There’s simply no defense for the delusional statements made today by Robert Griffin III. Previous criticisms others had of the Washington Redskins Quarterback might have been due to taking things out of context, not taking into account the impact of his injuries or coaching changes, or unrealistically lofty expectations, but today’s quote is largely indefensible.

Here’s what he actually said in a discussion with Alex Parker from WJLA:

I don’t feel like I have to come out here and show anybody anything or why I’m better than this guy or better than that guy. It’s more about going out and affirming that for me, I go out and I play, I know I’m the best quarterback on this team. I feel like I’m the best quarterback in the league and I have to go out and show that,” he said. “Any athlete at any level, if they concede to someone else, they’re not a top competitor, they’re not trying to be the best that they can be. There’s guys in this league that have done way more than me. But, I still view myself as the best because that’s what I work toward every single day.

Here’s the problem with what he said… those last two sentences.

Acknowledging room for growth doesn’t mean that a person can’t be a “top competitor”. In most of his post-game press conferences, Peyton Manning typically mentions the things he would have liked to do better. Missed opportunities. He doesn’t focus on the records he broke during the game, or the career-long records he is approaching. He talks about mistakes because he’s a perfectionist. Peyton Manning doesn’t just want to be better than everyone else at his profession, he strives for greatness within himself. If you asked him who the top Quarterback in the league was, he wouldn’t name himself. He would point to aspects of other players that he admires. Peyton Manning isn’t alone in this approach, either. It’s very rare for a top tier Quarterback in the NFL to boast about what they’ve accomplished.

And that’s another thing, RG III also misses the mark when he talks about accomplishments. Viewing himself as the best player in the league at his position despite what other Quarterbacks have PROVEN is a huge part of Griffin’s problem. Despite the contents of his delusional rants, getting on the field and accomplishing something is what proves that someone is the best.

Can he be the best Quarterback in the NFL? Perhaps. Are there reasons beyond his control as to why Griffin doesn’t have as many accomplishments in the NFL as someone like Russell Wilson? Absolutely. But there’s tons of room for improvement in all aspects of his game. Making those improvements and having it translate into success on the field – even if that doesn’t mean winning more games than all of the other Quarterbacks in the NFL – will provide evidence for where he fits among those at his position.

When RG III says he’s the best Quarterback in the NFL and there are professional analysts who question whether or not he’s the top Quarterback on the Washington Redskins, that means there’s absolutely something to prove. As for the fact that Griffin says he “doesn’t feel like [he has] to come out [there] and show anybody anything or why I’m better than this guy or better than that guy”, if he wants to make bold statements about his stature among the league’s Quarterbacks, he’d better be ready, willing and able to prove it. Week 11 when the Redskins take the trip south to Carolina, barring injury, there will be an extremely mobile Quarterback by the name of Cam Newton at the helm of the Panthers, and he will also be looking to etch his name into the same top tier list. I might suggest that if RG III wants to start proving his value in this league, he’s going to want to take aim at Cam and show everyone that he’s better than Newton… assuming he hasn’t already lost the job or the debate by coming up short in prior weeks to the likes of Tannehill against Miami, rookie Jameis Winston of the Buccaneers or Matt Ryan of the Falcons. If RG III still looks to be of top caliber when compared to those opponents, THEN maybe he can look to the likes of Rodgers and others atop the league. For now, he’ll be lucky to be favorably compared to division-rival Tony Romo.