WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – As the 2013 NFL season fast approaches, the clearer Robert Griffin III’s attachment becomes to a particular Adidas slogan unveiled this offseason.
“All in for Week 1” – the slogan goes, and while the quarterback initially dismissed its literal significance, presumably because of how absurd it would have seemed to think he’d return to football just 8 months after ACL surgery, the more it appears its literal meaning was intended all along.
Griffin recently emphasized his eagerness to expand his role in practice, and while he didn’t say it, the next logical progression one could deduce is him wanting to see time during a live game. While coach Mike Shanahan has already stated for-the-record that it “doesn’t make sense” for Griffin to participate in any preseason games, there have already been conflicting reports about just that.
“I’m ready to move on,” Griffin said in a press conference Monday. “I mean, you can only do so much in 7-on-7.”
“Coach will tell you something else, but obviously I’m ready to move on,” he’d later add.
But Jeff Darlington of the NFL Network believes there’s more to the picture than just Mike Shanahan being resolute in putting his foot down about preseason; that there may be more to this bad guy thing than just Shanahan maintaining an image.
“Robert’s so good with words. He’s so charming. He’s so eloquent. He’s great with the fans. Everybody’s going to love him and a lot of people are going to say ‘Whatever Robert says, we’re on board with him,’” Darlington told Lavar and Dukes on 106.7 The Fan Tuesday. “But I’m starting to wonder, because the people I’ve talked to, they love Robert, they love working with him, but they’ll also admit that he’s a stubborn person.”
“I think it’s healthy to have a quarterback who wants to play and get on the field, and to have a coach who’s being cautious,” Darlington would clarify. “I think that’s exactly what a lot of Redskins fans would say they wanted in January going into that Seattle game. But that’s where this tension stems.”
“If he’s told that he is not playing Week 1 by that coaching staff, he’s going to be upset,” he’d conclude the thought.
On another front, Darlington went on-record with his NFC East prediction, saying the division will come down to the Giants and one other team.
“I think Robert is a better quarterback [than Romo]. I think Pierre Garcon has been more consistent to this point, even if he doesn’t have as much talent as Dez Bryant. Ultimately, the Redskins have more firepower,” Darlington said. “I’m putting them in.”