After a stellar rookie season in 2012, all signs point to Robert Griffin III not being on that same level again, according to one NFL offensive coach.
Chatting with ESPN.com‘s Mike Sando for his annual ranking of quarterbacks, the coach mentioned Griffin’s current status in the league, saying, “There’s no coming back.”
“[Griffin] is done,” the offensive coach told Sando. “The reason is, the injury slowed his legs, and his ego will not allow him to hit rock bottom and actually grind his way back up the right way.”
“To get better in this league, you have to have a degree of humility,” a team personnel director added. “… When (Griffin) looks in the mirror, he is seeing things that everybody else is not seeing. That is why I was surprised when they gave him the fifth-year (option) and said it was an easy decision.”
The anonymous coach’s assessment of Griffin harkens back to when the athlete somehow talked his way into the starting lineup for the Washington Redskins’ regular-season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles after spending the offseason recovering from a knee injury in 2013.
As it turned out, Griffin’s poor play became a recurring theme for the next two seasons, as noted by the CBSSports.com. On Sando’s list, Griffin was ranked 31st as Aaron Rodgers occupied the top spot. Of note was Ben Roethlisberger, who came in at No. 4 over Peyton Manning and Drew Brees.
Although Griffin’s ranking at 31 may raise an eyebrow among sports fans, the QB earned the same spot on a list created by TheMMQB.com’s Andy Benoit, who put the athlete ahead of Matt Cassel last month.
Apparently Benoit’s ranking didn’t sit well with former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann, who questioned Benoit’s credibility in light of him putting rookies Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota ahead of Griffin.
“How can you call yourself a credible individual when you rank quarterbacks — and again, it’s going into training camp — when you have absolutely zero to draw from with regard to college versus professional football?” Theismann asked.
For Redskins coach Jay Gruden, Griffin’s showing on the lists were not a factor in him announcing offseason that Griffin would be his quarterback as the team heads into the upcoming season this year.
“How long that lasts is another matter, but it’s realistic to think that if RG3 struggles over the first month of the season, he’ll again be benched, almost certainly for the final time in Washington,” CBS Sports stated.
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