Robert Griffin III says Benching Was ‘Coach’s Decision’

Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will start against the Vikings, a source confirmed to ESPN.
Robert Griffin III

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III didn’t have much to say about coach Jay Gruden’s decision to bench him, repeating a phrase as he walked to the locker room during a 40-second interview.

“Coach’s decision,” Griffin said when asked about the move. “I’m here to help this team win.”

Gruden told the quarterbacks Tuesday that he was going to start Colt McCoy ahead of Griffin this weekend.

Griffin declined to speak with the media about the decision Wednesday, though he hung out in the locker room and engaged in some small talk. He appeared disappointed and stung by the move. In practice, there wasn’t much of a dropoff, if any, in his energy.

But it marked the second season in a row that he might possibly finish on the bench. Last season, then-coach Mike Shanahan pulled him from the lineup for the final three games, saying he wanted Griffin to finish the season healthy.

“Like I said, coach’s decision,” Griffin said.

Gruden said Griffin had not developed far enough in his game to keep starting. The Redskins’ offense produced only 20 points in the past two games combined. Griffin had not looked decisive at times and his fundamentals within the framework of the offense were an issue for the coaches.

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SOURCE: John Keim

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