The Washington Redskins lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-7 on Sunday, dropping their record to 3-7 and the bottom of the NFC East.  Robert Griffin III has been battling injuries and the team has just looked terrible overall.  During a montage for a “Sounds of the Game” type of segment played during “Football Night in America,” NBC showed a brief clip of RG3 and picked a soundbite that sounds terrible out of context.

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In the clip Griffin said, “… The great quarterbacks, the Peytons, the Aaron Rodgers, those guys don’t play well if their guys don’t play well.”

It sounds like Griffin is throwing his teammates under the bus and that’s angle I was using till I went looking for pictures of him and stumbled on this post from Larry Brown Sports.  They showed Griffin’s full quote and the question he was asked.

On the difference from 2012 to now in his performance:

“We were playing good team ball. It takes 11 men. It doesn’t take one guy, and that’s proven. If you want to look at the good teams in this league and the great quarterbacks, the Peytons and the Aaron Rodgers, those guys don’t play well if their guys don’t play well. They don’t. We need everybody. I need every one of those guys in that locker room, and I know they’re looking at me saying the same thing.”

There’s been rumors that there’s conflict in the locker room mostly against Griffin, so the shortened clip played into that storyline (journalism…).

Griffin did put the blame on himself saying,

“We can’t throw knives and stab each other in the back. I think we have good people in our locker room, men of God that are going to stick together and stay strong. So when you ask me that question, and I say all of the sacks are on me, it’s because I’m looking myself in the mirror and saying, I can do better. I have to do better. I need every man in that locker room, players and coaches, to look themselves in the mirror and say, ‘What can I do better?’”