In the aftermath the loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss questioned the leadership of quarterback Robert Griffin III in a radio interview on 106.7 The Fan. Here are some of his comments:
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. 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.
First of all, I don’t have a problem with a teammate questioning something that another did in a game, but that needs to happen behind closed doors, and not in a radio interview. So Santana Moss should have taken his problem directly to RGIII and not to the media.
As for RGIII’s comments after the game, I don’t think he tried to blame the outcome on his teammates. He simply explained the situation as he saw it. When he said “Nobody got open”, maybe he should have said “Nobody was open”, and maybe that would have made a difference in how the comments were interpreted.
But I thought a critical error by RGIII at the start of the game was the turning point, not his interception at the end. However, ultimately I put blame for the loss more on the coaching staff than the players. Because once again both the offensive and defensive game plans were flawed. The team should never been in the position it was in to begin with.
Yes the defense stiffened in the second half, but only after the Redskins were down 24-0. Players are pointing fingers at each other, and taking the loss to heart, but at least the players are showing some passion about the loss, even it its negative. Because if you look at head coach Mike Shanahan’s actions, the loss seems like just another game. No fire at all.