“Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you” — Joseph Heller, “Catch 22”
Robert “SuperBob” Griffin III believes there were some people at Redskins Park last year who had “ulterior motives.”
“What I think is going to help us most this year is that everybody is going to be for us being successful and for us winning,” SuperBob told FoxSports.com. “There are no ulterior motives.”
He didn’t say who had these ulterior motives, or what those ulterior motives were. Maybe it’s a new SuperBob contest — guess the ulterior motive and win a T-shirt and a retweet.
Maybe it’s the start of a new hashtag — #noulteriormotives. Perhaps it could be a variation on a SuperBob favorite — #knowyourulteriormotives.
Dropping a little bomb like that shows that SuperBob is already in midseason form in his passive-aggressive wall of defense that blocks out any suggestion that might question his own motives.
It’s not a stretch to reason that SuperBob was taking another veiled shot at former coach Mike Shanahan and/or his son, former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. But we don’t know, because he didn’t pin the ulterior motives on anyone in particular.
Was it his receivers who pushed back last year when SuperBob failed to take his share of the blame in the late-game interception against the Philadelphia Eagles, saying “We had a certain concept we were running, and nobody got open”?
Was it Pierre Garcon, who told everyone after the third week of the season — after SuperBob had declared a month earlier that he was 100 percent back and healthy — that the quarterback was not “fully healthy. I don’t think he’s 100 percent…he’ll eventually get there”?
Was it team physician Dr. James Andrews, who disputed reports that he had “concerns” about the way the Redskins planned on using SuperBob in the offense last year? “Not true,” the good doctor said via text. “Team will use [Griffin] appropriately. No concerns.”
No, there’s no shortage of possible suspects for SuperBob’s charge of ulterior motives. But if this was a police lineup, everyone without the name Shanahan could leave the room.
But what were those Shanahan “ulterior motives?” It would seem that, based on SuperBob’s celebration of the absence of ulterior motives this year, those Shanahan motives likely conflicted with SuperBob.
Are we really to believe that the Shanahans had some sort of ulterior motives that somehow prevented SuperBob from being a successful quarterback? Are we really to believe the Shanahans were motivated to damage their star quarterback, in the fourth year of Mike Shanahan’s contract, and in turn damage their football team and its success as well?
What are we to make of this? Was Mike Shanahan so manipulative that he would destroy his best chance for success in Washington just for spite?