Robert Griffin III
threw for 3,203 yards and 16 touchdowns before the Redskins
shut him down towards the end of the 2013 season. (Simon Bruty/SI)
The Washington Redskins finished with the second-worst record in the NFL in 2013, but quarterback Robert Griffin III says the team never lost confidence.
There were a handful of reasons for the Redskins' poor play, but Griffin told CSN Washington's Rich Tandler it wasn't because the team didn't feel they weren't competitive.
“I know I did not lose confidence, I know my teammates did not lose confidence," Griffin said. "We were not a well-oiled machine last year.”
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Griffin and others have taken veiled shots at former head coach Mike Shanahan this offseason, more or less placing the blame on him for Washington's recent struggles. What's more, Griffin noted a handful of games against superior opponents like the 49ers and Packers where he and the team held tough until the final minutes.
That said, RGIII knows that confidence doesn't necessarily translate to wins. He does feel the improved team morale will help the franchise improve moving forward under first-year head coach Jay Gruden.
“Now, [the results] on the field, that’s a whole nother issue that needs to stay in our rear view,” Griffin said. “I think it made us better as a team and we’re in a better place now but it’s not something that we need to continue to rehash.”
If not for the Houston Texans
, Washington's minus-144 scoring differential in 2013 would have been the worst in the NFL. The Redskins lost eight games in a row to close out the season, and seven of their 13 losses were by eight points or less.