Robert Griffin III criticizes himself, team after loss to Bucs, calls game a ‘travesty’
The Washington Redskins were throttled by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in front of the home crowd at FedEx Field Sunday, losing 27-7. After the game, Robert Griffin III took the entire team to task, including himself, as he blasted the performance, rightfully characterizing it as a “travesty.”
“It was a travesty out there today,” RG3 said, per a CSN Washington report. “We didn’t play well. I didn’t see the field as well as I would have liked to. We have turnovers and interceptions. We had false start penalties and holding penalties.”
“It was just bad ball out there today.”
Some have argued that RG3 threw his teammates under the bus with further comments he made, specifically, the following:
“We were playing good team ball,” Griffin said, referencing the differences between his breakout 2012 season and this one, via The Washington Post “It takes 11 men. It doesn’t take one guy, and that’s proven. If you want to look at the good teams in this league and the great quarterbacks, the Peytons 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.”
On their own, those comments certainly look like Griffin has never learned the lesson that can be gleaned from the old adage, “When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing at himself.” But when all of post-game comments are taken into account, RG3 was as harsh in his criticism of himself as he was in blaming his teammates.
“I’m not going to sit up here and make excuses,” he said, presumably speaking in part about how the Buccaneers turned two first quarter picks into ten points. “I haven’t watched the film yet but I know there are some plays that I would like to have back. Of course, the interceptions, and there are a couple of plays that come to mind where I feel like I could have been more aggressive. Those plays are in my head.”
RG3 also took responsibility for being sacked six times in the game.
“All the sacks are on me,” he said. “I think it’s a fact of, you know, when you’re 3-6 and you feel like you could be 7-2, eventually you have to come back to earth and realize that, yeah, we’re a play off here or there and the ball bouncing this way from being a better football team.
“But when you’re 3-7, you just have to look at yourself in the mirror and say, ‘What can I do to get better?’”
“I’m not good. No one’s good. We have to be better and that’s tough.”
It’s easy to assert that some of RG3’s comments — when taken out of context — make it seem that he’s blaming the loss on teammates. But a more thorough review of all he said indicates that he is aware of the fact that he is as much to blame to Washington’s season falling apart — once he returned to the lineup — as any other player on the roster.
But in the end, it’s up to Griffin to let his play do the talking. The quarterback position is the most important position on the field arguably in every game, and if the guy leading the offense is playing ineffectively or poorly, the team in all likelihood is staring down a loss. And before a team knows it, they are 3-7 and likely playing out the string in a lost season. That certainly appears to be the case for Washington.
Griffin’s inconsistent play elicited NBC NFL analyst Rodney Harrison to argue that the team needs to get rid of the quarterback.
“He’s been in the league three years,” Harrison said about RG3, via The Washington Post. “If you need six more games to determine if he’s going to be your future quarterback, you need a new coach and a new scouting department. I’ve seen enough. I don’t think he fits in the system. I think you have to get rid of him.”
If RG3 doesn’t drastically improve his play in the coming weeks, expect more commentary in line with Harrison’s comments to become louder and louder.