Fletcher responds to Green's comments

November, 18, 2013
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Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher responded to Hall of Famer Darrell Green’s comments not only on his leadership, but also Robert Griffin III’s. And Fletcher was more irked by what was said about Griffin than himself.

Green, speaking on Inside the NFL last week, questioned the Redskins' leadership and said Fletcher might not be the same leader because of his age. Green also said Griffin is not yet the leader.

Fletcher had not addressed the comments until long after Sunday’s 24-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles (he did not bring it up; the question was asked).

On Green’s assertion that Fletcher’s age makes it harder for him to lead: “It depends on the guys you have in the locker room. I don’t know what it was like when Darrell was a veteran. But I think the guys still respect me and appreciate what I do on and off the field. Darrell’s a well-respected guy around here, but I disagree with him. I think if he came around he’d see it different….I’m sorry when he was an older guy he didn’t have a voice in the locker room.”

Fletcher went on longer when talking about Griffin’s leadership. Fletcher agreed that Griffin is not considered the main leader on the Redskins. But it's hard for any second-year player to be that guy, Fletcher said. But multiple teammates have raved about Griffin's leadership and Fletcher falls into that camp as well. There are times, for example, when Griffin has texted Fletcher to make a suggestion on things that need to be said, knowing that as a second-year player he might not yet be in position to make such comments.

“Robert’s been a captain two years in a row,” Fletcher said. “That just doesn’t happen [your first two years in the NFL]. Sometimes people get caught in what they think leadership should look like. Is it someone yelling in front of someone? Leadership doesn’t always roar. Sometimes it’s the things you do on the practice field, in the meeting rooms, in the huddle, on the sidelines. Communication. Things like that. I haven’t seen many rookies come in and have the qualities he has as far as being a leader. He’s a leader, but he doesn’t need to be the leader right now. There’s too much responsibility for him to come in to a franchise that had a 20-year drought at quarterback. There’s a lot of pressure on him to perform. He’s handled that part of it, but there are enough guys to be leaders.

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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