No one expected the rookie quarterback-led Washington Redskins to march into one of the toughest stadiums in the National Football League–the Mercedes Benz Superdome–and completely dominate the New Orleans Saints. But they did and the Redskins made it look easy by defeating the Saints 40-32.
It didn’t take long for Washington’s star rookie QB Robert Griffin III to get comfortable in his NFL debut. On Griffin’s first drive, he threw the ball down the field by dropping quick-screen, which seemed to elevate a confidence level that was already astronomically high. Griffin is known for his unique phrases, like “seize the moment” and “no pressure, no diamonds.”
The Redskins should be pleased to know they have a guy at the helm in Griffin who doesn’t just talk a good talk–he lives by it. Those aren’t phrases, it’s a lifestyle, and he made that obvious Sunday by becoming the first player to debut with 300+ passing yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Griffin ended his day going 19 for 26, 320 yards and two touchdowns.
Griffin impressed a lot of players, coaches and analysts around the league after his excellent debut–including Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
“I was very impressed,” Jones told 105.3 FM The Fan on Tuesday when asked about Griffin. “He certainly showed a lot of poise. They had him game-planned really well to do the kinds of things that he does good. His athletic ability, his speed, all of that is something that I don’t look forward to the Cowboys competing against for a lot of years.”
“The Redskins have needed a quarterback for a long time. They have an outstanding defense -they’re going to be improved,” Jones added.
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