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Redskins' Jay Gruden says critique of RGIII 'was a mistake on my part'


Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said Wednesday that it was a "mistake" for him to publicly critique quarterback Robert Griffin III on Monday. "It was a mistake on my part," Gruden told reporters, according to Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Washington

Gruden said at his press conference on Monday that Griffin "had some fundamental flaws" in Washington's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“It takes 11 men," Griffin said after the loss. "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." Gruden responded Monday by saying Griffin "needs to worry about himself."

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On Wednesday, Gruden backtracked. "I made this too much about one guy ...and that's unfortunate," he said, according to El-Bashir

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Griffin has played in two games this season since returning from a dislocated ankle. Washington has lost both games and Griffin has thrown two touchdowns and three interceptions. 

Washington is tied with the New York Giants for last in the NFC East at 3-7 and plays the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

- Dan Gartland