MMBM: Robert Griffin III still can’t win in the playoffs

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In a league where the only constant is change, its nice to be able to rely on familar things like the mailman, the paperboy, and Elite QBs winning in the playoffs. This wild-card weekend went to all the familar names, as Aaron Rogers, Russell Wilson, Ben Rothlisberger, and the guy who wasnt Brian Hoyer all outlasted their inferior counterparts.

Another constant is that Robert Griffin III can not win when it counts. Griffin has two division titles, and zero playoff wins just like Andy Dalton, but for some reason we dont talk about him the same way because of PC. But in realty (where I live), its a safe space free from excuses. Theres such a thing as “intangibles”, and they have very real implicatons on the outcomes of games. Whether its Griffins will to win, or his abilty to detect a pass rush- RG3 has allways struggled when it comes to things he can neither see nor feel.

Some of you will think your being cute, and point to the fact that Jay Gruden benched him, and that its unfair to blame him for Washingtons second half collapse in a game that he didnt even play in. Well I would ask you to show me the part of the Neuremberg trials where they let every war criminal off because he was just following orders. And Frankly, Griffins terrible record in big games as a backup has him looking alot more like the second coming of Reich then the third.

By remaning on the bench quietly he is endorsing Jay Grudens decision-making. A real leader would be standing on the table screaming to get in the game, not hobknobbing with his teammates on the sideslines wearing street clothes. If he were innocent of being bad wouldnt he want the opportunty to testify instead of hiding in silence? What would he have to hide?

Benjamin is merely a low-end WR3 until we see some more consistency from him and the entire Panthers offense

Kelvin Benjamin, Panthers: See Newton, Cam. Benjamin needed a terrific catch to score last week but still caught only two passes and, prior to last week, had gone eight straight games with single-digit points. Again, with the Seahawks defense back at home and at full strength finally, I think this is a long day for the Panthers and their players. Benjamin is merely a low-end WR3 until we see some more consistency from him and the entire Panthers offense.

Allen Robinson, Jaguars: With just 11 targets total to Robinson in the past two games, it’s clear Blake Bortles is really bortling his relationship with A-Rob. Robinson has just five receptions in those two weeks (though one of them was a touchdown) and this is, shall we say, not a great matchup for a passing offense that is struggling.

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Chiefs proud of Tyreek Hill on and off field

Chiefs coach Andy Reid repeated on Wednesday what has become his standard line when discussing Tyreek Hill of late, as the rookie wide receiver has become a larger part of the Kansas City offense.

In talking about Hill winning this week’s AFC offensive player of the week award after his two offensive touchdowns in Sunday night’s win over the Denver Broncos, Reid said he’s “more proud of him for what he’s doing off the field than on the field.”

Hill is on probation in Oklahoma because of a December 2014 incident, after which he pleaded guilty to punching and choking his pregnant girlfriend. The Chiefs drafted him in the fifth round anyway, sparking considerable controversy in Kansas City. With the passage of time, the criticism has diminished to an extent.

In addition to Brady and Gronkowski not practicing, wide receiver Julian Edelman also wasn’t spotted at Wednesday’s practice. He’s been managing a foot injury since Oct. 6.

Even worse is when there’s no emotion at all, a clear sign that players have already checked out. Newton says the Panthers, despite their record, still have the best locker room he’s ever experienced. With that one ingredient, even the pipe dream of a worst-to-first run after Thanksgiving remains alive. “That’s why the locker room is so important,” Rivera says. “There’s a direct correlation between how you do on the field and the pulse you feel from inside that room.”

Rivera’s room didn’t truly begin to take shape until January 2013. The Panthers had finished 7-9 in the 2012 season, and the clock was ticking on the second-year coach. Rivera invited a handful of team leaders to dinner in Charlotte. After a few appetizers, he asked them to do an autopsy on the season, focusing on the bad vibe in the locker room. The players responded with prolonged silence. “So again, ‘Guys, come on, what’s going on in there?'”

Rivera grew up in a military family-his father, Eugenio, served 32 years in the Army, including two tours in Vietnam-and he once had a group of retired Air Force pilots speak to the team.

At dinner, Rivera reminded his players about the story of how the pilots would peel off their ranks after every mission, throw them on the table and talk openly about one another’s performances. “Then the floodgates just opened,” Rivera says. “At first I was like, ‘Golly, screw you guys, why didn’t you tell me any of this during the season?'”