With the way media is in the present world, there are simply too many times an athlete’s comments gets blown out of proportion. Too many people want to make a big deal out of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III’s remarks regarding how the offense was predictable on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. The reality is Griffin wasn’t trying to take a jab at anyone and instead was being honest about the situation.
“They did a good job of scheming us up,” Griffin said, according to The Washington Post. “They kind of knew what was coming before it was coming and that was disheartening. But like I told the guys, regardless of what’s going on out there, we’re the players and we have to make the plays work, and we just weren’t doing that in the first half.”
Head coach Mike Shanahan and his son, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, can take it as criticism all they want. However, Griffin is acknowledging that regardless of what plays Shanahan calls the players are the ones who still need to run them properly in order to move the chains. That has clearly been an issue this season, one that must get fixed immediately if Washington wants any shot at a second consecutive division title.
Coach Shanahan understands that Griffin is frustrated that the offense hasn’t been nearly as effective in the pass game. At the same time, it’s frustrating for everyone that Griffin hasn’t been as efficient with his throws as he was last season.
At this point, nobody should get upset about Griffin’s comments because the team simply cannot afford to with a 3-7 record. Obviously, there is plenty of reason to be upset considering the Redskins are not exactly where they thought they would be two-thirds of the way through the season. Nonetheless, playing the blame game isn’t going to help anybody.