Here is what you need to know on this Monday, September 23, six days before the Redskins visit the Raiders.
Five key quotes from the locker room yesterday:
1. Aldrick Robinson on his overturned touchdown catch. I’m not completely sure that there was enough video evidence to overturn it. The ball did hit the ground and although it did move you couldn’t tell if his hand was under it at the time. Ed Hochuli called what he saw but perhaps without the indisputable video evidence standard needed to overturn the call on the field being met.
“When I saw the replay, I saw that the ball was sliding on the ground, but I for sure caught the ball. I had the ball in my left hand, but the camera view was on the right side and then I had it in my right-side hand. I secured the catch and I got up knowing that I secured the catch. When everyone was down, I saw that everyone wasn’t as excited as I was, so it was kind of strange to me. When I saw the replay, I saw what everyone else saw.”
2. Robert Griffin III on his split-second decision to dive headfirst rather than slide after running for 21 yards and a first down in Lions territory.
“I think it's just an instinct thing. On the sideline, I slid with [Lions safety Glover] Quin coming after me. I slid feet first because I didn't want him to hit me in the face. On the run I had the fumble on, I went face first because they were a little further away. You can't really be out there thinking about that kind of stuff. You've just got to do what happens when you react and hold onto the ball.”
3. Pierre Garçon with some refreshing, brutal honesty when asked about the team’s 0-3 start:
“This is a job, you have to come out and play. This is a business. If you’re not doing your part, they’ll get rid of you and you will be looking for a job. You never want that to happen.”
4. DeAngelo Hall on the hole the Redskins are in.
“Anything can happen, but you can’t hang your hat on winning seven in a row. We’ve got to come out here and take it one game at a time. We can’t live on what we did last year. That means nothing right now. We have to look in the mirror and be tough on ourselves.”
5. Back to Griffin, who ran six times for 37 yards, many on designed runs. He was asked if that changed the coverage.
“I don’t know. I know the threat of the quarterback running definitely helps your offense. They have to play different coverages, and they did the rest of the game. It’s something that we have to be able to use. We were able to use it today because we didn’t get behind the sticks and didn’t get behind in the game so fast so it was good. We got to use a lot of our game plan. I thought our offense moved the ball pretty well. We’ve just got to win, period.”
Stat of the day
—Griffin set career highs in pass attempts (50) and completions (32) while becoming the first Redskin in the Super Bowl era to throw for 300 yards or more in three consecutive games.
—Former Redskins head coach Marty Schottenheimer was born on this day in 1943
—Days until: Redskins @ Raiders 6; Redskins @ Cowboys 20; Bears @ Redskins 29
—Today’s schedule: Player availability 11:00 a.m. Mike Shanahan news conference 3:00 televised on Comcast SportsNet
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