RGIII: "We'll figure this out"
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Robert Griffin III completed 26 of 40 passes for 320 yards and three touchdowns, but was 6-of-13 for 107 yards in the first half. The Redskins and RGIII continued to play differently in the second half, just as they did in the opening loss to the Eagles. The Redskins have been outscored 50-7 in the opening halves of their first two games.
“It’s real frustrating,” he told the media. “I think there was a clear difference between this week’s first half and last week’s first half. We hurt ourselves a lot with turnovers last week. This week it wasn’t necessarily turnovers. Talking to the guys in the locker room, we can’t put our finger on what it is and that’s the really frustrating part. We’ve got to convert third downs, of course. But aside from that we’ve got to make plays. It’s not on the coaches, it’s not on anybody else. It’s on us. I think the guys understand that and we’ll be better moving forward. We’ll figure this out. We know this isn’t who we are as a team. … What we’ve shown is not acceptable to us.”
Griffin wasn’t saying how much closer he is physically to where he wants to be.
“I’m not going to … This is not an individual sport. We lost the game. Stats don’t matter. You’ve got to go win. I can’t really answer that question.”
Griffin indicated that he’d ride his teammates a little harder, be a “stern” leader.
“You’ve got to trust your preparation. I think we do that, you know. We’ trusted our preparation for the first game — it didn’t work. We trusted our preparation for the second game — it didn’t work. You can’t just totally jump ship. It’s not that time. I don’t think this time will ever do that. It’s just not that time. You’ve got to prepare the same way you do every week. I think the sense of urgency this past week was higher than it was the first week. It doesn’t mean it wasn’t high the first week, but I think it was higher this week. I think it’ll increase even more.
“If those guys want me to go out there and be the stern leader, then I’m willing to do that. I got some of that from some of my teammates on the sideline, asking me to do some more things. Not necessarily change who I am as a person, but if they want me to be hard on ‘em, I’ll be hard on ‘em. When you start 0-2, it’s a little harder to go about that, but I think it’s what we need.”
The first two games have been sloppy and “sloppy.”
“I’m hard on my teammates. You want to make the plays, you want them to go out there and make the plays. If I have to do a little more to clean up that sloppiness, then I’ll do it.”
Just as he did Monday, placed the blame squarely on his shoulders.
“I thought my sharpness was much better this game than it was last game, from the get-go. All of that falls on me. I’m not going to point the finger at anybody else. It doesn’t matter what goes on on that field, I’m responsible for that. I’m the quarterback. Everyone’s going to look at me and that’s what I do. You have to take that. You have to be willing to take that. We’ll be better. Period.
“It’s all on me. No matter what happens this next game, it’ll still all be on me. We’ll make it happen. We’ll figure out whatever we’re missing right now and we’ll make it happen.”