Today, Robert Griffin III talked to Dan Patrick. With the amount of rumor and speculation regarding the Browns and Griffin, I decided to check it out. Dan Patrick ended the interview by saying that he thinks Cleveland is most likely going to “go get” Griffin in the draft, but wisely Griffin stayed silent as Patrick only really feigned giving him a chance to respond to the statement. Mostly I thought Griffin came off very well in the interview. He shows a respectful confidence mostly. You get the sense that even though he won the Heisman, he still has a bit of a chip on his shoulder about playing second fiddle to Andrew Luck in all the draft talk.
First on the competition to be the #1 pick, Griffin sounded pretty confident, yet respectful. Sure, he claimed that moving his pro day so as not to conflict with Andrew Luck’s was him being “the bigger man,” but I don’t have any problem with that. There is also some selflessness in that. By moving his day and not going head to head with Andrew Luck, Griffin is protecting teammates by making sure as many NFL scouts as possible are on campus when his teammates showcase themselves too.
Griffin said that sometimes the best player is denoted by the #1 pick, but not always. He said if he gets a chance to interview with the Colts he will “cherish” that opportunity. With answers like that, Griffin really did a nice job of straddling the line of respect, confidence and competitiveness.
When asked if Griffin had a favorite NFL team growing up, he spoke of watching “John Elway and Terrell Davis tear it up” in Denver. Despite the Browns’ history with Elway, it is tough to pretend that you can hold a grudge against a kid who was watching those Broncos teams win when he was sitting at home as an eight and nine year old.
It was a short interview, but it didn’t hurt the cause of trying to imagine Robert Griffin III becoming the quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. Griffin spoke correctly about getting drafted by a team that wants him and wants to work with him to be the best player on the best team.
That part is certainly telling as Griffin is the kind of athlete that doesn’t fit into a neat little box. If the Browns do draft him, they’ll be hard pressed to make him the best QB he can be by trying to force him to be something he is not. Half the negative talk about the Browns drafting Griffin III seems to me to be a vote of non-confidence in the coaching staff after seeing Colt McCoy’s first year in the new offense.