As Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III recovers from his torn ACL, he wants to look forward, not backward.
Which means that he doesn’t want to spend any more time discussing the placement of blame in connection with his injury.
In an interview with CSN Washington, Griffin opted not to delve into the question of whether and to what extent anyone is responsible for his presence on the field at a time when it appeared that he should have been yanked from the game.
“You try to avoid controversy as much as you can, while at the same time, making sure people understand that, everyone understands what happened in this organization, when it comes to owner, G.M., head coach, myself and offensive coordinator,” Griffin said. “We all understand what happened . . . in the Seattle Seahawks game that led to my knee surgery. At the end of the day, what anybody wants to say about who’s to blame, whose responsibility it is, it doesn’t really matter whose responsibility it is. It doesn’t really matter who’s to blame because I’m the one who has to go through the struggle that is a knee surgery, and rehab to get back. The people who are also going through that with me are the owner, the G.M., the head coach, the offensive coordinator, the organization, the fans. Everyone goes through that with me.”
That’s probably not the kind of vague non-answer host Larry Michael expected when he teed up Griffin to address the extent to which the franchise quarterback finds the “misrepresentations of all the blame” regarding his injury to be “annoying.” Though less pointed than Griffin’s recent comments to ESPN’s Trey Wingo, Griffin again resisted issuing a broad statement that the organization is blameless for failing to override his competitive nature and pull him from the game.
Coincidentally (or not), Griffin also said that the team is now “holding me back from doing certain things” in his rehab even though Griffin “feel[s] like I’m ready.”
If the team had held him back when he was clearly limping with that huge brace on his leg in January, Griffin wouldn’t have had to undergo ACL surgery.