Robert Griffin III says he ‘wasn’t trying to take shots at anybody’

November 20, 2013
Robert Griffin III. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)
Robert Griffin III. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

With criticism swirling around him, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III said Wednesday that he “wasn’t trying to take any shots at anybody” with his postgame comments Sunday in Philadelphia and he “would take it back” if he could.

“I just have to know in that situation, after a tough loss to a divisional opponent, I can’t give anybody any opportunity to read into my words and misinterpret anything,” Griffin said following Wednesday’s practice at Redskins Park. “Some of the things I said, I was trying to give a compliment to Philly. I wasn’t trying to take any shots at anybody. And it turned out that way, and you’re asking me today. Like I said, if I could take any of that back, yeah, I would take it back because in the heat of that moment, you’re frustrated. You’re trying to figure out why things didn’t work.

“I’m trying to give you guys honest answers and it hurt us in that sense. That’s on me. I’ve just got to take more time to think about things and just not, even when I’m trying to give an honest answer, sometimes ‘Let me look at the film’ is good enough because you can look at the film and figure it out.”

Griffin and wide receiver Santana Moss spoke Wednesday, a day after Moss said in a radio interview on 106.7 The Fan that Griffin should have used the words “me” and “I” when talking about Sunday’s failures.

“Me and [Moss] talked,” Griffin said. “We’re on the same page. We just want to beat San Francisco. That’s all that matters to us right now.”

Griffin also said: “Bottom line, the last play of the game, I tried to throw the ball away. It didn’t work. It’s my fault I didn’t get it far enough out of the back of the end zone. That’s all anybody needs to know, really.”

Griffin said he spoke to Coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, and added: “We’re all on the same page.”

Of the criticism he is receiving, Griffin said: “You just have to shut it all out. And I have had to deal with criticism in my life. I dealt with two 4-8 seasons at Baylor. It’s nothing like this at this level in the NFL. But you just can’t look at that stuff. You have to come to work and put your phone away. You can’t look at any of that stuff out there. The means to get news nowadays, there are so many different ways to do it. You can’t look at it. You’ve got to block it out, never change who you are as a person, as a player, as a teammate, and just keep pushing forward.”

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What’s ahead:

● Adam Carriker status update.

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Hankerson out for the year, Morgan to start | Davis also expects to play

Garcon not bothered by Griffin comment | Golston: Locker room is not divided

D.C. Sports Bog: Cooley on Mike Shanahan | Moss on Eagles defense | More

Fletcher on RGIII: ‘Believe me. The kid is a leader‘ | Moss: No issues

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Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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