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Griffin leads Redskins culture change with 'non-quarterbackish' plays

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Griffin leads Redskins culture change with 'non-quarterbackish' plays

When asked what play he liked the most during Sundays game, Robert Griffin III didnt choose one of the several jaw-dropping passes he threw or one of his nifty runs. He coined a new term when he said that he liked something non-quarterbackish.So I did throw a block down the field, he said. I was pretty proud of that moment.That moment came in the third quarter on a second and 10 play from the Washington 36. Griffin handed off to Alfred Morris, who bounced out to the left. Griffin initially continued to jog out of the play as virtually every quarterback on the planet does virtually every time he hands off the ball.But as Morris broke to some daylight, Griffin flashed into the picture and started to provide an escort for Morris down the sideline. Its not exactly like Griffin threw a key, devastating block that spring Morris for additional yardage. In fact, as you can see in the screenshot fromNFL Game Rewindhere, Griffin (left) didnt even come into contact with anyone until Morris (right) was already well out of bounds.But that didnt matter. The quarterbacks act of going out there to block was far more important than any actual block Griffin might have thrown.Its little things like that, just trying to help the team win, Griffin explained. I probably wont be throwing blocks the whole time, but to show them that Im willingto sacrifice everything for them to help us win just one game, I think that goes a long way with your teammates.Griffin believes that a little extra hustle can go a long way. This isnt the only time he has done something similar.Early in training camp the offense was running drills in the red zone. Chris Cooley had the ball knocked out of his hands and linebacker Brian Kehl scooped up the ball and started to run towards the other end zone. He appeared to be on his way to a 95-yard touchdown return. Nobody on the offense gave chaseexcept Griffin.He took off, got the angle on Kehl, and knocked him out of bounds before he crossed the goal line.It just so happened that Griffin had his weekly media availability on that day. I dont want to scare the fans and let them think that Im going to go run down linebackers 30 yards down the field, but it happened, so whatever, he said. I think its more of a thing for the team to see I dont give up on the play. . . why give him a free touchdown? I ran him down because I could and pushed him out of bounds.Although football has changed a lot, its still a game of blocking and tackling. Having a quarterback who is willing and able to do both is the kind of thing that can change the culture of a team that has long had a habit of waiting for the other guy to do the dirty work or to make the big play.

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Here's a small example of Dwayne Haskins' leadership, as told by Matthew Berry

Here's a small example of Dwayne Haskins' leadership, as told by Matthew Berry

ESPN Fantasy Football expert Matthew Berry was at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere last weekend in Los Angeles, where he got the chance to interview the three Redskins rookies in attendance: Dwayne Haskins, Terry McLaurin, and Bryce Love. 

Berry, who was a guest of JP Finlay's on the Redskins Talk podcast on Thursday, has been a fan of the Burgundy and Gold since he was a kid, so he was eager to talk to three of the team's newest players and learn more about them.

It was during those interviews where Berry got a quick glimpse of a side of Haskins that now has Berry really excited.

"I thought what was really cool was... When I was interviewing McLaurin, Dwayne Haskins came in and interrupted the interview to give him some crap," he told Finlay. "It was really a wonderful moment to see. Obviously, they know each other very well from Ohio State, but just the fact that they felt comfortable enough and he wanted to come over and mess with him a little bit and have some fun, I was impressed with that."

Once Haskins left, Berry explained how he asked McLaurin about the interaction. Redskins fans will like McLaurin's answer.

"That's Dwayne, Dwayne is being a leader," McLaurin said, per Berry. 

Haskins did something similar to Love during Love's interview as well. Berry even caught up with Colts receiver Parris Campbell, who also played with the QB at Ohio State, to inquire about the 15th overall pick. 

"I asked him, 'Listen, I'm a diehard Redskins fan, what am I getting?'" Berry said. "He couldn't have been more effusive. 'You're not only getting a guy who puts the ball where you want it, but you're getting a leader. You're getting a guy who makes sure everyone in the huddle is included.'"

You can be skeptical of how much these little moments mean, and that's fair. Ultimately, how quickly Haskins picks up Jay Gruden's playbook and how accurate his arm turns out to be will factor more into his success in the NFL than being able to joke around a bit with some of his guys.

But you can also hope that these little moments are hints of a bigger personality and approach, a look into an athlete who can get a football team to buy into him. That's the side Berry is on.

"I thought that was really cool, and just showed somebody who's very comfortable in the leadership position and who's trying to be inclusive of everyone," he said. "It's early in the process, but I have yet to hear somebody on or off the record say something bad about Dwayne Haskins."

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After viral 2018 scuffle, Taylor Lewan offers to make peace with Josh Norman

After viral 2018 scuffle, Taylor Lewan offers to make peace with Josh Norman

Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and Titans tackle Taylor Lewan got into a widely-discussed altercation after Washington's Week 16 loss to Tennesse last season.

But on Thursday, Lewan said he's finally ready to let bygones be bygones. 

Lewan tweeted he wants Norman to come on the "Bussin' With The Boys" podcast he co-hosts with former Redskins linebacker Will Compton to "settle our differences."

Judging by what happened last December, there are plenty of differences: Norman threw his helmet at Lewan after the latter approached him, Lewan later accusing Norman of trying to hurt Titans running back Derrick Henry.

"I'm not worried about Josh Norman, man," Lewan told reporters after the incident. "I'm an offensive lineman, he's a [defensive back]. I don't know who that is."

"I was pissed. He was trying to hurt Derrick [Henry]. That's BS. That’s not the way football’s supposed to be played, man. It’s not our fault you’re not relevant anymore."

"Why would you come to another man's sideline?" Norman said of the dust-up. "And then after you won a game, you pick fun at the player that is relevant. You go out of your way to come to his bench, his sideline, to go at him in that kind of way."

"We're not having it. We will not tolerate disrespect. That's zero tolerance for that. That was the ultimate disrespect. You just don't do that."

The incident happened months ago, so it's about time the pair made peace. And as an ex-Redskin and ex-Titan, perhaps Compton can help mend the fences. But if Norman does accept Lewan's invitation to come on the podcast, we might be in for even more verbal fireworks. 

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