On Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, Redskins QB Robert Griffin III addressed the media after afternoon practice at Redskins Park in Ashburn, VA.
On the status of his left knee:
"I felt good today in practice, so I'll just keep seeing how it feels each day. I'll be ready for the game, I think, and just take it one day at a time."
On eliminating slow starts on offense:
"We just have to execute better from the get-go. We work on stuff all week in practice and we have to be able to translate that over to game day and that takes everybody. We just can't have some of the things that we've been having – missed assignments, missed throws, dropped passes. All those kind of things can lead to not being successful and we've got to eliminate those."
On if he has an opinion on why the slow starts have been occurring:
"I think everybody has opinions about it, but we're the only ones that know what's really going on. My job is not to come up here and tell everybody everything that goes on in this organization. Our job is to keep that stuff in-house and make sure that we get better from it because it takes all of us."
On where the offense ranks:
"Just middle of the pack, as far as throwing the ball and all that good stuff, to me, stats and rankings and stuff like that, it doesn't always really tell the true story in my opinion. We've struggled at times. We've been really great at times. Against Chicago, we threw the ball extremely well and ran the ball efficiently and this past week, we didn't do that. It's a week-to-week thing, we just need to be more consistent with it."
On how he feels physically now compared to the beginning of the season:
"I feel better, but it takes all 11 of us out there to go out and be ranked [seventh] in offense, in total offense. There's one thing we're going to be able to do and teams know that – we're going to run the football. We've just got to make sure we stay true to that, stay true to who we are and the passing will come."
On how different the offense is this year from last season:
"I think every year is different, of course, but we just need to find that consistent place for all of us. Getting the plays run the right way, being where you're supposed to be, getting open, making the throw, staying on the field – all of those things come into play. So, I mean, there's no secret. Like I said after the game, there's no secret sauce, no secret weapons. You've just got to go out there and execute."
On how shocking it is for him to be 2-5 and be 21stin the NFL in passer rating:
"It sucks, and like I said, there's a lot of things that go into that, but it's not for me to discuss that stuff up here. We have to fix that stuff out there on the practice field and on the game field. Nothing that we say is going to change that. Talk doesn't help. You've just got to go out and act and make sure that you get out there and do the best you can."
On how helpful a consistent second wide receiver opposite Pierre Garçon would be:
"We definitely need to have balance in the receiving corps, but it's our job – me as a quarterback and the coaches – to put guys in the right positions to make plays and we have to do that. There's nobody out there that's going to come in and save the day. We've just got to make sure that we go and work with the guys that we have and use their skills to the fullest."
On what he can do to help his teammates become more effective:
"Like I said, we've just got to execute better. I don't know what else to tell you guys."
On if he is fine with wide receivers publicly voicing their frustrations:
"I mean, these are grown men, so I can't control what they say, obviously. We're all in this together and everybody's going to be frustrated here and there, but the only way for us to get better is to stick together and that's what we've got to do."
On comparing last year's offense to this year:
"I just think we're not as efficient as an offense and that's the bottom line. Everyone wants to point the finger at this, point the finger at that. I'm not going to do that. We're just not efficient, efficient enough as an offense. You know, we're ranked [seventh] in all the rankings and all the yards. That's all fine and dandy, but at the end of the day, you've got to win football games."
On if taking a lot of hits can affect his performance late in games:
"When you get hit – a lot of teams say, 'Get hits on the quarterback. It can affect him and make him try to get rid of the ball a little bit quicker out of the pocket, make him make some bad decisions.' I try to make sure that never happens. You've got to make sure you take each play as its own play. Yeah, somebody might get through here and there, but you've got to still sit in that pocket and you've got to make plays and when the plays are there to be made, you've got to make the throw no matter who's coming after you. From that standpoint, you've got to stare down the barrel of the gun and be ready to go."
On if defenses are playing deep passes differently or the offense simply needs to get better at executing them:
"Yeah, we've got to get better, obviously… We've got to execute better – be better, do this, do that. Like I said, I can sit up here and point fingers and do anything everybody wants us to do – 'everybody wants us to fail, everybody wants us to break apart' – and that's just not what I'm going to do. So when it comes to the downfield passing, it sounds cliché, it sounds repetitive, but we do have to do better. We do have to execute the downfield passing a lot better and make plays."
On if defenses are trying to take away the deep pass:
"Yeah, I mean obviously teams are doing a better job with their corners and what the refs are allowing guys to do as far as bumping guys on routes and then holding – all that stuff – and that's not an excuse. If they're going to allow it, we have to play through it. Guys have to stay on their routes. We've got to get to the spots we're supposed to be and then make the throws."
On how trying it is to stay positive despite losing:
"It's very trying. It's a test and you're going to get put through tests in your life and you've got to decide how you're going to react to them. You can react in a negative way or a positive way. I choose to be positive. I don't go out there and scream at guys. We talked about this before, but my way of leading, you have to be positive. A guy drops a pass, he knows he dropped a pass. He's going to make that catch for you. If I miss a throw, I know I missed a throw. I'm going to make that throw for them next time. That's just the approach you have to take towards it, because as soon as you change as a leader, I think guys can see that as well. And when you change, it kind of feels like the ship's sinking. So I'm not going to go out there and I'm not going to change who I am as a person. I'm not going to demand any less out of them and they're not going to demand any less out of me."
On his and linebacker Brian Orakpo's financial stake in a Texas tea company:
"We're both from Texas, so that did happen. They came to me and him, he was in it before I was, but they brought us both in to work with the company. It's a great little business they have going on there and if you want some tea, I have a lot in my garage, so swing by."
On if he has responsibilities with the company:
"I don't want to talk about that right now. Like I said, we're 2-5, we need to win football games and not worry about tea. I don't need to hear that. I don't need that to be the headline – 'We're worrying about tea.' No, I'm worrying about us winning football games."
On if he is able to make suggestions to Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan:
"That is a tough question that I am not going to answer, because that's something that I have to address internally. That's not something that I can come out and tell you guys, 'Hey, I'm doing this, I'm doing that,' because that's not beneficial. So that's something I'll keep between me, Kyle and the rest of the coaches and the players."
On how he manages players wanting more touches:
"I just make sure no one becomes a cancer on your team and your job as a quarterback is to know how to manage people. I feel like I've done a good job of that my whole career and you've got to manage different personalities. Everybody's got a different personality. Everybody has to be talked to a little bit different. Everybody gets pushed a little bit differently so it's just about making sure all those things continue to work. It's a tough job, but that's what I signed up for and I'm willing to do it. It's a lot easier [in year two] but when you sit at 2-5 and you're not where you want to be and you had high aspirations and still do for your season and your team, when things go wrong it can test your character and you have to make sure your character stays strong and that's what we're trying to do."
On his feelings about rules regulating legal and illegal hits:
"I cannot touch that. I don't know. The NFL is trying to make the game safer, so I don't know what it's doing. I know with [safety Brandon] Meriweather and what he said when he came back, I can't speak for him but we know him as a person and he'd never do something like that. I think he was just really frustrated with the whole situation. It can be frustrating and there's a lot of frustrating things going on right now around this team and around the league and you've just got to know how to manage it. That's what we signed up for as professional athletes and we have to do it."
On if he has input in formulating the game plan during the week:
"Yeah, I mean we communicate. I don't know if I have any input as far as, 'I want this play put it.' We have our base offense and that's what it goes with and I communicate to them what I like and what I don't like."
On how much more involved he is in the play selection this season compared to last:
"A little more input, but coaches coach, players play. We always say that. It's the truth. If they feel strongly about something, that's what we're going to run."
On if he has more ability to change things at the line of scrimmage:
"Yeah they're putting more stuff on me at the line of scrimmage as far as run checks, passing checks, and that's always fun to do."
On his favorite Halloween memory:
"Favorite Halloween memory – probably dressing up as Michelangelo the Ninja Turtle when I was younger, so that was fun. I celebrate Halloween and Hallelujah Night, so my church we always throw Hallelujah Night. A lot of churches don't celebrate Halloween, so guys come up dressed as David, you know, a bunch of other things and that's always fun too. So it's a great holiday – hope everybody stays safe."