If youve watched much television or been on any sports-related websites this offseason, theres a very good chance youve seen Robert Griffin III on the screen.From award shows in Los Angles to big-budget commercials for adidas and Gatorade, the Redskins rookie has, at times, seemed to be everywhere.Griffin, though, made one thing clear the eve of his first NFL training camp Wednesday: hes done filming commercials for now and wont be making any appearances on the red carpet until next offseason.He also said he plans to put down the smartphone and stop using Twitter to update his nearly 270,000 followers.Its all about the Redskins playbook now.Its all business, Griffin said told reporters during a wide-ranging 26-minute news conference at Redskins Park. Were getting down to the season time. Im not going any award shows or doing any commercials during the season.He wasn't quite done with being a pitch man, however. During the news conference, which was televised locally and nationally, he wore a burgundy and gold T-shirt emblazoned with the phrase "No pressure, no diamonds" and the adidas logo.Although Griffin wont toss his first pass in an NFL contest until he suits up for the preseason opener August 8th in Buffalo, the quarterback said he never had any hesitation about doing the types of commercials that are often reserved for more accomplished pros.Youre only unproven if you think youre unproven, he said. Im not proven, but I dont think Im unproven, either. The only thing I made sure I stayed with was companies I truly believe in and not just doing things to get money. It was great experience doing all those things. Everybody wants to be in the Gatorade commercial, get the Gatorade dripping from your face.Asked if he sought the counsel of any veteran teammates before agreeing to do the high-profile ads, Griffin said followed the advice from those in his inner circle.I talked to my guys about that type of stuff, he said. We wanted to make sure I wasnt doing too much before I even played. But the situations that arose seemed fine. If it wasnt good, I definitely would have felt it in the locker room. But when all the guys showed up, most of them were even laughing about them or saying they were really cool. It rubbed the team the right way.The team doesnt look at me as a celebrity, he added. Yeah Im their quarterback and Im the guy thats going to lead them to victory, but theres no celebrity.Then he cracked: Theres no autographs in the locker room, for the most part. Im not RG3 to them, Im just Robert.Like the commercials and other endorsements, Griffin added that Twitter will have to wait, too.Its not that he has tweeted that much. In fact, hes only sent out 377 of the 140 character messages, and many of them have been responses to his growing legion of fans.As far as getting rid of it, probably not, he said. But as far as tweeting goes, probably not too much tweeting. We dont plan on losing any games, but you cant tweet when you win and not tweet when you lose.So, he added, you might as well not tweet altogether.Some observers have wondered recently if Griffin was putting himself at risk of becoming over exposed. Perhaps. But the good news for Redskins fans is that no one needed to tell him that playtime over and it was time to get to work.He figured that one out on his own.Its going to be really good to just bear down and focus on football," he said.
Angry is one way to describe it.
Jay Gruden was clearly fuming with his Redskins team after a lackluster loss in Arizona.
The Washington coach said that his team "underachieved" in the 31-23 loss and Gruden questioned if his team was properly focused early in the game.
And it wasn't just with the media that Gruden voiced his disgust. The Skins coach let the players have it in the locker room after the game; so loud that his voice could be heard next door in the interview room.
Generally an easy going guy – especially for an NFL head coach – Gruden's post game comments showed the coach at a level of frustration not often seen.
Asked about his team's chances for the playoffs, Gruden wouldn't even entertain the notion. The coach said his team would focus on its next game in Philadelphia and that the Skins are "not even close" to thinking about the playoffs.
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GLENDALE, AZ—Here are my five observations on Cardinals 31, Redskins 23:
—Jay Gruden said that the Redskins “underachieved” against the Cardinals today. He was right but he didn’t go far enough. At 6-5-1, the Redskins have underachieved all year. They have left points on the field with red zone and goal to go problems. With the talent they have on offense they already should have double-digit wins instead of fighting to stay above .500.
—I’m not going to forget the defense here. They have given up 31 points two weeks in a row. One of the touchdowns today came after a turnover so the Cardinals had only 10 yards to go but they did have a chance to get away with just a field goal but they couldn’t make a third-down stop. On their first drive the Cardinals converted on third and 11 and third and 12. That set the tone for a day on which Arizona converted 10 of 16 on third down. The D helped carry the team for a while in late September and in October but the unit is fading when it needs to be getting stronger.
—Kirk Cousins probably didn’t cost himself any money in a new contract today but he sure did get off to a bad start. He misfired to a few open receivers when he had time to throw. Some of these plays may have gone down as “drops” since the receiver got both hands on them but they could have been better passes that produced yards after the catch. After he got warmed up he hit on some nice passes, especially a 59-yard bomb to DeSean Jackson early in the second half to set up their first touchdown. But it wasn’t enough to overcome the tough start.
—Back to the defense, the Cardinals came into the game with two viable offensive weapons, RB David Johnson and WR Larry Fitzgerald. The Redskins knew that if they could stop those two the Cardinals would have a tough time scoring. But both made plays, particularly Johnson, who had 175 yards of total offense and had a touchdown rushing and one receiving. Not everyone is Bill Belichick but you have to be able to scheme to take away the team’s most obvious threat.
—The Redskins have lost two straight, the Buccaneers won against the Chargers so for the first time in a few weeks the Redskins are on the outside looking into the NFC playoff picture. That’s not where they want to be and there is a pretty good chance that they can return there next week with a win over the Eagles. But they need to play to their potential.