He was the hope and the future of the franchise, the toast of the city, just three years ago. The Redskins had themselves a rookie quarterback who would return them to glory. And he did actually get them into the playoffs in his rookie season.
But then things started to go bad, the way they do with the Redskins. He was injured, but that was only part of the story.
Robert Griffin III, the quarterback, became the friend and the project of Daniel Snyder, owner of the team. Inevitably, relations between Griffin and his coach, Mike Shanahan were strained. The playoff season deteriorated into a last place, three-win finish, last in the division, with Griffin sitting on the bench and Shanahan out of a job.
New coach, new season, more woes. And where in, say, Indianapolis or Pittsburgh or Bill Belichick land, team tensions and antagonisms are kept in house, in Washington, where everyone talks, the rumors and the insider gossip about the Redskins and their quarterback woes were traded as points of status. The Redskins air their dirty laundry and, in fact, seem to get it dirty just so they’ll have some they can air.
For the last several days, the rumors have swirled. Griffin to be benched in favor of Kirk Cousins. Griffin to be traded. Released outright. Coach to be fired.
Things reached a sort of comic low point when Griffin appeared to support an Instagram petition backing the “impeachment of Dan Snyder.” Only in Washington could people think it possible to “impeach” the owner of a sports franchise. Still, the petition was grimly serious, asserting that
As a Skins Fan I'm disappointed in the way my team used this mans talent and potential to do nothing but raise hopes and make a profit. I don't regret the skins grabbing RG, I do regret having a sorry ass team owner and sorry ass front office who couldn't put a winning coaching staff together who could actually compete for a super bowl. Griffin does not deserve the blame or bad rap, the man has gone above and beyond since day one to the point of injury, while at the same time being a role model of a person.
Griffin quickly stepped in and said that he didn’t do it. It was the work of an intern. Seriously.
In his statement, Griffin declared that
I just wanted to set the record straight on this one. I did not "like" that IG post ridiculing our team. I have not been social media active consistently for awhile now and am ultra-focused on working to get back on the field and trying to help this team. One of our interns who helps with Instagram liked the post. As soon as I was made aware of it, it was immediately unliked. That is not how I feel and I appreciate your understanding.