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In Washington, the Dysfunction of Congress is Contagious

Polarizing Starting QB RGIII is just one of the problems facing Gruden and D.C.'s NFL franchise.

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Call Them the Dramatics.

The “Dramatics” is the perfect name if Washington changes its team name. Washington’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during Week 11 has unearthed a bunch of team issues, led by Robert Griffin III calling out his teammates.  In post-game comments, the QB from Auburn said, “If you want to look at the good teams in this league and the great quarterbacks, the Peyton (Manning) and the Aaron Rodgers, those guys don’t play well if their guys don’t play well,” Griffin said. He added, “They don’t. We need everybody.”

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Buccaneers S Brandon Dixon (39) knocks down Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (10) during the first half of their game. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Players/Coaches React

Washington’s volatile and explosive WR DeSean Jackson posted a vague quote on his Instagram account after the Bucs loss “You can’t do epic [stuff] with basic people.” As the media got wind of the comment and asked for clarifications, Jackson did not elaborate on the post. Was it an affirmation of Griffin’s comments? Was Jackson calling is QB “basic.” We didn’t get an answer. Head Coach Jon Gruden didn’t hesitate to respond with his own post-game comments, calling the franchise quarterback “spoiled.” Gruden elaborated on his sentiments with the NFL Network’s Albert Greer:

His biggest thing [referring to RGIII,] he’s been coddled for so long.” “It’s not a negative, he’s just been so good, he just hasn’t had a lot of negative publicity. Everybody’s loved him. Some adversity is striking hard at him now. How he reacts to that off the field, his mental state of mind, hopefully it’s not in a negative way. I read Drew Brees said after a couple interceptions, ‘I’m never going to lose confidence, I’m going to come out firing all the time.

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We previously reported the Washington locker room has lost confidence in RGIII. The quarterback’s bad footwork has already been called out by his head coach and now ex-players are piling it on. Former 49ers great Steve Young told Pro Football Talk this week, “I’ve talked to his previous coaches, people I really trust and admire, that know quarterbacks. He doesn’t put the time in,” Young said on the Michael Kay radio show.” Ouch. Washington is a disaster. Can they play the Giants soon so Big Blue can get a win?

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