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What Happened To ‘Talk Small, Play Big’?

Just when we thought Robert Griffin III might live up to his latest seasonal slogan Talk Small, Play Big, he went and talked big again.

Robert Griffin III speaks to reporters after practice, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Robert Griffin III speaks to reporters after practice, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

This was a rough week for Griff.  Asked by WJLA-TV on Monday if he felt he needed to prove anything this year he answered, “I don’t feel like I have to come out here and show anybody anything or why I’m better than this guy or better than that guy.  It’s more about going out and affirming that for me, I go out and I play, I know I’m the best quarterback on this team.  I feel like I’m the best quarterback in the league and I have to go out and show that.”

Personally, I think much of his answer was fairly benign and should be ignored.  What grabbed national headlines was the ridiculous notion that he’s the best quarterback in the league.  I don’t even think he believes that.

The first part of the comment however was an indication that he still is struggling to Know His Why.  He actually DOES have to ‘show that he’s better than this guy or better than that guy’.   Management may have handed him the job to start the season but does everybody remember the last Redskin QB benched for performance in 2014?  It was him.

His follow-up to the Monday comments came on Tuesday and went like this….”it’s unfortunate that my name keeps getting used for headlines for people to click on stories.”

Unfortunate?  Really?  His name keeps getting used for headlines because he makes sure it’s used for headlines. We’re in season 4 of RG3-created personal marketing slogans….aka, headline grabbers.  You know them by now-Know Your Why, All In For Week One, #TheMovement, and the aformentioned latest, Talk Small, Play Big.  He’s registered most or all of these slogans for trademark protection.  He’s been a one-man personal branding machine with one calculated by-product….headlines!

There’s nothing unfortunate for him when he’s headlining a story.  It’s intended.  He can’t wait to answer questions like the one posed to him by Alex Parker (WJLA) the other day.  He aches for those questions.  He has a need to sell us on how good he is and how solid his standing in the organization is even if it isn’t.  He hungers to use words to pitch his wares because his recent actions are deal-killers.

There’s an expression that many people use when describing someone who just always seems to understand how things work. The expression goes like this…. “he/she gets it”.  These people are many things…productive, self-aware, and easy to work with top the list.  Add to that, they always seem to say and do what most would agree is the right thing.

Griffin doesn’t get it. When he says “it’s unfortunate that my name keeps getting used for headlines for people to click on stories,” he implies that he’s the victim of media negativity.

Griffin should invoke one of his recent OTA melodies.  “Some people like to call this ‘the grind’…you can call it ‘the find’ because you figure out what you got.”

If he ‘grinds’ hard enough, he’ll ‘find’ out that playing big on the field will give him a big old pass on cheesy hashtags, insufferable personal slogans, and boastful interviews.  However, when you combine those things with lack of production, it’s a major turnoff to everybody, not just the media vultures.

My favorite professional football team has had its fair share of dysfunction over the last decade but nothing compares to the RG3 sandbox circus of 2013 through current.

I loved RG3 in 2012.  The last two years have drained most of the Operation Patience out of me.

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