NFL training camps are open — and it is clear that the Washington Redskins and their quarterback need a lot more practice – at media relations.
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Controversial QB Robert Griffin III caused a firestorm the other day when he declared that he is the best quarterback in the league. As a rule America admires confident, successful people — but so far Griffin has achieved only half that equation.
According to one list assembled by Sports Illustrated….Griffin comes in at #31 out of 32 starting quarterbacks in the NFL. Not exactly within the margin of error.
Apparently the media who have seen RGIII’s won-loss record wanted to ask him about his statement. According to the Washington Post Redskin’s top spokesman Tony Wyllie initially called off a previously scheduled press conference yesterday and then, after huddling with team brass, called an audible and announced that Griffin would meet with the press after all. But Wyllie called an audible announcing “Football questions only!” And “Any other questions, we’re walking away!”
Now to most people — asking “What the heck were you thinking when you declared yourself the best quarterback in football?” Would BE a football question — but maybe we missed the nuance.
In any case — Griffin started with an opening statement in which he declared that HE knew what he meant by his statement…and then went into full whine mode with “It’s unfortunate that my name keeps getting used for headlines for people to click on stories. But I know what I want to be, and I know what I strive to be. And I’m not going to make any apologies for that. That’s all I’ve got to say.”
Here is a free tip to RGIII — instead of complaining — you should start the press conference with a statement — “I know I was not clear enough. What I meant to convey is that I think I CAN BE the best quarterback in football and will work tirelessly to get there.”
Instead of complaining about being click bait and headlines — he should embrace it. Intense scrutiny comes both with what you do on the football field and what you say off it. Griffin could use a few more reps on good media relations. And ‘Skins spokesman Wyllie should learn not to enable prima dona attitudes among the players as well.