Jay Gruden apologizes for publicly criticizing Robert Griffin III
Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden owned up and apologized for calling out Robert Griffin III in some very public and very critical comments about the quarterback earlier this week.
After RG3 conducted a borderline surreal press conference Wednesday in which he repeated the phrase “focused on San Francisco” nine times in true Belichickian fashion, it was Gruden’s time to step to the microphone. He used his time in front of the assembled media to issue a mea culpa over calling out RG3.
“I think it was a mistake on my part,” Gruden said Wednesday, per NFL.com. “After a loss like that, we’re very disappointed in the way we played, and the question came up about how we played, and all that stuff from that. I just answered with the first thing that came to my mind, and sometimes the first thing that comes to your mind isn’t the smartest thing. It wasn’t the right thing to do on my part.”
The burgeoning soap opera that exposed the dysfunction within the Redskins organization all started with an ugly 27-7 home loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
RG3 took to the podium following the game and made some pointed comments that many interpreted as him throwing his teammates under the bus. That may be in part true, but the quarterback also turned the criticism on himself as well.
Griffin called the game a “travesty,” and continued to point out how no one on the Redskins performed.
“We didn’t play well. I didn’t see the field as well as I would have liked to,” he lamented. “We have turnovers and interceptions. We had false start penalties and holding penalties.”
“I’m not good. No one’s good,” RG3 added during the presser. “We have to be better and that’s tough.”
Gruden was left unimpressed with Griffin’s comments, criticizing the quarterback by saying there were “fundamental flaws” in his game.
He then laid it all on the line, suggesting that RG3 needs to focus on himself, not his teammates.
“First of all, Robert needs to understand he needs to worry about himself No. 1 and not everybody else,” Gruden said, via NFL.com. “… It’s my job to worry about everybody else. Yes, everybody else needs to improve, but it’s not his place. His place is to talk about himself and he knows that. He just elaborated a little too much and he’ll learn from it. He’s 24 years old.”
Things are quickly spiraling out of control — yet again — at Redskins HQ. From top to bottom, the team seems to be in perpetual disarray. At least Gruden had the good sense to own up to the mistake of calling out his quarterback publicly, even if what he said was true.