A day after Mike Shanahan suggested his focus had switched to 2013 following the Redskins' sixth loss in nine games, the team’s rookie quarterback said he didn't take offense to his coach’s comments.
“I saw everybody else’s reaction, thinking that he had thrown in the towel,” Griffin said in an interview at Redskins Park on Monday afternoon. “I don’t think he meant it that way. And I don’t think any of the players took it that way."
The Redskins lost, 21-13, at home to the previously punchless Panthers on Sunday afternoon – six days after Shanahan called the game a “must-win” in a conference call with reporters. In the post game news conference Sunday evening, Shanahan stirred up controversy when he was asked what direction the season would take with his team’s record now 3-6.
“When you lose a game like that, now you’re playing to see who is going to be on your football team for years go come,” Shanahan said. “Now, we have a chance to evaluate players and see where we’re at. Obviously, we’re not out of it statistically. [But] now we find out what kind of character we have and how guys keep on fighting throughout the rest of the season.”
Griffin said he believed Shanahan was attempting to get the players to take personal responsibility for their play and the team’s three-game losing streak.
“If anything, what he’s saying is, at some point the players have to take responsibility for what they are doing,” Griffin said. “And if guys don’t start taking that responsibility, they are just not the right guys for this team.”
Shanahan will address the media today at 5:00, check back here to see what he says.