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Redskins QB Griffin optimistic after practicing | WashingtonExaminer.com
Quarterback Robert Griffin III participated in the Redskins’ full practice, a sign that his knee is feeling a lot better – and his chances for playing at Philadelphia Sunday must be categorized as good.
RGIII Fined for Wearing ‘Unauthorized Apparel’ During News Conference " CBS DC
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for wearing Adidas at his postgame news conference Sunday.
‘Cornball’ ESPN Analyst Says He ‘Blew it’ With RGIII Comments, Apologizes " CBS DC
"I blew it and I’m sincerely sorry. I completely understand how the issue of race in sports is a sensitive one and needs to be handled with great care. This past Thursday I failed to do that. I believe the intended topic is a worthy one. Robert’s thoughts about being an African-American quarterback and the impact of his phenomenal success have been discussed in other media outlets, as well as among sports fans, particularly those in the African-American community. The failure was in how I chose to discuss it on First Take, and in doing so, turned a productive conversation into a negative one.
It's an odd thing to say for a team who's pass defense is ranked 31st in attempts, 30th in yards allowed, 32nd in touchdowns allowed and 25th in net yards per attempt, but the Redskins pass defense has been helping this team win since the bye week. It sounds crazy to say, but it really is kinda true.
"I was pretty raw, but I was athletic," he said. "And I had a mean streak that caught a lot of college recruiters’ eyes. I always wanted to finish my blocks and I was always getting out and blocking guys in space — taking on linebackers and defensive backs and showing that I had the athletic ability to keep up with most everyone out there on the field. I admit it though, I was very raw. I didn’t have much technique, but I was coached well by my high school coaches."
"Yes, I heard about the streak the last couple weeks, and I was like, ‘Wow, I think he may beat my streak," Romanowski recently told CSN. "And you know what? Hey, streaks are meant to be broken. Records are meant to be broken. And it couldn’t happen to a better guy than London Fletcher, who has played the game the way it’s supposed to be played."
"Listen, when it’s all said and done, I think this will be if not the best, one of the best," Reid said in a conference call with Redskins beat writers. "I would tell you that because colleges are throwing the football more is why you’re seeing it. These guys are good players, don’t get me wrong there. They’re coming in more experienced than what you’ve seen in the past. They’re throwing the ball all over the place. These kids understand how to read the field and coverages and have a good feel for it."
"I feel good," Montgomery said. "I practiced the whole practice and I feel great." Right tackle Tyler Polumbus participated in the Redskins’ walk-through but did not practice. He is attempting to return from a concussion and must be cleared by an independent neurologist before practicing or playing in a game. "I went out there today and I did what I could," Polumbus said. "We’re going to just go from there."
What I don't know is why there's apparently this idea out there that it's silly for running back LeSean McCoy to play now that he's recovered from his own concussion. It's apparently rooted in the notion that the 4-10 Eagles' final two games are "meaningless." McCoy, to his everlasting credit, sees no sense at all in the theory. Per the Philadelphia Inquirer: "Why wouldn't I want to play? They pay me to play this game," McCoy said. "I love this game. So why wouldn't I play?"
Given that the Redskins’ supply of high draft picks is depleted in the next couple of years after they gave up their first-round picks in 2013 and 2014 in the trade to get the rights to RG3, trading Cousins this year is something that should be considered. Yes, the idea should be contemplated. And it should be summarily rejected. The Redskins need to hang on to Kirk Cousins.
"I felt good," Griffin said. "It was exciting to get back out there and practice with everybody. I’m ready to play whenever they want me to play." He said he felt no weakness or instability in his knee after taking live reps at full speed.
"Trade him?" Coach Mike Shanahan told me recently, with surprise evident in his voice. "It doesn’t happen very often where you’ve got a chance to have a very special player that you [draft in the fourth round]. When you’re trying to build what we are with your football team, those aren’t the type of guys you trade."
The division is the more likely path because of the Redskins’ tie breaking advantages. Division record is the tie breaker for both the division title and for wild card ties against other teams in the division. The Redskins, in all likelihood, will need to win at least one more game for a playoff berth, and because both their remaining games are against division opponents, the Redskins would be guaranteed to have a better division record than the Giants. The Redskins also have the head-to-head advantage over the Vikings, and for the moment, the Cowboys.
Once again, RGIII’s injury lingers over this coming week’s lineup. With the success of Kirk "Captain Kirk" Cousins in Cleveland last week, the media [here we go again] is raising the question: Should RGIII again grace the sidelines? Forego the ‘gimmick’ offense for a more ‘traditional’ passing attack? Should Kirk Cousins again replace Robert Griffin III, however healthy?
"I put [my glasses] back on, she wheels me around, I look in the mirror and basically I have a mohawk," said Cousins, shaking his head. "And I said, ‘Okay, you’re just gonna have to buzz it off.’ I definitely want to apologize to my friends and family back home because I try to represent them well, but this haircut isn’t doing it." Cousins tried to hide his buzzed head by wearing a hat to Redskins Park yesterday, but it only drew more attention. "I saw him wearing a toboggan, and I was thinking that it wasn’t that cold outside," Trent Williams said. "Then I saw him lift it a little bit and couldn’t believe it. It’s not his best look." Cousins said most of his teammates were giving him a hard time, including Pierre Garcon. "He said, ‘Kirk, what did you do? Did you lose a bet?’" laughed Cousins. "I said ‘No.’ He said, ‘Any swag you got from the game is gone now.’"
Kirk Cousins is crowned 4th and Pain Champion for Week 15 thanks to his performance in relief of Robert Griffin III. Cousins says he had a strong inclination he would be the starter during the week, but wasn't officially told until the quarterback meeting on Saturday night.
"He can play with that," Shanahan said. "It’s pretty painful right now. But people have played with that." It’s unclear exactly when Bowen was injured on Sunday, but the starting right defensive end only played 20 of 53 snaps in the Redskins’ 38-21 victory in Cleveland.
This week we thought we would mesh together the best highlights from Redskins rookie phenom Robert Griffin III's first months of NFL action.