I’m not sure any single play in Robert Griffin III’s Redskins career has elicited as much instantaneous negative feedback as his last-minute interception Sunday afternoon. On a third and 1 at the Philly 18, with more than 20 seconds still on the clock, it seemed a few plays and a few seconds premature for what sure looked like a hopeless Hail Mary.
The first question of his postgame press conference, of course, asked Griffin to go through that final play.
“We had a certain concept we were running, and nobody got open,” Griffin began. “So I was backing up, and in a situation where if you get a sack there it ends the game, trying to throw the ball out of the back of the end zone. Didn’t get to where I wanted it to go. Obviously I was on my heels, and it’s something I can definitely learn from. But at the end of the day, for us to claw back the way we did, it sounds cliché and we always talk about character, but the guys in that locker room are family, and they fought hard. It’s tough to swallow something like that, but we’ve got to digest it and move. There’s still games to be played, and we’ve got to go play them.”
So Griffin was trying to throw the ball away there, not just flinging it up for grabs. Still, like I said, the feedback was not positive.
“Threw it up for grabs,” Sonny Jurgensen said on the Redskins Radio Network.
“There’s no answer to what he just did there,” Chris Cooley said. “There’s no reason. That’s a disastrous throw. He’s got no one, he’s got to figure something else out. To [throw that] is not a solution, in any way, for Robert.”
“He just threw it up for grabs, and there was nobody there,” Larry Michael said. “The corner, Boykin, was there. He makes the easy interception, and this game is over. The Redskins turn it over in the red zone. They let ‘em off the hook.”
“Well, they played bad football for three quarters, and it was too much to come back from,” Cooley said. “It’s unfortunate after that drive that they end the game on bad football. That’s two red zone turnovers by Robert Griffin III. Unacceptable to turn the ball over.”
Cooley and Jurgensen weren’t the only Redskins legends to chime in.
#Redskins Bad pass by RG3, the offense play well enough to win.
— Larry Brown (@LarryBrown43) November 17, 2013
Terrible decision by Robert
— Joe Theismann (@Theismann7) November 17, 2013
And the reaction from the media was equally swift, and equally negative.
— Dan Hellie (@DanHellie) November 17, 2013
A jump ball? Really?
— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) November 17, 2013
What was that??
— Lindsay Murphy (@LindsayFox5) November 17, 2013
That was about as dumb of a play as you’ll see in the NFL #Redskins
— Sky Kerstein (@SkyKerstein) November 17, 2013
— Rob Carlin (@RobCarlinCSN) November 17, 2013
All in for Week 12.
— David Steele (@David_C_Steele) November 17, 2013
Wow. Griffin just blew that play in a huge way. Guy in his face, tries to throw away deep mid and a pick. Wow.
— John Keim (@john_keim) November 17, 2013
— Andy Pollin (@andypollin1) November 17, 2013
There you go…3rd/1 and geame over…Robert back pedaling and a terrible INT. Was under pressure ..Could not take intentional gorunding.
— Chris Russell (@Russellmania980) November 17, 2013
The will to….what was that?
— Scott Van Pelt (@notthefakeSVP) November 17, 2013
RG1.5’s 1st prayer/underthrown became TD. But this last one ends the voting for Silliest/Clumsiest/Most Foolish Prayer Ever.#Redskins
— Dave Kindred (@DaveKindred) November 17, 2013
— thom loverro (@thomloverro) November 17, 2013
Note: not opinion, just facts. RG3 missed 2 receivers for touchdowns, and had two drive-killing turnovers. Not his finest day.
— Kevin Merida (@meridak) November 17, 2013