After last Sunday’s post-game press conference following the first loss by a road team in Philly since September 2012, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III provided some comments that were regarded as throwing the coaching staff and some of his teammates under the bus.
After Monday night’s ugly and deflating home loss to the 49ers, Griffin once again spoke to the media. This time, there was no under-bus throwing.
“The one thing to take away — one thing that we’re not is quitters,” Griffin said. “Even during that last drive, all my guys in the huddle were talking with each other. You have to have the right guys in the huddle in there with you and I know they’ll keep fighting with me and I’ll fight with those guys any day. It’s frustrating, but we have to move on to the next one.”
The closest Griffin came to commenting on his own performance and the performance of others came in response to a question regarding whether improvements can be made at a time when the team is losing.
“It’s hard to say that you’re making strides as an individual because this is a team sport, but aside from that, what am I supposed to do?” Griffin said. “Come up here and talk about how bad we are? That’s not my job. My job is to answer your questions and to move on to the next day and get better. It’s not anything personal, you’re not the only one asking those questions, but I’m not going to — I mean, I love my guys. I’ll go to war with them any day.”
Somewhat surprisingly, Griffin wasn’t asked about the Sunday report that he had asked Redskins coaches not to show film to the team of his negative plays. Coach Mike Shanahan previously has denied that Griffin made such a request.
UPDATE 10:09 a.m. ET: Griffin apparently was asked about the film report. “People are trying to character assassinate me, and it’s unfortunate,” he said. We’re trying to find out whether he said this at the post-game press conference and, if so, why it was omitted from the transcript.