Robert Griffin III can’t avoid microphones but should

Robert Griffin III can’t avoid microphones but should

Robert Griffin III can't avoid micphones 2016 images

Instead of focusing on ‘mic drops,’ Robert Griffin III should avoid mics altogether. We all know RGIII is not going to do that, though. The new Cleveland Browns QB likes to hear himself talk too much to avoid the spotlight.

That being the case, he should avoid any and all media coverage of the NFL. That way Griffin won’t get his feelings hurt when he’s taken to task for the dumb things he says.

While there’s nothing wrong with using a little catchphrase like “No pressure, no diamonds.” It just gives the media another chance to pile on the guy.

Pro Football Talk did just that when RGIII offered his catchphrase up as advice to incoming NFL rookies. Proclaiming his words at a Browns presser a couple weeks ago a ‘mic drop’ just made the man look even more foolish.

It’s clear to every person on the planet when a mic has been dropped. If the dropper of the mic needs alert listeners of the droppage, then the alleged epic last words weren’t so Earth shattering.

And yes, I feel dumber for having to break down ‘mic drop etiquette.’

Until RGIII regains his rookie form, (see hell freezing timeline) he’s simply going to get clowned for any and all verbal missteps. And as we’ve seen in the past, the guy has pretty thin skin. So the only way he can keep his sanity is to avoid as much media coverage as possible.

Griffin can’t run away from reporters in his own locker room. He’ll have no choice but take the questions that will arise if his on-the-field struggles continue as a Cleveland Brown. He does have a choice in whether he pays attention to the coverage of how he answers all those questions.

None of us regular Joes would want our every sentence recapped and broken down like a Bill Belichick film session. It would be no fun to hear analysts dogging you for showing confidence and even going after you for your choice of catch-phrases.

No matter how mentally tough an athlete is, the daily spotlight has to start to burn at some point.

RGIII was the darling of the media coming out of college. The guy had just won the Heisman and had the so called “it factor” that made him a good story. Once things went sideways with his play, all that went away. The darling turned into a doormat.

And most of it was Griffin’s own fault.

Instead of being humbled by his downfall from an NFL rookie sensation, he appeared delusional about his play. Still does to this day.

It’s clear RGIII is never going to shy away from making ridiculous statements. And maybe false confidence is needed to keep going in the meat grinder that is the National Football League. But for his own mental health, he shouldn’t waste one minute worrying about what critics like me say about him.

Instead of worrying about dropping mics, he should drop his cable TV subscription, stop listening to sports talk, and avoid Twitter like a flesh eating virus. Not paying attention to what the sports world thinks of him should give Griffin lots more free time.

He’d be wise to use that time to perfect his drop backs instead of worrying about dropping mics.

Click to add a comment

Shane Mclendon is our go to guy for everything NFL and UFC related. He covers pro and college football with as much zeal as his love for UFC. With Shane, we've got you covered...He call himself an NFL nut that enjoys UFC action and a daily fantasy sports losing.

More in NBA

john wall demarcus cousins nba indecision 2016 images

John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins NBA indecision

Chris MauriceNovember 30, 2016
new york knicks gets sprinter marshall plumlees nba debut 2016 images

New York Knicks get sprinter Marshall Plumlee’s NBA debut

Chris MauriceNovember 23, 2016
new york knicks have 'come to jesus' meeting with phil jackson 2016 images

New York Knicks have ‘come to Jesus’ meeting with Phil Jackson

Chris MauriceNovember 23, 2016
kevin durant talks russell westbrook and warriors loss 2016 images

Kevin Durant talks Russell Westbrook and Warriors loss

Chris MauriceNovember 3, 2016
espn hit piece doesn't sway stephen curry from draymond green 2016 images

ESPN hit piece doesn’t sway Stephen Curry from Draymond Green

Chris MauriceOctober 24, 2016
dwyane wade praises NBA super teams 2016 images

Dwyane Wade praises NBA Super Teams

Chris MauriceOctober 16, 2016
NBA Preseason protests show unity of hate for Kevin Durant 2016 images

NBA Preseason protests show unity of hate for Kevin Durant

Chris MauriceOctober 3, 2016
chris bosh career with miami heat over 2016 images

Chris Bosh career with Miami Heat over

Chris MauriceSeptember 27, 2016
nba keeping groins safe with draymond green rule this season 2016 images

NBA keeping groins safe with ‘Draymond Green Rule’ this season

Chris MauriceSeptember 23, 2016

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter

You will only receive one per day. You'll also get a free THE WALKING DEAD graphic novel with your subscription