Locker Room Reaction: Redskins 16, Steelers 7

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Here’s what the Redskins had to say about their 16-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Friday’s preseason opener:

Coach Mike Shanahan on QB Rex Grossman’s performance (19 of 26, 207 yds, 1 TD):

“I thought Rex had a good game. I thought he played well, managed the game well. I was pleased with the way he managed that two-minute offense right there at the end of the half. Still like to get in the end zone a few more times, but overall, pleased with the effort.”

Grossman on his performance:

“I feel good about it. There were a couple plays I wish I had back, but for the most part any time you start the season backed up on the 1-yard line and get it all the way down to the 10, that’s a good start. We got into a rhythm and pretty much played consistent throughout the first half.”

“I felt about as comfortable as I’ve ever felt in this offense tonight. Everything kind of slowed down for me a little bit and for whatever reason, it just felt really comfortable for me.”

WR Anthony Armstrong on Grossman’s performance:

“I think that he was efficient because we’ve all been in the offense for a year and he’s been in the offense for two years now. We had that camaraderie. We were going to battle with each other last year, and he comes in and you know what he has to offer and he knows what we can do. You don’t have to do too much work to get back on the same page.”

RB Tim Hightower on the offense’s play considering the compressed preparation time:

“Surprisingly, I think it went pretty well. Surprisingly, man, we marched right up and down the field. But we’ve got to find a way to put the ball in the end zone because obviously putting points on the board wins game.”

SS Reed Doughty on the first-string defense’s play with several new players:

“I felt like the young guys did a good job of communicating.”

First-round pick LOLB Ryan Kerrigan on his first game:

“I think I did OK. I’ve still got a lot to get comfortable with in terms of the 3-4 linebacker position. It’s a little bit of everything, getting comfortable physically, mentally and just making sure you know what to do on every play so that you can play faster. I think that’s one of the biggest aspects of the game that I need to work on.”

“I wasn’t in coverage too much tonight, but at the times I was I felt pretty good. I felt like I did good on my assignments.”

K Graham Gano on going 3-for-3 on field goal attempts (32 yds, 34, 45):

“It’s definitely a positive, the way I kicked tonight. I feel good about it. I just want to build on it.”

Gano on K Shayne Graham missing two field goal attempts (29 yds, 49):

“Everybody has a bad night, and I’m sure he’ll bounce back.”

Mike Shanahan on Graham’s two missed field goal attempts:

“I hate to say something right after a game. I’ll sit back here for a day and share with you guys once we make a decision what we’re going to do. Obviously you look for opportunities in this game and you take advantage of those opportunities, and Graham [Gano] did take advantage of those opportunities today.”

Rookie RB Evan Royster (66 yds, 15 carries) on his impressions of the Redskins’ zone running scheme:

“This is the offense I love. I’ve been running it for 10 years, so it’s what I’m comfortable with. I feel great in it. Our offensive line did a great job today, and it’s all the scheme. That zone scheme is very hard to defend against.”

Mike Shanahan on injured TE Chris Cooley (knee), who did not play:

“He was seeing a specialist, one of our doctors, and he’s still pretty sore. He’ll miss, I believe, a couple weeks, and we’ll keep our fingers crossed that he’ll be back. When will it be? I can’t tell you for sure….he’s just sore. He’s had it drained a few times, and that’s not good, but he’s a tough player and wants to get back quick.”

**QB John Beck (groin) said he expects to fully participate when the Redskins resume practice Sunday.

**One offensive starter said the Redskins used about 60 percent of their playbook against the Steelers. He said that’s a bit more than normal for a preseason game.

**RB Ryan Torain (broken left hand) said he will not be ready to practice Sunday.

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