|The Washington Redskins are 2-2 and rookie QB Robert Griffin III has given them everything they could have hoped for. (US Presswire)|
The Washington Redskins are 2-2, and they have an offense that averages 30.8 points per game for one big reason: Robert Griffin III. He has done everything they could have hoped for and more in the first four games, including leading a game-winning drive vs. Tampa Bay.
Here's what he has to say about his recent performances:
What do you take away from these first four games?
“We can be what we want to be. I think offensively we've done a good job of moving the ball. In every game we put up a lot of yards. We just have to make sure we continue to try to put up more and more points. The game is still football. It's fun. It's a lot more fun winning. ... It's a dream come true to play at the highest level. That's what every kid wants to do, no matter what sport it is or what profession you're in. You want to do it at the highest level. We're doing that right now."
Coach Mike Shanahan said the Tampa Bay game was your best, do you agree?
“I think it was my best game. After doing the film study, it was just a more complete, solid game. [I] didn't really take any bad sacks. I got through my progressions, hit my checkdowns and guys were working for me. In order to go through all your progressions, everybody has to be where they're supposed to be when they're supposed to be there. Everybody was doing their job and that helps me be able to go out and execute as a quarterback and lead the offense. I think it was definitely my best game.”
Is it easier for you to have a good day passing the ball with more traditional play calls?
“You get in a rhythm. I think when you can sit back and pick apart a defense for a few plays, it definitely helps your confidence. It helps you see things. You can see how they're playing routes, know what you need to go to next. That's a big thing. The zone read and stuff like that is stuff we'll sprinkle in. Like I said, I'm always going to wait on pulling the pass. I'm always willing to do whatever it takes to help us win. As a passer, that's what you want. You want to be able to sit back and throw the ball and complete over 70 percent of your passes."
You seem to go from joking to serious at the flip of a switch. When did that come about?
“There's no one moment to say how it came about. It's just you have to learn [that] there's a time to joke and there's a time to be serious. On game day, I'm more of a serious type, but I try to make sure guys feel comfortable and have fun. You don't want to be uptight all the time or extremely focused all the time. It's just my natural personality to laugh and joke and try to keep guys' spirits high. Other than that, I'm a focused guy. I try to make sure I take care of my business first, so that they know I'm their leader and I'm doing what I'm supposed to do to help them win. But I can also make them laugh in the meantime.”
What did the comeback victory mean to you?
“It's [my] first comeback victory in the NFL. That's huge for any quarterback. You celebrate it for a day and then you don't forget about it, you just move on to the next game. That was definitely a big moment for me. Rex [Grossman] was talking to me on the sidelines saying that I should want their kicker to make the field goal so that I can go and lead the team to victory. That's what we do.”
Do you think the officials were paying attention to you with your fakes and when the defense hit you?
“I thought they were on point, especially the head ref. Actually, one time I carried out my fake and didn't put my hands up and he came and found me and said, ‘Make sure you put your hands up.' I said, ‘All right, you got it. I got you. You're watching. That's good.' I thought it was great. They protected me a lot more as the quarterback out there, which is how it's supposed to be.”