“Any person that isn’t willing to put their name to a comment doesn’t deserve any respect at all,” Theismann said. “If you’re telling me that a coach said that, the coach has no spine, he’s a spineless individual and that’s the bottom line. To make an irresponsible, stupid statement like that, Robert needs the work. And, oh, by the way, there’s only one part of that offensive line that wasn’t a starter and that was Will Smith on the left side. To say that Jay would put him out there for any reason other than to get him work, is an absolute insult to a coach. You’ve known me long enough, and the people listening to this show have known me long enough, if I say something, my name goes to it. If you want to be a man, if you have an opinion, why don’t you put your name to it instead of being an anonymous coach, which is a bunch of baloney, and to me spineless and gutless. If you’ve got something to say, open your mouth and put your name to it. Then I’ll listen to you. But as far as that statement goes, it’s ridiculous that anyone would make that assumption. Robert needs work and he needs a lot of work, and getting hurt doesn’t help it.”
The coach’s comments to Freeman weren’t the first damning comments about Griffin and the Redskins this summer. In July, one anonymous offensive coach told ESPN that Griffin “is done.” Another coach suggested the Redskins’ projected starter is delusional and lacks humility.
Possibly prompted by ESPN’s survey, Redskins safety Duke Ihenacho expressed his disdain for anonymous sources at the time.
Niles Paul, who suffered a season-ending injury in the Redskins’ first preseason game, watched last week’s win over the Lions on TV. He didn’t name names, but he was none too pleased with some of the information being reported from anonymous sources.
Theismann, who is providing commentary on the Redskins Broadcast Network during the preseason, went on record about Griffin’s struggles and the team’s QB situation on Monday.
“You have to be concerned if your quarterback gets hit as much as he did with the first units on the football field, it doesn’t matter who was out there,” he said. “It’s a difficult situation for Jay [Gruden], because lets just say he decided he wanted to play Colt [McCoy] or Kirk [Cousins] with the first unit, it would probably even be a bigger firestorm than it’s been. I think it’s important that Robert get the work in.”
Theismann didn’t blame all of the offense’s struggles against the Lions on the offensive line.
“The thing that disappointed me the other night is one of the things that is stressed very, very diligently by the coaches is protect the football in the pocket,” Theismann continued. “Protect the football when you’re trying to escape the pocket. The ball just fell out of Robert’s hands when he wound up getting hurt. That’s a concern for me. That has nothing to do with the offensive line, absolutely nothing to do with the protection. That has to do with the fundamentals of the position, and those are the things that Robert, he can’t be a continuing work in progress. Morgan Moses is coming off a Lisfranc injury on his foot, Brandon Scherff is a rookie, they’re works in progress. You’ve got about two weeks for the works in progress to be up to speed to be able to play at a high NFL level. Time’s running out. You need to see something. The fans need to see something to get excited, or at least get comfortable with where the Redskins are as far as their position at quarterback goes.”