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RG III: Holding The Entire Team Accountable

By Savannah Malnar

In the majority of NFL franchises, the quarterback can be identified as the primary leader of the team. Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins has been working hard to make his case for that position through a career riddled with injuries and bad seasons.

The current 2014-2015 NFL season has not treated the Redskins kindly; they are currently 3-7 and have been plagued with controversy regarding not only their quarterback situation but also the team name. Fans of the Redskins have put all their hope into Griffin since the team traded away a 6th, 2nd, and two 1st round draft picks to acquire the 2nd overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft from the St. Louis Rams.

All professional athletes are told how to interact with media in press conferences, but Griffin said some things after a loss to the then 1-8 (now 2-8) Tampa Bay Buccaneers that he probably wishes he could take back.

Griffin started the post game press conference by saying multiple times that the multiple sacks and offensive issues were his own fault, and that he is doing everything he can to play better. He then continued to discuss how he hopes and believes that his teammates will do the same and work to make themselves better.

The sport media pulled one specific quote from Griffin’s press conference: “It takes 11 men. It doesn’t take one guy, and that’s proven. If you want to look at the good teams in this league and the great quarterbacks, the Peytons and the Aaron Rodgers, those guys don’t play well if their guys don’t play well. They don’t.”

On Monday almost all the headlines regarding Washington read something along the lines of “RGIII Throws Teammates Under Bus.” Unfortunately for Griffin, most of these articles in both national and local news took his words out of context for the sake of a story. The authors claimed that Griffin was comparing himself to the great quarterbacks of the era and blaming his teammates for the failure of the team.

If you have the patience, listen through Griffin’s press conference. He is humble in all of his answers, and certainly does not target his teammates at all. He does what a good teammate is supposed to do; he holds his fellow teammates accountable while still admitting his own mistakes. There was no blame placing, just a quarterback admitting that the entire team including himself needs improvement.

Analyst deserves longer suspension for RG3 comments


ESPN analysts are known for their ignorance, but how far is too far?

Rob Parker took it too far when discussing Robert Griffin III. Parker questioned Griffin’s blackness because he is engaged to a white woman.

Parker’s comments were very uneducated as interracial relationships are a big part of our society. Parker also claimed Griffin was a Republican. What does his political affiliation have to do with his identity?

His comments reflected poorly on ESPN and could make other black ESPN analysts, his co-workers, uncomfortable.

Griffin and his fiancé were also impacted by his comments. The star quarterback could now endure backlash for his political views.      

Parker apologized, but it did not seem sincere. He only apologized due to the negative response received from ESPN and sporting world.

He was suspended for 30 days, but I feel it should have been longer. He impacted many people through his statement.

Madden ’13 commentary tops 2012


The commentary team for the video game “Madden 2013” is the same duo on CBS on Sundays in Phil Simms and Jim Nance.  The duo makes the video game experience feel very similar to watching a Sunday NFL broadcast.  Even the introduction changes according to the venue. When I play with the Vikings at the Metrodome, Nance said, “Be prepared to see a lot of purple today.” He also talked about the stadium’s history.

The analysis from Simms is, for the most part, very accurate and not repetitive.  If you choose a running play and don’t go for the correct gap, Simms lets you know the poor play was a result of the running back’s decision.  Simms also will quickly comment on the way you try to make adjustments at the line with an audible or shift your defense with comments like, “Look at the defense, this has to be a blitz,” or “The quarterback doesn’t like what he sees and is making a change.”

Nance does a good job setting up Simms and the commentary flows pretty well for a video game. In the past, commentary sounded robotic. Now, Nance talks, in detail, about the star players when they come onto the field.  When Robert Griffin III came onto the field, Nance said: “RG3 the 2nd overall pick out of the University of Baylor.”  Then, Simms goes on to talk about the strengths and weaknesses of Griffin as a quarterback.

My only problem with the commentary team of Simms and Nance is that they show very little emotion.  While playing a game down four points in the 4th quarter, my player, Jerome Simpson, made a great one-handed catch. With no conviction, Nance said “Good catch, that will be a first down.”  I would like to have the announcer show more excitement for an amazing play in such a big moment of the game.However, in comparison to last year’s broadcast team of Gus Johnson and Chris Collinsworth, Nance and Simms are a great overall improvement.  They make the Madden experience better with their analysis and class.