Just in time for his return on Sunday, RGIII in all of his glory!
Over the first few weeks of the new NFL season, each time Robert Griffin III made his way on the field, folks would often notice that he had the Nike swoosh covered up on his warmups or otherwise (check here and here).
Players have done this all the time, with the most famous one I can remember was the original Dream Team (those with Nike or other shoe contracts) covering up the Reebok logo’s back in ’92.
For a full gallery of famous logo cover ups, check out Nicekicks.
Back to the point.
There’s been some mess made about RGIII and his covering up of the swoosh. Tom Brady recently showed up to a press conference, with a piece of tape covering up the Nike logo on his sweatshirt.
Tom Brady has a deal with Under Armour.
Have you heard anything of this yet in the news? Didn’t think so.
Let’s be fair and question Mr. Brady about this just as people question Mr. Griffin.
Screw the haters. Yes I’m talking to you..if you don’t want to give RG3 the deserved credit he should get for beating the Saints last week on the road.
I’m tired of people giving him some half ass type of credit when it comes to his performance. Yes it was one game. Yes it was against a Saints defense (not to mention team) that has had it’s problems this offseason. And yes the Shanahan’s are molding their offense to RG3 strengths.
For almost a year now we’ve had to listen to the Skip Bayless types talk about how the Broncos should have put Tebow in the spread option type offense where he can succeed. No, Tebow should learn how to throw like a quarterback and then maybe folks will work around him.
We’ve seen this before. Last year folks were reluctant to give Cam Newton credit as he took his bottom dwelling Carolina Panthers to a 6 win record. I’m not saying RG3 is hall of fame worthy after one week. I’m really rooting for him to play well, win or lose, against a subpar Rams team this weekend to show people that he is for real.
Are the Jets a juggernaut?
Can the Packers bounce back?
Is RG3 the real thing?
Can Tannehill overcome the tip drill?
The first week of the NFL had some interesting surprises if you want to call them that. But some of the outcomes from week one have left people, well, kind of on a ledge already about some of the teams around the league.
The Packers going across country and losing to the 49ers did raise a lot of eyebrows. Especially when they somewhat struggled to get some explosion into their offense in week one. The questions came fast and furious; could it have been the vaunted 49er defense? Do the Packers miss now Dolphin HC Joe Philbin? What’s wrong with Aaron Rodgers?
Calm down. Nothing is wrong with AR12. They just ran into the NFC runner up from last year. Folks will try to not to give the 49ers credit where it’s due. They are well coached, have a good defense and the offense seems to be on lock and step from last year. I’m not worried about the Pack. They will be allright.
Another thing people overreacted to was the success of the New York Jets against the Buffalo Bills. Yes, the Jets were anemic in the preseason. Yes it looked like their offense was under the spell of the field goal kicking Tony Sparano. No it didn’t look like Mark Sanchez would make it out of week 2 let alone week 4 or 5 like so many are predicting.
I have two words that can solve all of this hype about the Jets; Buffalo Bills. Prognosticators had the Bills right there behind the NE Patriots at the end of the season. But why? Because of some upgrades to the defense and a few chips on offense? Umm…somebody remind me of when Ryan Fitzpatrick was elevated to elite status in today’s NFL QB ratings. Everyone knows that teams will go as far as their qb’s will take them. And right now the Bills aren’t going too far in my eyes. Besides, if you want to see what the Jets are really about, let’s gauge them this week against the Steelers of Pittsburgh.
Finally, we’ll look at two of the quarterbacks taken in the top 10 in this years draft. Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill.
RG3 had a breakout day and did it against a respectable yet maligned Saints defense. But the rookie did go into the Superdome and out Drew Brees, Drew Brees. The consensus around talk radio and tv was it was a great job by the rookie, but I kind of felt like they didn’t want to give him a lot of love. It was like “yeah RG3 was great, but let’s not put him in the HOF yet”. Well yeah I agree with that, but give him credit. He did well enough to get Player of the Week honors, something a rookie qb has never done in his debut week. And he’s got a new craze, “griffining” that has taken the country by storm.
And on Tannehill and his shrinking in the pocket syndrome. As a Dolphin fan I hope it’s just a matter of some lanes that got clogged and is fixable. Nothing worse than a 6’4 top pick in the draft at the most important position, who shrinks in the pocket…literally.
That’s it for this week. Next week I’ll take another look at things that get exaggerated, overhyped and blown out of proportion in the NFL.
He’s yet to throw an official pass in an NFL game, yet he’s already making a first.
The jersey of RGIII will have his now famous roman numeral “III” on the back. He’s the first NFL player to have this distinction.
According to Paul Lukas of Uni Watch, it’s a historic inclusion. Lukas says, as far as he can tell, Griffin will become the first player in major American sports to have a Roman numeral on the back of his jersey.
The NFL changed the rule this offseason and it allows Roman numerals and Jr./Sr. distinctions. The III has a special connection to Griffin but is also a killer marketing tool.
In terms of the “marketing tool”, RGIII has signed on with Adidas aka “Three Stripes”. The roman numerals can also be seen as three stripes as well.
Good for the rookie. He’s on his way.
I’m so glad that Mike Shanahan has answered the question that many of us were wondering about involving the quarterback situation in Washington. He dispelled any rumors of a quarterback controversy by saying these simple words..
“Robert will be working with the first team”
Basically, he’s the starter and everyone else is just on the roster for insurance. This video says it all.
The top two rookie picks in the NFL draft Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, along with some other picks, have made the rounds this week in New York and the time has come for the playing around and promo shots to end (for now).
Here’s some pics of the guys at Radio City Music Hall and participating in the NFL’s Play 60 program.
From the same guy who brought you the Tim Tebow rap song, comes the version dedicated to RGIII rap song. The future 2nd pick of the draft of the Washington Redskins seems like a cool guy by all accounts, and in a few weeks his NFL career will begin.
I almost think that RGIII can be a bigger star than Cam Newton. Time will tell though.