ASHBURN — Former Redskins linebacker Keenan Robinson expressed his displeasure with his former organization on Tuesday. Now, his ex-teammates have fired back.
Robinson was drafted by Washington in 2012 and was the starting middle linebacker at the beginning of last year. But after another injury-plagued season it became clear Robinson’s time with the Redskins was just about up. Will Compton took over as the starter in November and even when Robinson returned from a shoulder injury he didn’t get his job back.
Robinson talked to reporters in New York this week as he prepares to face his old team on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. But unlike Alfred Morris the week before who was returning with Dallas, Robinson unloaded on his old team. He claimed it was his choice to leave and said the atmosphere around Washington was toxic for most of his tenure — even during last year’s NFC East title run — and that any sign of adversity brought out the worst in some of his teammates. That’s pertinent with the Redskins at 0-2 and facing a tough road game to avoid a disastrous 0-3 hole.
That’s not exactly breaking news. Washington teams imploded in both 2013 and 2014, winning seven games total those two seasons. But last year’s group was thought to be closer, tighter. Not if Robinson is to be believed.
One former teammate called Robinson’s quotes “comical” and defensive end Chris Baker didn’t hold back, either.
“I don’t think that’s a problem here,” Baker said when asked if his team handles adversity the correct way. “He’s not here for a reason, so we’ve moved on from that and we’re going to stick together and play good football here.”
Added left tackle Trent Williams: “Like I said, it’s human nature for [Robinson] to have his resentment towards the organization. Totally understandable. I really don’t care to get into a back and forth in the papers. He said what he said, he’s entitled to his opinion, and that’s that. That really doesn’t matter.”
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