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Washington Redskins letter to fans neglects to mention Robert Griffin III


A letter written to Washington Redskins Premium Club members mentions the team’s head coach, its general manager and a handful of players, among others, as it touts how things should be looking up for the squad in the upcoming season. But it is a startling omission — a player one would expect is considered an integral component of the team’s plans for the 2015 NFL season and beyond — that is causing quite a few raised eyebrows.

There appears to be no mention whatsoever of Robert Griffin III.

A relevant portion of the letter sent out to the team’s “premium” fans (via D.C. Sports Bog):

“Dear Premium Club Member,

The Washington Redskins thank you for your continued loyalty and support. Redskins fans are the best in the NFL and we greatly appreciate your dedication over the years.

“Head Coach Jay Gruden, new General Manager Scot McCloughan, and Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry will lead a nucleus of Ryan Kerrigan, DeSean Jackson, plus Pro Bowlers Trent Williams and Alfred Morris. The Redskins are poised to rebound next season!”

It’s difficult to believe that failing to mention RG3 is some kind of colossal screw-up, a regrettable oversight, what have you. Perhaps he is mentioned later in the letter, but even that would nevertheless remain something of a slight.

Given that the relationship between the team’s once-presumed franchise quarterback for the next decade and head coach Jay Gruden is considered dicey at best, to suspect that the omission of Griffin’s name was at least in part intentional is a reasonable theory. After all, Gruden in November felt compelled to publicly apologize to his quarterback for calling him out in the media.

RG3’s 2014 campaign was utter disappointment, to put it mildly. From suffering a horrible ankle injury early on in the season — a setback the quarterback believes God played a part in but also intervened in speeding up his recovery — to being benched, things didn’t go at all as envisioned.