EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Here are some of Robert Griffin III’s comments following the Redskins’ 27-23 loss to the Giants on Sunday at MetLife Stadium:
On the swing of emotions after Eli Manning’s touchdown pass:
You feel like your defense is going to go out and shut them down and then something like that happens and you just have to move on. We went back out on the field. We still had a chance to go win the game and we didn’t do that.
On the late fourth-down conversion:
They went to a soft defense. We had a good play call for that defense but everyone was extremely deep so I had no reads and I took off to the sideline just trying to give guys a chance to get open. … It was a good job of everyone staying alive on the play and never giving up. Whether it’s fourth-down, first-down or anything, we had guys out there that were putting it on the line.
On the turnovers:
We had turnovers today and there are no excuses for that. Like I was telling guys in the locker room, we still had a chance to win the game and we were ahead at the end of the game even with those turnovers. If we can come back from that and continue to put points up on the board, it’s going to be hard to be stopped.
On the interception intended for Logan Paulsen:
It’s just a miscommunication between me and Logan. I had the ball in my hands and shouldn’t have thrown it. Once I pulled it back, I should’ve moved onto my next read or just thrown the ball away. That’s my fault. It’s not his fault. I won’t dish any blame.
On his fourth-down scramble:
Even though you don’t know what’s going to happen, you have some kind of feeling that something good is going to happen. That’s the way I try to play. No matter what’s called I always feel like it’s going to work. If it doesn’t work, we’ll make it work some way or another. It happened that way, it was a crazy play, but everything happens for a reason.
On his relationship with Santana Moss:
Santana is a guy who has seen it all and done it all so whenever you have a guy out there who can do those kinds of things, you want the ball in his hands. You try not to force it to him because teams do know. It mean, it’s Santana Moss, so if he’s open I’m going to get it to him. If he’s not then I’ll just move on.
On facing the Giants’ pass rush:
I thought what we did kind of stalemated them for a long time. They didn’t know what was coming at them. That’s what our job is, to create confusion out there. In the second half, they did get me a few times and they are talented guys.
On the Redskins’ final touchdown:
I talked to the defense on the sideline and told them, ‘let’s end the game in regulation.’ It didn’t happen. It’s not their fault. It’s not anybody’s fault, but once they scored I was ready to go back out there and lead another touchdown drive for us to win the game. That’s just the kind of mindset you have to have. You can’t be shocked or awed by anything that happens on the field. It’s football and the ball can bounce different ways on every single play.
On feeling less like a rookie:
I try not to approach the game like I’m a rookie. I don’t try to give myself excuses. I just don’t approach it that way and the team doesn’t look at me like a rookie, either. I’m their leader. I’m their quarterback, so I can’t go out there and say, ‘well, if I made a mistake it’s because I’m a rookie.’ I have to hold myself accountable for everything. I think that’s why I’m able to go out and be successful.