Former Eagles and Redskins QB Donovan McNabb has some advice for current Redskins QB Robert Griffin III.
The second year QB has been rehabbing this offseason from a knee injury suffered in the final game of the 2012 season. However, that hasn't stopped him from attending numerous parties, movie premiers, the Kentucky Derby, filming commercials and giving out regular updates on his injury.
"It's too much right now; it's just too much," McNabb told the Washington Post. "I get some of things he's doing to draw attention to himself: the Adidas commercials, going out and enjoying the life of a young, famous NFL quarterback. I understand RG has a lot of stuff going on."
"But if you're coming off ACL surgery, you don't need to be having a press conference at OTAs. Every week? Really? It becomes a circus, a sideshow. It takes away from the focus of what those sessions are supposed to be about: the team."
McNabb noted that Andy Reid never let injured players speak to the media so they wouldn't become a distraction. The Redskins evidently have no qualms about that and are happy to have RG3 front and center this offseason despite his injury.
"When I look up on TV and see him up there talking all the time about how great he's doing - or doing jumping jacks or someone else talking about his supernatural healing powers - I wonder to myself: Is this about selling tickets to the fans or what?"
"I don't blame him. They're letting him do it. But at some point, it can be counterproductive. You can set yourself up for more criticism later."
While I have to admit I felt a little incredulous as to McNabb's genuineness in reading some of these comments, but on that last point I think he's absolutely right. Griffin is absolutely ratcheting up the pressure on himself with the daily spectacle he's made this offseason. The Redskins and his doctor are playing right along as well.
Now maybe he really will be fine by the start of the season and pick right up where he left off, but if he doesn't McNabb expects the criticism of both him and the team to be heavy. He's right too... it will be heavy if Griffin isn't ready to go after all this.
McNabb actually had another interesting thought that made a lot of sense. RG2 (Griffin's father) made the fairly stupid and Lindrosian decision earlier this offseason to give a one on one interview in which he said he wants his son to be throwing a lot more and running a lot less.
Nothing good can come from a parent talking about how they want their pro athlete kid to play. Nothing.
"His dad should have never done a one-on-one interview like that," he said. "You can't say what he said because it almost undermines his son, who has to answer all the questions about it later. Now, we all know what he said was right. But that's something you voice behind closed doors because otherwise it creates a wedge that didn't have to be there. No team needs those kinds of things hovering over them."
He's absolutely right and I think it would be hard to find any reasonable person that would disagree. That said... McNabb then said this.
"Like I said, I would really like for me and my dad to sit down with he and his dad just to tell them what we went through and talk about our experiences."
Thing is, aren't you just playing daddy at that point? And if you want to play daddy, aren't you right now doing what you didn't want his dad to do?
Granted, McNabb was an NFL QB (as well as a top pick/face of the franchise) and therefore is certainly qualified to comment. And as I said, he made some good points... But put yourself in RG3's shoes? Are you reading all this and thinking McNabb isn't overstepping his bounds a bit here?
Do you think that he would prefer that next time someone asks Donovan McNabb's opinion on how he's living his life, he might want McNabb to "keep my name out your mouth?"