One day after Robert Griffin III's negative comments following the Washington Redskins' loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, head coach Jay Gruden said the quarterback "needs to worry about himself."
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III used Twitter on Monday to defend himself against criticism over his comments after Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden also addressed the comments on Monday, saying that Griffin needed to worry about himself.
Griffin went 23-of-32 for 207 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the loss on Sunday. He was also sacked six times, though he took the blame for them. The loss dropped Washington to 3-7.
From Griffin's press conference Sunday:
“It takes 11 men," Griffin said. "It doesn’t take one guy, and that’s proven. If you want to look at the good teams in this league and the great quarterbacks, the Peytons and the Aaron Rodgers, those guys don’t play well if their guys don’t play well. They don’t.
"We need everybody. I need every one of those guys in that locker room, and I know they’re looking at me saying the same thing.”
Griffin received criticism for those comments. He responded on Monday.
It's unfortunate that anyone would take a piece of my press conference & say I threw my teammates under the bus. These men are my family— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) November 17, 2014
Earlier Monday, Gruden said, "Robert needs to worry about himself... I'll worry about everybody else."
Gruden: Griffin "understands he didn't play his best game. He's very frustrated."— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) November 17, 2014
Gruden on Griffin's aspirations: "some times you don't need great. You don't need elite on every play."— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) November 17, 2014
Gruden added that some of Griffin's overthrows were "big plays" missed, including to wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
The Redskins are tied with the New York Giants for last in the NFC East entering Week 12.
One notable figure with Redskins connections also chimed in on Monday: former running back Clinton Portis.
- Mike Fiammetta