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Transcript: Robert Griffin III after loss to Buccaneers

Transcript: Robert Griffin III after loss to Buccaneers

This is the transcript, via Redskins PR, of Robert Griffin III's post game press conference after the Redskins' 27-7 loss to the Bucs.

On being sacked multiple times:

“All the sacks are on me, period. We are 3-7. Everyone in this room knows that and everyone in the locker room knows that. We can’t do what 3-7 teams normally do. We can’t throw knives and stab each other in the back. We have good people in our locker room – men of God who are going to stick together and stay strong. When I say, ‘All the sacks on are me,’ I’m saying I can do better and I have to do better. I need every man in that locker room, player and coach, to look themselves in the mirror and say, ‘What can I do better?’ If one of my offensive lineman were up here or a back or a receiver and you asked them that question, I would expect them to do the same. [We have to] take responsibility for it and try to find a way to get it [the ball] out, try to find a way to change the protection and a way to pick it up. Even if everyone in here and everyone watching says there is no way he could have done that, you try to find a way. I will be the first to say I could have done better, a lot better.”

On if the team looked past the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because of their 1-8 record:

“It was a travesty out there today. We didn’t play well. I didn’t see the field as well as I would have liked to. We have turnovers and interceptions. We had false start penalties and holding penalties. It was just bad ball out there today. It is not that we looked past Tampa Bay because we can’t afford to look past anyone. We are not a very good football team right now and [we] have a long way to go. Every guy has to look himself in the mirror and say that. You can’t sit in your locker or on the field and say, ‘It is not my fault because I’m a baller, I’m a Pro Bowl player.’ Right now, we have no Pro Bowl players. We aren’t playing that way. I am not playing that way, our receivers aren’t playing that way, our backs aren’t playing that way, our defense isn’t playing that way, our special teams aren’t playing that way and we all know that. Coach [Jay Gruden] has reiterated that to us many times and guys have to accept that. We have a long way to go and accept that we have to get better in practice, walkthroughs and [through watching] film. You have to do more and you have to get better.”

On his overall play:

“I am not going to sit up here and make excuses. I haven’t watched the film yet but I know there are some plays that I would like to have back – of course the interceptions, and there are a couple of plays that come to mind where I feel like I could have been more aggressive. Those plays are in my head. They will stay in my head and when I see you next time, I still won’t tell you what those plays are. I promise you that I will get better. Hopefully, by me standing on the table and saying I need to get better, everyone else will do the same.”

On his struggles today in comparison to his rookie year:

“We were playing good, team ball. It takes 11 men. It doesn’t just take one guy and that is proven. If you want to look at the good teams in this league and the great quarterbacks, the Aaron Rodgers or Peyton Mannings, those guys don’t play well if their guys don’t play well. We need everybody. I need every single guy in that locker room and I know they are looking at me and saying the same thing. I’m going to be there for them, I promise that. I give it to them every day. I am not going to quit on them. I need them to do the same and I believe they will. What else am I supposed to believe in? I believe in my teammates. We will get it done.”

On the team’s record:

“I think it’s a fact of, you know, when you’re 3-6 and you feel like you could be 7-2, eventually you have to come back to earth and we have to realize that, yeah, we’re a play off here or there and the ball bouncing this way from being a better football team. But when you’re 3-7, you just have to look at yourself in the mirror and say, ‘What can I do to get better?’ And guys do that every single day, but it’s just about taking the initiative to say, ‘We’re not good right now.’ I’m not good. No one’s good. We have to be better and I think that’s tough. It’s tough for guys because we’re all optimistic. I’m a very optimistic guy and I don’t take that away, out of the way I am and the way I’m going to approach work every single day. But you have to say that and say, ‘Look we’re 3-7, we’ve got to find any kind of way to get better and it’s got to translate over to the field.’”

On if he thinks about being replaced:

“I don’t look at it that way. I’m the guy. My job is to go out there and help us win and that’s the way I look at it. I don’t look at the media answers that Jay gives you guys. I know what’s going on in his head. I know that he believes in me and I know those guys in the locker room believe in me, so that’s all that matters for me.”

On why the momentum stopped after the touchdown right before halftime:

“Yeah, we did have momentum going into halftime and we came back out and played more bad ball, similar to the series before that two-minute drive. Yeah, I mean, I have to go back and watch the tape, but like I said, it was not good out there today at all.”

On if there is a point where the team will get angry and emotional:

“Oh no, we’ll get angry and we have to be. I’m emotional right now. I just… I know how much work we put in to go out there and to put that out on tape – to put that on the field and to, you know, to lay an egg in front of our own fans, that’s tough. No one’s going to feel sorry for us but it’s really frustrating because I’ve seen all the hours those guys in the locker room have put in. I know the hours that I’ve put in to be successful, to work hard and it’s not happening right now. But we’ll strap up our boots and realize that we’re 3-7. Hey, playoffs are out the door. We have got to find what we’re going to play for and I think we know what it is. It’s each other in the locker room and I think the guys will bond together and be ready to go. But it’s not like it’s easy. It’s not like I’m standing up here and, you know, just brushing all this by the wayside. It’s tough, very tough.”

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As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market

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As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market

Kirk Cousins repeatedly said his free agent decision will not be just about money. Be clear, however, that money will be a huge factor in this decision. 

After the Redskins traded with Kansas City to acquire Alex Smith before the Super Bowl, it became obvious Washington will move on from Cousins. Whether that means the quarterback simply walks away in free agency or the organization attempts a highly risky tag-and-trade scenario, regardless, Cousins will throw footballs for another franchise in 2018.

Cousins wants to choose where he will play via free agency, and might even file a grievance if the Redskins do deploy a third franchise tag to control his rights.

Assuming Cousins hits free agency, a new report out of New York suggests the Jets will pay "whatever it takes" to land the passer. That could even include a fully guaranteed contract, and will certainly get close to a $30 million a year price tag. 

A notion exists too that Cousins might take less to go to a winner, and many think that could be the Broncos. Denver won five games in 2017, same as the Jets, though the Broncos have a strong defense and have been getting particularly awful QB play. 

The important thing to remember for curious Redskins fans watching the Cousins saga unfold: Don't expect much, if any, discount. 

The quarterback himself made that clear. 

"There’s other quarterbacks that come after you and it would be almost a selfish move to hurt future quarterbacks who get in a position to have a contract," Cousins said last year on 106.7 the Fan.

The quotes came after the 2016 season but before the Redskins again used a franchise tag with Cousins for the 2017 season. Washington wanted to attempt a long-term deal with Cousins at that point, though the quarterback decided to not negotiate and instead play on the tag.

The point remains that Cousins, and his representatives, believe the quarterback has a duty to other players to maximize his earnings. 

"If you don’t take a deal that’s fair to you, then you’re also taking a deal that’s not fair to them and you’re setting them back as well. So there’s different reasons. You just do the best you can."

If he hits free agency, Cousins will likely sign the richest contract in NFL history. Those opportunities don't come around often, and the quarterback should take full advantage. 

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 19, 23 days before NFL free agency starts.

Monday musings

—One possible solution to the left guard spot is perhaps being overlooked. Ty Nsekhe played there some last year, starting the game in Dallas and playing there until Morgan Moses got injured, forcing him to move to right tackle. Nsekhe is slated to be a restricted free agent but his return is likely. In December I asked Jay Gruden if Nsekhe might move to guard in 2018. “I think Ty is a big man and a very good tackle, but in the offseason when we have more time, maybe we can feature him at some guard when we’ve got all our guys back,” he said. “Feature him some” doesn’t mean that they will make him a starter; perhaps they want him to be the top option to fill in at four of the five OL positions. But it’s something to keep an eye on if they don’t land a left guard solution in free agency or the draft.

—When I posted about Albert Breer’s report that Kirk Cousins would file a grievance if the Redskins put the franchise tag on him in an effort to trade him, I pulled up a copy of the CBA to see the language on which Cousins could base his case. I read through the Article 10, which deals with the franchise tag twice and I saw nothing of it. But Mike Florio found it in Article 4, the one that deals with player contracts. “A Club extending a Required Tender must, for so long as that Tender is extended, have a good faith intention to employ the player receiving the Tender at the Tender compensation level during the upcoming season.” Since the Redskins clearly have no intention of employing Cousins after the Alex Smith trade, this seems to be a fairly simple case. In reality, it never is.

—I tweeted this last week:

However, possible cap casualties from other teams are not included in that group. That won’t turn the pool of players who will become available to sign into a bunch of potential franchise changers. Still, there could be a number of players in whom the Redskins could be interested in like RB DeMarco Murray, WRs Emmanuel Sanders and Torrey Smith, edge rusher Elvis Dumervil, and DL Brandon Mebane. A plus to signing players who have been waived is that they don’t count in the formula that determines compensatory draft picks. The Redskins have never really paid attention to that in the past but with potential high comp picks at stake if they lose both Kirk Cousins and Bashaud Breeland, this could be a good year to start.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 10
—NFL Draft (4/26) 66
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 202

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