Sunday, November 3, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Washington Redskins
By John Keim
LANDOVER, Md. -- Observed in the locker room after the Washington Redskins' 30-24 overtime win over the San Diego Chargers:
Excitement: Long before quarterback Robert Griffin III addressed the media or even changed into his postgame attire, he sat at his locker and, looking at no one in particular, clapped his hands three times. That about summed up the feeling for everyone else, too. “When things get bad you have to get good," Griffin said. And now the Redskins at 3-5 are alive in the mediocre NFC East. “We control our own destiny,” Griffin said.
Flashback: There was a definite sense, for the second consecutive home game, that the Redskins operated a lot like they had in 2012. They ran the ball, used play-action to hit big plays downfield and went on long drives. It started with the run game. “There was no extra commitment to the running game. The game just flowed how we wanted it to go,” running back Alfred Morris said.
Man of the hour: Redskins fullback Darrel Young scored a career-high three touchdowns and was clearly in demand. Teammates were thrilled for him because it’s usually his job to clear the holes for Morris. Young spoke at the podium, which is a rarity (not sure he’s ever done that after a game). Then he spoke in the locker room until a member of the public relations staff tried to usher him out since he had already talked. But Young was in a talkative mood and spent the next five minutes or so answering questions.