What is it with this guy?
Today, Robert Griffin III declared the following, direct quote:
“I don’t feel like I have to come out here and show anybody anything or why I’m better than this guy or better than that guy. It’s more about going out and affirming that for me, I go out and I play, I know I’m the best quarterback on this team. I feel like I’m the best quarterback in the league and I have to go out and show that,” he said. “Any athlete at any level, if they concede to someone else, they’re not a top competitor, they’re not trying to be the best that they can be. There’s guys in this league that have done way more than me. But, I still view myself as the best because that’s what I work toward every single day.”
There are probably guys wearing the Washington uniform that don’t even feel that Griffin is the best Quarterback in his own locker room. His head coach arguably doesn’t think he can play. The Redskins scouting department was reportedly in love with Marcus Mariota leading up to the draft.
Griffin just seems to say all the wrong things in the media, at the wrong times. He should be as quiet as a church mouse right now leading up to the season.
I do have a feeling that Griffin survives nearly a whole season and shows marked improvement as a passer on a very lackluster team. I think he’ll do enough to entrench himself as the starter in D.C. heading into the next few years. But he’s going to be far from the best in the game; and may not even be in the top half.
He’s made himself one of the most interesting watches in the entire league due to the things he’s said and the way he’s been unable to handle adversity.
When I got the alert on my phone, I found the news a bit surprising that Eli Manning wanted to be the NFL’s highest paid player.
When I relayed the word to my wife, a die-hard Giants fan; she said that she didn’t fully buy it and that it’s probably being driven by the agent (Tom Condon). Condon is quoted in the article as saying that Manning is uniquely fitted to be the QB of the Giants because he’s unflappable in the monstrous media market that is the Big Apple.
Still, this news has to have a shrivel of truth to it – Manning would shoot down the reports in some way if it weren’t. Eli wasn’t regarded as a top QB, yet had a fine year last year with 30 TD’s, 14 interceptions, and 4,410 passing yards with a 92.1 QB rating. Those are really good numbers. Manning will be 34 this season.
I’ve always seen him as a lock to be a Giant for his entire career. That said, I’m not so sure if Manning doesn’t back off this desire that the two sides come to an agreement. Reports are that there are significant gaps between the team and Manning right now.
[Highlight: Winston’s first completion as a pro]
Things began pretty rough for Jameis Winston – and became only slightly better. He did get in the end zone on his final play of the night; finishing 9 of 19 for 131 yards with an interception, and a rushing touchdown.
There’s not a ton you can take from this game and Winston really. He looked like a rookie. The line didn’t play well, as he was hit a few times and sacked once when the left tackle simply got beat – Winston was coming off play-action on this particular play.
His best throw of the night was the linked highlighted one. His first completion as a pro. The analysts remarked on his long delivery and how it may be a problem in the pros.
I thought that Winston showed surprisingly good mobility in the pocket, if I need to list a positive.
Demarr Dotson went down with a knee injury; no word at press time of how bad this injury was. It was not a special Saturday night or anything. There will be better nights, we hope for Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He had all eyes on him of the football world – before the game there was a ton of press for about an hour on NFL Network from Mariucci and the gang. And Jameis mostly underwhelmed.
But football is back. He’ll be playing every week for the next several months. And hopefully, we get a chance to see how phenomenal he is and some rookie growth from week to week.
I’m going to hang on to HBO a little while longer so I can finish Hard Knocks with the Houston Texans. Here were my takeaways from the first episode:
- Bill O’Brien is a hard ass and sets the tone from the opening of the show. I think this is done by design. You can just tell the guy commands respect and will be a successful coach in the NFL. I don’t know exactly how, but he’s going to get more out of his groups than some of the failures that have coached in the league in the past. He’s no say; Pat Shurmur.
- J.J. Watt is universally loved. I think he’s kind of a douche. I don’t know – he just doesn’t do it for me. Great player though.
- It’s weird not having Vince Wilfork as a Patriot anymore.
- That brawl, though.
- Best part of episode one: Strength Coach Macho Man, and a pretty good one at that.
- Coach O’Brien quizzing the rookies on the hierarchy and their teammates was interesting.
- Lots of F-bombs from O’Brien. Love it.
This is really, really important to me.
For the first time since I was in college and crushing Madden on the PS4 all day long instead of going to class my senior year, I finally feel like this is going to be a beauty of a game. It will have some obvious flaws and fall short in some areas for sure; but it’s going to really look masterful and be a lot of fun to play all fall and winter with Jameis Winston’s debut coming.
Here’s the video that got me pretty amped:
This airs September 9th at 8:00 PM on NFL Network, the night before the season starts.
With Rex Ryan, it’s not about winning football games. It’s too often about grabbing the headlines. Today, he called IK Enemkpali a good teammate and the Buffalo Bills claimed him on waivers.
This is just not a guy who is ever going to get to a Super Bowl, let alone win one. I long ago tired of Rex Ryan’s “let me shove it in everyone’s face” attitude. It doesn’t work. This guy who no one had ever heard of before yesterday should have remained unemployed.