The Washington Times - November 4, 2013, 10:26AM

After playing what was arguably the worst game of his career in a 45-21 loss to the Denver Broncos on Oct. 27, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was criticized heavily not only for the way he played, but also for the way his team played as it lost for the fifth time in seven games.

Griffin responded with a commendable performance Sunday in a 30-24 overtime victory over the San Diego Chargers – his 71.9 completion percentage was the highest of the season – and began to address how he responded to that criticism after the game.

“What we talk about in our locker room is making we stay together, and ‘Nothing else matters, so forget all the chatter,’” Griffin said. “That’s what I tell the guys and that’s what you have to do. You have to come to work every day ready to go.”

Griffin then thanked Chargers free safety Eric Weddle, who sought him out on the field after the game and gave him a pep talk. Griffin said what Weddle told him “was in reference to the critics and stuff like that,” but he chose not to elaborate.

Weddle, in his locker room after the game, did.

“It was just, you know, Robert’s an amazing individual on and off the field, and he’s gonna get criticized, everything he does,” Weddle said. “I’ve been there: A guy that’s the best player and a guy that has been run out of town. Basically, I said, ‘Just forget about what the outside thinks. Do what you do, lead the team. You’re a great player, and just focus on what you can control,’ basically. When you learn how to not worry about things you can’t control, your whole mind, your whole persona, your whole energy about yourself is just so much more free.

“You know, he gets a lot of [grief] because he’s a quarterback, but also one of the better players in this league, and when he has down games – it comes with the quarterback position, but how to deal with that. I just wanted to tell him he’s a great player, a great person, and I look forward to a lot of years of great success from him.”

A three-time All-Pro in his seventh season, all with the Chargers, Weddle said he didn’t have any connection to Griffin before meeting him after the game.

“I just, you know, I’m an older guy, and I see guys come in, and he’s a special talent, obviously,” Weddle said. “For him to come back from the knee injury and play says a lot about his toughness and his character, and I respect those things. He works extremely hard. He’s accountable. He never puts it on his players – it’s always on himself. I love that, because I’m the same way. I put myself first when we don’t win or we don’t play good. I’ve got to better. I respect him.”