Griffin: 'It's tough to swallow'
Thirteen-year veteran Santana Moss says Robert Griffin III should have accepted more responsibility for the Redskins’ loss in Philadelphia.
“I’m trying to find the right words, man,” Moss said in an interview on 106.7 The Fan, asked whether Griffin has shown enough “accountability.” “You know, I think before I speak. Because if you don’t think nothing is going to come out right.”
“Honestly man, just like I sat here a couple of weeks ago and talked about when I felt that Pierre [Garçon] was wrong for speaking out about anything that was in house,” Moss continued. “As a leader, when you know you’re a leader you don’t have to tell people that you’re a leader, one. Two, as a leader you understand that if you involved in the situation, whether you the receiver, the quarterback, the guys making the tackle, whoever, regardless of the outcome, good or bad, you have to a some point stand up and say, ‘Me’ or ‘I’.”
After Sunday’s 24-16 loss to the Eagles—which ended on a poorly thrown interception—Griffin said, in part, “We had a certain concept with running and nobody got open…” Griffin also said the Eagles seemed more prepared, adding, “They kind of had us schemed up pretty good. ...They kind of knew what was coming before it was coming and, like I said, that is disheartening.”
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Moss, 34, said it’s incumbent upon Griffin, 23, and others to be more willing to accept blame—even if it wasn’t their fault. Because, as Moss said, that’s what leaders do.
“If we’re going to win games, we need to win games with our guy saying, ‘At the end of day, I didn’t make a play,’ regardless if it wasn’t him,” Moss said. “That’s what we out there to do. I’m sitting here to tell you why it didn’t happen or who didn’t make the play for me to make a play. If I’m the guy who at the end of the day have the ball in my hand, and we sitting there and the game is over because of me, I didn’t do enough to make the play. I didn’t do enough to help us win.”
Moss also said that Shanahan has not lost the confidence of the locker room.
“He’s far from lost us,” Moss said. “We’re nowhere near [that]. What he says, we listen loud and clear. When it comes to coaching the team, he’s one of the best at [it]. I’ve been around a lot of coaches, and he prepares us well. That’s one thing that I will not let people sit there and take from what he can do. He prepares us well. We’re far from lost.”