Yesterday, former Washington tight end Chris Cooley shared some less than glowing things about former Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III. The news traveled to former Washington linebacker Brian Orakpo today and, hoo boy, he is not too happy. On his radio show on ESPN 980 in Washington, D.C., "The Drive with Cooley and Czabe," Cooley dished some pretty run-of-the-mill dirt concerning RGIII and his relationship with fellow quarterback Kirk Cousins and the rest of the locker room. Spoiler alert: it wasn't great.
"Robert was never willing to be friends with Kirk Cousins," Cooley said on ESPN980. "They never hung out together, they never spent time together, their families didn't hang out together. ... It was never a great relationship. I don't think Robert ever wanted it to be a great relationship. And I think it became really contentious over the last two years, to where Rex Grossman, a guy who I'm close with, said 'This is weird in here. This is a bad situation in here. These guys don't like each other.'"
There's also a bit about how their families weren't friends with each other, either. Now, I don't know, I've never been a quarterback in the NFL, but it doesn't seem too strange that the one-time face of the franchise might not be on the best of terms with the guy who took his job. Especially given the way things shook out over the last couple of years in D.C. This is not necessarily a surprising nugget from Cooley, but he didn't stop there.
Cooley went on to say many in the locker room didn't like Griffin, including his own offensive line. The reasoning there, according to Cooley, was that Griffin often took a lot of sacks that maybe he shouldn't have, and also never took responsibility for it. Instead, he let the offensive line routinely get tagged as a bad unit. According to Cooley, unnamed receivers also did not like Griffin because they never got the ball.
So, long story short: A lot of unnamed Washington players did not like RGIII. Which, again, is not really breaking any news. Coach Jay Gruden was openly contemptuous of him; it stands to reason that others on the team would be, too. But Griffin did have friends, which leads us to Brian Orakpo.
Orakpo was RGIII's locker buddy and previously stuck up for Griffin, even as he was on his way to Tennessee last year, when he had no real reason to do so.
"I always tried to stay positive with him when he was handling all that adversity that he was going through," Orakpo said. "I think he'll be able to turn it around once he's able to stay healthy, and (he'll) prove everybody wrong. And don't be too much worried about the criticism and the bad stuff that goes around being the quarterback of a big-time franchise like the Redskins. I think it will turn around eventually for him, once he stays healthy and kind of, you know, eliminates all the negativity around him."
Now, Orakpo is probably not being totally selfless here, because Cooley has said some shit about him before, too. When Orakpo joined the Titans this time last year, Cooley criticized the former first-round pick on the same radio program, saying he played more like a third-round pick. Not the worst thing you could say about a player, but I'm sure it has stuck with Orakpo.
Perhaps the best part of this whole story, though, is that not a single person involved in perpetuating this Washington Is A Disaster narrative is even on the Washington roster anymore.