You never want to hear a player use the phrase "outcoached" when talking about his team. That's when things have gone off the rails for a team. So it's good that Robert Griffin III didn't say that. But he came pretty close.
Asked why the Redskins were struggling early in Sunday's game against the Eagles -- Washington was down 17-0 at half -- Griffin said to "give credit" to the Eagles and they "knew what was coming" in the Redskins passing game.
"You have to give credit where credit is due to Philly. They did a good job of scheming us up," Griffin said. "Obviously, we were able to run the ball effectively, but in the passing game; they kind of had us. They kind of knew what was coming before it was coming and like I said, that is disheartening. But we still have to find ways and that's what I told the guys—no matter what's going on out there, we're the players, we have to make the plays work. We just weren't able to do that during that first half."
The only way that someone can know what's coming in the NFL is through film study. That's done by coaches and if they figured out that Washington was doing certain things and got ready for them, then you have to give Chip Kelly credit.
But you also have to wonder about Mike Shanahan and Kyle Shanahan being too predictable. It shouldn't be that easy to pick up on what Washington's doing in the passing game, but tbe Eagles managed to do it. Asked about having to scramble a bunch and deal with broken-down plays, Griffin again pointed out that the Redskins were "schemed up pretty good."
“Like I said, they kind of had us schemed up pretty good. It's something that you go back and you watch on film and everybody will learn from it," Griffin said. "Like I told you, there were a lot of broken plays, a lot of scrambling around trying to make things happen. It's not what you want when you come out in the beginning of the game. You want to get those plays to work for you, you want to get the positive yardage, convert third downs, and all that stuff was not working."
The comments aren't specifically directed at either Shanahan. You can make the case that Griffin's simply flustered by the losses.
But it's hard to find a scenario where he's not throwing his coaches under the bus here. If that's the case, it might turn out the fractured-looking relationship we saw all offseason is in worse shape than we ever imagined.
That's bad news for everyone involved, but it's particularly bad for the Shanahans, especially as the L's pile up.