Robert Griffin III is taking some hits today for something he said after yesterday’s ugly loss to the Bucs, who came into the game 1-8. Griffin was asked why it is that he played so well in 2012 and is struggling now. Here is the quote in question:
“It doesn’t just take one guy and that is proven. If you want to look at the good teams in this league and the great quarterbacks, the Aaron Rodgers or Peyton Mannings, those guys don’t play well if their guys don’t play well. We need everybody.”
And this comment from an NFL.com blogger is typical of the reaction out there.
“It seems like, all at once, Griffin is placing himself in a higher echelon of passers than he's actually in while simultaneously criticizing a team that is sitting in last place with nowhere else to go.”
That was not my impression after sitting about 15 feet from Griffin and listening to the entire press conference. He did not place himself on the Manning-Rodgers level. Yes, he said his teammates needed to play better but if they didn’t already know that they are the ones with issues.
Since the quote needs context here is the entire transcript of Griffin’s presser. And here are some other quotes from Griffin, also taken out of context. If you see a quarterback who is placing himself on a pedestal here, well, we’re seeing entirely different things.
“All the sacks are on me, period.”
“When I say, ‘All the sacks on are me,’ I’m saying I can do better and I have to do better.”
“I will be the first to say I could have done better, a lot better.”
“I didn’t see the field as well as I would have liked to.”
“I am not going to sit up here and make excuses. I haven’t watched the film yet but I know there are some plays that I would like to have back.”
“I’m not good.”
I would advise you to judge for yourself. If you hold an opinion different from mine that’s fine but at least make it an informed opinion and not one based on a few seconds out of about an eight-minute news conference.