RGIII: 'I have to play better'
Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden was asked Sunday what he'll take away from his NFL head-coaching debut. He said only that he'll be "sick."
His offense, including quarterback Robert Griffin III, was most to blame for his ill feeling after the game. In the Redskins' 17-6 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday, Griffin completed 29 of 37 passes. But the Redskins had trouble moving the ball down the field, and Gruden's offense sputtered to just six points.
The Texans' defense made it difficult for Griffin to go vertical in the passing game. And the Redskins made their share of mistakes -- two fumbles in the red zone, a blocked punt and a blocked extra point.
"I think he did some good things, there’s no question about it. But overall, when you’re grading your quarterback and you get a loss, you don’t get a very good grade," Gruden said of Griffin, according to The Washington Post. "The quarterback’s responsible for us to get in the end zone and we got six points, so the play caller and the quarterback will get most of the criticism, as will the receivers, but we have to protect the football."
After the game Sunday, Griffin found it hard to disagree with his new head coach.
"I don’t think them coming out and playing the coverage they did led to us having six points on the board. I think that was more us hurting ourselves," Griffin said. "Like I said, I have to play better for us to win football games. What you’re trying to say is everybody knew Jordan [Reed] was going to shoot the fadeaway, but Jordan still shot the fadeaway. We’ll find ways to get our guys in a position to make those plays down the field even if they are playing those coverages, but we aren’t going to come out next week and heave ho and throw 30 deep balls."