COMMENTARY | It's been quite a drama-filled week for the Washington Redskins following their ugly loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. After recent comments made by Santana Moss regarding comments made by Robert Griffin III, maybe it's time RG3 rethinks the way he talks to the media.
On a Washington D.C. sports radio show on 106.7 The Fan Tuesday, veteran receiver Santana Moss said, "If we're going to win games, we need to win games with our guy saying, 'At the end of the day, I didn't make a play,' regardless of if it wasn't him." Essentially, Moss wants Griffin to stand up and take more responsibility for his own mistakes.
Is Moss wrong in his criticism or is he onto something? Griffin has always tried to keep a team-first mentality when talking to the media. However, he's also stood at that podium in press conferences past and has proclaimed himself as the leader of this team. I get that he doesn't want to become a "me" guy, but there's a difference between admitting to your mistakes and spreading the blame around when things go wrong.
Let's take a look at the comment from Griffin that sparked this whole mess. When asked about his game-ending interception in the end zone, Griffin said in a press conference, "We had a certain concept with running and nobody got open so I was backing up, and in the situation where you get a sack there, it ends the game."
Without directly calling out specific players, Griffin throws the whole offense under the bus. When he references the "concept" that they were running and says that, "nobody got open," it's a line directly intended for the receiving corp. When he goes on to say that he had to back up, it's aimed at the offensive line that allowed pressure.
What is lacking in this quote is accountability from the quarterback. Instead of saying how he had to back up and players were doing something different, taking responsibility for a poor throw and a bad decision would have been a better idea. Rather than blame others for the busted play, accept responsibility for the result of the play, which happened due to a poor throw from the quarterback.
As a leader, having a team mindset is great and will take him far in life. As a playmaker and integral part of this football team, he needs to take responsibility for when mistakes are made. It doesn't matter if it's bad blocking by the offensive line or a missed route by the wide receiver. When things go wrong on the field, Griffin needs to accept all responsibility in front of the media.
Robert Griffin III needs to become a thumb-pointer, not a finger-pointer. In other words, he should stick his thumb in his chest and say, "I messed up." When it comes to placing blame and explaining what went wrong, the worst thing you can do is bring someone else into the mix. As a quarterback in the National Football League, when things go wrong, you should always accept responsibility whether it's rightfully yours or not.
To give him credit, he did stand up and say that he's the quarterback and should accept responsibility following the losses to the Packers and Lions. Maybe from now on, that's all he should say. Instead of trying to explain things that happen on the field to the media, he should sit back and accept all of his mistakes and provide hopeful and encouraging words for the future.
Being a quarterback in the National Football League is difficult and unfair at times. For Robert Griffin III, biting the bullet every week and admitting to your mistakes may be the best way to handle the media for the rest of the season.
Brian Skinnell is a contributor for RantSports.com and Yahoo Sports. You can follow him on Twitter, @Brian_Skinnell.
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