After Washington used two weeks of preparation to lose by 20 points to the previously one-win Buccaneers, quarterback Robert Griffin III opted not to mimic Peyton Manning’s “I stunk today” approach with the media. Instead, Griffin basically said, “If everyone else stinks, I stink, too.”
Here’s what Griffin actually said: “It takes 11 men. It doesn’t take one guy. That’s proven. The great QBs — the Peytons and Aaron Rodgers. They don’t play well if their guys don’t play well. They don’t. We need everybody. I need every one of those guys in that locker room. And I know they’re looking at me saying the same thing.”
Teammate DeSean Jackson opted to articulate that sentiment far more concisely. Jackson posted the following image on his Instagram page: “You can’t do epic sh-t with basic people.” He linked to the message via Twitter, saying “this how I’m feeling today.”
It’s a bit surprising that it has taken this long for Jackson to sound off. But if the quarterback is going to indirectly call out everyone around him and not publicly take sole blame for the struggles of the team, the receiver who only a week ago was being praised for supporting the quarterback has a license to throw shade indiscriminately.