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Need to Know: ‘We can’t live on what we did last year’

Sep 23, 2013, 5:14 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Monday, September 23, six days before the Redskins visit the Raiders.

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Five key quotes from the locker room yesterday:

1. Aldrick Robinson on his overturned touchdown catch. I’m not completely sure that there was enough video evidence to overturn it. The ball did hit the ground and although it did move you couldn’t tell if his hand was under it at the time. Ed Hochuli called what he saw but perhaps without the indisputable video evidence standard needed to overturn the call on the field being met.

“When I saw the replay, I saw that the ball was sliding on the ground, but I for sure caught the ball. I had the ball in my left hand, but the camera view was on the right side and then I had it in my right-side hand. I secured the catch and I got up knowing that I secured the catch. When everyone was down, I saw that everyone wasn’t as excited as I was, so it was kind of strange to me. When I saw the replay, I saw what everyone else saw.”

2. Robert Griffin III on his split-second decision to dive headfirst rather than slide after running for 21 yards and a first down in Lions territory.

“I think it’s just an instinct thing. On the sideline, I slid with [Lions safety Glover] Quin coming after me. I slid feet first because I didn’t want him to hit me in the face. On the run I had the fumble on, I went face first because they were a little further away. You can’t really be out there thinking about that kind of stuff. You’ve just got to do what happens when you react and hold onto the ball.”

3. Pierre Garçon with some refreshing, brutal honesty when asked about the team’s 0-3 start:

“This is a job, you have to come out and play. This is a business. If you’re not doing your part, they’ll get rid of you and you will be looking for a job. You never want that to happen.”

4. DeAngelo Hall on the hole the Redskins are in.

“Anything can happen, but you can’t hang your hat on winning seven in a row. We’ve got to come out here and take it one game at a time.  We can’t live on what we did last year. That means nothing right now. We have to look in the mirror and be tough on ourselves.”

5. Back to Griffin, who ran six times for 37 yards, many on designed runs. He was asked if that changed the coverage.

“I don’t know. I know the threat of the quarterback running definitely helps your offense. They have to play different coverages, and they did the rest of the game. It’s something that we have to be able to use. We were able to use it today because we didn’t get behind the sticks and didn’t get behind in the game so fast so it was good. We got to use a lot of our game plan. I thought our offense moved the ball pretty well. We’ve just got to win, period.”

Stat of the day

—Griffin set career highs in pass attempts (50) and completions (32) while becoming the first Redskin in the Super Bowl era to throw for 300 yards or more in three consecutive games.

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—Former Redskins head coach Marty Schottenheimer was born on this day in 1943

—Days until: Redskins @ Raiders 6; Redskins @ Cowboys 20; Bears @ Redskins 29

—Today’s schedule: Player availability 11:00 a.m. Mike Shanahan news conference 3:00 televised on Comcast SportsNet

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  1. polofourme - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Last year we all remembered we finished the year on a seven game winning streak…..few are now talking about the fact the team is on a four game losing streak including last years PO loss to SEAT. The team has taken more than a step backward. Griffin IS simply NOT the same QB he was a rookie. The D is has regressed and the OL is being exposed for what it really is, and to be kind, we can describe them as not very good. STs…we don’t have anyone who can return and our cover teams give up field position. I tell you, if Rocca is not booming those punts 60 yard down field WAS is in even worse shape. This IS Sr roster…his team, his players, his mess. Sr has been in control of this team for four years…his record, 21-31…most HCs would lose their job with that kind of performance. IMO his job is and should be on the line this year. If he has a losing season then he should be fired…if he can scrape together an 8-8 record he will probably save his job. I don’t know if that means Jr sticks or Hasslessbrains sticks…8-8 better get someone fired and I don’t mean the water boy.

    • rg3knees - Sep 23, 2013 at 5:21 PM

      I think 8-8 might be a stretch for the skins this year. Our schedule is pretty rough with Denver, 49’ers, Bears, Falcons, KC, and SD. I really do not see us beating any of those teams above which would put us at 7-9 if we won all the other games. Im not sure we can beat Dallas twice this year either. Our defense has no chance stopping Dez and Murray. Guys it is going to be a long season so back to rebuilding, which is strange because it seems we are rebuilding every year?

      One thing that is surely shocking is RG3 has slipped to the 20th rated QB in the league with a bleak QB rating of 84.1. If he can make it through the year un-hurt we should be in good shape next year once he is back to 100% Have you noticed what else is gone with the redskins? Big play potential, last year we had big plays all over the place, this year its quite the opposite. Get Cousins in there and start running the boot.

      Hail to the redskins

      • jorance72 - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:47 PM

        So, we stopped Dez twice last season, but you don’t think it’s possible this season? Come on man, show some stones here dude. If the team felt like you, we’d finish the season 0-16. We”ll bounce back and no matter what D-bags like Polo think, we still have a chance for the Playoffs. Think about it, last season we got on a winning streak and only the injury to RG3 derailed our Playoff run. This year, he’s rounding back into form and the Team’s primed to start another win streak. Search out your feelings…you know this to be true! OK, that was nerdy, but this team is good enough to repeat the success of last season. Our Defense, by no means is a strength, but will end up being a bend, but don’t break unit. Our Offense has the talent to start scoring points and controlling the clock. That’s the formula that won us the NFC Championship. Don’t lose faith dude…we still got this! HTTR

  2. rg3knees - Sep 23, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    I think we all are in a bit of shock from winning the division last year to being at the bottom now. IT starts with the QB, it always does. RG3 simply can not do the things he was doing last year with that brace on and being back so quickly after surgery. Clearly everyone cannot be an A. Petterson. I must say I was surprised that RG3 started the season after not taking in reps in the preseason. RG3 sells tickets as people come to watch him play, and that probably has a lot to do with it. I agree with Tony Dungy, Aikman, Garcon, and many other NFL pros that believe RG3 needs more rehab time. If Cousins played the first 3 games, would we be 0-3?? Most likely not. Otherwise the defense looks unprepared and that must go back to Jim Haslett. Forget about not having star players on D, they simply look unprepared. Blown coverages, poor tackling, not knowing were to be out on the field. It is a disaster. No worries Snyder will clean house soon enough, and if the skins cannot get it done at Oakland next week, changes will be coming quick. Archives

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