Can Robert Griffin III be the bad guy?
He will have to be at times if he is going to be the leader of the Redskins, according for the retired leader of the team.
That, of course, is London Fletcher and during an appearance on NBC Sports Network’s Pro Football Talk on Tuesday he said that Griffin has to be willing to rub some guys the wrong way.
“I think the biggest concern will be him embracing that leadership role in terms of having to be the total team leader and sometimes having to be the a bad guy,” Fletcher said via PFT. “You know, it’s a different dynamic when you have to be the leader sometimes you have to say something to maybe upset or ruffle a few feathers and that’s one of the things he’s going to have to balance.”
What Fletcher believes that Griffin has going for him is that his work ethic buys him the credibility needed to do it. When Griffin tells players that they have to push harder, he isn’t asking them to do anything he hasn’t done.
“He’s a hard worker, he’s extremely talented, he wants to be the best,” Fletcher said. “I saw that guy rehab three times a day last year [when] we were both going through a rehab situation. . . . He spent so much time in there, he wasn’t out doing all the commercials and all the things you saw. . . . Perception in this case is not reality.”
Griffin’s teammates elected him as one of the team captains midway through is rookie year and did so again before the start of the 2013 season.