Five years ago, Robert Griffin III was the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft. Today, he is out of the league.
There are many reasons for this. Injuries, which led to physical limitations, yes. But Griffin is also a difficult personality. Drama surrounds him and he is averse to criticism, as evidenced by his latest spat with Santana Moss regarding the Shanahans.
And that, more than anything, is why he’s out of a job.
“I think (his personality hindered) his development,” D.C.’s 106.7 The Fan Redskins reporter Craig Hoffman said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “It’s a professional arrogance almost because when you’re averse to criticism, you’re never going to internalize any critique and get better at what you do. Whether it’s our business, any other business, playing quarterback in the NFL – whatever it is – if you’re not open to people telling you you can be better, then you’re never going to be better. And he just never got better.”
Griffin was spectacular as a rookie. He threw for 3,200 yards, ran for 815 yards, accounted for 27 touchdowns (20 passing, seven rushing), and led Washington to the postseason.
It was all downhill from there.
“They used so many smoke and mirrors in that first year in 2012,” Hoffman said, “and give Robert credit: He executed the smoke and mirrors to perfection and got them to the playoffs. They won the division, and that’s great. But he never learned how to get better as an NFL quarterback. Now I will say this: It’s not for a lack of work ethic. He worked really hard. He was a come-early, stay-late kind of guy, but if that time is spent not doing thing that are productive, then who cares what time you arrive at the facility?
“You have to understand what you’re trying to accomplish,” Hoffman continued. “You have to know what to do to get better. ‘Hey, I’m here early lifting weights.’ Cool. How is that going to help your decision-making from the pocket? ‘Oh, I’m here studying tape.’ Well, do you know how to study tape? Those are the kind of things I don’t think he ever really learned. That is why, to me, he doesn’t have a job right now – because he’s simply not a good NFL quarterback.”
Griffin played in five games for the Browns last season. He completed 59.2 percent of his passes for 886 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. He also ran for 190 yards and two scores.
But he was a shell of his rookie self, and his playing days are likely over.
“I’m saying a lot of negative things about him, (but in) my experience with Robert, he was a nice guy. I think he means well,” Hoffman said. “But I think this kind of warped world around him prevents him from seeing the world the way it is and has led him to where he is right now.”