Redskins' coach Jay Gruden apologizes for RG3 criticism

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Washington Redskins are in turmoil. The once storied franchise is now on its knees after an array of bad publicity in the last couple of years.

Problems off the field have stemmed from the franchise's insistence on sticking with the nickname of the Redskins despite a barrage of criticisms from fans across the country labelling the nickname as offensive to Native Americans.

But now the problems are arising on the field too following a terrible start to the season which leaves Washington out of the playoff race with a shocking 3-7 record.

Massive controversy 

Since his return from injury, Robert Griffin III has bore the brunt of the criticism for Washington's poor play. But earlier this week he took his frustrations out on his teammates by saying everyone needed to step up.

Hardly the most controversial statement in the world, but when head coach Jay Gruden addressed the comments earlier this week and told his quarterback to look at himself in the mirror, the issue blew up into a fully blown saga.

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Desperate apology 

The first-year coach said that RG3 "needs to worry about himself and not everybody else."

But fast forward 24 hours and Gruden was backtracking on his previous comments as he provided yet another embarrassing moment for the Washington franchise. Rather than sweep the saga under the carpet and let things blow over, Gruden did the worse possible thing he could be extending the controversy by apologising for something when he did nothing wrong.

"I think it was a mistake on my part," Gruden told CBS Sports. "After a loss like that, we're very disappointed in the way we played, and the question came up about how we played, and all that stuff from that.

"I just answered with the first thing that came to my mind, and sometimes the first thing that comes to your mind isn't the smartest thing. It wasn't the right thing to do on my part."

Bizarre season so far

Three of Washington's wins have been won by three different quarterbacks. Robert Griffin III got their first win on the board before he got injured and Kick Cousins impressed before he quickly fell flat on his face. Colt McCoy managed one solitary win, but RG3's return from injury put an end to his short time in the starting role.

But even with their original top dog signal caller in their ranks again, the Redskins have failed to be inspired by the play of RG3 and have been heading backwards ever since his return.

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