Redskins coach Jay Gruden delivered another honest, but fair, assessment of quarterback Robert Griffin III. Gruden didn’t rip into Griffin; he also didn’t soft-pedal his take on where Griffin is at in his development, recognizing the talent he possesses but also what he still must do.
After Sunday’s 27-7 loss to Tampa Bay, Gruden provided more honesty than most coaches when it came to his quarterback. It’s not as if he blamed Griffin for everything. He knows Griffin is a young quarterback; he also knows he must play better. Here’s what he said about Griffin’s game:
On Griffin's vision in the pocket: “We’ll have to look at the film. There were concepts there that we should have been on the same page [about] and the ball should have been out and it wasn’t. Maybe he couldn’t see, maybe there was pushing in his face. I couldn’t tell from the sidelines. With some of these concepts that we had for the coverage we were playing against, we should have had some open receivers.”
On why he didn’t change quarterbacks during the game: “Once it got to be 27-7, they had the long drive and we didn’t get the ball back until five minutes to go, I didn’t think there was any point, really. … I thought it was just smart to run the clock out and get out of here and lick our wounds and move onto the next one. We’ve got to coach [Griffin] up and find out what’s holding [him] back and continue to have him do the things he does well and find out what those are and continue to work on the things he’s having trouble with.”
On Griffin’s play since 2012: “That’s something we have to find the answer to and he has to find the answer to. When you come out and have such great success as a rookie, then it’s expected on every game and every time you walk on the field. People have to understand that he’s still a young kid and defenses have changed and he’s got to change with them. He’s got to continue to grow and get better and I see every week that there is a great player that struggles at that position. But we’ve got to do a better job of coaching him and getting in his brain and finding out what he knows and what he doesn’t know. He’s a talented kid. There’s no doubt about that. I have no explanation as far as why he struggles since his rookie year, other than the fact it’s a tough game and you’ve just got to continue to perform.”