It was open season on Robert Griffin III, Jay Gruden and the Washington Redskins during Sunday morning’s NFL pregame shows. There are rumors swirling all over Washington about the young quarterback’s future: RG3 could be benched as early as Sunday against the 49ers, the team could pursue a trade, he could be released outright — heck, he could be President Obama’s next Supreme Court appointment. Everything is on the table. And that led to some hard hitting from some of the league’s most respected voices, particularly on Jay Gruden’s harsh criticism of his QB.
Jimmy Johnson (Fox): “How many coaches have you ever seen in a press conference call out their quarterback and point out his mistakes in a press conference?
Tony Gonzalez (CBS): “I have definitely never seen a coach come out after a player like that.”
Though neither has been clearly been paying enough attention to Notre Dame football this season, their points are salient. Jay Gruden’s biggest mistake this year — besides almost every on-field decision — is his honesty. It’s refreshing in a day and age in which players and coaches play things closer to the vest than someone at the final table of a poker tournament. But that candor has drawbacks, like this. Everyone loves refreshing when you’re winning. No one appreciates it when you’re losing.
Bart Scott (CBS): “When you don’t pick right on your quarterback, it sets your franchise back. This guy is 4-14 in his last 18 games. He doesn’t get it.”
SOURCE: USA Today