Coach Jay Gruden Explains Timeout Decision In Final Minute Of Chiefs Game

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What was supposed to be a bounce back season for Robert Griffin III has reached a low point.

In addition to the Washington Redskins falling to 3-7 thanks to a 27-7 home loss to Tampa Bay Sunday, the third-year quarterback seemed to go a little too far in calling out his teammates (along with himself) in his postgame press conference.

Former players are killing the team over the airwaves, fans are clamoring to start a guy who began the year as the third-string quarterback and wide receiver DeSean Jackson added some cryptic Instagram photos Monday morning that were pretty much the opposite of motivational posters.

That’s the climate head coach Jay Gruden walked into at Redskins Park when he faced the assembled media for his weekly Monday afternoon press conference.

He handled it about as well as he possibly could have.

Asked point blank about Griffin’s comments that great quarterbacks “don’t play well if their guys don’t play well,” Gruden responded with a direct rebuke to his team’s franchise signal caller.

“Robert needs to understand he needs to worry about himself number one and not everybody else. It’s his job to worry about his position, his footwork, his fundamentals, his reads, his progressions, his job at the quarterback position,” Gruden said. “It’s my job to worry about everybody else. Everybody else needs to improve, there’s no question about it. But it’s not his place. His place is to talk about himself and he knows that. He just elaborated a little bit too much and he’ll learn from it. He’s 24 years old and he wants everything to be perfect around him. Yesterday was far from perfect.”

He specifically addressed a number of Griffin’s footwork mistakes during the game, pointing out several “fundamental flaws” and calling the performance “not close to being good enough to what we expect from the quarterback position.”

Gruden was also supportive of Griffin as the team’s starter and offered praise of his work ethic and desire during the 20-minute Q&A session, often exuding the vibe of a disappointed father who needs to give his kids some tough love.

“[Griffin’s] frame of mind is in the right place,” Gruden noted towards the end of the presser. “It just doesn’t come out the right way sometimes.”

Griffin tweeted the following after Gruden’s presser.

I would never throw my teammates under the bus! I take responsibility for my play & will play better. #HTTR

— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) November 17, 2014

The first-year head coach addressed specific defensive lapses and remained direct about his team’s goals heading into the final six games of the season.

For as much of a garbage fire as the team has been on the field, the dysfunction inside the Redskins organization continues to stem from the owner’s box.

Gruden may not be getting any better results than his predecessor Mike Shanahan, but at least he’s coming across as a straight-shooter who isn’t afraid to speak his mind to his players and the media.

Remember Mike Shanahan’s scorched earth press conference last December after he benched Griffin in favor of Kirk Cousins? It’s possible that a few more years under this administration could end up having the same effect on Gruden if he lasts that long, but right now Jay Gruden is treating his players like adults, even if that’s a unique characteristic in the organization.

Source : http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/11/jay-gruden-griffin-redskins-presser

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