The drama surrounding the Washington Redskins’ quarterback position may have reached a tipping point.
A day after quarterback Robert Griffin III publicly questioned the play of his teammates, head coach Jay Gruden did little to put out the potential firestorm.
"Robert needs to understand he needs to worry about himself, No. 1, and not everybody else," Gruden said, per the team’s transcript. "It’s his job to worry about his position, his footwork, his fundamentals, his reads, his progressions, his job at the quarterback position. It’s my job to worry about everybody else. And, yes, everybody else needs to improve."
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Gruden went further, citing "fundamental flaws" and said the third-year quarterback’s play on Sunday wasn’t even close "to where it needs to be."
Griffin, who completed a misleading 71 percent of his passes in a 27-7 loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, struggled making throws downfield. Gruden noted that the three overthrows to wide receiver DeSean Jackson "were big plays" and missed opportunities.
Playing the large majority in three games this season, Griffin hasn’t led his team to a win. But until he enhances relationships inside the locker room and irons out some mishaps on the field, the Redskins won’t know if Griffin is the future quarterback of the franchise.
"His frame of mind is in the right place, it just doesn’t come out the right way sometimes, but I think he wants to get better," Gruden said of Griffin. "He knows he has a long way to go to get better and if he stays on the right track as far as work ethic and listening and preparing, then he will get there.”