Robert Griffin III's future could hinge on the next Washington Redskins coach

1/7/14 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5147 respect

Dec 22, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III stands on the sidelines against the Dallas Cowboys in the second quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY SportsSally Jenkins of the Washington Post, who famously wrote the Joe Paterno was just an innocent victim in the Penn State scandal, recently wrote a rather scathing takedown of Washington QB Robert Griffin III.

Jenkins paints Griffin as a potential coach-killer, whose ego is empowered by ownership.
 
"…any head coaching candidate will be hesitant about working with a player whose rampant owner-empowered entitlement was clearly part of the team’s problem this season. Once, Griffin was an immensely likable, unpretentious kid who was wide open to collaboration. But according to insiders, Griffin’s public campaign to have the offense altered for him was just the tip of his egotism in his second year. Behind closed doors, Griffin had fierce finger-pointing tensions with his wide receivers, and he bragged to teammates that he could procure favors from the owner and influence the franchise’s direction."

Griffin is an incredibly talented player, whose coaches most likely haven't handled him properly up to this point. Not necessarily in the sense that they haven't gotten the most out of his abilities, but more so that they've physically put his career in danger.

Now, Griffin will likely play a huge role in the selection process of the next head coach of the Washington Redskins. He might not be directly involved in the process, but it's clear that whoever wants the job will have to take Griffin's skill set and overall existence into account. Griffin is the QB in Washington, and the Redskins paid dearly for the rights to his services, so it's likely that he'll be the QB there for a long time, if the ownership has anything to say about it.

On the same token, Griffin's future also hinges directly on the man who is hired as the next head coach.

If it's someone like Art Briles, who coached Griffin in college, the transition might be very easy and could facilitate the next forward step in Griffin's career. If it's someone else with less patience for Griffin's style of play, mindset and other shortcomings, it could spell the end of his tenure in Washington. Hell, he might even end up somewhere else in a couple years when his rookie deal expires.

For now, the jury is still out on Griffin. The next Redskins coach will most likely live or die with him, however, because a coach's shelf life is short, and the QB is the biggest part of his success. We'll see how it works out in Washington.
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1/7/14   |   Debi_L   |   11294 respect

JenX63 wrote:
As we all know, where there is smoke a fire is brewing. I do think Griffin wants things his own way. I also think Snyder will do whatever it takes to make his "star" happy, while trying to NOT look like that is exactly what he is doing. Griffin will have to reign in his ego a bit. No matter who they get to coach if your offense doesn't protect you, you won't last long.

What SHE said ^^^^^^   cheeky

1/7/14   |   JenX63   |   31598 respect

As we all know, where there is smoke a fire is brewing. I do think Griffin wants things his own way. I also think Snyder will do whatever it takes to make his "star" happy, while trying to NOT look like that is exactly what he is doing. Griffin will have to reign in his ego a bit. No matter who they get to coach if your offense doesn't protect you, you won't last long.