Skip Bayless, RGIII And The Science Of Being Spectacularly Wrong
The Robert Griffin III debacle has devolved to the point where Washington is putting him up on blocks and considering selling him for parts. Now he's injured again -- it happened on Aug. 20 -- as speculation continues to circulate that his offensive line isn't all that enthusiastic about protecting him. Kirk Cousins was named the starter today.
But there was a time when RGIII was getting plenty of support -- particularly by some members of the media just prior to the 2012 NFL Draft. Hard to forget that one, in which the Colts announced that they were taking Stanford's Andrew Luck, two days prior to the draft. That gave plenty of time for Skip Bayless to unwind his rope and make a hanging decoration of himself.
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) August 31, 2015
The thing about Bayless and his ilk is that he will blow like a Mighty Wind on a daily First Take basis, and then assume that his words, no matter how egregious and under-developed, will fade into the ether. The only thing remaining will be his paycheck.
But as social media becomes more advanced, we can go back and call these guys on their bullshit.
It's not that Bayless was wrong -- as he so often is. What grinds people is that he is so arrogantly wrong. To me, if you give your opinion in a thoughtful, refined manner then you;re going to get some slack if you happen to be incorrect. But when you make declarative bleatings loud enough to be heard atop Mt. McKinley (Update: Denali) -- just for publicity's sake -- then you have to be called on it. Hard.
Stephen A. Smith (Jim Carrey to Bayless' Jeff Daniels), is fond of saying, when he's busted for being wrong: "No one ever talks about it when I'm right!" Yeah, just like no one ever talks about the doctor's tonsillectomy patients who live. You're paid for being right, often on the easiest of subjects. But like I said above, often it's HOW you're wrong that counts. Loud, obnoxious and incorrect is no way to go through life, son.
So how wrong was Bayless? Not only should RGIII not have been drafted ahead of Luck, he shouldn;t have gone in the first round at all. OK, that was impossible to predict. But here's how the draft should have went: the first eight QBs taken should have been:
(Adjusted draft order followed by actual draft order, among QBs only):
1. Andrew Luck (1).
2. Russell Wilson (6).
3. Nick Foles (7).
4. Ryan Tannehill (3).
5. Kirk Cousins (8).
6. Robert Griffin III (2).
7. Brandon Weeden (4).
8. Brock Osweiler (5).
It's tough to predict injuries, but it's not that difficult to sniff out a QB who is injury-prone. Griffin prefers to finish runs like a running back, and always has. Huge red flag for that high in the draft.
But I'm playing Monday morning QB here. More to the point: when you're arrogant, loud and sloppy, you deserve to be called on it when you're also very wrong.
Kordell Stewart, by the way, also went with RGIII back in '12.
More on the current saga with Shannon Sharpe and Skip. Shannon says move on from RGIII, Skip doubles down.
Nov. 26, 2012: Skip says RGIII is better than Aaron Rodgers.
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