Shanahan and RGIII on accountability and leadership
When Robert Griffin III threw the interception that effectively sealed the Redskins loss on Sunday, it seemed obvious he made a poor play. In post-game comments, Griffin did not shoulder the complete blame for the play, questioning the play call and the routes his receivers ran. His most damning statement was simple, saying "nobody got open."
The comments created quite a dustup, and prompted veteran wideout Santana Moss to question Griffin's leadership skills earlier this week on 106.7 The Fan. Moss suggested Griffin not look to blame others for team failures, saying, "regardless of the outcome, good or bad, you have to a some point stand up and say, ‘Me’ or ‘I’.”
RG3 took notice.
"If I could take any of that back, yeah I would take it back," Griffin said during a weekly media session at Redskins Park about his comments after the Eagles loss. "In the heat of that moment you're frustrated, you're trying to figure out why things didn’t work."
RG3 said that he was just trying to give honest answers, and that in the future he may be more guarded with his post-game comments until he has a chance to review film.
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In the minutes following the Philadelphia loss, Griffin questioned the Redskins scheme, while saying the Eagles were ready for the Skins attack.
"I was trying to give a good compliment to Philly, I wasn’t trying to take shots at anybody," Griffin said. "It turned out that way."
Griffin played one of his worst game of the season at Philadelphia, completing less than 50 percent of his passes in addition to the interception at the end. Regardless of what his intentions were, Griffin seemed to take ownership that his comments did not strike the right tone.
"It hurt us in that sense. That’s on me," he said. "I just have to take more time to think about things."
Asked if he talked with Moss, Griffin said they had and both players understood the situation.
"Me and 'Tana talked, we’re on the same page, we just want to beat San Francisco."
Of his leadership style, RG3 has no plans on changing.
"The second you start changing and letting what outside people say affect what you do, that’s the time the guys start to not believe in you," he said.
"At the end of the day I just have to know in that situation after a tough loss to a divisional opponent I can't give anybody any opportunity to read into my words and misinterpret anything."