Jay Gruden’s a football coach. But when he’s been talking about the future of quarterback Robert Griffin III lately, he’s parsing words as carefully as a lawyer, making sure to leave himself plenty of wiggle room.
From saying he had “every intent” to keep RG3 on his as starter, the Washington coach has continued to leave a trail of bread crumbs that seem to be pointing out the door.
During an interview with Chick Hernandez of CSN Washington, Gruden was asked how much time he can allow Griffin to get comfortable.
“Well, we want to beat Indianapolis,” Gruden said, via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “We want to win every game. And I have to put the people in there who [are] gonna help us win those games. And we’re gonna seriously go down and look at this film, look at last week’s film, look at Minnesota’s film, look at Houston’s film, and try to put a plan together that will help him succeed. Or we’ll have to find out if somebody else is there that can help us beat Indianapolis instead.”
Sort of like, I guess I’ll play him, if I have to, unless something better comes up?
Gruden continued to talk about the many facets of offensive problems, working hard to make it not about one player. But it just doesn’t sound very convincing.
Asked if he planned on making a change, Gruden replied: “At this time, right now, Robert’s my guy, right now.”
The fact of the matter is, Griffin’s not playing particularly well right now, but Washington’s stuck with him. And until they can have an offseason to get him right or get him gone, these last five weeks are an exercise in treading water until they can find an answer Gruden’s more comfortable with.