Here is some news that, judging from my Twitter timeline, many of you will be happy to hear. Robert Griffin III is not scheduled to talk to the media prior to Thursday. That is the day that Dr. James Andrews will examine the quarterback’s right knee and give his thumbs up or thumbs down on his status for the season opener.
The Redskins released their media schedule for the week and a Griffin press conference is not on it. They only practice on Monday and Tuesday this week before leaving on Wednesday for their game at Tampa Bay. Griffin usually talks to the media on Wednesdays so there will be RG3 presser at Redskins Park this week.
He’s not even scheduled to speak on Thursday, although he could be summoned to the podium briefly after the game if there is news on his status.
Many fans, and some in the media, are happy to have an RG3 free week. By my count, there have been nine Griffin pressers at either Redskins Park or the training camp site in Richmond since the start of OTAs in May. We have received the message that Griffin wants to play Week 1 and believes he will be able to. The message that Mike Shanahan wants to be cautious in declaring Griffin ready to play has also been well disseminated.
There won’t be any more to add to the narrative until Thursday, when Andrews conducts his exam and gives his opinion. Even then, Mike Shanahan may take a few more days to make the final determination. In fact, I would expect him to do so if only to show that he’s being extra cautious and to show that he has the final call.
Those who think that Griffin has been talking to the media too much may have a point, but NFL media rules do require that a team’s starting quarterback to have a press conference on a regular basis. Even if that was not the case, it is wise to get a player in RG3’s position a chance to give his views in such a forum. The media is going to write about him whether he speaks or not so he might as well have an opportunity to shape the narrative.
Still, not having anything new to talk about was getting rather old. The next time we hear from Griffin in a press conference he will, if all works out as hoped, be preparing to play a game the Eagles on the following Monday. The narrative will shift to the field of play and, thankfully, the knee “controversy” will fade.