Posted August 13, 2013

Robert Griffin III’s dad: Running quarterbacks are losers

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RGIII's dad is not a fan of run-first quarterbacks. (The Washington Post/Getty Images)

RGIII’s dad is not a fan of run-first quarterbacks. (The Washington Post/Getty Images)

The father of Washington Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III said in May that he would like to see his son pass the ball more.

“I just know that based on what I know Robert can do, he doesn’t have to be a runner as much as I saw last year,” Robert Griffin Jr. told The Washington Post‘s Dave Sheinin at the time. “To me, you’re paying these [receivers] a lot of money to catch the football. I’m his dad — I want him throwing that football a lot. A lot.”

He offered a broader critique of run-oriented quarterbacks in an interview with GQ’s Brendan Vaughn for this month’s cover story on RGIII (via The Washington Post‘s Dan Steinberg).

“I will not tell Coach Shanahan how to do any part of his job,” he says, “because he’s been doing this for a long time.” But he stands by his opinion — and then some.

“You tell a kid that you want him to be there for fourteen years, guess what? Historical data will tell you that the more he runs, the more subject he is to career injury,” he says. “You name one quarterback out there that would rather run the football than throw the football and I’ll show you a loser.”

His son, of course, has already dealt with injuries at the NFL level. Griffin III’s rookie season was spectacular at times but ended painfully. He sprained his lateral collateral ligament in his right knee against the Ravens late in the regular season.

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Then, in the playoff opener against the Seahawks, he re-injured the knee. Griffin tore his ACL, LCL and meniscus and had surgery in January. He vowed Monday that he would be ready to play Week 1.


14 comments
Califas
Califas

You name one quarterback out there that would rather run the football than throw the football and I’ll show you a loser.” - Robert Griffin, Jr.

Was that comment an indirect jab at Michael Vick?

iclasticons
iclasticons

Yes, quite clearly he will not tell Shanahan what to do, except whenhe is interviewed. As a 2xdad, I suggest that the senior Mr. Griffin STHU and let his son speak for himself.

xxman
xxman

Uhhh, Fran Tarkenton wasn't too bad at running......

SnobbyReturns
SnobbyReturns

black QB are not prime time he should have said

AnthonyPatterrson
AnthonyPatterrson

And I've seen pure passing bums like Carson Palmer player 10+ years and not even win a playoff game. 


"Historical data will tell you that the more he runs, the more subject he is to career injury" 

What data is pops looking at, his son's injury?Let's see, Cunningham, knee blown out STANDING IN THE POCKET by Paup. Steve Young, knocked out the game IN THE POCKET by Sapp, Brady IN THE POCKET, trent green IN THE POCKET, Stafford hurt IN THE POCKET. Vick last two years with his hand and ribs WAS IN THE POCKET. Daunte Culpepper was IN THE POCKET when his knee blew out. McNabb sports hernia vs ATL, in the pocket. Rivers tore his knees up IN THE POCKET. Mannings neck, Brees' shoulder, were injured while they were in the POCKET. Again, what "data" is he looking at?

MasonHein
MasonHein

Don't mis-quote RGIII's dad.

He didn't say that running quarterbacks are losers... he said that a quarterback who would RATHER run the football than pass was a loser. Much different!

Sicko123
Sicko123

He is right! RUN FIRST QB's lets be honest, usually don't last long.

I don't consider, RG3, Cam Newton, Russell Wilson or Colin Kaepernick "RUNNING QB's", they are QB's who just so happen to be gifted athletes, Andre Luck is a excellent Athlete as well. All these young QB's have outstanding arms and can throw the football very well and can make plays down the field.

SquireJames
SquireJames

There is some truth to the article's statement.  The very best quarterbacks are those who function well despite not being very mobile (Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Tom Brady, etc.).  Steve Young was probably forced to run a lot during his Tampa Bay days, so he became quite good at it.  Still, he was always a passer first, and usually only ran the ball on trick and broken plays.

SwedishZoom
SwedishZoom

Define running QB. Steve Young won a Super Bowl. He could run with the best of them. Sure he threw a lot, but when he needed to pull it down and run, he was a heck of a runner. Guys that can run, do so when needed. Guys like Manning and Brady don't need to and really can't anyway.

iclasticons
iclasticons

Weren't the linemen that were chasing him (on average) smaller, fatter, and slower than those who are after RGIII?

edwardsj42
edwardsj42

@SnobbyReturns  Being prime time has nothing to do with the color of a person's skin. It has to do with practice and discipline at your craft. There is not a history of many black quarterbacks being successful because their was a time that the highest paid position in football (QB) was reserved for white guys. The competitive nature you see in some black QB's is what causes them to leave the pocket and try to make a play, knowing that they are fast on their feet. Robert Griffin III father just don't want to see his son hurt again or his career shorten. He can't blame the coach for Robert Griffin III running. Running the ball is in his nature. He made a lot of big plays running the ball. The coach's mistake last season was that he should of used better judgement since he had the authority to say who should play and who should not play. A man's competitive nature will keep him trying until he can't try no more. It was obvious in the game that Robert Griffin got hurt, that he was no longer effective and he should of been replaced. Their backup quarterback is better than a lot of starters on opposing teams and he has the ability to lead the team effectively. The coach should of gave the opportunity to his backup quarterback instead of hurting his team by keeping an injured QB in the game. Despite the coach's mistake, he is still one of my favorite coaches

Chris10
Chris10

@SquireJames Joe Montana was a very mobile quarterback, his ability to move and hit his receivers on the run was one of his best skills.  I would not put him in the same quarterback "type" as Brady, Manning, Marino etc.  Joe was at his best on the move IMHO

edwardsj42
edwardsj42

@SquireJames Joe Montana was a good scrambler. He kept plays alive scrambling until he could find an open receiver, similar to Pittsburgh's QB.