Washington Owner Dan Snyder Ruined His Own Quarterback Star

May 20, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It's difficult to fault Robert Griffin III for being egomaniacal when his own egomaniacal owner pushed him to be egomaniacal.
We always suspected that Washington owner Dan Snyder had enabled Griffin. We now know, thanks to an excellently reported piece from The Undefeated's Jason Reid, that "enabled" is the wrong word. What happened was much more problematic. Snyder basically gave Griffin superpowers, despite him being nowhere near mature or grounded enough to possess them.
Griffin became like an alternate-universe Superman. He tore the roof off the Washington team complex, grabbed former Washington head coach Mike Shanahan by the collar and flung him into low orbit. He did this because Snyder let him. He did this because he could.
The lessons from Griffin's fall, detailed by Reid, apply not just to Washington but across the entire league. Giving too much power to any man not emotionally equipped to handle it can destroy a franchise. 
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