Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III addressed the media after the Redskins fourth practice of training camp and RGIII was asked why his teammates are saying he’s more accountable this year? Griffin stated:
“I think they’re saying that because um, obviously there’s no beating around it last year you know there were some people questioning my accountability. And I think my teammates took that to heart. And they have come to me and told me that they’ve always thought I’ve been accountable.
So I think that’s just a sign of them stepping up for their quarterback and I appreciate that, because you know I’ll always be accountable to them. I’ll always be accountable to what we do as a team. And right now we’re 0-0 and everybody’s feeling good, and hopefully we continue to feel good going into the season as we start winning games.”
I’m not sure RGIII understood the question because he didn’t really answer why his teammates are saying he’s more accountable this year. There was some criticism of Griffin last season, especially after the week 11 game at Philadelphia where after RGIII threw a late game interception it was perceived that he was throwing teammates and coaches under the bus and deflecting blame from himself.
Even wide receiver Santana Moss criticized RGIII over this last year. However, this season I think his teammates can see that Griffin has learned from that game last season, and that’s why they’re saying he’s more accountable this year. So I don’t think you hear RGIII being overly critical of teammates or coaches and taking more blame on himself when he doesn’t perform well moving forward in his career.