by Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – With Robert Griffin III away on vacation, plenty of others have been hard at work damaging his reputation.

There’s WaPo’s Sally Jenkins, who gut-checked Griffin’s ego by calling him a finger-pointing egotist who’s been so empowered by Daniel Snyder, it should come as an alarm to any potential suitors for the Redskins’ head coaching gig.

And now there’s former quarterbacks Phil Simms, Rich Gannon and Steve Beuerlein, who seem to believe the Redskins and Lions have lost control in allowing Griffin and Matthew Stafford to be involved in their respective team‘s head coaching searches.

“The players are having a say in these things?” Simms said on CBS Sports Network’s NFL Monday QB. “That’s the first thing. It’s the owner, the general manager, the coach and then the quarterback. Once you disrupt that order, you’ve got chaos.”

“And when has it worked any other way? Somebody give me an example,” he continued. “I just don’t understand that. And players, were you ever a part of the process? My gosh, I went out there every day worried about my job, my position. Oh my gosh, I actually make a pretty good living doing this. Well what if your Matt Stafford and RGIII? Their money is dictating their power and what they are in the organization, and I just say it’s wrong, and I think you’ll have a hard time having success doing it that way.”

“I think it creates some tension in the locker room with your teammates,” Gannon reasoned. “If [your quarterback] is the golden child and he’s involved in [coaching] decisions, what other decisions is he involved in? Is he involved in my playing time as a running back or as a wide receiver? Is he picking the starting roster? Those are the things you need to keep in mind. You’ve got to reel RGIII in, in Washington. He took major steps back in a lot of areas last year.”

“And of course the relationship between the quarterback and the owner [in Washington] has been something that has been talked about. Somebody needs to go in there and get this quarterback back on the saddle,” Gannon would say.

“The bottom line is – as soon as you start letting a 23-year-old kid [in RGIII] or 25-year-old kid [in Matt Stafford] get involved with decisions like this, you have lost control,” Beuerlein said.

“You have to have an owner that is smart enough to understand you get a football guy to make that decision. If you don’t have that general manager in place, you find somebody that you trust who is going to help lead that search. You have to consider what that quarterback is good at, what his personality is like, and how that relationship is going to work. But you don’t let them have input into who that head coach is. That’s a huge mistake.”

It’s a wonder how much more artillery Griffin’s image can withstand and still be able to bounce back. This could be a long offseason.


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