When Robert Griffin III, aka RGIII, was tearing things up at Baylor in 2011, everyone knew he was going to be something special in the NFL.
During his four year career for the Bears, RGIII amassed a stat line that consisted of 10,366 yards passing with 78 touchdowns and only 17 interceptions. He also rushed for 2,254 yards and 33 more scores en route to winning the Heisman trophy in 2011.
The Redskins set their sites on Griffin, selecting him with the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, and year one got off to a good start. He threw for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns, rushed for 815 yards and seven more scores and led the team to the playoffs in his rookie year.
Then, after a devastating knee injury suffered in that playoff game and a poor decision to keep him in that game after he was obviously physically compromised, things went downhill quickly.
He would have well-documented difficulties with the coaching staff in Washington, eventually moving on to the Cleveland Browns, after not being in the NFL during 2015, in his fourth year in the League. Sadly, after last year, RGIII appeared to be done and not much was heard about him after that.
But when you have a Twitter account, you’re never done, and Griffin reminded us all that he was still around after going on a Twitter rant this weekend about his time in Washington and the challenging relationships he had with the coaches there.
Question for my Football experts…. Is a coach supposed to tailor his offense to the skill set of his starter or his backup? Please @ me
NFL offenses differ in what the plays are called, who is calling the plays and how you get to those plays. Pretty obvious stuff I know…
Who the offense is tailored to is not as simple as saying, “coaches believe you tailor the system to the talent you have.
If a coach inherits a QB but doesn’t believe in that guy. What does he do? You see coaches have to do what they believe is best for the team
RGIII was reflecting hard on his time under Coach Mike Shanahan and Jay Gruden, who was hired in 2014 after the former was fired.
If you have a guy who isn’t familiar with a drop-back pro style offense, you find creative ways to get to those pro style concepts.
Shook my hand in 2014 and told me ,”I came here to work with you” Went to his press conference and said he wasn’t sure about me.
Needless to say, things didn’t go well under Gruden, who would bench Griffin, start Kirk Cousins and eventually give Griffin the boot, which is when he ended up in Cleveland.
Be honest with yourself. You hadn’t even thought of RGIII until the tweets started flying over the last few days. But Twitter has an interesting way of making people re-emerge into relevancy. For someone as young as RGIII, he now has the opportunity to capitalize upon the attention his tweets have created to make a comeback. He appears to have matured and is ready for the next chapter in his life, and hopefully for him that means a return to the NFL gridiron.
Don’t make yourself a victim. Live your life. Take responsibily for your mistakes. Know why things happened and come back stronger