On Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, Redskins QB Robert Griffin III addressed the media following afternoon the Redskins 33-27 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at FedExField.
On his assessment of the game:"We didn't play well in the first half at all. We had a serious case of the 'can't-get-rights,' just penalties, hurting ourselves – you know, I don't throw picks, [running back] Alfred [Morris] doesn't fumble and [kicker] Kai [Forbath] doesn't miss field goals and all three of those happened tonight. So we'll get better, no doubt. I'm proud of the way the team fought back. You know we can't put our defense in those kinds of situations – having them on the field the majority of the game, but everybody fought back real hard in the second half. You know we got it within six, and that's all you can ask for. You don't want your team to come out in the second half and just fold, so I'm proud of the way we fought and that's what I told them in the locker room."
On if rust was a factor in his performance in the first three quarters:
"I think that's an excuse. I'm responsible for the way I play. I didn't play very well in the first half so that's just the way it is. You move on from it. I'm not going to sit here and say I was rusty. I have to be accountable, I'm going to be accountable for that – didn't play well in the first half. We came back and played better in the second half. We just have to do it for 60 minutes."
On if playing in the preseason would have made him more comfortable:
"No, I don't think so. Once again I think that's an excuse. I was comfortable out there, I felt good. I was able to escape the pocket and move around. And that's why I told everybody I felt good anyways. So we just didn't play well as a team, any of us. And we know that. There's no finger-pointing going on in that locker room. We know we have to get better and it comes with a short week going against Green Bay, but we'll figure it out."
On taking hits and how his knee held up:
"It's football, man. The corner blitz I got hit in the back. Mychal Kendricks, I think he got me on one and picked me up. They don't feel good but it is football. It is what it is. I know everybody wants to see that, wants to see me get hit and get up and that's what they got to see. I'm not going to sit here and ask for it every game, it just is what it is."
On if he was planting and driving how he wanted to:
"Yeah, I mean, like I said, I think just we didn't play well. You guys can sit here and pick apart technique, pick apart that he is rusty, did he not play well enough. I just think we didn't play well enough in the first half at all. And there's no other way around that."
On if he felt more in rhythm during the second half:
"No, I mean in the second half we just came out and had to throw the ball. We got down. I've been telling people and Coach knows this, players know this, we can sit there and drop back with the best of them – that's just not our game. But whenever it's called upon to do that, we're able to do it and that's what we did in the second half and it generated a spark for us."
On how long it took him to get acclimated to the speed of the game:
"Like I said, I think I was fine with that; we weren't on the field very much in the first quarter. A lot of unfortunate things were happening and we really didn't feel like we got a good sweat in until the second half. That's when we started putting up points. We feel as an offense our job is to score and that's what we do, when we operate at a high level. And we didn't operate at a high level in the first half."
On if he needed time to adjust to the speed of the game:
"No, I don't think so."
On his emotions being back on the field:
"It's a great moment. It didn't turn out the way we wanted it to turn out. Coming out of halftime, we talked in there as an offense and said we'll find out a lot about our team with what happens in the second half. And I think we did find out a lot. You know same thing we knew from last year, this team has a lot of heart; guys are going to fight until the end no matter what happens. That's what I am proud of; that's why I can walk in here –you're not smiling and jolly about anything about a loss – but you can hold your head up and know 'Hey, we still came out there and did what we had to do in the second half to give ourselves a chance. And we just have to make sure we do it for 60 minutes this next week."
On if his knee was stressed during the game:
"I think everyone involved – coaches, doctors, trainers – everyone was relieved that I came out of the game OK. Parents, fans, everybody, so it felt good, like I said. It's fun and it's a joy to get out there and play with your teammates, the guys that you train with, the guys you form camaraderie with. It's always fun, you want to get the 'W' and I'm never one to just say, 'Hey, it's just one game.' We have to get better. We will, and we'll move onto the next one."
On his second interception:
"Cary Williams made a great play. He came to the sideline. [Offensive Coordinator] Kyle [Shanahan] is really honest with me on plays, anytime you do good or bad. He's really honest with me about it. It was a decent throw, and Cary made a great play on it. It's not [wide receiver] Pierre's [Garçon] fault. I'm responsible for the ball, so even if he does make an amazing diving catch as a corner, it's still my ball, and still my interception, so he made a good play on that one. The first interception I just saw something different than what was out there, and that's also my fault."
On things not going how he had planned:
"Like I said, we had a serious case of the 'can't get rights.' Penalties. Everything. Turnovers. That's not the identity of our offense. We know that. I think that the guys are disappointed in themselves for that, but I'm proud that we came out in the second half. It basically was that way – everything that could go wrong did go wrong. To say that we only lost that game by six when we had that horrendous of a first half, and the beginning of the second half, is something to look at and say, 'Alright, we played horrible and we still almost won the game.' It's nothing against Philly, Philly played great. They came out with a good game plan. Their offense played well. We left our defense on the field way too long."
On the safety:
"I'll take the heat for that. I'm never going to point the finger at anybody. I pitched the ball, he didn't catch the ball, and that's my fault. That's just the way you have to operate. If you start pointing fingers at each other, that's when you start having a team that's separated, and we're never going to be that way. He'll tell you the same thing. He'll tell you it's his fault, and I'll tell you it's my fault, and you'll decide whose fault it is from your perspective. We'll get that right. We don't fumble pitches, and he doesn't fumble the ball and I don't throw picks."
On changing his knee brace:
"No, everybody in the league kept calling down to our sideline saying I need to cover the brace up. I don't understand that one, but that's why we have to continue to do some stuff to cover the brace up. The brace just looked bigger because they [the league] kept putting stuff over it."
On the Eagles' offense:
"Chip Kelly's college offense, you watch it at Oregon and it's successful. They played well. Our defense played very well holding them to field goals in certain situations. [Quarterback] Mike [Vick] has always been a guy that, he's not old, but you know I'm a younger quarterback, and he's always been a guy that you've watched, and you like to watch him play but, anytime he's playing against you, I'm not out there cheering for him hoping that he does well. It's a competitive sport. He did play well. I talked to him after the game and he was very professional about it, and he's a guy you root for."