The 'Who Cares?' Files: McNabb on RG III

June, 3, 2013
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I feel like I've been pretty clear on this, but it's in the news again so this seems like a good opportunity to restate some things:

1. I don't care, at all, what Donovan McNabb has to say about Robert Griffin III.

2. I am 1,000 percent confident that Griffin doesn't either, and he shouldn't.

3. I don't see why anyone, anywhere would care what McNabb has to say about Griffin, because the first time we heard him on this topic he was both insanely wrong and clearly biased. McNabb's "First Take" appearance last spring, in which he deployed a nakedly obvious grudge against Mike Shanahan to assert that Griffin would be a poor fit for the Redskins' offense, completely deprived him of any credibility on this topic forever.

And yet, people keep asking him, and he keeps saying things that enlighten us about nothing other than his own jealousy and anger. Such as this:
"It's too much right now; it's just too much," McNabb told the Washington Post from his Arizona home. "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 said the added attention can be "counterproductive."

Whatever, dude. One of the best things about Griffin is the extent to which he's obviously comfortable in his own skin. It's part of what makes him a good, level-headed young man, part of what makes him a great player, part of what makes him a natural leader. He knows who he is and how he wants to live his life, and to this point there has been not one shred of evidence that his focus or his priorities are misplaced, or that anything about him has been a distraction to his teammates. Griffin understands the high level of interest in him and his recovery, and holding a news conference to answer questions every week is a perfectly acceptable way of handling that. The attention Griffin got last year didn't keep the Redskins from winning 10 games and the NFC East, and I sincerely doubt it's keeping anyone from getting good work done during OTAs.

I'm sorry Donovan McNabb isn't a man at peace. He was a great player who had a great career and should feel very good about that. But he's obviously still upset about the way things went for him in Washington, and quite frankly he's taking it out in childish ways with regard to Griffin, who has done nothing to deserve it. I think he should find something else to talk about.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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