Robert Griffin III Reportedly Asked Redskins to Omit Bad Plays from Film Study

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 24, 2013

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Robert Griffin III's sophomore season in the NFL hasn't exactly gone to plan, and the result has been escalating drama surrounding the Washington Redskins.

Now, NFL reporter Michael Silver reports that RG3 has requested the Redskins' coaching staff eliminate his "bad plays" from the film study:

UPDATE: Tuesday, Nov, 26, at 12:37 a.m. ET

After the Redskins 27-6 loss to the 49ers on Monday, RG3 responded to the rumors (via Zac Boyer of The Washington Times):

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Silver also points out that Griffin is apparently frustrated with head coach Mike Shanahan:

Shanahan has since denied the reports to Mike Jones of the Washington Post:

If these reports are accurate, Griffin can expect endless criticism from fans and talking heads around the league. While being "insecure" is certainly nothing to be ashamed of, NFL players—especially franchise superstars—must be able to hold themselves accountable when they make mistakes.

Although there a number of people to blame for Washington's poor play, including the coaching staff, offensive linemen, wide receivers and running backs, Griffin's inaccuracy and poor decision-making at times have definitely added to the problems on offense.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 17:  Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins walks off the field following the Redskins 24-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 17, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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The former Heisman Trophy winner is only completing 59.7 percent of his passes this season and currently ranks 21st in the league in that department. Griffin also has 10 interceptions through 10 games after tossing just five all of last season. 

His game-ending pick in Week 11's loss to Philadelphia led veteran wideout Santana Moss to essentially call out the second-year signal-caller for not taking responsibility for his mistake. Moss said on 106.7 The Fan, via CBS DC's Chris Lingebach:

At the end of the day, I was seen with the ball in my hand last, as a quarterback I’m saying, and if it didn’t get done then I’m going to let you know it was me. ... [A]s a leader, you understand that if you’re involved in the situation, whether you’re the receiver, the quarterback, the guys making the tackle, whoever, regardless of the outcome, good or bad, you have to at some point, stand up and say "me" or "I."

Surprisingly, the 3-7 Redskins are only 2.5 games off the pace in the NFC East.

But Washington has a challenging schedule to conclude the year that's highlighted by Monday night's matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. A third straight loss would all but bury the defending NFC East champions.


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