- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A report from Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio emerged that an unnamed Washington Redskin, when asked if he would prefer backup quarterback Colt McCoy over Kirk Cousins, said that McCoy would “at least play with poise.”

It’s a relatively toxic statement. And, according to former Redskin and current New York Giants linebacker Keenan Robinson, that negative language is a part of the norm in the Washington locker room.

“When I was there, three out of the four years it was the same thing: Once they get down, they start pointing fingers, and that’s true,” Robinson told the New York Post’s Howie Kussoy. “That’s what happens. For the Redskins, all I saw was not the right way to handle it. They didn’t handle it the right way when I was there. They may handle it different now, but when I was there, they started pointing fingers, people started talking, that’s how you get dissension in the locker room.

“The only year it didn’t happen was my rookie year when Robert [Griffin III] took us to the playoffs. Other than that, the guys are kind of unsure.”

The locker room issues have been relatively well-documented in Washington. Over the last two seasons, similar negative reports emerged over the team’s issues with Griffin at quarterback. Griffin reportedly “alienated” himself from the locker room, and even at one point had to leave the locker room to give an interview after his teammates refused to stay quiet for the reporter’s questions.

Robinson, of course, could just be adding fuel to the slowly burning fire. Robinson’s Giants are set to take on the Redskins this Sunday. And he recognizes that a team that is in a situation as the Redskins are currently is are going to fight hard for its first win.

“They’re desperate for a win, but for us that’s an advantage because they’re gonna do things out of character in order to get points on the board, in order to make plays on defense, in order to get the team rolling,” Robinson said. “If you’re 0-2, you have to get a win, and you’re going to do anything possible.”

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