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Robert Griffin III said he hasn’t felt any symptoms from his concussion, aside from early memory loss when it happened. Since then? Nothing. Except for one thing. "The only symptoms I do have is irritability," Griffin said, "because they keep asking me the same questions."
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RB Alfred Morris. Of course he’s on here, though I will say the run game needs more consistency. He had five runs that totaled 83 yards while the other 13 gained 33. The Redskins are in third and long too often and that’s partly because of this inconsistency. Some of that is a function of this style of run game; some of it is a matter of inconsistency.
Robert Griffin III met with the media on Wednesday, and the rookie talked about suffering a concussion in Sunday's loss to the Falcons.
"I think with anybody, every game you want to learn from your experiences," Shanahan said. "The main thing with this is that he needs to know that he helps the team more if he gets up for the next play as our quarterback."
It's a game of roulette. Three quarterbacks had more than 75 rushing attempts last year, and two got hurt. Cam Newton ran it 126 times in 16 games last year and stayed healthy. Tim Tebow ran the ball 137 times in 13 starts (including playoffs) and was beat up by season's end. Vick had 76 rushes in 13 games, missing three with broken ribs and overcoming an early-season concussion. In 2010, one quarterback had more than 75 rushes (Vick with 100), and he missed four starts with rib and leg injuries.
"Everything happens so fast, especially in the red zone," Grossman said. "The area you have to work with is fast, lanes close quick and you think you might be able to run in there and all of a sudden the linebacker’s scrapping over the top and knocking you out." With Grossman inactive in the game, backup quarterback Kirk Cousins played the remainder of the game under center. After evaluating Cousins’s film, Grossman praised him for his performance in a difficult situation. "I think [offensive coordinator] Kyle [Shanahan] did a good job of calling some plays that [Cousins] knows," Grossman said. "[Cousins] executed well on that touchdown pass and looked like he got into a rhythm and then made a mistake."
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Although Morris will never be confused with Adrian Peterson or Trent Richardson, I think Washington should, and will, view Morris as the answer for at least one more year. He has proved capable of being a plus player at the position, and if he continues to show these bell-cow traits, Washington would be best served to use its limited offseason resources to improve other areas.
"Everybody’s got inexperience to start out with," Shanahan said of Forbath, a first-year player out of UCLA. "You have to have an opportunity. We had some great competition on this field and he won it through the competition."
As an offense we moved the ball but it’s just like the coach said, we’ve just got to get better on third downs, whether it’s running the ball or throwing the ball, third and short or third and long," he said. "We’ll get better at that, it’s not something we need to press about but it is something that is a glaring issue for us right now."
The Redskins have held the lead or have been tied going into the fourth quarter of all five of their games. So why are they only 2-3?
When the Washington Redskins cut the cord with Graham Gano late in the preseason, they signaled the end of a young kicker experiment. They invested two-plus seasons in Gano's potential but jumped at Billy Cundiff when the Baltimore Ravens released the veteran.
"Practice went good," Griffin said. "I felt sharp. I felt good. No symptoms of a concussion or anything like that. No dizziness or off-balance or things of that nature. I feel good."
Moss' next reception, a ho-hum 3-yarder, was his 500th as a Redskin. That put him among elite company. Only three other players have caught 500 passes with the team: Hall of Famers Art Monk (888) and Charley Taylor (649) and also Gary Clark (549).