Doug Williams: RGIII Must Understand ‘He Can’t Do It Alone’
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - When it comes to the progression Robert Griffin III can make as a quarterback entering his third NFL season in 2014, one guess is as good as the next.
With two seasons as a sample, he’s been among the NFL’s elite at his position, and among the middle of the pack in consecutive years.
One area he has to improve though, in speaking with former Super Bowl-winning quarterback Doug Williams — now in the Redskins front office — Griffin has to understand he cannot do it alone.
He’ll have to lean on his teammates, his coaching staff, and allow them to make him better, just as he expects to reciprocate for them.
“The most important thing, everyone else has got to know it and give him help, and he’s got to understand he can’t do it alone,” Williams told 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier on Tuesday.
Williams spoke with Griffin briefly this offseason, he explained, never once addressing when Griffin was benched at the end of the 2013 season for backup Kirk Cousins.
“For a guy to be inactive and you expect him to be real down, he was probably one of the best cheerleaders on the sideline,” Williams said. “I think that spoke volumes for him.”
“My perception of him is, from a leadership standpoint, there’s not a better character guy,” he said. “I know he took a whipping in the press, when people say this and that, and some things you can’t buy into it – because if you’re not there and you watch the guy, you don’t really know. He’s one of the most humble guys that I’ve met with success.”
“Now, at the same time, if you’re a quarterback and don’t have a little confidence, a little cockiness in you, you’re in the wrong business,” said Williams, noting he can feel that confidence with Griffin.
“But I also think from a humility standpoint, he understands what has to be done this year,” he said. “And I think with Jay coming in, you’re gonna probably see a different guy, different mentality, because at the end of the day, he knows that he’s the quarterback, he’s the franchise guy.”
Listen to the full interview in the audio clip above.