The Washington Redskins finally parted ways with quarterback Robert Griffin III on Monday and it looks like his career came to a screeching halt over the last year or so. However, it looks like the former second overall pick’s career in D.C. might have been doomed from the beginning.
Former Redskin great tight end Chris Cooley recently spoke about Griffin with the Washington Post and discussed how the former Heisman Trophy winner wasn’t the most liked guy in locker room. In fact, the two positions that can make or break a quarterback in the NFL disliked him the most.
“The offensive line did not like Robert Griffin,” Cooley said. “A lot of the receivers did not like Robert Griffin. The offensive line had a problem with Robert, because they were considered for a year-and-a-half or two years a terrible offensive line that couldn’t protect a quarterback. A lot of that isn’t true. A lot of that was Robert. A lot of the sacks were put on Robert. Want to believe it or not, they were, okay? Football-wise, they were: it was Robert. Robert never took [responsibility] for that.”
Cooley continued to talk about how Griffin never really wanted to take any of the blame for his misfortunes. He said that Griffin would put it all on his front five.
“Robert continued to let his offensive line eat the blame. They don’t like it. They hate that, man. That kills them. Perception is the only thing an offensive line has, because 99 percent of people watching football have no idea what an offensive line’s doing. Receivers didn’t like playing with Robert, because they didn’t get the ball.”
This has certainly rang true in the past as it has been noted that Griffin took more sacks than Kirk Cousins behind the same offensive line. Cousins ended up winning the starting job from Griffin in mid-2014 and hadn’t given it up since.
Maybe now Griffin will change his ways as he looks for a new job in the NFL. However, I don’t really think you can change a guy like Robert Griffin III.
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