After a Sunday night loss to the Cowboys in which he ran well but threw poorly, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III said he was trying to keep his own counsel.
In a post-game interview with the Redskins Radio Network (via the Washington Post), Griffin said he needed to be instinctive at times.
“Yeah, you know, I’m just really focusing on being the playmaker that I know I can be and not letting anybody else tell me how to play this game,” Griffin said, in response to a prompt about his running plays. “You know, I got here for a reason, and I’ve got to make sure I use all of my abilities to their maximum. And running the ball is one of those, when I do get the opportunity.
“It’s not that I’m looking for it, but if it is there, I will take it.”
It’s possible that it was simply an unfortunate choice of words immediately after a disappointing loss.
But after an offseason spent wondering whether Griffin and coach Mike Shanahan were on the same page (full of denials from both sides), it might also be reasonable to suggest the possibility that it’s a window to what he’s feeling about the way he’s being used, and how he was handled in the playoffs last year and through the preseason this year.