After each game, Robert Griffin III reviews his performance with the Redskins’ coaching staff.
He also dissects the effort with his father, Robert Jr., who points out what he liked, what he didn’t and where his son must improve – even after blowouts such as Sunday’s 31-6 win over the Eagles.
“I thought I protected myself pretty well, but he pointed to the play where [Eagles’ defensive end Jason] Babin got me on my side and my legs got messed up a little bit,” Griffin III said. “He told me I can’t do that. I said, ‘I know, Dad.’”
Robert Jr., a retired Army sergeant, also offers up suggestions on technical details.
“Little things [like] not holding the ball up when you scramble,” Griffin said. “He just makes sure he [makes] those points because sometimes the coaches are so focused on other things, they might miss a minor detail. But he definitely brings it up.”
Asked how important it is for him to make Robert Jr. proud, Griffin provided some insight on the often complicated relationship between father and son.
“It’s paramount to me,” he said. “I didn’t even know what that word meant until he taught it to me a few years ago. It’s really important.”
Griffin added: “When I come off the field after a game, he gives me his criticism or praise. There are some games we lose where I think he’s going to tear me apart and he doesn’t tear me up. Then there are some games like the last one where you go 14 of 15 and he’s chewing you out, and you’re like, ‘Come on, Dad.’ But I appreciate it and he knows that.”
NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith made a visit to Redskins Park today, and the team elected their union representatives.
Kedric Golston will serve another year as the team's liason to the union. Three alternates were elected as well: Kirk Cousins (an alternate last season), Will Compton and, surprisingly, Josh Norman.
Norman was critical of Smith and the union in an ESPN piece in August. "[The NFL] is a dictatorship, and [NFLPA director] DeMaurice [Smith] is in cahoots with those guys," he claimed.
The cornerback's election today marks what would appear to be a turn of events.
"We always love to have veteran leadership as player representatives, and this team is no different with Kirk and Kedric returning," Smith told CSN Mid-Atlantic. "As for Josh, we love players who are both smart and passionate, and he, as well as the other players, fit that bill."
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Nearly a week after the Redskins win over the Giants, news broke that Washington CB Josh Norman has been fined for roughness in the New York victory.
UPDATE: Per ProFootballTalk, the fine was for a fourth quarter hit on Sterling Shepard and being a repeat offender.
For much of the Redskins-Giants game, Norman covered Odell Beckham almost exclusively. Not many moments stand out for being particularly physical save for a play early in the game when Beckham jumped in the end zone. The motion took him above Norman, but rather than letting Beckham come down to the ground, the corner grabbed and carried the receiver for a few yards.
Norman was flagged for roughness on a hit against Giants receiver Sterling Shepard. It's likely that hit triggered the fine. It's also worth pointing out that referees gave Norman a specific warning before the game about rough play, so it's possible being flagged for roughness despite the warning made an impact in the league offices as well.
There is one other physical moment that stands out from the Giants/Redskins matchup - when Beckham violently swung his helmet at the Giants' kicking net. Beckham got the worst of the altercation though as the net flew back at him and socked him in the face.
Expect many questions about the fine to come.