NEW YORK--It is safe to say that there has never been a draft night quite like it for the Redskins Or, for that matter, for any other NFL team.When else has the teams top draft pick sung the teams fight song over the telephone to reporters? Or showed up in socks in the teams colors? Or was able to rattle off nearly every receiver and running back on the roster, not just their names but a quick scouting report on some of them?But Robert Griffin III did all of that and more in the two hours after this card was turned into Roger Goodell at about 8:13 on Thursday night: After celebrating with his family, Griffin was in on a conference call with reporters at Redskins Park. When asked how he felt after being drafted, Griffin broke out into Hail to the Redskins.Then it was to the interview room at Radio City Music Hall where he answered some of the same questions he had just taken on the phone again. Yes, he was excited. Yes, he was looking forward to getting to know his teammates, especially the offensive line. Yes, he was looking forward to playing games against Eli Manning, Tony Romo and Michael Vick but he didnt really play against other quarterbacks, he plays against defenses.RG3 managed to get in plugs for two of the companies he has signed to endorse, mentioning Subway and adidas, the makers of his distinctive socks.After showing off those burgundy and gold socks at the front table he went to a back room and answered more questions and more of the same questions. He was interviewed by everyone from the local reporters who were on the scene to fellow Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George, to international reporters from Latin America and Japan.And Griffin answered every repetitive question like it was the very first time anyone had ever asked him that question. He showed the socks, which have become his signature fashion accessory, several more times with the same enthusiasm he had showed them the first time.Somewhere in between all of this he took a minute to send out his sentiments via Twitter. HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!!!! It's an honor to be your quarterback CantWait, he tweeted via his @RGIII Twitter handle, which he started just a few weeks ago and now has over 166,000 followers.His introduction as a Redskin is just beginning. On Friday, Griffin will go to Redskins Park and get what he needs to start preparing for next weekends rookie camp. Then on Saturday hell go to FedEx Field for another press conference and an introduction to the teams fans gathered at the draft day party.The party will go on for the fans, who will be counting down the days to RG3s debut in the regular season opener in New Orleans (which just so happens to be Griffins home town). That countdown, by the way, stands at 135 days.Meanwhile, the hard work of becoming an NFL quarterback starts for Griffin. Its rookie camp for Griffin next weekend and then OTAs, minicamp, and then training camp with a lot of time in meeting rooms with Kyle Shanahan and QB coach Matt LaFleur. He said (more than a few times) that he will be the first one in the building and he last one out. We will start seeing the results in September.
GLENDALE, AZ—The Redskins went into today’s game against the Cardinals somewhat banged up and they exit with a couple of additional injury concerns in the form of concussions.
Center Spencer Long left the game in the second quarter. Initially it was announced that he had been evaluated for a concussion but that he had been cleared. But after halftime the word came down that he had been retested and it was determined that he does have a concussion. Long has entered the concussion protocol.
Veteran John Sullivan, picked up earlier this season when Kory Lichtensteiger went on injured reserve, filled in a center the rest of the way. He is a capable fill-in but if Long is out he would be the only available center. The Redskins might have to sign a center if it looks like Long will be out of action against the Eagles.
In the fourth quarter safety Will Blackmon left the game. According to Redskins coach Jay Gruden he was being evaluated for a concussion and a stinger. His exact status is unknown. Gruden will give more information during a conference call with reporters on Monday.
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.