The final pass by Robert Griffin III on Sunday didn’t hit the mark, but the quarterback’s critical postgame comments sure did. He pointed to his receivers' inability to get open on a game-ending interception.
That angered at least one teammate, and Griffin issued a semi-apology Wednesday.
“I think at the end of the day, I just have to know in that situation after a tough loss to a divisional opponent I can’t give anybody any opportunity to read into my words and misinterpret anything,” he told reporters.
“Some of the things I said — I was trying to give a good compliment to Philly. I wasn’t trying to take any shots at anybody and it turned out that way. You’re asking me today and like I said, if I could take any of that back, yeah, I would take it back, because in the heat of that moment, you’re frustrated. You’re trying to figure out why things didn’t work. I’m trying to give you guys honest answers and it hurt us in that sense. That’s on me. I’ve just got to take more time to think about things and just not, even when I’m trying to give an honest answer, sometimes, ‘Let me look at the film’ is good enough, because you can look at the film and figure it out.”
According to a CSN Washington report, Griffin called the wrong protection on the play, paving the way for Philadelphia’s defensive front to put more pressure on him to hurry a pass.
This is how the situation unfolded: Griffin, trying to dig the Washington Redskins out of an eight-point hole on the final drive against Philadelphia, threw an 18-yard pass into the end zone that was intercepted by the Eagles with 24 seconds to play. That secured a 24-16 victory for Philadelphia.
After the game, Griffin noted that “nobody got open” and, “I was trying to throw the ball to the back of the end zone. It didn’t get where I wanted it to go.”
Two days later, in an interview on 106.7 The Fan in Washington, Redskins receiver Santana Moss took umbrage to Griffin's pointing fingers.
“As a leader, you understand that if you’re involved in the situation, whether you’re the receiver, the quarterback, the guys making the tackle, whoever, regardless of the outcome, good or bad, you have to at some point stand up and say 'me’ or 'I,’” Moss said.
“If we’re going to win games, we need to win games with our guy saying, ‘At the end of the day, I didn’t make a play,’ regardless of if it wasn’t him. And that’s how I feel. Because that’s what we’re out there to do. I’m not sitting here to tell you why it didn’t happen, or who didn’t make the play for me to make a play. If I’m the guy that’s at the end of the day have the ball in my hand, and we’re sitting there and the game is over because of me, I didn’t do enough to make the play. I didn’t do enough to help us win. And that’s what I would do.”