Reporting Chuck Carroll
LANDOVER, Md. (CBSDC) — It’s one thing for a player in the NFL to speak candidly about the frustrations of being on an under performing team. It’s another thing for the player to speak his mind and then back it up with his best performance of the year.
That is exactly the case with Washington Redskins receiver Pierre Garçon who amassed 172 yards behind seven receptions Sunday in the overtime win against the San Diego Chargers.
The 27-year-old was openly critical of the Redskins offense following the team’s implosion against the Denver Broncos one week earlier.
Flash forward seven days and all appears to be forgiven — if there ever was true locker room turmoil to begin with.
“I think Pierre just speaks his mind,” head coach Mike Shanahan said after the game. “He was a little disappointed after the game [last week in Denver]. He’s a team player, but he’s been like that since he’s been here.”
Shanahan went on to praise Garçon’s run blocking and play making abilities.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III, who feels the receiver really “stepped up” this week, echoed the sentiments of his coach.
“You have to let that stuff run its course,” Griffin said. “Everyone’s looking for someone to point the finger at. What we talk about in our locker room is making sure we stay together and nothing else matters, so forget all the chatter. That’s what I tell the guys and that’s what you have to do.”
The Redskins had one of their best all-around offensive outings of the season against the Chargers, who previously were unbeaten this year when traveling to face east coast teams. Yet, Garçon feels there is much work left for Griffin and Co. to do.
“We still need to convert on third downs, especially in crucial moments and on those last drives when we’re out there,” said Garçon. “The day’s going to come where we’re going to have to be better. We’ve got to keep fighting, and we’ve got a short week looking forward to Minnesota.”