Although Gruden backtracked on his excoriation of Robert Griffin III, the head coach made it clear to NFL Media's Albert Breer late Wednesday that the on-field results must improve substantially.
"Since the preseason, in the games that (Griffin) has played, our production from an offensive standpoint has been awful," Gruden told Breer. "I think five touchdowns in all the drives he's played, for whatever reason, and that's not good. We're still trying to figure that out."
Gruden concedes that RGIII is "very raw" because he saw so few coverages as a rookie in a gimmick offense, missed the entire offseason in 2013 and was sidelined for six weeks this season.
"There's always pressure on the quarterback to perform," Gruden said." And if you don't perform, like any other position, somebody's behind you pushing you."
Breer's article also delves into Gruden's acknowledgement that Griffin has been "coddled for so long" and the organization's growing fatigue over the quarterback's off-the-field machinations.
With a 2016 option in the neighborhood of $16 million looming next offseason, Griffin's next month will be crucial for his Redskins future.
Griffin has lost his confidence, devolved in his footwork, isn't sure how to decipher defenses and has authored too many negative plays. As a result, Gruden is in limbo, trying to build a game plan around a broken quarterback.