Through six practices and one rookie camp, plenty has been thrown at the Redskins starting passer, Robert Griffin III. Like the entire Redskins offense, the rookie quarterback said. Understanding of every read, throw and bootleg has not come yet. Not that anyone was expecting that level of proficiency so soon. Nevertheless, the dynamic one is getting closer.I feel a lot more comfortable today, whereas I didnt know anything before I got here, RG3 said, speaking to a cadre of reporters after Thursdays OTA. I think I know at least 60 to 70 percent of it pretty well, but you cant operate at 60 to 70 percent. Youve got to operate at 150 percent with your offense because not only do you have to know it, but you have to know what to do in certain situations. Thats still to come.Griffin displayed his arm strength on several deep throws, his power on out passes near the sideline, his blazing speed on one long run to the house. There were also tosses into traffic, some ill advised. So yes, the learning curve is still in play, but his new teammates notice the strides already made.Hes picking up on the playbook very quickly, said wide receiver Pierre Garcon, one of the many newcomers transitioning into the offense. Actually, I have to pick up on the playbook and get better at that too, but he has a very strong arm and once he gets everything down pat, he will be a very dangerous quarterback.The playbook is thick, the schemes challenging, butGriffin has gone through this transition before during his college days. Now, its taking place at the highest level, against the best defenses, in front of many pairs of inquisitive eyes. Through the early work,RG3 hasadjusted accordingly. The charismatic ones confidence remains intact.I look at it as its going to be a challenge to get used to all this stuff and used to the offense, but I feel a whole lot more comfortable today, Griffin said. To me, thats a great thing that I can actually go out on the field and look London Fletcher in the eyes and know that Im about to complete a pass on him.Dont tell him I said that.
GLENDALE, AZ—The Redskins had a couple of chances to stop what would eventually turn into the Cardinals’ game-clinching drive in the fourth quarter. The first one came when they went for it on fourth and one at their own 34. It was a gutsy call by Arizona coach Bruce Arians and David Johnson make him look smart by popping off a 14-yard run.
The Cards earned that one. But it looked as though they got something of a gift a few plays later when Josh Norman was flagged holding receiver Larry Fitzgerald. It was a borderline call, granting Arizona a gift third and five conversion. Two plays later Carson Palmer went in for the kill, throwing a 42-yard touchdown pass to J.J. Nelson.
On the field, Norman seemed to be none too pleased with the penalty flag. He said after the game that he thinks that Fitzgerald may have stolen a flag.
“He [Fitzgerald] was within five yards. Larry is a wily vet,” said Norman. “I'd been doing it all game, kind of . . . He breaks out and I go for the ball and the flag got thrown. We'd like to see that not happen in that situation because there was some good position, some good leverage. And a flag came out.
“It is what it is. You can't blame a call on that, blame a call on this. It's whatever, man.”
Norman is right. The Redskins blew plenty of chances to take control of the game and the blame can be spread around on both sides of the ball. But the flag will loom large as the Redskins try to shake off this loss and get ready for the Eagles next week.
Angry is one way to describe it.
Jay Gruden was clearly fuming with his Redskins team after a lackluster loss in Arizona.
The Washington coach said that his team "underachieved" in the 31-23 loss and Gruden questioned if his team was properly focused early in the game.
And it wasn't just with the media that Gruden voiced his disgust. The Skins coach let the players have it in the locker room after the game; so loud that his voice could be heard next door in the interview room.
Generally an easy going guy – especially for an NFL head coach – Gruden's post game comments showed the coach at a level of frustration not often seen.
Asked about his team's chances for the playoffs, Gruden wouldn't even entertain the notion. The coach said his team would focus on its next game in Philadelphia and that the Skins are "not even close" to thinking about the playoffs.
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