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Now We Know Why Robert Griffin III Is Not Holding Private Workouts

The Redskins are going to meet with Robert Griffin III twice per week. Granted, the Redskins are going to meet with Luck also. I don't buy the explanation for why they are meeting with Luck, which is this.

As one league source explained it to PFT, the Redskins had no choice but to schedule visits with Luck. If it appears that the Redskins prefer Griffin over Luck (and we consistently have heard that the Redskins do), always-unpredictable Colts owner Jim Irsay could be nudged toward taking Griffin over Luck.

Yeah, right. I say that it is more of a "you never know what might happen" and wanting to avoid the appearance of being unseemly in their handling of the predraft process and provoking who knows what sort of repercussions because of it. In other words, it is the same reason why Irsay claims to still be trying to decide between Luck and Griffin III despite earlier claiming "I don't care if Griffin flies." For instance, you have Bruce Allen saying:

"No different than any of the previous years -- we send our coaches to college campus for player evaluations," Allen said in an email to NFL Network. "In the coming weeks, we will be visiting some other colleges."

Yeah ... except that the Redskins DIDN'T do it two years ago when they took Trent Williams, or last year when they took Ryan Kerrigan. Allen is trying to obfuscate the difference between routine campus visits and having your offensive coordinator make bi-weekly visits. And yes, there is a problem with this, as it circumvents the NFL rule which states that an underclassman cannot begin work with his NFL team until the semester/quarter ends, a fact which will cost Andrew Luck a few offseason workouts. Of course, Robert Griffin III technically shouldn't be considered an underclassman as he has his B.A. but since he is still enrolled in a master's program that he won't complete before the draft, he is similarly stuck. And NFL.com makes it clear why the Redskins have no choice to work out with Luck, and it has nothing to do with the bashing of the Colts owner that ProFootballTalk seems to love to do:

That, though, is not to say unlimited visits are allowed, and that a team could simply fly in and out of town every day to try and integrate a player into its system before the draft. The league does reserve the right to look into such cases.

By meeting with Luck also, the Redskins can "plausibly deny" that they are teaching Griffin III their playbook, because naturally they wouldn't want to give that stuff to a guy who is going to another team.

It begs the question: why don't the Colts do the same with Luck? Well ... they already are ... in a way. Their offseason has been dedicated to installing a completely different philosophy on both sides of the ball and different personnel on the coaching staff and front office in order to make their system more similar to what Luck ran for Stanford. So, they don't have to teach Luck what he knows already.

Bottom line: everyone knows that the Colts are taking Luck and the Redskins are taking Griffin III. They just have "business reasons" for pretending otherwise. So, I guess the Redskins aren't going to take Brad Wells' "advice" on reconsidering Griffin III because he is "arrogant" after all ... it has less to do with Griffin III's out of control ego and more to do with private workouts will get in the way of meeting with the Redskins twice a week.

As for

That said, the Redskins are complete fools if they draft a potential franchise quarterback they haven't worked out. Scripted Pro Days are one thing. As an organization, you have to see how the guy works with your people, doing your workout. Washington is going to end up drafting him anyway because they traded away a ton to get the No. 2 pick. If I were a Redskins fan, this kind of secrecy would have me worried.

And also for

Now, maybe I'm reading a little too much into this, but doesn't RG3's attitude come off as just a tad... I don't know... arrogant? Of all the people in this draft class, the one guy who has absolutely no reason to take part in any private workouts is Andrew Luck. ... Gotta say, this has to be a red flag. Anyone who is unwilling to be flexible suggests that they are hiding something. if Luck is willing to do it, then RG3 should as well. Such arrogance or unwillingness on the part of RG3 should raise a few eyebrows in Washington.

It looks like SOME PEOPLE need to be more judicious about the things that they write. But since this whole non-issue (which every single national NFL writer has consistently dismissed as a total non-issue because players routinely choose not to hold private workouts for teams) is REALLY rooted by the fact that Colts fans are incensed that Robert Griffin III refuses to concede the #1 pick to Luck (see below):

Really, at the end of the day, RG3 is full of it. He knows the Colts aren't drafting him

I guess they won't be. Griffin III isn't going to publicly concede the #1 pick to Luck because it isn't in his interests to do so. Before you protest, consider: how many guys in his position have done so in the past?

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors.

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