RG3 talks to reporters despite Redskins' earlier media ban
It was quite a day of practice for Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.
The embattled QB on Tuesday went from being banned from talking to the media by the team to speaking to reporters after practice about his "best QB in the league" comments a day earlier.
RG3 said his comments were taken out of context.
“So, addressing what happened with what happened yesterday with the firestorm that took off with what I said, I know what I meant," said Griffin, who reportedly spoke to the team's media relations staff following practice in an attempt to lift his media ban. "I think everyone who is in this circle knows what I meant.”
Griffin's confidence was on full display Monday, when the 25-year-old QB didn't mince words regarding his place among the league's other quarterbacks.
"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," RG3 said, per Clinton Yates of DC Sports Bog. "Any athlete at any level, if they concede to someone else, they're not a top competitor, they're not trying to be the best that they can be. There's guys in this league that have done way more than me. But, I still view myself as the best because that's what I work toward every single day."
Griffin believes that his comments became newsworthy because of who he is and not so much what he said.
“It’s just unfortunate that my name keeps getting used for headlines, for people to click on stories,” Griffin said. “I know what I want to be. I know what I strive to be. And I’m not going to make any apologies for that.”
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden also addressed Griffin's comments.
"I think all players want to strive to be the best," Gruden said. "Robert has high goals for himself."
Griffin has struggled with numerous injuries the past two years. Last season, he was limited to nine games and finished with four touchdowns and six interceptions.
Griffin was named offensive rookie of the year in 2012 after throwing 20 touchdowns and just five interceptions. But he hasn't been able to repeat that success, and many are viewing this season as a make-or-break one for the former No. 2 pick.