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    • Skins Quotes 7/24: Griffin, Hall

      July 24, 2014
      Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center

      Quarterback Robert Griffin III

      On wearing one white cleat and one black cleat:
      ďThatís something Iíve done since college. I call it the yin and the yang, white and black working together. Weíre all brothers. Weíre doing it together.Ē

      On so much being made about his ability to read defenses and the praise Head Coach Jay Gruden and Offensive Coordinator Sean McVay have given him in that regard:
      ďYou donít go from the ability to read defenses one year and not have that ability the next, so I donít believe that one bit. And itís really just a good thing to have two coaches that believe in you. Sean and Jay have done a great job. Theyíve given me a lot on my shoulders in that quarterback room and I cherish that. You want to be asked to do more or just to do the bare minimum. As a quarterback, you have to have that fire in your heart that says when things are going wrong that youíre going to get it right.Ē

      On practicing in the rain:
      ďI think today itís one of those things you say when things are going wrong as an offense we werenít as efficient as we wanted to be today all-around, including myself. So, itís a good thing to have to work through the rain and have to throw those wet footballs and have to catch those wet footballs and have to work on the quarterback/center exchange, all those things. So, you start camp, thereís a lot of excitement. Football is back. And then you have a practice like today where the weather plays a huge factor, and you have to kind of block that out. So, I think todayís practice we got better as a football team just having to go through the rough practice.Ē

      On how much he has learned mentally this offseason:
      ďIt was really about learning the new offense, learning how Jay [Gruden] and Sean [McVay] are going to want to call the offense and how they play situational football. Itís just a huge feel-out process about just getting to know a new coach, a new offense, and then getting to know some of the new weapons that we have.Ē

      On his mindset today and how it feels to be back:
      ďYou know, itís fun, man. Football is fun. Thatís what itís supposed to be about. So, I think everybody stepped on the field today with excitement knowing that football games that are going to be played against other teams are right around the corner. But, we have to get through this grind, or as we like to call it the Ďfindí through camp Ė find out who is going to be the playmakers for us and move on from there. Weíre all excited and ready to go and tomorrowís practice will be better than todayís and thatís how it should be every single day.Ē

      On how different he feels coming into this season compared to last season:
      ďYeah. I think everybody feels different in the organization. We just have an opportunity to come in with a lot more energy. There is a togetherness in that locker room and in the building. You know, from me personally, obviously, not having to come off of a knee surgery is a big boost for me, having the opportunity to work on my craft throughout the offseason with my QB coach and with Sean [McVay] and Jay [Gruden] while weíre there, or allowed to be in the building. So itís been great being able to hang out with the guys, be around them and I look forward to it.Ē

      On there are things he can do now that he couldnít last season because of the offseason he had:
      ďNo, thereís just a difference in coming back from a knee injury and rehabbing as opposed to being able to work on your craft throughout the whole offseason, so I think we all know in this room itís beneficial to be out there at practice, itís beneficial to be able to not have to worry about an injury. So, I mean thatís that, but other than that, I donít pay that stuff any mind. Iím ready to go.Ē

      On learning from mistakes:
      ďYeah, I mean itís just a part of playing the game. The more you play, the more you grow. Thereís no magic thing that I can say, you know everyone is going to have their opinion about whatever anybody needs to work on, but like you said, learn from your mistakes, donít make them over and over again and thatís part of playing quarterback. If you keep making the same mistakes over and over, youíre not going to be out there and thatís something that I pride myself on Ė being able to adapt and learn whatever coach is trying to teach me in a rep. So, Iím excited, like I said, like I told you guys, we are prepared, I am prepared because of the two years of playing experience, just knowing what to expect coming in the league and go out there and have fun.Ē

      On the different coaches heís played under and the new dimension added by this coaching staff:
      ďYeah, every coach does things differently, so this whole offseason with Jay [Gruden] and Sean [McVay] Iíve had the opportunity to learn their philosophy, learn what they want to work on, learn what they deem is necessary to be successful. So like I said, every coach has his own philosophy and I feel like Iíve learned a lot from them already and look forward to continuing to learn from them.Ē

      On his chemistry with wide receiver DeSean Jackson:
      "Me and DeSean, I think our chemistry is there. One practice doesnít tell you anything about chemistry. I know you guys donít get to see us that often, but it was our first day back, we donít use that as an excuse. But he knows if I miss him one time I'm going to get him the next and if he misses something then he'll make that play for me. That chemistry's there. He's a dynamic football player and we look forward to him making dynamic plays. "

      On his relationship with Head Coach Jay Gruden:
      "It's just a normal head coach-quarterback relationship. Jay's a guy like I said, he brings a lot of energy. He's funny, he's personable and we're just excited to have him here, excited for a new year. Like weíve said, everybody is 0-0. It doesnít matter what happened last year. We won the division one year and didnít win the division the next. This year, we look forward to getting back on top."

      On how hard it is to repeat his mechanics consistently:
      "It's not difficult at all. In my opinion, you can never get tired of doing things the right way and that goes for every quarterback in this league. We're all trying to find little ways to get better, little ways to have that advantage. So that's what they really want me to work on and it's just really about being mentally ready for each practice. You know just being hard on yourself and knowing that as long as I do these things and have a checklist when you go into each practice, what you want to accomplish and when you come out of practice, look at that checklist. And if you got everything, you still write down a checklist for the next day. So it's not hard at all to me."

      On embracing reps and getting a lot of work during this training camp:
      "It's just the norm. Every quarterback needs reps. No quarterback likes to go into a year with no reps so I think Jay's justÖ We have to come up here and talk to you guys and you guys are awesome Ė all look beautiful today Ė we have to come out here and talk to you today and a lot of it is just fillers. Everyone has to work hard, everyone needs reps to be successful, so I'm glad to be able to come into a training camp without having to worry about reps. I know Iím going to get them, I know I'm going to work hard and I know the guys around me are going to work hard and we're going to get better together.Ē

      Cornerback DeAngelo Hall

      On working the rain:
      ďIt felt good. When we first walked out and saw the rain, we were like, ĎMan, please cancel practice.í Then when we saw it wasnít raining that hard, we were like, ĎOK, letís go ahead and try and get this done.í We had fun. We were all kind of itching to get back out there on the field. Weíre excited to get out there and get it on.Ē

      On if he saw a difference in quarterback Robert Griffin III this year going into training camp:
      ďAbsolutelyÖ The stress is kind of off, like you said, worrying about reps, worrying about a head coach who you donít really know about Ė if he likes you or if he doesnít like you Ė you know, things like that. From the jump, from the moment Jay [Gruden] came in here, I think Robert kind of knew that Jay wanted him, he wanted to coach him and that he could be special and we all see that. Itís going to take a lot of work from each and every one of us on that field, but we understand the task that is at hand. Weíre ready to go out there and battle.Ē

      On how the secondary can improve and the addition of safety Ryan Clark:
      ďAs far as what we need to get better at, a little bit of everything. There wasnít really one particular thing that kind of hurt us. It was a little bit of everything in different games, whether it was tackling, whether it was giving up explosive plays. Having a guy like Ryan, heís just a student in the game. He can not only line everybody up but he can go out there and make plays. Heís going to be another physical presence back there in that secondary that as corners that you love to have. Guys arenít going to want to run across the middle knowing that Ryan Clark is going to hit them or Brandon Meriweather is going to hit them. Heís a guy that I feel like can just help our young guys. We drafted some young guys last year that can play football, but they didnít have a guy back there who could really teach them and relay to them the things that they needed to know to be a professional athlete. Ryan can definitely do that for us as well. I think our young guys are going to benefit so much from having a guy like Ryan whoís just an ultimate pro.Ē

      On how he has grown into a leadership role in the absence of London Fletcher:
      ďItís going to be the first camp in a long time that I havenít had a guy like Fletch around. So definitely the onus is on me. Meeting with Jay [Gruden] this offseason he kind of stressed that to me and I embraced it. I felt like I was ready for it. London, I tried to stay in his hip pocket as much as possible, so Iím definitely up for the challenge. I understand itís not about me, itís about this team and Iím just trying to get everybody better. If I could have [cornerback] David Amerson or some of these other young guys step up and make plays, thatís ultimately what I want to happen. I want those guys to eventually take over when Iím done or I canít do it anymore.Ē

      On if he thinks Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett has been given free reign with the defense:
      ďYou can definitely see it already. You can see it in the offseason program, coming out here today. We got a chance to really just try to put ourselves in position to make plays. We talked this whole offseason about some things we did last year that we couldíve did better and some things that we probably shouldnít have called that we are going to try and stay away from. We are just trying to put ourselves in the right position to make plays and the coaches have done a great job with just going in the think tank. Everybody is putting their opinions out there and weíre laying it all on the table, whether itís the players or coaches, coming back with a formula and hopefully thatís a successful one.Ē

      On coming off youíre a strong season and how he can maintain that level of play in the future:
      ďJust keep going out there and trying to get better. The goal is to always try to win football games. Itís not about my individual success. Itís about us trying to win games. You know, for me itís about doing whatever the team is asking me to do. Whether itís go out to follow a receiver, whether itís go to somebody else because David Amerson is playing great ball, then thatís what Iím going to do. Mentally Iím just in a place where I know I donít have a lot of football left, so Iím just trying to go out there and have as much fun as possible, lay it all on the line, not leave anything in the tank so when I do walk away from this game I feel good about it. Thatís kind of been my approach out here in practice this offseason or even last year, I just wanted to go out there and have fun, and try to help us win as many games as possible.Ē

      On how he feels physically:
      ďOh yeah, I feel great. That run test, I think everybody on the roster was kind of dreading it a little bit yesterday, but to have that done and back to football, everybody feels great. Iíve never been a guy who got hamstrings and things like that, so I mean no real nagging injuries or anything like that, so Iím about as healthy as Iím going to be right now, so I feel good about it.Ē

      On his thoughts about where he stands among cornerbacks in the league:
      ďAs a corner if you donít feel like youíre the best, youíve got a problem right there. I never said I was the best, I would be a fool to think 11 years in Iím the best in the game right now. I definitely think Iím pretty successful at doing what I do. Like I said, man, if you really watch film, letís go watch film and I put my film against any corner in the league and weíll see what he does and weíll see what I do and we can go from there. I definitely think that if you put me out there against a receiver, anyone of them, Iíll take my chances. I never said I was the best, but I definitely feel like I should be in the conversation.Ē

      On why he isnít in that conversation more often:
      ďI donít know, maybe my reputation. My reputation kind of precedes me a little bit. It is what it is. I donít go out there to try to please the media or the guys who are ranking corners. Probably earlier in my career I did, but now Iím all about just Ė the proof is in the pudding. At the end of the day, Iíve got to line up against this guy, this is what he did. Itís not about me saying I can do this or I can do that. At some point, Iím going to have to face Calvin [Johnson], Iím going to have to face Dez [Bryant] and all these other guys. I let my play speak for itself, but if you sit down and watch film and compare my numbers against those guys Ė any corner Ė Iíll take myself in a heartbeat.Ē

      On the need for improvement in the secondary:
      ďNobody wants to be the weak link in any business, any organization, nobody wants to be the weak link. We understand that. We hear that, too, and we work just as hard. We are working even harder because we donít want to be the ones that let everybody else down. You best believe myself, Ryan [Clark], Brandon [Meriweather], weíre ready to roll. Weíre ready to roll. Weíre ready to go out there and make as many plays as possible. We understand we have got a lot of high-profile guys on that offensive side of the ball. We donít mind putting that hard hat on and going to work. Thatís what we are going to do. We are going to carry that lunch pail Virginia Tech-style.Ē

      On Griffin IIIís growth as a leader and pro:
      ďI think he is becoming a pro. Heís been in this league, this will be his third year. He has had highs, he has had lows. Heís probably came in here and said the wrong thing a time or two. He understands that and heís learned from those mistakes. Heíll be better about that thatís growing him into the person he is right now. Thatís like you said, thatís a guy who understands what it takes to be a quarterback in the National Football League. He understands heís going to have a microscope on himself, his life, 24/7. He relishes that and we are going to stand behind him. He also understands itís not just about him. I think thatís probably the biggest thing. Guys thought he was going to be a certain way. He came here more reserved, wanted to earn that respect and heís definitely earned that from everybody in this locker room. So now heís definitely one of those leaders on offense that can go in there and say what needs to be said and help those guys get it done.Ē

      On if the defense has a chip on its shoulder:
      ďAbsolutely there is a chip on our shoulder. Seeing Seattle go out there and have a dominant defense, going into this offseason, theyíre what everybody is talking about. Everybody wants that kind of attention and that kind of love. So we all have got a chip on our shoulder, not just the secondary. We all want to be great. We all want to hold that trophy up at the end of the year. They have what everybody else wants. No matter how high-powered our offense is, you canít win without a defense thatís going to get turnovers and get the offense the chance to make plays and keep other teams from scoring. Watching Seattle, the way they approach their team, I think itís the blueprint. Have a pass rush, have secondary players that can make plays, corners that can press guys and frustrate receivers, have linebackers that can run and make plays. Have an offense that can score points when they need to and dynamic players on that side. Thatís the formula, thatís the formula right now in this league. I remember when the Patriots were doing it their way, that was the formula for a while. Myself included, Iím a Peyton Manning fan, so there is no reason I thought the Broncos werenít going to win the Super Bowl. So to just watch the way Seattle didnít care what anybody else said and how they approached it, it was an amazing game to watch from a defensive standpoint. Thatís definitely going to be our mindset. Weíre going to go out there and try to let our pass rushers rush, secondary players have got to go out there and be physical and make plays. We have got to give our offense as many opportunities as possible for them to score and thatís what weíre going to try to do. Yeah, we all have got a chip on our shoulders. As a defense, as a team, to win three games last year, that takes a toll on you physically and mentally. So weíre happy right now. We are undefeated and we are ready to roll.Ē
      This article was originally published in forum thread: Skins Quotes 7/24: Griffin, Hall started by Boone View original post
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