Players say their confidence isn’t shaken by opening defeat

September 12, 2013

The season has turned upside-down for Robert Griffin III and the Redskins, but they say they can rebound. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press)

The Washington Redskins aren’t getting overly concerned about losing their opening game of the season Monday night, even with a tough game this weekend in Green Bay creating the possibility that they could get off to an 0-2 start. This is a team, after all, that rallied from a 3-6 beginning last season to win its final seven regular season games and secure the NFC East title.

“You can definitely know you can put things back [together], especially losing the first game or [going 3-6] last year,” wide receiver Pierre Garcon said. “It’s definitely something that we’ve been through. It’s not something new to us where we’re panicking or nervous about. It’s one game. It [stinks] that it was a division opponent. But we’ll definitely bounce back and we’ll definitely be ready for whoever’s next.”

The Redskins say their belief in themselves isn’t shaken.

“I don’t think we were ever fooling [our]selves,” defensive lineman Kedric Golston said. “I do think we had a great camp. I think we had a successful preseason. I don’t think we played our best ball [Monday]. I’m not trying to make excuses because talk is cheap and we have to fix the mistakes that we made. But I don’t think there was a false confidence coming out of camp. I think it really was a successful camp and we’re a better team than what we showed. Now we have to go out there and prove it on the field.”

Golston said the Redskins aren’t focused on playoff prospects at this early stage in the season.

“It’s a game that we need to win,” he said. “Percentages [of teams that make the playoffs after an 0-2 start] don’t really matter to me. All those things could end up changing. I can’t get caught up in that. All we can get caught up on is trying to beat the Green Bay Packers. And all that talk is so far down the road that it’s absurd to even be thinking about it the second game of the year.”

Said fullback Darrel Young: “You don’t want to start 0-2 at all. Our goal is to be 1-1. We can’t really worry about what they [the Packers] do. It’s about what we do just because everything we did was self-inflicted last week. We’ve just got to be better.”

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What’s ahead:

● A blog post every hour through at least 1 p.m., including Kedric Golston on the Redskins’ tackling.

● The Redskins practice Thursday at 1 p.m.

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Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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