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Reaction to out of context RG3 quote is over the top

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Reaction to out of context RG3 quote is over the top

The problem with the “best” comment that is creating an uproar out there is that the full thought of Robert Griffin III doesn’t fit into a tweet. But, “I feel like I’m the best quarterback in the league,” has been wildly misrepresented, for the most part. It was taken out of context because his full comment runs about 125 words and it doesn’t fit into a tweet. At that size it even pushes the limits of the recommended length for an attention-getting Facebook post.

Most of those reacting to the tweet-sized quote didn’t bother to find out what he actually said. Here is the complete quote via WJLA:
“I don’t feel like I have to come out here and show anybody anything or why I’m better than this guy or better than that guy. It’s more about going out and affirming that for me, I go out and I play, I know I’m the best quarterback on this team. I feel like I’m the best quarterback in the league and I have to go out and show that,” he said. “Any athlete at any level, if they concede to someone else, they’re not a top competitor, they’re not trying to be the best that they can be. There’s guys in this league that have done way more than me. But I still view myself as the best because that’s what I work toward every single day.”
What’s not to like here? He believes he has to be confident if he is going to excel. If he doesn’t believe he is the best, he doesn’t think he’ll ever get there. Griffin says that he works toward being the best every single day.

This situation is identical to the firestorm that was created by Griffin’s comments after the Bucs game last year. He spent several minutes taking every bit of blame for a poor performance. Then he was asked about 2012 and he said that they were playing “good team ball” that season. “The Peytons and the Aaron Rodgers, those guys don’t play well if their guys don’t play well. They don’t. We need everybody.”

Nobody who sat through his entire postgame press conference, even some of Griffin’s worst critics, came out thinking that Griffin had thrown his teammates under the bus or had deflected blame for having a poor game. (Read the transcript for yourself.) But the Peyton-Rodgers quote was snipped and tweeted and Griffin came off as a delusional bad guy.

Even if you do think that Griffin is delusional based on his most recent comment he hardly is the first NFL athlete to make an outlandish claim about his performance. He’s not even the first in the last month. In July, the Vikings’ website asked Adrian Peterson what his goal for yards rushing this year is. Peterson said it was 2,500 yards. To get that he would have to beat his personal best and the NFL record by about 400 yards, just about 20 percent. This after having had nearly a full season off due to child abuse charges. He is no more going to rush for 2,500 yards than I am going to be the next President of the United States. But his comments raised nary an eyebrow in the media.

Yes, Peterson is in a class by himself and perhaps someone with his career accomplishments can be allowed a little more leeway than Griffin. Fair enough. But what about Elvis Dumervil? Last month he said that he has the number “23” posted in his locker. That number of sacks would break Michael Strahan’s single season record and that is his goal for this season.

Dumervil’s had a career high 17 sacks last year. He turned 31 in January. Maybe the chances of him getting 23 sacks are not quite as remote as Peterson getting 2,500 yards. Perhaps I’ll just say that I’ll be a U. S. Senator before Dumervil gets 23 sacks in a season. But the reaction to his comments was crickets.

There have been other, similar remarks by NFL players this year. But none of them have created quite the firestorm that Griffin’s have. On Mike and Mike the hosts (neither Mike was present) spent five or 10 minutes at the top of each of the first two hours of the show talking about it. I saw this tweet with a Toronto radio station promoting an appearance by Alex Marvez, a FOX Sports NFL writer has no particular connection to the Redskins, to discuss what Griffin said. That kind of saturation coverage is just over the top considering the context of what Griffin said.

Griffin is scheduled to speak to the media this afternoon. It would be hard to blame him is he came out with the same type of press conference he had following the reaction to what he said after the Bucs. Remember that one where Griffin did his best Belichick imitation and said over and over that he was “focused on San Francisco”.

It would be hard to blame him if he did.

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Comparing Redskins training camp with the New England Patriots

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Comparing Redskins training camp with the New England Patriots

After a poor first preseason showing and some questions about the physicality of Redskins training camp, JP Finlay talks with Patriots Insider Phil Perry from CSN New England to discuss the differences between Washington's camp and how they run things in New England.

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Redskins Playbook: Jay Gruden calls Ryan Grant "Mr. Consistent"

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Redskins Playbook: Jay Gruden calls Ryan Grant "Mr. Consistent"

Few Redskins players draw more heated fan reaction than Ryan Grant. In three seasons with Washington, Grant has never missed a game, but he also hasn't produced much. His career stats: 39 catches for 412 yards and two touchdowns. 

Regardless, Jay Gruden and the Redskins coaching staff appreciates Grant in a way few fans understand. Grant is able to back up both the slot and outside receivers, and knows the roles of all the players.

"He’s really strong, he’s in great shape, and he’s Mr. Consistent," Gruden said of Grant. "Everything we ask him to do he does, and he does it right."

When Jamison Crowder missed time in Richmond with a hamstring strain, Grant stepped into Crowder's slot role. When Josh Doctson hurt his hamstring and missed time, Grant stepped into his role on the outside of the offense.

Throughout camp, Grant has displayed good hands and an adept knowledge of the offense. 

"No matter where he lines up, no matter what we ask him to do, he can come in the core and block the safety, whatever we want him to do, he can run whatever route from whatever positon and he runs at the right depth, perfect angles coming out of them," Gruden said. "He’s just ‘Steady Eddie,’ and that’s why I like him. I like consistent, smart players and that’s what Ryan is."

Against the Ravens in the Redskins first preseason game, Grant hung on to a tough catch over the middle to give the team one of very few offensive sparks. The problem for fans as it relates to Grant has not been preseason play. It's been inconsistent play in regular season games. 

Gruden believes that could change this year.

"I think people may be surprised with how many balls Ryan Grant might catch. Either way, could happen, I don’t know. I can’t foresee the future there, but I would be just fine with Ryan Grant being the target of a lot of balls."

To state the obvious: Grant is definitely making the roster. Behind Terrelle Pyror, Crowder and Doctson, Grant is the Redskins fourth wideout and one of the few players on the roster that is interchangeable among the Washington receiver positions. 

Grant's career best season came in 2015 when he caught 23 balls for 268 yards and two TDs. Based on his preseason, it seems Grant could surpass those totals in 2017. Much of his early season work has been a result of injuries to Doctson and Crowder, but make no mistake, Grant has been impressive in practice. 

Will it translate to the real games? The opprotunity seems only likely to arise if the Redskins deal with injuries at the receiver spot. 

Last year, Cousins threw for nearly 5,000 yards, but DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon accounted for more than 2,000 of those yards. Doctson, Crowder and certainly Pryor are likely to be the major recepients of Cousins' aerial prowess. Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis and Chris Thompson accounted for another 1,618 yards last year.

Keep in mind, this is the last year of Grant's rookie contract. If there was ever a time to show in games what coaches have long seen and loved in practice, this would be the year. It seems only an injury would give him a major opportunity. If the situation came to pass, Gruden would have faith in Grant. 

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