By the end of last regular season, everything was great in Washington. The Redskins were winning. Everyone was happy.
This year the Redskins are 3-7, and nobody seems too pleased.
The controversy this week started on Sunday. Griffin said "nobody got open" on his interception that ended the Redskins' chances of beating Philadelphia, and that the Eagles "kind of knew what was coming" from the Washington offense. Shots at the receivers and coaching staff, all in one press conference.
Receiver Santana Moss didn't seem too pleased with the first part. Coach Mike Shanahan took exception to the second part. Which left Griffin to defend himself against their comments.
Nope, nobody's happy when a team is losing.
Moss questioned Griffin's postgame comments during an interview on 106.7 The Fan.
“(W)hether you’re the receiver, the quarterback, the guys making the tackle, whoever, regardless of the outcome, good or bad, you have to at some point, stand up and say ‘me’ or ‘I,'" Moss said, according to the Washington Post.
Shanahan said the Eagles didn't know what was coming, which seemed to be a shot at him and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, but explained Griffin hadn't seen the kinds of coverages that the Eagles threw at him on Sunday.
Griffin didn't say a ton on Wednesday, relying on some cliches to defend himself.
"Me and 'Tana' talked, we're on the same page," Griffin said. "We just want to beat San Francisco."
He also gave a tepid answer when asked what his relationship was with the Shanahans.
"It's three guys that want to win football games," Griffin said about Moss. "We want to win that's the bottom line."
This is the life Griffin will lead as a high-profile superstar on a high-profile team. Last season was a blast as he won the NFL's offensive rookie of the year award and the Redskins won the NFC East. That's not the case now. There were at least 13 links on the Washington Post's Redskins site to items related to Griffin this week, almost all of them discussing his postgame comments, leadership or his second-year regression.
"Whenever you're not winning, it creates a lot of madness," Griffin said.
That's the truth.
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