The relationship between Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and head coach Mike Shanahan already was being dissected and discussed in depth before Sunday's loss — and what Griffin said afterward.
Griffin, per the Washington Post's Mike Jones, had a telling statement about the Redskins' gameplan in their 24-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles that might have knocked them out of playoff contention.
“They did a good job of scheming us up,” Griffin said. “They kind of knew what was coming before it was coming and that was disheartening. But like I told the guys, regardless of what’s going on out there, we’re the players and we have to make the plays work, and we just weren’t doing that in the first half.”
When a player says that the opponent knew what was coming, is that a not-so-subtle knock on the coaching? Is Griffin saying the Eagles just guessed well? Either way, it doesn't reflect too well on Shanahan and his staff for not having a better first-half plan of attack.
Griffin did say he didn't think the Redskins have become stale, or predictable in general.
“I don’t think it has become predictable,” he said. “DeMeco Ryans is a good linebacker and they do good things with him and the other guy — Najee Goode. They allowed DeMeco to play the pass first. A lot of times, we were trying to hit those [play-action] holes behind him and he can run to those holes.
"I think on the back, they did a good job of running to those holes as well – kind of scheming stuff and knowing what type of hole we’re trying to hit on those three level holes, or whatever you might want to call it. I don’t think we’ve become predictable. I just think they had the right call in the right situation and they lucked into some pretty good recoveries.”
So Griffin did use the word luck, for what it's worth. That softens the comments somewhat. But it's telling that Griffin and other players — Brandon Meriweather and London Fletcher, among them — suggested that the Eagles were one step ahead of the Redskins early on, helping set the tone in the loss.
That can't be seen as a strong vote of confidence for the team's preparation process as it tries to figure out solutions for a season slipping away at 3-7.
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