The Washington Redskins may have gotten in the win column this weekend – this after beating the St. Louis Rams, 17-10 – but all is apparently not well in our nation’s capital.
According to Bleacher Report NFL writer Jason Cole, there is palpable tension between Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins – to the point where the two quarterbacks do not speak to each other and cannot even be in the same room together.
Is this true?
“That’s not true at all,” Washington receiver Pierre Garcon said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones.
All righty. That was a succinct response. Direct and to the point.
Gregg Giannotti, however, didn’t let Garcon off the hook that easily.
So, RG3 and Cousins can be in the same room and they talk to each other, but what’s the relationship like? Is it good or bad?
“The relationship is good,” Garcon said. “They have no problem at all. It’s football. We all have a job to do. At the end of the day, it’s all about team, not about one person.”
But if the relationship is good, why are there reports that it isn’t? Why are there reports that RG3 is a bad teammate?
“I don’t know,” Garcon said. “I couldn’t tell you why people report things like that. Most of the reports are never true. But it’s just the situation that we’re in.”
Jay Gruden has received considerable criticism for his handling of RG3 – and Washington’s quarterback situation in general – but Garcon said that Gruden is well-liked and well-respected within the locker room.
“He’s a very, very good coach,” Garcon said. “He’s very good at communicating with the players, communicating with the coaches, things that we like, what we don’t like, what we want to do, how we want to approach things and what’s good for us, the players. He definitely communicates. He’s very active. He gets a lot of feedback from us and we’re definitely happy to have him.”
Garcon said it isn’t difficult to ignore the rumors and outside noise that could potentially derail a team.
“You have to ignore it,” Garcon said. “Football is about football, not about everything else that’s going on off the field. If we win games, if we score touchdowns and play well, everything else will disappear. When you don’t win, everything else is a distraction and everything else is bad. But you just continue to focus on the job, (which is) football.”