Thom Loverro: One thing is clear: RG3 not to blame for Redskins' loss

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At the end of the Washington Redskins' 21-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, quarterback Robert Griffin III stood on the field as time expired and looked at the sidelines with his arms out. His body language wasn't all that different from what any of us have done in our lifetime.

Typically, that language says, "Are you kidding me?" Or maybe, "You can't be serious."

I asked RGIII in the postgame news conference what he was upset about at the end of the game -- he clearly expressed frustration or disbelief after a pathetic last-second attempt to win the game, a short pass to Brandon Banks.

Was it the outcome, the execution of the play or the play itself?

"Everything. I mean the outcome of the game, period," he said. "We didn't execute the plays that we wanted to execute. It's a bad feeling when you are walking off the field, knowing that you didn't execute like you wanted to.

"People are going to criticize. They are going criticize to the coaches. They are going to criticize the players. They are going to say a drastic change needs to be made. I don't feel that way. I feel it's on us, the players, to make sure that we go out there and play, regardless of what Coach calls -- offense, defense or special teams. We're the ones out there playing. We've got to make plays happen."

I love this kid. He's more impressive to me now than ever.

RGIII has taken not just the offense but the team and the entire franchise on his shoulders. He stood in that postgame news conference and defended the entire organization, showing no signs of despair.

The same can't be said for his coach, Mike Shanahan, who looked like a beaten man in the postgame news conference Sunday and then pretty much declared himself beaten when he said, "You lose a game like that, now you're playing to see who obviously is going to be on your football team for years to come. I'll get a chance to evaluate players and see where we're at."

And where is the so-called general manager, Bruce Allen? Busy with his homecoming chairman duties? He should be stepping out and defending the organization -- not his 23-year-old rookie quarterback.

Now the criticisms start about RGIII, and they come from critics who are blind to the working conditions the young quarterback is facing. All he is left with as reliable receivers are Joshua Morgan and Logan Paulsen -- neither of whom will be returning to FedEx Field when they honor the 90 greatest Redskins someday.

Yet RGIII managed to complete nearly 60 percent of the 39 passes he threw and without an interception. A bad day?

Are you kidding me?

Examiner columnist Thom Loverro is the co-host of "The Sports Fix" from noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday on ESPN980 and espn980.com. Contact him at tloverro@washingtonexaminer.com.

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