Gruden tells Griffin to worry about himself

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On Sunday, Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III devoted a large portion of his post-game press conference to blaming himself for the 27-7 loss to Tampa Bay.  But Griffin also put some blame on those around him.

On Monday, coach Jay Gruden said Griffin went too far with his remarks.

“Robert needs to worry about himself,” Gruden told reporters, via Mike Jones of the Washington Post.  “I’ll worry about everybody else. . . .  He elaborated too much.”

But Gruden also will worry about Griffin.  The first-year coach said Griffin “had some fundamental flaws” on Sunday.

“From his basic performance, critiquing Robert, it was not even close to where it needs to be,” Gruden said, via Jones.

Gruden pointed out that Griffin overthrew receiver DeSean Jackson three times.

“Those were big plays,” Gruden said.  “Big difference in the game.  Josh McCown hit his three with Mike Evans.  We missed DeSean three times.”

It’s the first time Gruden has called out Griffin, who has looked like anything but the player he was in 2012 during Griffin’s four appearances in 2014.  (Griffin was out from Week Two through Week Nine due to injury.)

Some will wonder whether owner Daniel Snyder knew Gruden would criticize Griffin so strongly; others will wonder whether Gruden cares about the owner’s potential reaction.  Most will now wonder whether Griffin, Gruden, or both will be gone after the season.

No one will wonder whether Gruden’s remarks bothered Griffin.  Already legendary for his sensitivity to criticism, it’s a given that Griffin won’t like getting called out publicly by Gruden.

88 responses to “Gruden tells Griffin to worry about himself

  1. Either Dan Snyder is actually going to let Gruden coach his child star (at least a little bit), or Gruden is under the impression that his own days are numbered.

  2. Washington, they have the talent that can’t put it together. Oakland has no talent to speak of. I could draft better.

  3. So happy to read these comments by Gruden. Seems as if he’s not worried about offending anyone. Which is refreshing to say the least. Having said that, maybe they all should be more concerned with offending their fan base. As a lifelong Skins fan I was certainly offended by that dog and pony show yesterday…

  4. Where’s all you haters that said Cleveland missed a lifetime opportunity for not trading the farm for this bum? We are 6-4 with lots of draft picks…where are you?

  5. Redskins flaws are unfixable. They need to start seeing what they have for next year. Feed the ball to RB Silas Redd and promote WR “The Rocket” Rashad Ross from the PS and let him return kicks/punts and take snaps at WR. As for RG3, dude needs to get outta dodge. Trade him to Arizona they need a QB

  6. martylaughlin says:
    Nov 17, 2014 4:11 PM
    more dysfunctional organization:

    Oakland vs Washington

    Who ya got??

    ——————–

    Neither can hold a candle to the Minnesota Vikings.

  7. I like it Gruden. show the team who is the boss. He is knocking RG3 down a few pegs, and been doing it all year. He inherited this BUST and he is not going to be here next year.

    Beating RG3 at his own game.

    Gruden – I would expect a phone call from RG3’s daddy very soon

  8. LMAO! All summer long we had to deal with Viking and redskins fans and just watching them both implode is great!!! HTTR!!!! HAIL TO TONY ROMO!!! HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS!! EATING A FAT SLICE OF HUMBLE PIE AS WE CONTINUE THE MARCH TO GET ROMO HIS RING!!! WE WHERE ONLY SUPPOSED TO WIN 6 games “coming from the experts”

  9. The more I watch the ‘Skins this year, the more I think Shanahan had to be a hell of a coach to get what he got out of the team. Maybe the problem was not him?

  10. calling out the prima-dona QB, I love it. This is the same POS that apparently didn’t let his coach at Baylor show bad plays during film review. what a joke this guy is. cant wait till this guy is back working at whattaburger.

  11. I saw RG’3 news conference and didn’t think he was that bad. However, his choice of hats was alot worse than his choice of words. Anyone see that hat?
    But I don’t think it’s smart for a coach to criticize any player publicly. The good ones, like Joe Gibbs always did it in private behind closed doors.

  12. Uh oh, RGFragileEgo has enough trouble dealing with criticism about his bad plays when its the team reviewing film. Now the coach calls him out publically about certain bad plays ?

    Full meltdown in DC coming, not that it already wasn’t well on the way.

    Gruden’s going to get a call from Snyder and trip to the woodshed.

  13. I’m frankly shocked. I thought Jay was a “yes” man. If the owner wants to win, he should pull Griffin. But since Griffin is his friend, he will probably fire Gruden.

  14. You know I wouldn’t have expected Florio’s disdain for Washington to impact his ability to report more relevant and bigger news … apparently it has – I have not seen any new from this site about the raids the DEA conducted yesterday.

  15. The way to fix this mess in a hurry would be for Dan Snyder to trade the entire team, coaches, staff, everything plus two billion dollars to the Packers for their whole team, etc.

    He’d get an instant contender with a future HOF QB and Both the Bears and Vikings would finally be able to beat the Packers.

    For three years or so while Ted Thompson rebuilds.

  16. Interesting thought: end or RGIII rookie contract coming up. Think Snyder will extend at a boatload of money or cut bait? House money on a boatload of money, after all, it is Snyder we are talking about

  17. To be fair I just found one mention of the raids on PFT live — compared to the 4-5 posts of dysfunction in Washington – it seems the site is maintaining its normal agenda.

  18. trumb1mj says:
    Nov 17, 2014 4:08 PM
    This team is a train wreck and it starts with their imbecile owner. Calling out your QB like that does nothing for the team…

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    Disagree totally. The QB has already called out the team publicly. If you don’t put him in his place, publicly, you are now a puppet. The players know who is in charge, and it’s not the HC

    What he did was the only option

  19. The ‘skins need a new General Manager. I suggest Jerry Jones to bring them up to the next level — then they can count on 8-8 seasons for a decade or two.

  20. “Already legendary for his sensitivity to criticism,…”


    Ha ha if only RG3 could delete the comments of his critics like the owners of this site delete critical comments.

  21. Remember RG3’s dad saying they are running RG3 too much, he ‘s not running now, so your boy cant read defenses or throw accurately, you raised a bust!!

  22. I sense there will be an increase in the number of sacks opposing defenses will get against Washington coming.

  23. RG will be gone. They thought it was Shanny. Now a new coach and the problems persist. This team plays better for the backups.

    Time to cut the loss and move on from RG3.

  24. RG3 is just a glorified track and field athlete (hurdler), he cant cut it at this level.But that doesnt matter to Snyder as long as he gets his check by next Friday…and out the door I went.

  25. Dear Mr Snyder,
    As a skinfan, after witnessing the gutsiest win in four years on Mon night@Dal, then to see a young qb gaining confidence benched, at your behest, in favor of glass joe who can’t throw, whom you handpicked, is unforgivable at best and criminal at worst, or should be. Sell the team back to the Cooke family, they have the money now and have publically said so. Furthermore, you suck.
    Sincerely,
    Skinsfans everywhere

  26. Does Washington consider shopping this guy for a first and 3rd or 4th? Not trolling, a serious question for the off season. They will have to pay this guy or trade him at some point

  27. RG3 should probably quiet down. With the way he is playing. He is lucky the Redskins are still playing him. I wonder how much longer that will last.

  28. It is unfortunate but Gruden had to do this. RG3 decided to call out his team.

    Gruden has to worry about the entire team not just one player. If he didn’t, he would’ve lost the entire locker room. It was already one of the biggest stories on local talk shows this morning, so he was right to try and nip it in the bud.

    As for Snyder, even he isn’t going to defend Griff too much longer. He is already paying Shanny for this year and next because of Grif, he won’t be paying 3 coaches next year. Especially with the performances that Griff is putting out there.

    RG3 should just shut up and play for right now. Try to win some respect back.

    I have seen some people saying that Peyton, Rodgers, and Brady all call their players out. They may chew them a new one during the game, however when they come off the field to the reporters it is all about what they did wrong and what they need to improve not what the team did. The only time you should be mentioning your team is when you are giving them credit for a win.

  29. Wonder if Snyder will draft Jameis Winston next year as the next heir apparent??? Sounds crazy initially, but since Winston will likely be radioactive to every other team, he could wind up calling DC home.

  30. Had Griffin not overthrown Jackson on two long bombs the game plan and how the game would play out changed dramatically. Get your own crap straightened out RGIII before you begin looking elsewhere to lay blame. What RGIII did is bush league at best.

  31. I don’t know if Jay Gruden will be a good coach, in fact I suspect that he won’t be based on his inability to simplify things at times with The Bengals, but to say this season is on him is a big mistake. A coach needs time to build his team, and Gruden inherited a mess of a team and a mess of a QB. Give him a year or two and a QB of his own choosing, then hold him accountable for the poor performance.
    As far as RG3 goes, it’s time to let him go. He came into this league as a kid with a good reputation and a good head on his shoulders. That’s all gone now as his head has gotten too big and he’s shown that he can’t put blame on his shoulders like the good leaders are supposed to do. Humble him with his release after this year and let someone else worry about the drama that comes along with his formerly freakish abilities.

  32. I remember when the Ravens lost to the Skins in 2012.

    Everybody said, it’s over. The Skins will take over the DMV, RGesus had arrived…

    Little did I know that the Ravens were going to go on and win the Super Bowl that year, and Ngata had dealt a death blow to RG3 knees.

    How times have changed.

  33. Put a fork in robert (Glass Legs) griffin because this turkey is done, done, done.
    The guy cannot shut up, cannot read defenses, cannot pass from the pocket, cannot pass from outside of the pocket, can no longer run, and a coach killer.
    This is his last year in DC.

  34. jm91rs says: Nov 17, 2014 4:53 PM

    I don’t know if Jay Gruden will be a good coach, in fact I suspect that he won’t be based on his inability to simplify things at times with The Bengals, but to say this season is on him is a big mistake. A coach needs time to build his team, and Gruden inherited a mess of a team and a mess of a QB. Give him a year or two and a QB of his own choosing, then hold him accountable for the poor performance.
    As far as RG3 goes, it’s time to let him go. He came into this league as a kid with a good reputation and a good head on his shoulders. That’s all gone now as his head has gotten too big and he’s shown that he can’t put blame on his shoulders like the good leaders are supposed to do. Humble him with his release after this year and let someone else worry about the drama that comes along with his formerly freakish abilities.

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    Gruden has a chance to be a good coach. This isn’t the club he can do it with.

    Griffen has a chance to be a good QB. This isn’t the club he can do it with.

    Snyder has a chance to be a good owner. As long as it’s not with any professional sports franchise.

  35. You have a week to rest and prepare for a 1-8 Bucs defense that has given up 56 and 48 points in recent weeks. The game is at home. You’ve beaten this team the last few times you’ve played them. You have your marquee #2-drafted phenom QB back.

  36. I find it interesting how a guy can complete 72% of his passes at 11 yards per catch, throw for over 200 yards a game, has a running back in each game within 10 yards of a 100 yard game.

    It ain’t the QB. Sounds like bad play calling. They are not even getting field goals out of that yards.

    The defense has shown up in 1 game that was Dallas. They won in over time.

    The other victories the Jaguars and the Titans. Other that the defense is giving up more than 25 a game.

  37. He doesn’t have to win games. Just don’t lose them! Skins are one o linemen away from having a sick offense. If the qbs just manage the game and don’t turn it over they’re a ten win offense. Defense, yeah they’re bad. Also stop the Gruden being fired talk. He’s a good coach. Give him time, a secondary and a qb.

  38. Washington fans have to be yearning for the good old days of Joe Gibbs (won 3 SB w 3 different QB’s)…now, with 3 Qb’s, Washington can’t put together a season above .500…ah, the greatness that is RG3…

  39. Good for Gruden!
    I wonder who the first phone call after the presser was from- Snyder or Bobby’s daddy?

    Snyder needs to let Gruden start from scratch if he wants to own a winning team. But everyone knows that Snyder is not that smart when it comes to football decisions.

  40. Don’t worry, Ginger Rogers Griffin – apparently being thin-skinned and a documented liar and prima donna will get you elected President someday. And like you, he is also the smartest and most talented man in the room. And like you he also attacks those who dare criticize them. And when you become President, you can use the IRS like he does.

  41. Gruden is a terrible head coach… I would take Ken Whisenhunt before I took Jay Gruden….and Whisenhunt is a joke of a head coach

  42. Nov 17, 2014 4:27 PM
    The ‘skins need a new General Manager. I suggest Jerry Jones to bring them up to the next level — then they can count on 8-8 seasons for a decade or two.
    ______________________________

    At this point 8-8 would be akin to winning a Super Bowl in Washington. How many times did you hear Romo call out the worst Defense in NFL history last year? Zero. Romo just went out played his heart out and had an 8-7 starting record not one loss to the NFCE.

  43. A coach finally tells it like it is instead of Belichickian coach speak. RG3 may not like it but the other players on the team will and that is what really matters.

  44. tanstewie says: Nov 17, 2014 4:37 PM

    Does Washington consider shopping this guy for a first and 3rd or 4th? Not trolling, a serious question for the off season.

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    A first? A first??

    This offseason, you had NFL GM’s openly questioning whether RG3 could even return a lone fourth rounder, and that was before the dumpster fire that has been RG3’s 2014 campaign.

    The Skins won’t even extend RG3’s rookie contract, why in God’s name would anyone give up more than a 5th?

  45. For all the RG3 apologists, the coach said it for all to read: ““From his basic performance, critiquing Robert, it was not even close to where it needs to be,” Gruden said, via Jones.” RG3 has regressed because he doesn’t study or practice like a pro.

  46. Robert made the fundamental mistake of overexposing himself before he did anything of substance on the field. It was a ‘get what I can out of this before the curtain closes’ attitude that opens up the rounds of criticism that he gets now. It all started when he was a rookie…he should have take the light hazing, put his nose in the playbook and understood that a rookie, no matter the draft status should be seen producing and rarely heard.

    He was also enabled by an out of touch owner, a disillusioned has-been coach and a father that did not allow him to grow as a professional in a locker room of grown men. Lastly, he lacks tact and in criticizing others who’ve been on the field, he was on the sidelines while Subway and Adidas commercials were running every play break. He has painted himself into a corner as a pro and now he has little to no leverage in contract negotiations, play calls or in personnel selections.

    He needs to watch tape of Brady, Rodgers or Manning when they do press and learn how to say ‘we’ rather than ‘I’ or ‘they’. He can be salvaged, but it will probably take a closed mouth, change of scenery, a more humble work ethic and the demand that he stand on his own without the enabling crutches and excuses from authority figures that lack credibility.

  47. My opinion of Gruden just went up big time. Whether the owner backs him or not remains to be seen, but he couldn’t have said it better in regard to what RGIII should be focused on right now. Would Bengals trade Dalton for RGIII straight up in off season? Would skins do it? I bet Gruden would rather have Andy Dalton running his offense than RGIII. Maybe RGIII is not the right fit for Gruden offense, maybe he’s not a good for for any NFL offense. IMO changes could be on the way for the skins.

  48. Uh oh…count your days Gruden. You called out Danny Boy’s QB? You’re fired bro. Don’t you know RGMe and Danny Boy are joined at the hip? That Danny Boy mortgaged the franchise for this emotional and physical paper-tissue of a QB? Man you is in trouble now.

  49. A possible angle here is the same one Shanahan used last year, namely if Gruden wants to force Snyder to fire him which triggers payment of full contract. Of course we don’t know what his contract says, but that would be the normal result, and after watching Little Danny deal with prior coaches Gruden surely understood the need to control the triggers for being paid.

  50. Like I have said before. He is a spread quarterback playing in a west coast offense. It does not fit him. He needs to go to a place that runs the true spread. Not the read option, but a run and shoot style spread. That is the bases of our offense here at Baylor. He would understand those concepts and elements better. There is too much of a thought process that goes on with the west coast especially the one hat both Gruden’s run. Not only do you have to read the defense, but you have to regurgitate ridiculously long plays that tells everyone what to do; you have to time your drop back with the routes, receivers have to run predetermined routes, and you have about 5 reads. He has to do all this on top of having an offensive line not built to pass protect. He does have issues holding the ball to long. He needs to just let a rip; but honestly he wasn’t ready to carry a bad organization. People put to much on him and in fairness he put way to much on himself. I think he was feeling himself just a little, but not as much as it was portrayed; after winning the Heisman and then rookie of the year. He probably thought that he would be able to handle saving a dismal organization. But many great qbs don’t have to. As bad as the Colts were people forget the year before they tanked that they made it to the second round of the playoffs. Indy top to bottom was a solid organization when Andrew went there. To make it even more easier on him, the colts brought in his offensive coordinator from Sanford, so he is practically 7 years into the offense that he is directing. He is comfortable because he knows it in and out. That was not the case for Rob. And many would say well the Shanahan’s installed the read option for Robert to get him comfortable so that’s a wash. No they didn’t. Many don’t understand that Rob didn’t run a read option offense in college. Art Briles offense is not a read option offense. It is a run and shoot hybrid offense with receivers running option routes versus the way the defense is lined up. Quarterback and receivers on the fly determine where to go with the ball and what route to run based on coverage. And there for the pass opens up the run. If you look at stats except for his freshman year Rob didn’t run the ball for more than 650 in a season. That was on par with Luck at Stanford. The Shanahan’s used Nevada’s offensive formation (read option) Rob’s rookie year. I know this is long but I am passionate about my bears and seeing them do well in all their endeavors. He needs a change of scenery particularly in a place that has a small media market with a solid organization top to bottom from players, coaches, front office, and owner. He needs a place that runs a spread offense that allows him to make easier pre snap adjustments without heavy progressions and verbiage and will allow him to get in a rythym becaus he is a rythym thrower. And preferably a place where he can sit behind a veteran qb for a couple of years, rest his body, and learn. A place where he doesn’t have to be the guy. Denver is a small market city that meet these criterias. New England as well. In fact they have a rookie qb behind Tom Brady that ran our offense for Coach Babers at Eastern Illinois. That’s how closely aligned the Patriots offense is with ours. It’s not as eccentric and elaborate as ours (there is only one Coach Briles and one Baylor offense) but it is a run and shoot offense so it embodies the same base principa

  51. As a Bears fan, I just shake my head in disgust.

    Teams like Washington, Oakland, Chicago – you know why they are in a constant state of disarray? Ownership. It all starts at the top.

    I’m sick to death of watching my Bears either underachieve or just flat out completely suck, and I’m sure the fans in these other two cities would say the same thing.

    Is there a nuclear option for us long-suffering fans?

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