Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said he didnâ€™t necessarily agree with quarterback Robert Griffin IIIâ€™s assessment that the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday â€śknew what was comingâ€ť in the passing attack. But Shanahan said he didnâ€™t take the comments as a shot directed at him.
Griffin and Shanahanâ€™s relationship has come under scrutiny at times because of hints of disagreements over play-calling.
Kyle Shanahan said that he had learned of Griffinâ€™s quotes from Sunday, but that unprompted, the quarterback approached him the following day and provided clarity on his intended message.
â€śYou guys make a big deal of it, and itâ€™s understandably so,â€ť Shanahan said referring to the stability of he and Griffinâ€™s relationship. â€śI totally understand that. But I try not to pay too much attention to quotes because you never really know what someone was trying to say or if they meant what they said. What helped me was Robert did come â€“ and I didnâ€™t ask him to â€“ but he came in and talked to me on Monday about it and tried to clear it up with me and tried to explain what he meant to say, and what he was meaning. Once I heard him and talked with him, I was fine with it and it made sense to me what he told me, and I had no problems with it.â€ť
The Redskins had little success in the passing game during the first half of their loss to the Eagles on Sunday. With the Eagles dropping their linebackers back into coverage to concede the run while creating a more crowded secondary, Griffin struggled to find open receivers.
As a result, the Redskins ran the ball 28 times for 160 yards and attempted just seven passes. Griffin completed four of them for 26 yards and also got sacked three times for a loss of 22 yards.
â€śThey did a good job of scheming us up Griffin said. â€śThey kind of knew what was coming before it was coming and that was disheartening. But like I told the guys, regardless of whatâ€™s going on out there, weâ€™re the players and we have to make the plays work, and we just werenâ€™t doing that in the first half.â€ť
Asked for his opinion on the Eaglesâ€™ defensive attack, Shanahan said he had a different view.
â€śI donâ€™t really look at it like that. Iâ€™ve been in games where it seems like you canâ€™t do anything, guys are just on you and theyâ€™re killing you, and you just have no answers,â€ť he said. â€śBut I definitely didnâ€™t feel like that against Philly. Whenever you have 160 rushing yards in a half, youâ€™re really doing some good things. â€¦ We were happy with that, but we didnâ€™t make plays that wouldâ€™ve put us in the end zone. We had a couple passes where it was pretty obvious they wanted to take away our [play-action passes], and when a team plays soft quarters, our receivers are doubled. When their linebackers donâ€™t step up, our receivers are quadrupled. It doesnâ€™t help with your [play-action passes], but it does help with your run game and I think thatâ€™s why we ran for 160 yards.â€ť
Griffin came under further scrutiny when Santana Moss said that the quarterback needed to take better accountability when he didn’t make plays, saying Griffin should just say that as a leader of the team, he should say he hadn’t made a play rather than explaining that wide receivers hadn’t gotten open or that his line hadn’t given him the right protection.
Shanahan said that he has no problem with Griffin’s level of accountability or leadership skills.
“I think he’s been a great leader for us since we’ve been here,” the offensive coordinator said. “He really took us on a run last year and i think he turned into a leader last year. He missed a lot of offseason, so he wasn’t always out there in the huddle and everything. But he was always around and the guys knew he was a leader. I think he’s done a good job. I know we’re going through some adversity and that tests everybody. It tests all the coaches, all the players, not just him, but everybody else in the room. It’s a challenge and it’s something you get better or worse from. I think Robert is going through all that right now, and I think it’s part of the process in making him great.”