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The negative narrative Griffin refers to includes a mess that started to boil after his knee injury in their playoff loss against Seattle in January 2013.
Chaz Green Jersey Snyder was stepping on Shanahan’s toes, and wanted Griffin to play less zone-read, and more in the pocket as a passer. It created a rift that was could not be mended.
The Undefeated’s Jason Reid documented a moment Griffin and Shanahan had in February 2013, where Griffin essentially tried calling the shots:
The Patriots obviously entered the season as the favorites to win the division, and the conference, and everything else, just like every other season. But it’s the Dolphins, who are in a bit of a weird spot after getting a Week 1 bye because of devastation from Hurricane Irma, at No. 1.
In January, Sports Illustrated quoted an anonymous ACC coach as saying, Jackson has no shot at playing quarterback in the NFL. None. He can’t make the throws and can’t read coverages. Jackson later suspected Wake Forest of making the comment, which Deacs head coach Dave Clawson denied.
Being a quality NFL starting QB is hard. Will Jackson do it? No one knows for sure.
I do know he’s had a far more impressive college career so far than any of this class’ other quarterbacks. That’s about all I’m equipped to judge players by.
There’s also an elephant in the room. Every year, at least one black QB prospect is put through a different kind of narrative than his counterparts. But the traditional argument when it comes to black QBs who can run — we’re often told they have strong arms and quick feet but make mistakes — applies far more aptly to the white Allen, who’s thrown seven INTs in his only two games against Power 5 opponents, than it would to Jackson, who’s succeeded despite a terrible offensive line.