Nov 16, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) scrambles against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Once again, as it seems has been all too often, Washington Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III has made headlines again for comments he made in a post-game press conference.
In short, here is what Griffin told reporters after Sunday’s loss to Tampa Bay:
"“If you want to look at the good teams in this league and the great quarterbacks, the Peytons (Manning) and the Aaron Rodgers, those guys don’t play well if their guys don’t play well. They don’t. We need everybody. I need every one of those guys in that locker room, and I know they’re looking at me saying the same thing.”"
After the game, when asked about the number of sacks taken by The Washington Post, Griffin stood up for his offensive line, saying, “All sacks are on me. Period.”
Let’s break this down.
Yes, RGIII called out his teammates, saying that they need to play better. He then acknowledged that they look at him and say the same thing. He says that everybody – including himself – needs to play better. And then he stands up for his putrid offensive line.
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Now, tell me what exactly RGIII did wrong here.
The mainstream media – such as NFL Network, ESPN, etc. – are saying that he threw his teammates under the bus, and that’s not something you should do. Yet, we’ve seen multiple times when teammates do this, trying to lift the team.
And RGIII isn’t even the first Redskin this season to call out his teammates. In fact, DeSean Jackson did it again on Monday via social media (WARNING: Post contains vulgar language).
And finally, what RGIII said is the truth.
When you’re 3-7, the blame doesn’t fall on one person. It’s a collective effort.
The run game hasn’t been what it was the last two years. A quarterback can only do so much when receivers aren’t performing, and receivers can only do so much when the quarterback isn’t performing
RGIII did call out his teammates, and then acknowledged he needed to play better as well. If you’ve watched the Washington Redskins this season, you know what he said is true.