Redskins WR Pierre Garcon and HC Mike Shanahan took the podium today following the third day of training camp 2013 at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va.
Quick Hits With Wide Receiver Pierre Garçon:
On his toe and how he felt coming into training camp:
"I'm feeling good. Feeling good and getting rehab every day. But I'm good and nothing crazy, nothing major going on. I'm just getting back into playing football." On what he considers a good measure of success this season: "Well, our goal is to win the Super Bowl. We line up every day to play towards that. It's what we come to work for, so if we don't win the Super Bowl, it's kind of like a failure. It's what we work towards. If we don't win the Super Bowl it's not good enough obviously. We have a lot of great players, a lot of great guys on the team, but our number one goal is to win the Super Bowl, and that's all we really play for. Anything else is coming up short."
On throwing footballs to fans during practice: "It's nothing special, just giving the fans a little souvenir from practice. A lot of fans come out to Training Camp and sometimes they don't get nothing. They don't get an autograph or nothing, so hopefully one of them catches a football and get to keep a football."
Quick Hits With Head Coach Mike Shanahan:
On quarterback Robert Griffin III's 'emphatic' slide in practice today:
"I laughed too. I thought it was good. From one year to the next, you always emphasize different things and it's got to become automatic. No matter what you do, there has got to be emphasis there. The player's got to believe in it. They have got to think it. If it's in practice, if you usually do it in practice, it happens in games. I do not care if you're talking about turnovers, offense, defense, if you stress it and it is important to you, it will be important to them."
On the rule change requiring players to wear thigh pads: "I'll probably do it twice before the preseason game, just to get used to wearing full pads. They have to know the new rules. We're going to have the officials come in next week, explain all the new rules in detail, and after we do that, then we'll get a couple of days of full pads before we have our first preseason game… What they're trying to do is get players to help protect themselves. So if it's thigh pads, with a contusion in the quad area, or if it's the knee, you're just padding yourself - you're trying to protect the players, and it's mandatory. We'll see how it works."
On how last year's playoff experience impacts expectations for this season:
"You always want success. Once you have success, people believe in themselves. When you give the type of effort in the offseason and you have success, you believe you've earned that success. That's what I believe our players believe, that they've earned the right to succeed. Once you do succeed and you see the aftereffects, you want it even more. So hopefully we take it day by day and keep on improving."