NFL Preseason 2012: What to Make of Robert Griffin III's Post-Game Comments

Tom SmeatonContributor IIIAugust 10, 2012

ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 09:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins hands off to Chris Cooley #47 of the Washington Redskins  at Ralph Wilson Stadium on August 9, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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After months of anticipation, Robert Griffin III finally made his NFL Preseason debut Thursday night in the Washington Redskins' 7-6 win over the Buffalo Bills.

However, Griffin's comments after the game throw up a few red flags, and perhaps he's getting too far ahead of himself. This is what Griffin said, according to the Los Angeles Times:

"Practice is a lot harder than the games. Our defense was definitely on top of a lot of stuff we were doing at practice, and you come out to the game and you can see all the reads a lot clearer because you're not going against that defense every single day."

Griffin looked very comfortable in the pocket, going 4-of-6 for 70 yards and leading an 80-yard touchdown drive before being pulled after three series. However, if there is one cautionary phrase that gets thrown around every year around this time, it's to take the preseason with a grain of salt. 

I don't mean to take anything away from Griffin's debut, which was certainly as good as advertised. But the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft already has enough pressure on his shoulders without giving teams bulletin board material. 

The fact of the matter is, this was only the first game of the preseason. Griffin did not see the best that this Bills defense has to offer, no matter how well his own defense prepared him in practice.

When the regular season rolls around and defenses get going at full speed, Griffin may not feel as prepared as his comments now suggest. Rest assured, no defense wants to leave a game being told that a rookie thought practice was harder than facing them (here's looking at you, Osi Umenyiora).

Of course, these comments were most likely not meant in the context that they can be interpreted by opponents. Griffin's debut was a success by all measures, and he came off the field giving his defense and coaches credit for getting him ready. That's exactly what you want to see and hear in your new quarterback.

Realistically, will these comments blow over? Most likely.

In the future, though, Griffin needs to find a way to spread the wealth without fueling bulletin board material for opposing defenses. In the NFL media circus, words can dig you into a hole before you know what hit you. 

What Griffin can do is let his play do the talking for him, especially if the regular season runs as smoothly as his NFL debut.