Probably Not A Good Sign That Hue Jackson Is Surprised That His Starting Quarterback Was Voted Captain
LBS- Back in March, Griffin signed a two-year contract with the Browns, a couple of weeks after being released by the Redskins. In the time between then and now, his teammates apparently have seen enough to feel confident voting Griffin as one of the team captains, along with Joe Haden, Joe Thomas, Tank Carder, and Demario Davis.
If the the idea of naming someone who has been a member of the team for less than six months a team captain sounds a little strange to you, you’re not alone. The team’s decision caught head coach Hue Jackson off guard a bit as well.
“I was a little surprised, I’ll be very honest with you because obviously, Robert hasn’t been here very long and we haven’t played a real football game yet,” Jackson said via Cleveland.com. “For him to be voted captain, he should feel good about that. His teammates feel good about him.”
Personally? I am not shocked that RG3 was voted team captain. Not because he's deserving of it yet (or at all), but because he's the starting quarterback and everyone else is hoping beyond hope that at some point he'll prove he will be. That's why the only thing surprising about this is that it's surprising to the head coach. The one position that is inherently predisposed to leadership, and the player that holds that position is so unbecoming of a leader that the man whose job is dependent on him being a good leader doesn't understand why his teammates would give him the benefit of the doubt? Even Hue Jackson, the man who probably kneels bedside praying that Robert Griffin can become a respected voice in locker room, can't even suspend his disbelief in his own starting quarterback doing so. Not a good look, not a good look at all. A quarterback getting voted captain is about as much of a foregone conclusion as anything that's been put to the vote of 53 different people can be, and the person in charge of those men quite obviously disagrees with the results despite the fact that signal something positive amongst his organization. What's more likely, Hue Jackson being the ultimate pessimist or Hue Jackson just not having it in him to be the eternal optimist? Honestly, the latter is probably what it would take to truly trust a guy that lost his last locker room so badly that he was banished to punting footballs downfield and then fetching them himself.