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May 21, 2012
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Quarterback Robert Griffin III


On his first day with the veterans:
“It was good. The workout was good. I was talking to the guys in the locker room, it felt like I had pretty good command of the offense. I knew what I was doing, knew where to go and I could just play football and let loose.”

On expectations for his first OTA:
“You don’t want to stress about it. You can be in your playbook 24/7, still get out there and not know what you’re doing. I try to make it even to where I’m in my playbook, know what I’m doing, know my coverages but I’m not beating myself in the head trying to know every little detail. Sometimes in football you’ve just got to go out and play. And, um, you know, to be out there with those guys, some of these vets, is pretty special so I appreciate everything they are doing to try and help me.”

On the difference between playing with rookies and veterans:
“With rookie mini camp, you’re more there to try to show coach 'Hey, you know, you drafted me. I’m as advertised,’ but when you’re with the vets it’s more, 'I can help this team win,’ show them why coach has so much confidence in you. So yeah, it’s a little bit more pressure but, you know, we were working out earlier in the week last week, and to come out and put helmets on and play football now is pretty simple.”

On how much he’s studying the playbook:
“It’s just every play you’ve got to know which side to look at for different coverages. But I’m not going to sit here and confuse everyone, but I’m not going to try to make football harder than it seems. Yeah, I mean you know you have to every night, you’ve got to look at it or you’re not going to know what you’re doing the next day. So, like I said, it’s football. You know, I’ve been doing it for a long time and that’s all I can say.”

On rolling out:
“It was pretty surprising with the keep game they run here. Every time you boot, there’s like nobody there, and that was not something that was usual for me in college. But I like it, you know, the way our offense is set up, everything looks the same. Those keeps are probably going to be a big part of the offense and, you know, there’s different ways to run them.”

On trying to impress Santana Moss and Chris Cooley:
“It was great. I completed a pass to each of them. So I think I’m in the NFL now. Santana is a guy, and I tell him this, and I tell everybody he’s not old. But he was a guy that influenced me to play football. And Chris Cooley has been very helpful out there. You know like I said, it’s an honor to play with those guys, so I try to appreciate everything.”

On how Santana influenced him to play football:
“Just the excitement. I was a fan of the U [University of Miami] growing up, wanted to go to the U, but decided not to go to the U due to certain circumstances, but it’s just the way he plays the game and, how he plays the game, you know, it’s really good.”

On the Mike Shanahan collision:
“He showed some toughness, got up, stuck it out. So that’s the bed mark of our team, you know.
But it was pretty scary actually to see two guys running full speed smack dab into your coach. We’re glad he got up, glad he was fine. And hopefully he’s fine tomorrow, because usually hits like that don’t kick in until the next day.”

On the veterans’ thoughts of his appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno:
“From the Leno show? Actually, not too bad. You know, they’re all laughing because I can beatbox. Nobody beatboxes now-a-days so I guess, that’s just a rare thing, but nothing too bad.”

On his footwork and mechanics changing since he’s been here:
“I don’t know if it’s changed, it’s just about matching your footwork to the offense that you’re going to need to run. At Baylor it was a fast-paced offense where we needed to get the ball out fast, whether it was deep, medium, intermediate, didn’t matter what the route was. Most of the time we’re getting the ball out pretty fast. But in this offense you have to, I guess you can say, it’s more about timing, especially from going under center so much. You’ve just got to get your feet right. But at the end of the day, put a defense in front of us and you have to move around. You never have a perfect drop. You never have a perfect set-up. That’s why you work at the fundamentals so you can get it to where you can and you can work outside the system if you need to.”

On if there has been any rookie hazing:
“Nope, but I am watching. Nobody has done anything, but I’m definitely keeping an eye out for anything anyone tries to do.”

On if he feels comfortable with the veterans:
“Now I do. I think earlier last week when it was the meet and greet process with some of these guys, everybody is trying to feel you out so you fit in. So now that I’ve been able to be with the guys, I think even the Leno show kind of helped a bit, you know, with the beatboxing and they can get a little bit of my life without saying it directly to them. I think I associate a lot better with the guys, and it’s been great, so I feel a lot better in the locker room.”

On wearing a glove on his left hand:
“The simple answer to that is I was a huge Michael Jackson fan growing up.”

Linebacker London Fletcher​

On the collision with Head Coach Mike Shanahan:
“Yeah, I saw it. It was pretty bad looking. You know, just obviously concerned about his safety. He wasn’t able to brace himself for the collision either. He had his back to the play, so definitely a very scary, scary feeling for a while out there.”

On ever seeing a head coach being hit:
“No, not that I can recall. Not at all. He’s pretty tough, he wanted to stay out there. He ended up staying out there.”

On figuring out what Robert Griffin III is about:
Yea there’s been a couple conversations with him. You know, just watching some of his interviews on television, things like that prior to him being drafted and since he’s been drafted. You can obviously see the maturity, the leadership, all the different intangibles you would like in your quarterback you know. I think the way they handled it as far as naming him the starter right away is the right approach. That way, it’s not something that you question you have to deal with as the season continues to go forward and when is he gonna start? This and that. Is he ready? Is he ready? So coach Shanahan getting that out of the way right away and it gives him the opportunity to use this time to prepare for the opening day.

On what he’s learned from being around Griffin III:
“He’s very humble, you know very respectful, you know not coming in feeling like he’s entitled to anything. He’s willing to work, he works hard, he’s in here early, and he’s in his playbook. There are some first round draft picks, especially high guys, they come in and feel like things should be given to them. That’s not the case with him. He has an aura about himself that people want to gravitate to him and just get to know him, talk to him, things like that. You can see why everybody spoke so highly about him.”

On itching to play against Griffin III:
“No, not really. I’m sure there will be times where we’ll compete against him. I probably would have liked to get the first interception of him. Maybe not the first day, we got to get his confidence together, but there will be times when we all compete against each other. But at the end of the day we’re all a team, all with one goal in mind just to win as many football games as possible.”

On wanting to come back to the Redskins after the team traded for the No. 2 selection:
“Obviously, them being able to get into that second pick was something huge for me. I’m a guy. I’m in my 15th season, to go into another year with not having a quarterback was not very appealing to me. I’ll tell you that. So, when they were able to make the trade, knowing we would be getting either Andrew Luck or him that definitely made the situation a lot brighter as far as coming back here. So you know, I’ve had enough years of other stuff.”

On Griffin III being able to turn it around now or in the next couple years
“You know, I think the way I look at it is from the big picture stand point, they’ve added some playmakers on the offense, some outside receivers, some guys who can make plays after the catch. Fred Davis is back. We got Hightower back. Roy Helu, Jr., he played a lot so theres a lot of pieces on that offensive side of football. Santana’s looking great, so we’ve got a lot more weapons. And with Robert, it just allows him to do his job. You know everybody has a job to do. It’s not all on him. On defense, we have a job to go out and do. I think I like our talent our football team so we just go out and work hard each day and see what happens.”

On if concussions affect the way he plays the game:
“You know, the NFL over the past couple years has really placed an emphasis on the concussions and the protocol and the way to handle stuff. When I first came into the league in ’98, there was not a big emphasis on the whole concussion zone. You know, It was almost like a badge of honor that you wore if you knocked a guy out you know with a legal hit. Or a guy was tougher if he was able to come back from a concussion, so the whole mindset has changed. Now, when a guy has, whether it’s a mild concussion or a severe concussion, the way they go about it, even the players, were handling it different, because we know there are some long term effects that could possibly happen down the line. As far as the bounties go, I think Roger Goodell had to send a message in order to change the culture because you know that situation, it wasn’t unique to the Saints. You know, obviously to the level and the degree that they did it, I think things just kind of got out of hand. You know roger had to change the coaching and send a strong message.”

On what he saw from defensive end Jarvis Jenkins last year and how he thinks Jenkins can help the team in 2012:
“Prior to Jarvis getting hurt last year in the preseason, he was looking great. He’s a big kid, athletic, can make plays for us and rush the passer. He worked hard. He rehabbed hard. He was in the meetings just constantly learning when he was injured. For us, having him now as part of the D-line rotation is only a strength for us. It’s like adding another draft pick this year.”

On the fines levied against the Saints for bounties changing the NFL’s culture:
“Oh, absolutely. Even just with typically things you would see, like maybe giving a guy some money for tackles inside the 20, things like that. Those things won’t be taking place, either because of the ramifications [or because] it’s out there now. You know, it’s something that’s not going to be tolerated. You don’t know what’s going to be the final outcome with all the guys that got suspended, but the message was definitely well-taken.”

On the progress linebacker Perry Riley has made in the last year:
“I think, for Perry, he got the experience last year playing the last seven or eight games of the season as a starter. He has those experience to look back on. Having the offseason to go back, watch film, know what he did well, what he could have did better, having the opportunity to learn from a teaching standpoint. There were no offseason workouts, so with training camp we kind of got everything rolling in July. You can tell he’s light-years ahead of where he was, and he can play a lot faster, show his athleticism, make calls decisively and know what his responsibility is because he knows what he’s doing.”

On using his experience as a veteran to help the younger players:
“If you’ve been in the NFL for a number of years and you’re a veteran guy, it is your responsibility to bring the new guys in and teach them how to be pros: learning, studying, sharing some of your experiences so they won’t make the same mistakes you’ve made. Just [while] working, let them watch you because, at the end of the day, the thing players respect most of out of you is a guy who works [and] puts forth that effort.”

On his reaction to the news of Junior Seau’s death as it relates to player safety:
“It made it a lot more real for me. Here’s a guy who’s played in the era that I played in. I had an opportunity to meet Junior back when I was in my second year in the league. We were in a limousine actually riding back to an event together so I’m in the car with him, I’m a second year guy, Junior Seau is one of these iconic football players at the time — seventh or eighth year in the league. For me, I’m just like, 'Wow, this is Junior Seau.’ But just the personality that he had… He had a conversation with me. He was talking about going to run on a beach at like five or six in the morning. I’m just like, 'Yeah, whatever.’ Everybody that came into contact with him just saw his vibrant personality so when the situation came out and you heard that he committed suicide, I was taken aback for awhile by it. It brought it home to me. I’m 37 years old now, and I’ve been playing for 15 years. You look at it, whether it’s concussions – we don’t know what the situation is — we’ve all been speculating as far as whether it was the adjustment after football. You just never know what led him to do that. It definitely came right home for me, and I’m sure a lot of players because he’s a guy that we can identify with: a modern football player, not some of the guys who have played in years past who have committed suicide.”

On giving advice to the rookies:
“We have little conversations, nothing football-related, just little conversations, getting to know each other, things like that. Rookies ask you things all the time, but you just kind of take it as it is. As you get to know each other, there will be other things that they probably want to ask because you’re not sure how to ask the old guy yet. But I’m open to answer any questions they ask.”

On what he has learned about quarterback Robert Griffin III so far:
“He thinks he’s a singer. He’s always singing. He doesn’t sound bad, but he really thinks he can sing.”

On the types of questions younger players ask him:
“I’ve had all kinds of questions. 'How do you play this long?’ That’s one of the typical questions. 'How have you been able to play so long? What do you do in the offseason?’ Things like that, those are the questions they ask.”
 

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Linebacker London Fletcher​

On the collision with Head Coach Mike Shanahan:
“Yeah, I saw it. It was pretty bad looking. You know, just obviously concerned about his safety. He wasn’t able to brace himself for the collision either. He had his back to the play, so definitely a very scary, scary feeling for a while out there.”
What London actually said, but wasn't reported :

"We're just glad Haynesworth isn't still on the team, and wasn't involved in that collision, or else Shanahan would not have survived. Well if he miraculously survived the weight of Albert's belly on top of him, he certainly would not have survived the inevitable act of Albert proceeding to mistake Coach for a giant chicken wing and eat him alive."
 

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What London actually said, but wasn't reported :

"We're just glad Haynesworth isn't still on the team, and wasn't involved in that collision, or else Shanahan would not have survived. Well if he miraculously survived the weight of Albert's belly on top of him, he certainly would not have survived the inevitable act of Albert proceeding to mistake Coach for a giant chicken wing and eat him alive."
Completely absurd. When is the last time Fat Al actually ran?
 

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"Obviously, them being able to get into that second pick was something huge for me. I’m a guy. I’m in my 15th season, to go into another year with not having a quarterback was not very appealing to me. I’ll tell you that."

London Fletcher

Wow, that is pretty brutal. Honest, but brutal if you are Rex reading that statement.
 

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"Obviously, them being able to get into that second pick was something huge for me. I’m a guy. I’m in my 15th season, to go into another year with not having a quarterback was not very appealing to me. I’ll tell you that."

London Fletcher

Wow, that is pretty brutal. Honest, but brutal if you are Rex reading that statement.
Yea, he could have waited til they got rid of Rex, rather than say that about a guy you share a field, team, and locker room with :laugh:
More surprising is it came from London. He's the last guy I'd expect to come up with something that harsh :laugh:
 

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He's just telling the truth. If poor Rex can't handle it, maybe he should throw 10 or 15 fewer INTs the next time he's the starter. I refuse to feel sorry for Grossman - I rooted for the guy and he let me down over and over. Does Grossman feel sorry for Redskins fans who had to spend their year rooting for a 5-11 team? Doubt it.
 

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At what point do you stop feeling sorry for a guy? If its a kid on the High School varsity team, sure. You feel sorry for the kid; he gave his best but then was beaten out and ridiculed. A kid on an NCAA team? Sure - although he's gotten an opportunity that most never even get close to, playing college football.

An NFL QB? Not on your life. This dude is getting paid millions of dollars to play a kids game, and poorly. I don't feel sorry for him for one millisecond; I envy him for being able to boondoggle several NFL teams out of their money!
 

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He's just telling the truth. If poor Rex can't handle it, maybe he should throw 10 or 15 fewer INTs the next time he's the starter. I refuse to feel sorry for Grossman - I rooted for the guy and he let me down over and over. Does Grossman feel sorry for Redskins fans who had to spend their year rooting for a 5-11 team? Doubt it.
I bet you feel just like this guy :)

[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRBDMMVctu8[/media]
 

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O.M.G.

'You are a FACTORY of SADNESS!'

'I'll see you Sunday...'

I mean, seriously, does it get any better than that???

Hilarious.
 

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Yea, he could have waited til they got rid of Rex, rather than say that about a guy you share a field, team, and locker room with :laugh:
More surprising is it came from London. He's the last guy I'd expect to come up with something that harsh :laugh:
Actually I'm not surprised. Fletcher has been pretty brutally honest about a few things over the last few years. I guess you play as long as he has and you just don't really care what people think. I don't think he thinks he's being disrespectful though. He's just telling the truth.
 

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I bet you feel just like this guy :)

[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRBDMMVctu8[/media]
O.M.G.

'You are a FACTORY of SADNESS!'

'I'll see you Sunday...'

I mean, seriously, does it get any better than that???

Hilarious.

Yeah, this guy is hilarious. He's the same one that did Cleveland Tourism Video 1 & 2 (look them up, equally funny).

EDIT: Oh, and this one, "Dear Cleveland Browns,"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGfLFmlU8zo
 

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The NFL is really short on talent when players like John Beck can continue to land $1M gigs to operate the slide projector and park cars at the team workout facility.
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