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RG3 flattered by MVP talk

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RG3 flattered by MVP talk

In recent days, Robert Griffin III’s name has been thrown into the MVP conversation by Jimmy Johnson, ESPN.com and other media outlets.

Griffin acknowledged after Wednesday's practice that he’s flattered by the chatter. But the rookie quickly added that he won’t get caught up in the hype – even after passing for four touchdowns in back-to-back victories and propelling the Redskins back into the playoff picture. 

“To be mentioned with the words MVP next to you is definitely an honor,” Griffin said at Redskins Park. “But it’s not something that you strive for.” 

Griffin insisted that he's focused on beating the Giants on Monday night and extending the Redskins’ post bye week run. How much longer the run lasts figures to have a direct impact on how much longer Griffin remains in the MVP conversation.

Either way, though, last year’s Heisman Trophy winner doesn’t sound concerned about individual accolades. 

“You don’t play for awards, or at least I know I don’t play for awards,” Griffin said. “I play for the guys in that locker room.” 

Some other highlights from Griffin’s weekly media availability, which, as usual, left the quarterback – and the reporters interviewing him – thoroughly entertained: 

--On the first meeting with the Giants: “It’s a game we felt we should have won, and we didn’t win it. But I won’t say it’s a revenge game or anything.” 

--On Pierre Garçon’s impact since returning: “As you all saw on Thanksgiving, when he spun that ball [after a catch]. He was staring at it. No one knew what world he was in. He was in his own world. That’s how he is. He was in a zone.”

--On Trent Williams’ deep thigh bruise: “If he needs me in the training room with him, I’ll rub on his leg, whatever he needs me to do. He completes that offensive line.” 

--On the increased sense of urgency: “Call it what you want: a playoff game, an elimination game. Doesn’t matter to us. We just know we have to go out and win.” 

--On back-to-back four touchdown performances: “It will be mindboggling after the season. I can’t sit back and rest on those things right now.”

--On fellow rookie Alfred Morris: “It’s good to see that he’s not slowing down after all the carries throughout the year, especially when they talk about the rookie wall. He hasn’t hit that.”

--On the game-clinching drive at Cowboys Stadium: “It was gut-check time, and we definitely checked their gut. ... [Laughter] I’m good for one every time."

--On being politically correct in DC: “I definitely pay attention to politics, but I don’t get involved in politics. Because there are a few things you don’t talk about: race, religion and politics. And I stick to that. ...My political correct answer is, ‘No comment’ a lot of the time.”

When the session ended, Griffin turned to the assembled reporters and cameras and cracked, "Good job. That was fun."

Indeed, it was.

 

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Somehow, the Redskins still have a fairly straightforward playoff path. Somehow

Somehow, the Redskins still have a fairly straightforward playoff path. Somehow

You're going to feel absurd for reading the following sentence, but probably not as absurd as it felt to type the following sentence.

The Redskins, who are on their fourth option at QB, who made the '18 Giants look like the '72 Dolphins and who are large underdogs this weekend to the 4-9 Jaguars, actually still have a straightforward path to the playoffs.

Now, the word "straightforward" only applies to the path on paper, because realistically, there's nothing straightforward about fixing the litany of issues that are plaguing Washington at the moment.

Regardless, by losing on Monday night to the Seahawks, the Vikings blew a chance to separate themselves from a pack of NFC teams chasing(?) them and their final wild card spot. The Redskins are one of those teams, and here's how they could pass Minnesota to qualify for the postseason:

With the way the season is unfolding, you'd expect the Burgundy and Gold's playoff scenario to involve a bunch of teams losing a bunch of times in these final three weeks. The tweet above illustrates that's clearly not the case. They only need Minnesota to drop one more to go along with the Redskins winning out.

Of course, the Redskins stringing three straight plays together without committing a holding penalty feels like too much to ask for, so anyone expecting a three-game winning streak is either a bit crazy or a relative of Josh Johnson. But still, they're not out of the hunt quite yet. Somehow.

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Jay Gruden not considering changes to his coaching staff

Jay Gruden not considering changes to his coaching staff

The Redskins gave up 40 points and more than 400 yards in a loss to the Giants last Sunday, and that was without Odell Beckham suited up for New York. 

The Redskins have lost four straight games, and five of six, while giving up more than 30 points three times. 

The Redskins surrendered more than 200 rushing yards to the Giants, and have not held an opponent under 100 yards rushing in their last six games. 

You get the idea. 

After the Washington defense got out to an impressive start to the season, things have fallen apart down the stretch.

Despite the struggles, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has no intention of shaking up his coaching staff.

"No. Not really," Gruden said on the Redskins Talk podcast when asked about any coaching changes. 

As the Redskins struggle and lose their grip on a playoff spot, it's not unheard of to think some staff changes might be coming. The Panthers fired two defensive assistants last weekend, and as the NFL season approaches the finish line, more coaches will lose their jobs. 

In Washington though, it seems the staff is safe. Still, the Giants loss stings. 

The Redskins' offense has been decimated by injuries, particularly at quarterback and along the offensive line. There was some leeway for a loss to New York, but not when the home team got down 40-0 to a 4-8 Giants team. 

That type of deficit brings questions. Questions about the coaches, questions about effort.

On Sunday, Gruden made clear he understands his future is week to week.

"We have a game to win next week in Jacksonville," the coach said. "We have to go about trying to find a way to do it."

On Monday, he made clear his assistants are safe. As far as he is concerned anyway. 

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