|Redskins QB Robert Griffin III is drawing national attention for his Week-1 performance, the sleeve he wears and the national trend he's sparked. (AP Images)|
Robert Griffin III made his NFL debut in New Orleans look easy. The dynamic Redskins rookie quarterback torched New Orleans' defense for 320 yards passing and two touchdowns in Washington's 40-32 victory over the Saints on Sunday.
Here are his thoughts on that performance and the national trend the former Baylor standout sparked.
Q: Does your performance against New Orleans put pressure on you for upcoming games?
RG3: “No, (QB) Rex (Grossman) told me after the game that I set the bar high and I've got to continue to go up but it really doesn't put any pressure on me. I've just applied what I've always thought that if I play in the NFL at a high level, this team can be successful with the coaches that we have and the players that we have. So everyone might not be high on everyone that we have but we feel good about what we have.”
Q: How much of the offense felt like Baylor's?
RG3: “Everything's a little bit similar to something that you've done in the past, but I wouldn't say it's exactly like what I did at Baylor. That was a unique offense in itself and so is this one. The coaches are coming up with new concepts every day. I think their imaginations are running wild. It would be fun to see what we do and just go out there and execute.”
Q: Did your body feel different after the game compared to when you were in college?
RG3: “In college, I used to take the whole night off after a game and just kind of let my body gain that soreness. But after the game, we flew back and I got in the cold tub right away to try and get on that recovery because it is a long season. I actually feel pretty good today – legs felt good, body doesn't feel too sore. When you play football, you're going to be a little bit sore here and there from the hits, but my body feels good.”
Q: Why do you wear the sleeve on your non-throwing shoulder?
RG3: “The sleeve has kind of evolved. I used to not wear a sleeve. Then, I wore a half sleeve my sophomore year when I came back from injury. Then, it just turned into a full sleeve. It's just something I'm comfortable with. I think it was Deion [Sanders] who said, ‘If you look good, you feel good, you play good.' That's kind of what that is for me. Other than that, no real particular reason. I'm not trying to keep this arm warm just in case I have to throw with it, but I can throw with it, just in case you're wondering.”
Q: Have you heard the term “Griffining”?
RG3: “Who would've thought getting knocked on your butt and throwing a touchdown would start a phenomenon like that? But it is what it is. Griffining, RG3, whatever you want to call it, I'm not opposed to it, but it's pretty funny to me.”
Q: Have you seen anyone doing it?
RG3: “I haven't seen anyone do it, but my teammates have made fun of me for it like I started it on purpose. But it is what it is. People are going to have fun with what they want to have fun with and I'm not going to stop them.”
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner. Follow him on Twitter @CBSRedskins or @John_Keim.