Robert Griffin III: ‘It’s Not A Time That We’re Giving Up Or Throwing In The Towel’
ASHBURN – Despite head coach Mike Shanahan’s comments on Sunday that the Washington Redskins would begin evaluating players after their loss to Carolina, rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III said the team’s season is not over.
The Redskins fell to 3-6 after a 21-13 loss to the Panthers, who had won one of their first seven games entering Sunday. It’s the same record Washington had at the same time last season.
“Guys have to have a sense of urgency, and even though Coach said he’s using this time to evaluate players, it’s not a time that we’re giving up or throwing in the towel,” Griffin told The Free Lance-Star. “Guys know, based on the way they play, whether they’ll be here or not, and that’s a great motivator.”
Shanahan gave that term to the Carolina game early last week – a day after the Redskins had their most dismal showing of the year in a loss at Pittsburgh.
Several other Redskins players said after the game that they did not agree with Shanahan’s assessments and mentioned that the five remaining NFC East games still give them plenty to play for.
“We just haven’t played well enough,” nose tackle Barry Cofield said after the game. “To question the mentality and things like that, I’m not going to do that yet. I think we’ve got the leadership, and the young guys are hungry enough that we’re not going to lose our way. I think we’re going to keep fighting, and we’ll pull some games out.”
Griffin said after the game that he would return from the bye week, which the Redskins have this week, as a better quarterback.
“At this time in college, if you’re sitting at 3-6, basically, your season is over because you’re not going to a bowl game [and] you know, a lot of guys are jumping ship,” Griffin said Monday. “But in the NFL, you have another half of a season, and miracles have happened. I don’t think what we would do would be a miracle if we won seven straight, but I think we are in must-win territory.”