Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III responded to critics on Twitter Monday. (Al Bello/Getty Images)
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has taken criticism for being out on the field in obvious discomfort during the team's 24-14 Wild Card loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
Griffin responded to the criticism by saying that critics have rarely been put in the same position as him. Griffin re-injured his right knee trying to recover a fumbled snap late in the fourth quarter of the loss. He completed 10 of 19 passes for only 84 yards and two touchdowns before being injured.
"Many may question, criticize & think they have all the right answers. But few have been in the line of fire in battle," Griffin said on Twitter Monday. "I thank God for perspective and because of that I appreciate the support from everyone. I also appreciate the criticism."
"I'm the quarterback of this team," Griffin said. "My job is to be out there if I can play. ... I'm the best option for this team. That's why I'm the starter."
Griffin hurt the knee when he was hit by Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata in the team's Week 14 victory over the Ravens. Griffin returned to the game but left for good after four more plays. He sat out Washington’s win over Cleveland the next week, and returned to start against the Philadelphia Eagles.