Washington Redskins Wiretap

Robert Griffin III Staying As Silent As Possible Until Season Ends

Dec 17, 2014 12:59 PM

Robert Griffin III said he is staying off Twitter and Facebook until after the season. In fact, he hasn't tweeted or posted anything on Facebook since Thanksgiving. His last action on Twitter was to retweet a picture with a fan to help raise awareness for ALS.

He also went bland in news conferences -- his "focus on San Francisco" before facing the 49ers last month serving as a prime example.

"It just felt like, for me, anything I was saying, whether it was positive or negative, whether it was a positive retweet or anything, was getting twisted and turned against me and against this team," he said. "I feel I can be free up here and talk to you guys, but sometimes things get twisted and turned and it creates a distraction for the team. I didn't want that to happen."

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Robert Griffin III To Start Week 16

Dec 15, 2014 3:25 PM

Robert Griffin III will start at quarterback for Washington in Week 16 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

"I'd like to see him improve and hopefully there wont be any debate...this is Robert's team now," said Jay Gruden.

Colt McCoy started for Washington in Week 15 and left the game with a neck injury.

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Bashaud Breeland, Andre Roberts Exchange Punches At Practice

Dec 10, 2014 7:45 PM

Bashaud Breeland and Andre Roberts exchanged punches during Washington's practice on Wednesday.

Breeland and Roberts were involved in a pass play in which the rookie corner broke up a pass to Roberts. It appeared as they fell to the ground that Roberts accidentally kneed him in the groin. As Breeland stood up, grabbed his groin, walked a few steps and bent over -- Roberts' back was turned at the time.

 

A minute or so later, close to the line of scrimmage, Roberts and Breeland exchanged words. Roberts slammed his helmet to the ground and threw a punch, immediately before Breeland, who hitched up his pants right before the punch, threw one of his own. Breeland then tried to tackle Roberts. Neither player was wearing their helmet.

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Source: Michigan Reaches Out To Jay Gruden's Reps

Dec 8, 2014 1:03 PM

The future of Jay Gruden with Washington is in a perilous state with a 3-10 record and uncertainty at the quarterback position.

"One source I trust tipped me off to a potential landing spot for Gruden: The University of Michigan," writes RealGM's Jeff Risdon in his Monday column.

"This source, who is intimately familiar with the Wolverines’ rapidly emerging coaching search, informed me on Thursday that initial contact has been made between the parties and that Gruden’s representation was enthusiastically open to the potential. I can’t put a figure on the likelihood of Gruden fleeing to Ann Arbor, and another UM source I trust refused to confirm anything I asked, but it’s an interesting leverage point nonetheless."

Gruden was offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals from 2011 until 2013 when he was hired to become head coach of Washington.

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Rams Send Players Acquired For RG3 For Coin Toss

Dec 7, 2014 10:08 PM

Receiver Stedman Bailey, cornerback Janoris Jenkins, defensive tackle Michael Brockers, running back Zac Stacy, left tackle Greg Robinson and linebacker Alec Ogletree represented the St. Louis Rams as coin toss captains in their game on Sunday against Washington.

Those six players are the six on the team's active roster acquired with picks from the team's trade (and subsequent trades with other teams) with Washington in 2012. That, of course, was the trade that netted Washington the No. 2 overall pick, which it used on Robert Griffin III.

The Rams full-time captains are defensive end Chris Long, linebacker James Laurinaitis, punter Johnny Hekker and quarterback Shaun Hill.

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Washington Unlikely To Get More Than Mid-Round Pick For Robert Griffin

Nov 29, 2014 3:24 PM

Robert Griffin III is "highly unlikely" to return to Washington next season, according to the Washington Post.

Daniel Snyder and Bruce Allen have supported Griffin but their blowout loss in Week 11 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was a "watershed moment."

Griffin is set to earn a reasonable $3.27 million in the final year of his rookie contract, with a decision on his 2016 option due by May 3.

Washington could elect to trade Griffin, though several NFL executives told Albert Breer that his trade value is likely at a conditional mid-round pick.

"He's a car that's been driven off the lot; also, the dynamics of his contract drive his price down," one NFC general manager told Breer. "The biggest keys -- QBs go for more than other positions, and his contract is ticking down to the last year, unless a team wants to pick up that option."

An AFC executive added: "On the high end, the team asks for a two and settles for a third or maybe a fourth."

 

Washington sent three first round picks and a second round pick to the St. Louis Rams in 2012 for Griffin.

The San Francisco 49ers traded Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs for a second round pick in 2013 and a conditional pick in 2014 that became a second rounder.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

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Washington To Start Colt McCoy In Week 13

Nov 25, 2014 11:41 PM

Washington plans on starting Colt McCoy at quarterback instead of Robert Griffin III in Week 13.

While Griffin is not a part of Washington's plan for Sunday's game, he still appears to be a significant part of their long-term plan, per another source.

Washington hired head coach Jay Gruden in large part for his stellar work with quarterbacks, and the team is convinced coaching, cash and patience can help turn Griffin back into the player that won the Heisman and then the Offensive Rookie of the Year.

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Every NFC Rival Tried To Hire Oregon DC After Chip Kelly Went To Eagle

Nov 25, 2014 1:14 PM

Every team in the NFC East tried ot hire former Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti after the Philadelphia Eagles hired Chip Kelly in 2013

"I have been asked by everybody in the NFC East," Aliotti, now retired, told The Oregonian on Monday. "The Giants asked me to come back when Chip got the first job. I didn't feel right doing that. Some teams have called when they're getting ready to play the Eagles and they call and have certain questions on the thing. Unless I know the guy and he's a good friend, I don't get involved with that."

Aliotti was coordinator at Oregon from 1999 until 2013 when he retired.

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Gruden Prepared To Bench Griffin If He Struggles In Week 12

Nov 23, 2014 11:43 AM

Jay Gruden is prepared to bench Robert Griffin III in Washington's Week 12 game at the San Francisco 49ers if he struggles.

Gruden reportedly is interested in putting Colt McCoy back in at quarterback.

Gruden's criticism has cited a breakdown in fundamentals, Griffin's inability to overcome adversity and even that he has been "coddled."

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Gruden: Clock's Ticking For Robert Griffin III

Nov 22, 2014 2:50 PM

Robert Griffin III has been put on notice by Jay Gruden that he needs to play better now that he's in the second half of his third NFL season.

"He's auditioned long enough," Gruden told NFL.com. "Clock's ticking. He's gotta play.

"We'll see. ... We want Robert to excel, we really do. But the last two games, it hasn't been very good, anywhere. We gotta play better around him. And the biggest thing for us as playcallers, and for him, we just have to come together and jell with plays he's comfortable with. That takes time. But we don't have a lot of time."

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Jay Gruden Apologizes For Calling Out Robert Griffin III
Jay Gruden said on Monday after Washington's latest loss that Robert Griffin III "needs to worry about himself and not everybody else."

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Griffin: Washington Players Getting Closer As A Family
Robert Griffin III said his popularity with teammates isn't a chief concern as Washington tries to make a push toward the playoffs.

Mike Jones/Washington Post

ESPN Stands By Reporting On Griffin
Jay Gruden accused ESPN of “amateurish” reporting for indicating that Robert Griffin III has "alienated himself" from his Washington teammates.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Owner, GM Wanted RGIII Start As He Alienates Himself From Teammates
Robert Griffin III's support with players is not as strong as it is with the highest levels of the organization, according to sources.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Washington Buses Crash Into Each Other En Route To Stadium
Two of the Washington buses carrying players, coaches and team officials crashed into each other on their way to TCF Bank Stadium.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Griffin Won't Try To Be Normal QB Returning From Injury
Robert Griffin III is coming back from a non-contact ankle injury.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

DeAngelo Hall Tears Achilles Again
DeAngelo Hall still is likely to be ready for next summer's training camp.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Robert Griffin III To Start In Week 9 Against Vikings
Robert Griffin III hasn't played since dislocating his left ankle in Week 2.

ESPN

Griffin Practices Fully For First Time, Splits Reps With McCoy
Robert Griffin III practiced in full on Wednesday for the first time since he dislocated his ankle in Week 2.

Larry Hartstein/CBS Sports

Brian Orakpo Out For Season With Another Torn Pec
Brian Orakpo's tenure with Washington could be over.

John Keim/ESPN

Colt McCoy To Start For Washington If Griffin Can't Play
Colt McCoy hasn't started an NFL game since December 2011.

AP

Griffin Will Start Immediately For Washington Upon Return
Washington will start Robert Griffin III at quarterback whenever he's ready to return to game action.

Tarik El-Bashir/Comcast

Snyder Watches Game With Disgraced Outgoing Navajo President
The Navajo tribal council voted 9-2 in April to formally oppose Washington's nickname.

Barry Petchesky/Deadspin

Cousins: Washington Remains Griffin's Team
Kirk Cousins has been impressive filling in for Robert Griffin III and clearly wants the starting quarterback job for Washington.

John Kelm/ESPN

Griffin Didn't Suffer Fractured Ankle
Robert Griffin III said that an MRI on his injured ankle indicates that he did not suffer a fracture and he does not believe he will need surgery.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Gruden Was Favoring Cousins Over Griffin Privately Before Injury
Jay Gruden privately expressed a belief to confidants before Robert Griffin III's dislocated ankle injury that Kirk Cousins would be better suited to run his offense.

Mike Wise/Washington Post

Robert Griffin III Out Indefinitely With Dislocated Ankle
Robert Griffin's injury issues in the NFL continued in Week 2.

ESPN

FCC Finds Redskins' Name 'Offense', 'Derogatory'
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told Broadcasting & Cable that he hopes Dan Snyder will change the name without any formal action from the regulatory body.

AP

Belichick, Carroll, Payton Considered Best HC's In NFL By Peers
Bill Belichick is ranked as the best coach in the NFL, according to a poll of 30 league insiders.

Mike Sando/ESPN

Griffin Dares Critics To Keep Doubting Him
Robert Griffin III is daring people to doubt his abilities and that he is accustomed to dealing with it.

John Keim/ESPN