Reporting Grant Paulsen
Redskins reporter Grant Paulsen sat down for an exclusive interview with RGIII and the rookie starting quarterback said it’s not time to panic yet.
Despite what Mike Shanahan said in the post-game press conference after the 21-13 loss to Carolina about it being time to evaluate the players, RGIII says “it’s not time to jump ship.”
Griffin says he thinks a lot of people took what Shanahan said the wrong way. After the loss that sent Washington to 3-6 on the season, Coach Shanahan said after the game:
“Now we get a chance to evaluate players and see where we’re at.”
To many, that sounded like Shanahan was throwing in the towel on the season and transitioning into the mindset of evaluating players for next year, but Griffins says not so fast.
“I think a lot of people took that the wrong way,” Griffin said. “I think what he’s saying is not that we’re throwing in the towel. He’s just saying that it is time to evaluate the players.”
“If players don’t start taking responsibility or if they keep making excuses that they just won’t be here for the years to come. It’s a good motivating factor for everybody to make sure they’re not out there playing scared or to make a mistake but they’re out there being the best players that they can be.”
While the season hangs in the balance and reporters and fans are left to decide whether Shanahan intended to say it’s time to “evaluate players” to fire up the troops or if he actually is giving up on the season, Griffin says in reality it’s a little bit of both.
“I’m going to stress it to everybody. You have to have a sense of urgency. It is not time to panic. It’s not time to jump ship. But you gotta have a sense of urgency knowing that all we have is this game that’s in front of us.”