Last year, as Washington and New England prepared to engage in joint practices, quarterback Robert Griffin III expressed a strong interest in talking to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
“If I get a chance to sit down and talk to him, I’d love to, just to pick his brain,” Griffin said at the time.
But Griffin learned that Brady has no interest in allowing his brain to be picked.
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III would have had a better chance getting the injury report from Patriots' head coach Bill Belichick than getting passing tips from Tom Brady. The only pointers RGIII gets will have to gained by watching a real field general at work. There is no magic potion.
This week, NFL players were allowed to participate in team activities at their stadiums. New England QB Tom Brady was the first one in attendance at Gillette Stadium. Tom always gives himself a chance to be "last man standing."
The saying "last man standing" refers to a competition, contest, or other situation in which the field of participants is narrowed until only a single individual remains. The term can be applied to a wide variety of circumstances, from golf to art to eating competitions.
Some believe the last man standing originally applied to the last boxer to remain upright during a match. Others cite it as referring to the last military cadet to continue in a drill when all others had dropped from exhaustion.
While RGIII continues to alienate his coaches and teammates with his comments to the media, he could take a page out of the Patriots' playbook, and just "play." When he turns the page, he should ask himself "how in the heck does a sixth round become the best QB in the NFL?" The answer is simple - 'hard work.'
From the look on the sidelines, it appears that RGII will dispose of head coach Jay Gruden just as he did with Mike Shanahan. While RGIII did take notice in how the Patriots operate, he has yet to implement any of these lessons into his game plan. “Man, honestly, they operate like a high school football team,” said Griffin.
“They’re attentive. They run on and off the field. They run after practice. They do what they have to do — and everyone understands, whether they like it or not, this is what it takes to win championships. And they won the championship.
Tired of the Hare's boastful behavior, the Tortoise challenges him to a race. The hare soon leaves the tortoise behind and, confident of winning, takes a nap midway through the race. When the Hare awakes however, he finds that his competitor, crawling slowly but steadily, has arrived before him.
One can run a 4.4 40 yard dash while the other is still running. There is no magic formula. Or is there?
Paul Murphy is a freelance writer from New Hampshire. .