Robert Griffin III Must Ignore Donovan McNabb's 'Brainwashed' Comments

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IAugust 15, 2013

Aug 13, 2013; Richmond, VA, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III addresses the media at the conclusion of afternoon practice as part of the 2013 NFL training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

If you've listened to Donovan McNabb lately, then you might believe Robert Griffin III's career is on the verge of crumbling to nothing. 

Note to self: Don't listen to McNabb.

The former NFL quarterback offered to meet with Griffin and his father recently, while at the same time criticizing the young signal-caller for "doing too much" this summer after his ACL injury from last season and criticizing Griffin's father for his comments in an interview, per Mike Wise of the Washington Post

It's one thing to offer support, but it's quite another to offer support with one hand while slamming the person you're offering to help with the other. 

Not surprisingly, Griffin rejected McNabb's offer in an interview with GQ's Brendan Vaughan:

I don't think Donovan is an idiot by any means," he told me. "But right now, it's probably best we don't talk.

In response, McNabb made some eyebrow-raising comments on his NBCSports radio show regarding the Washington Redskins quarterback, via Comcast SportsNet Washington: 

I'm just trying to help him. Clearly the young generation, they think they have all the answers. He’s going through a little turmoil right now, trying to make it out on the field, and it’s unfortunate...But it’s a shame. I honestly think that over there in Washington, he’s getting brainwashed.

Honestly, at this point, it seems clear that McNabb is just fishing for a sound byte for his new radio show—a notion I can't claim as my own. Sarah Kogod of the Washington Post first made the connection, but it's one that makes the most sense to me. 

Since coming into the NFL last year as a bright-eyed rookie with something to prove, the only brainwashing regarding RG3 involves fantasy football owners and the Redskins faithful.

One group believes the second-year quarterback will help them win a fantasy football league title while the other believes he's the savior to a franchise that has languished for the past decade.

Both groups could be right. 

But by no means is anyone "brainwashing" RG3—he's clearly his own man. 

Furthermore, McNabb, and many others in the media, are getting riled up over nothing as it pertains to Griffin and his recovery from his ACL injury last year. 

Yes, the young man wants to play right now, and yes, his head coach is blocking him from having his wish, as noted by Albert Breer of NFL Network:

That said, there's absolutely no feud going on between the two men and there's nothing wrong with a player wanting to hit the field with his teammates in a competitive situation before the regular season. 

Players want to play, but it's the coach's job to make the tough decisions. 

The real story here is that McNabb clearly has an agenda. 

If you remember, before the season began last year, the former quarterback said that RG3 wouldn't mesh with the Redskins' offense while simultaneously ranting about being "misused" by Shanahan during his own time with the club.

Great way to open up a "father-son" relationship, right?

McNabb hasn't been on Griffin's side from the outset. 

The best thing the former Baylor star and Heisman Trophy-winner can do at this point, as it pertains to McNabb, is to simply ignore him.

If Griffin needs some advice about how to handle adversity, there are plenty of other veteran or former NFL quarterbacks he can turn to—one of whom is on his own team in Rex Grossman. 

McNabb comes across like a bitter old man these days—especially when it concerns the Redskins and RG3—and he's the last guy Griffin needs to talk to right now. 


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