Keim: Based on what I know? No, I don't. Griffin looked lost against Tampa Bay -- not just bad, but lost. It wasn't that he made some bad throws, his drops weren't matching up to the routes being run. That's sort of a big problem. The offense wasn't doing well under Griffin and the coaches lacked confidence in his game. And I think players would have had a problem had he remained on the field -- not because of personal feelings, but because of a lack of productivity. People don't always like hearing/reading that, but I can't help how others I talk to feel.
Keim: It sure seems like a lot and there are other young quarterbacks enduring their own growing pains. But Robert Griffin III hasn't won like some others (like Colin Kaepernick, for example) and he's a former Heisman Trophy winner, No. 2 pick in the draft and plays for a franchise that surrendered quite a bit for him. Also, he's a former rookie of the year. So the interest is high. And people want to know what went wrong for a quarterback who seemed on top of the world two years ago. If the Redskins were winning, I don't think you'd see the heavy focus on his game, not to the detail that it's been at least. Again, Kaepernick has some of the same issues, but making it to championship games and the Super Bowl have a way of limiting the number of critics.
Griffin's fundamentals remain inconsistent and at the heart of what must be fixed in the offseason. There's too much inconsistency with his footwork or even how he stands in the pocket. The big question: Can he ever become good in the pocket? Not everyone believes this is a skill that can be learned as a quarterback; you either have it or you don't. This is why I don't think any opinions change on him based on how he plays in the finale. \
We can close the book on Hatcher's 2014 season and it was about what should have been expected. No, not the expectations set when he signed a four-year, $27 million contract with $10.5 million guaranteed last March. But his performance was similar to those he has put up since becoming a regular starter in Dallas in 2011. He had 4.5 and 4.0 sacks in 2011 and 2012 before putting up 5.5 this year. Hatcher's 11-sack 2013 season was the outlier and that happened to be his contract year. There was every reason to believe that 2013 was the exception for a player in his early 30's. So the Redskins got the player they should have thought they were getting. But they paid an older player based on one exceptional season and got burned for it.