Robert Griffin III’s advice to Carson Wentz: ‘Lead by example’
When Robert Griffin III looks across the field at Carson Wentz ahead of Sunday’s showdown between the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, he’ll see a kindred spirit of sorts. After all, Wentz has been thrust into situation RG3 himself faced only a few years ago: Starting in Week 1 as a rookie NFL quarterback.
Given Griffin has first-hand knowledge of the potentially perilous situation Wentz is now in after the Eagles traded away presumed starter Sam Bradford, he was asked if had any advice for the 23-year-old signal-caller.
Simply stated, RG3 would advise Wentz to assume a leadership role on the team from the get-go.
“You just have to try and come in and lead by example,” Griffin told Eagles reporters on a conference call Wednesday morning, via NJ Advanced Media’s Matt Lombardo. “I tell all of the rookies coming in … Come in and show everybody. Don’t tell everybody. Show everybody what you can do in the film room, on the practice field, in the game and let the rest fall where it may.”
Griffin dazzled in his rookie campaign after being selected second-overall by the Washington Redskins in the 2012 NFL Draft. He announced his NFL arrival by leading the Redskins to an NFC East title, passing for 3,200 yards with 20 touchdowns to only five interceptions while posting a tidy 102.4 rating. He also contributed 815 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.
Things of course headed south quickly for RG3. Injuries and ineffectiveness derailed his career in D.C., and now he’s attempting to resurrect his career with the Browns.
The Browns could have selected Wentz second overall in the 2016 NFL Draft had the organization not dealt the pick to the Eagles. Griffin was asked what he would have done had the Browns elected to go that route.
“I signed here way before the draft,” Griffin said. “Had we drafted Carson, I would have been here with him to mentor him and help him as we competed for the starting job. I don’t look at it that way and I also don’t have the time or the brain space to worry about those kind of things.”