WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III could have taken an indirect shot at head coach Mike Shanahan through the press as he continues to recover from knee surgery.
In a statement released by ESPN Tuesday, the Redskins franchise QB acknowledged his goal is to return healthy in time for Week 1 for the 2013 NFL season, but stipulated he will not rush himself back too soon.
“I know where my responsibility is within the dilemma that led to me having surgery to repair my knee and all parties involved know their responsibilities as well,” Griffin said to ESPN in the statement.
Pro Football Talk speculates that in the second part of that quote – ‘all parties involved know their responsibilities as well’ – Griffin could be using the media to send a message to Shanahan, who left a clearly hobbled RGIII in Washington’s playoff loss to Seattle.
While characteristically assessing his own blame, it’s possible the quarterback was also taking advantage of his media connections to deliver a subtle warning to Shanny, letting him know he needs to do a better job of protecting him.
Following this path allows Griffin to avoid creating possible friction with his head coach in an alternative one-on-one scenario.
Players have long been known to use the media as a mouthpiece to voice frustrations with teams, coaches and owners; sometimes even to gauge the public reaction. Agents are sometimes used in a similar fashion to deliver bad news.
Deconstructing the message lends more credibility to the claim that these were pointed words intended for his head coach. If you reverse the order of the line in question with the sentence preceding it, this deduction seems much more reasonable.
“My first NFL season and my injury that ended it showed me a lot about the league, my team and myself,” Griffin said.
This would be the first taste of defiance to Shanahan, or anyone, the fans have experienced from RGIII.
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Of course, this is all speculation and a very slippery slope in the direction of conspiracy. But as everyone anxiously awaits Griffin’s recovery, there’s likely to be a lot more speculation to come.
Here’s the full statement:
My knee is getting better every day. The doctors say I’m ahead of schedule. My goal is to return healthy in week one but if I’m not ready then i will wait until i am, however long that is. My first NFL season and my injury that ended it showed me a lot about the league, my team and myself. i know where my responsibility is within the dilemma that led to me having surgery to repair my knee and all parties involved know their responsibilities as well. I m looking forward to playing the game we all love so much again and not behind at the negative. thanks for the overwhelming level of support that i’ve received, sic em bears and hail to the redskins!!