Former NFL quarterback and current NFL analyst Shaun King was “very disappointed” and “very frustrated” in Robert Griffin III’s post-game comments following Washington’s 27-7 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday. Griffin more or less called out his teammates, saying that even quarterbacks like Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers need the guys around them to perform well in order to be successful.
King couldn’t help but shake his head. In fact, he did a lot more than that – even posting a video in which he gently put RG3 in his place.
“You, in my opinion, have been afforded opportunities that no other African-American quarterback in the history of this game has been given,” King said in his video, rattling off a half dozen black quarterbacks who were asked to play in traditional offenses. Griffin, on the other hand, was drafted by a franchise that changed its offense to fit his skill set. The offense accentuates everything that Griffin does well and limits exposure to everything he does not. Washington even gave him a new head coach, a new coordinator and new offensive weapons this past offseason.
And yet, Griffin was critical of his teammates. Geno Smith, who doesn’t have a lot of talent around him, could criticize his teammates – but he doesn’t. Cam Newton, who lost most of his top pass-catchers from last season, could criticize his teammates – but he doesn’t.
“The Washington Redskins lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because Josh McCown outplayed you,” King continued in his video. “Not Peyton Manning. Not Aaron Rodgers. So what I’d do, at least if I was close to you, (is) pull you to the side and say, ‘Listen, RG3, there’s a mirror. We got to look in it.’”
Griffin’s poor footwork and inaccuracy were on full display Sunday, as Griffin finished 23-of-32 for 207 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, including a pick-six that put Washington in an early 10-0 deficit.
Washington closed to within 13-7 at halftime but didn’t score another point. Thus, Griffin lost at home to a one-win team the week after a bye.
“This is constructive criticism,” Kiing said. “And right now, based on your comments, you need it.”
Well said, Mr. King. Well said.
“It wasn’t meant to be malicious; it wasn’t meant to pour on,” King explained on The MoJo Show. “I hope he actually sees it and takes it for what it was – which was constructive criticism. I was a young quarterback that was forced to play early, that played on a team that had high expectations. And a lot of times, it’s very difficult to self-evaluate when you’re on that kind of platform and everything you’re doing is being criticized and critiqued. But based on his comments following the game, I just felt like it was something (he needed to hear).
“As a young player, I had advice given to me from older players, from former players,” King continued. “And I listened. It helped me be a better player, and hopefully he listens and applies it and understands that the quarterback position is one that’s highly scrutinized, especially when you’re on a popular team.
“As a quarterback, the hardest thing to do is get better as an individual. If you’re really in the pursuit of dong that, you don’t have time to criticize anyone else.”