|Does RG3 have a sense of entitlement? Does it matter? (Getty Images)|
Last week, an anonymous scout said that Robert Griffin III had a "selfish streak." RG3 promptly denied it to CBSSports.com, and most people who have been around the likely No. 2 pick in this week's NFL Draft concurred.
But not everybody. On Thursday, NFL Network reporter Albert Breer tweeted that "I've heard those rumblings too" regarding RG3's selfish streak. Breer added: "Not that Griffin's a bad guy, but that there is a bit of a sense of entitlement there, and perception is off."
Later that day, Breer went on the Mike Wise Show in Washington, DC to explain himself.
“I'm not saying that he's a bad guy," he said via the Washington Post's Sarah Kogod. "I don't want it out there that I said that. But what it is is that, you know, he's got a perfect image. Everything about him that's been out there's been great and, you know, talking to some execs and some scouts there's some feeling about possibly there being a sense of entitlement there and also, you know, how he acts when the lights are off and when he's not around people who can help him. All I'm telling you is what some scouts and execs have said, which is they question how he acts when the lights are off.”
Breer then made the comparison between (the perception of) RG3 and Jay Cutler, the Bears' quarterback who's known as much for his physical skills as he is for his sometimes-prickly disposition.
“Let's remember that Mike Shanahan drafted Cutler in 2006, who had issues that went way beyond this, from a personality standpoint, and he's been able to harness him like nobody since has been able to,” Breer said. “Mike Shanahan likes that cocky type of quarterback, that guy who thinks it should revolve around him and that's what Cutler is.
“I'm not saying that's what Griffin is, but when you look at the list of things that I've heard about Griffin, you know when I say the sense of entitlement and you know, maybe a little of that mentality, you know, Cutler had that to a much bigger degree and there's no question Shanahan was able to handle that and really got the most out of Jay Cutler. That's why I don't think it was a huge issue. He'll be just fine in Washington.”
Breer's last two sentiments are the takeaway here; it's not a huge deal and he's still the franchise quarterback the Redskins so desperately need. And even if RG3 is selfish or arrogant, he plays a position where those attributes are almost a prerequisite to success.
Which brings us to this: Griffin's confidence in his abilities. Specifically, calling out ESPN.com draft maven Todd McShay on Sunday:
After winning the Heisman Trophy last December, Griffin also name-checked McShay in a radio interview. "You never want to be looked at as a sure thing in life because it can rob you of your motivation," he said via the Post. "The guys that did have me, like you said, as a wide receiver, like Mr. Todd McShay before the season, that just motivates me to continue to go out there to be the best."
Well, if it's motivation that RG3 is looking for, he should have plenty.
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