After the Redskins’ 27-7 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon, Coach Jay Gruden and quarterback Robert Griffin III addressed the media. Here’s the transcript:


On having two weeks to prepare:

“I have no explanation right now. I just have to congratulate Lovie Smith and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They came in and played with greater effort. They made plays in key situations and we didn’t. The turnover battle we lost significantly, again. We gave up six sacks and turned the ball over three times. It was a struggle today. It was a struggle all across the board.”

On defense not forcing any turnovers:

“It’s aggravating. They had 12 first downs, and they were 3-for-10 on third down. It’s frustrating. We’ve got to do a better job of giving the defense better situations to play. We’re turning the ball over and giving the ball over at the plus-30-yard-line. It’s 13-7 at the half. No one is making any plays that are significantly changing the course of the game. When I look up at the game, everything is a grind to get five yards. Defensively, we’re not making enough plays. We’ve got to look at ourselves.”

On the performance at home after having two weeks to prepare:

“It doesn’t sting anymore. Anytime you lose a game at home like this and you play like this in front of your home crowd, you’re embarrassed. We had a good week of practice to play well, and we didn’t play well. It’s very unfortunate it was in front of our home crowd. We take a lot of pride in our home crowd, and we gave them nothing to cheer about today.”

On Robert Griffin III:

“We’ll have to look at the film, but there were some concepts there where we should have been on the same page, and the ball should’ve been out. It wasn’t. Maybe he couldn’t see, or maybe there were pushing their face. I couldn’t tell from the sideline. Some of these concepts we had against the coverage that we’re playing against, we should have had some open receivers, but I’ll check out the film tomorrow.”

“After today’s performance, nobody proved they deserve to start anywhere. … You hate to pin a struggling performance on one person until you see the film. But I believe this was a total team effort, this horrific game. But he has a lot of improving to do, obviously. Just based on what I saw from the sideline, it looked like he has some things he’s got to improve on for sure. So does everybody else.”

On considering a change at quarterback during the game:

“Maybe. I don’t think it really got out of hand. Once it got to be 27-7 with about nine or 10 minutes to go, and then they had the long drive, we didn’t get the ball back until there was five minutes to go, so I didn’t think there was any point really. … We’ve got to coach him up and find out what’s holding him back.”

Griffin III:

On the six sacks:

“All of the sacks are on me. Period. We’re 3-7, and everybody in this room knows that, and everybody in that locker room knows that. We can’t do what 3-7 football teams do. We can’t throw knives and stab each other in the back. I think we have good people in our locker room, men of God that are going to stick together and stay strong. So when you ask me that question, and I say all of the sacks are on me, it’s because I’m looking myself in the mirror and saying, I can do better. I have to do better. I need every man in that locker room, players and coaches, to look themselves in the mirror and say, ‘What can I do better?'”

On the loss at home after a bye week:

“It was a travesty. It was a travesty out there today. We didn’t play well. I didn’t see the field as well as I would’ve liked to. We had turnovers. I can’t throw interceptions. We had false start penalties and holding penalties. It was just bad ball out there today. It’s not that we looked past Tampa Bay because we can’t afford to look past anybody. The fact of the matter is we’re not a very good football team right now.”

On the difference from 2012 to now in his performance:

“We were playing good team ball. It takes 11 men. It doesn’t take one guy, and that’s proven. If you want to look at the good teams in this league and the great quarterbacks, the Peytons and the Aaron Rodgers, those guys don’t play well if their guys don’t play well. They don’t. We need everybody. I need every one of those guys in that locker room, and I know they’re looking at me saying the same thing.”

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