Several Washington Redskins players said after Thursday’s offseason practice that there is a changed atmosphere around the team this offseason after it won the NFC East title last season.
“I think there’s a totally different feeling within the team,” quarterback Robert Griffin III said. “I still feel like outside of the team people still doubt us. That’s the way you want it to be. I feel like the guys come out here a lot more confident. … [It’s] not a false confidence. We know with the guys we have coming back, with the guys that we added, that we can be really good this year.”
There are still issues, of course, particularly with Griffin coming off knee surgery. But the Redskins seem convinced that if Griffin comes back healthy, they can build on last season’s success.
“The real difference I noticed on this team is just a quieter sense of confidence,” linebacker London Fletcher said. “Obviously last year we had some new guys playing different roles, whether it was through free agency or the draft, uncertainties at certain positions. But you can just see a more confident group. The communication is a lot crisper because guys understand what they’re doing, whether it’s on the offensive line, the quarterback position, defense, defensive backfield, whatever the case may be. So guys just understand what we’re doing. When you know what you’re doing, that gives you more confidence to be able to go out and make plays.”
Wide receiver Pierre Garcon said the goal is clear.
“My expectation this year is to make it to the Super Bowl and win the Super Bowl,” Garcon said. “We have a good team. We’ve got a good offense. We’ve got a lot of good playmakers on offense. So that’s the number one thing, is to win the Super Bowl.”
But for now, it’s the relatively quiet time of offseason practices known as organized team activities, months before things start getting revved up in training camp as the regular season nears.
“I think for us, what we’re focused on right now is we’re tweaking some things, working on some things, seeing how certain things work,” Fletcher said. “This is a time to try new things. It’s really about getting better each and every day. That’s what our focus is. We’re not going to win the division right now. We don’t play a game for another… three months or whatever the case is. Really, we just need to focus on how can we improve as players each and every day in the classroom and on the field and go from there.”
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