So this is, um, awkward.
On Thursday, Heisman Trophy winner and longtime Raiders great Tim Brown made an appearance on ESPN 980’s The Drive, with hosts Al Galdi, Steve Czaban, and Chris Cooley.
Toward the end of the segment, Brown was asked about Robert Griffin III; and that’s about the time this weird cloud of discomfort began rolling over the airwaves.
(h/t to Dan Steinberg of the DC Sports Bog for transcribing)
I was happy to see him come back the last couple games and play decent, play a lot better than what he had been playing. And I hope that’s enough to give him another shot in D.C., and really give him the confidence that he can get this thing done.
Routine stuff. Pretty neutral.
But I know RGIII well enough to know that he’s a little different. I mean, I know he is maybe not the brother that you’re gonna be hanging out in the locker room with. And from that standpoint, that’s something that he has to work on. If he’s going to be a leader, he has to be a leader of everybody in the locker room, and not just one or two guys in the locker room.
This is your oil in a hot pan starting to crackle and pop. This is standing on the frozen pond and hearing the ice begin to snap beneath your feet.
Then Cooley asks, “How is he when he gets together with all the Heisman guys?”
He’s … he’s tough. He’s a different, guy, you know? And there’s no laughter, there’s no let me get in here with the boys. Everybody’s telling jokes on each other, and nobody’s trying to be mean. But you say something to him and it’s like, ‘oh wow really? Really?’
And this is Tim Brown (kind of, somewhat, pretty much, ehhh) calling RG3 soft, right? As if the young quarterback is too self-conscious to handle jokes and subtle shots amongst his peers?
Brown went on.
So instead of taking it further, what ends up happening is [it’s like] he’s not in the room. So you end up talking around him the whole time. And that’s not cool. Because now you’re literally having to talk around a guy, [when] everybody else is in here having fun and having a jovial time. So I think that’s just something that he has to understand. This is a team sport you’re playing. It’s not golf . If it was golf, brother, I’d say go for it, do what you do. But if you’re going to play a team sport, and you’re going to be the leader of a team sport, you’ve got to loosen up a little bit and be a part of the team.”
You don’t want to make a mountain out of a mole hill — or in this case, a few words from Tim Brown — but this is bad. And perhaps even worse, given what we’ve seen and heard pertaining to RG3 and his time in Washington, it’s all very believable.