say something the first time. When you don’t have to constantly come back and give a press conference after your football team said you weren’t speaking. And he forced his way into speaking today. Listen what I’m seeing right now is a team that’s coddling a young which is hurting him in the process. If they want to sit up here and blame the media for every damn thing that he does and every mistake that they make…you know what it’s about time they do their job. There’s a such thing as a PR department and the media people explaining to people the dos and don’ts of dealing with the media. You talk a lot less, you have a lot let problems.”
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“I don’t think any of us in the media sit there and say ‘Well, we’re going to use Robert to make something happen.’ No, Robert says something that’s off-kilter — and sometimes, I’ll say, absolutely stupid and asinine — that makes us say things about him. You’re the quarterback of the Washington Redskins. You’re here in the nation’s capital. And before you and after you, people are going to always cover this team with pride and passion….
“He thinks everything is a damn joke. It comes a point in time where someone is going to have to stand up and tell him what he needs to hear, not what he wants to hear. This young man seems to be a guy, in my eyes, that loves people around him that says what he wants to hear, coddles him, doesn’t challenge him. And people that do, he always wants to come back [and say] they’re backstabbing, this that and the other. It’s not about backstabbing. Backstabbing is people that are tight to you, then they do something wrong. We’re not tight with you. We do jobs….
“I don’t care what they keep trying to present. We don’t wake up in the morning looking for him. And dude, you’re not that damn important where you think we need your name to go out there and get people to click on stories. There’s enough stupidity going on around here. We can pull anyone around the league and do something to get stories. But you’re not that damn important.
“What’s going to make you important — and I want everyone over there in your little PR department [to listen]. I will talk to you in your face this way. You need to shut the hell up and start playing football. That would make you important. Win football games in this city, and you would have this city in the palm of your hands. You had it, and you’re starting to lose it, because of your talk.
“And there’s a lot of people that were supporting him that are now starting to turn their back because they see a guy who seems to be so full of himself and not doing what he’s supposed to be doing. You came here to be a football player, not a damn philosopher. Not a philosopher. Not a guy that’s always giving us these damn quotes. Who gives a damn? Normally people care about quotes when you are successful. And he has not been successful enough to be giving me a quote.
“I’m 47 years old. What the hell, I’m gonna listen to a little wet-behind-the-ears 24-year-old kid who’s done nothing, nothing, to be sitting up here thinking we’re going to listen to him all day. Do your job. Which he hasn’t done. So don’t sit there as a franchise, as a PR department, and sit up here and act like this kid is so right. He’s wrong. He does a lot of stupid stuff, and it’s about time he hears it, instead of people kissing his tail all the damn time.
“I’ve watched this team. I’m passionate about this team. And I see this one dude who we talk about every day too damn much because he doesn’t know to shut up and perform.”
I completely agree with Mitchell. The Redskins have been ‘coddling’ Griffin and it was a shame they tried to block the media from talking to him the other day. It’s also alarming that by now he doesn’t know that saying things like he said the other day will create a fire storm in the media.