Are Redskins Linemen Not Blocking for RG3 Because They Don’t Like Him?
As Robert Griffin III continues to struggle in Washington, more and more stories start to leak out about the enigmatic quarterback.
After suffering a concussion last week Griffin was not the target of this round of media criticism. It was actually his linemen who seemed not-too-interested in blocking for RG. Could this be the sign of a bigger problem? Do these guys just not like him?
Rumors are swirling that there is actually something there. It looks like it is very possible that guys aren’t blocking for RG3 because they simply don’t like him:
As Robert Griffin III morphed from the rookie of the year in 2012 to a huge disappointment in 2013, questions started to be raised about whether his offensive line disliked him. At one point late in the 2013 season, it was observed that Washington’s offensive linemen hardly ever helped Griffin up after sacks, and reports out of the team’s locker room began to indicate that players were tired of Griffin’s refusal to take the blame when things went wrong.
Two years later, Griffin still doesn’t seem to be winning any friends in the locker room.
At today’s press conference, Griffin was asked about problems with the team’s pass protection. Although Griffin said he wouldn’t point fingers at his offensive linemen, he also didn’t put the blame on himself, even though many observers have pointed to Griffin’s lack of pocket awareness as a bigger problem than Washington’s offensive line.
According to Jason Reid of ESPN, Griffin sidestepping his own responsibility for making the line look worse than it played is exactly the kind of thing that causes him problems in the locker room. Reid wrote on Twitter after Griffin’s press conference that coaches say “several” offensive linemen dislike Griffin.
There seem to be two problems facing Griffin. The more important one is that he simply hasn’t played very well since suffering a severe knee injury at the end of his rookie season. But another problem is that he hasn’t shown that he has the leadership qualities that a quarterback needs. And until he starts playing better, it’s hard to see how he’ll be able to rally his teammates around him
Advice to RG3: get out of Washington. Force a trade somewhere, anywhere. Buffalo, New York Jets, Cleveland, and Arizona could all use his services in the near future. Whatever you do get the hell out of dodge.
The RG3/Redskins marriage is over and we are just watching them wait it out before filing those papers….