WR Victor Cruz - 10/17

Posted Oct 17, 2012

WR Victor Cruz on facing a tough divisional foe in the Redskins

Q:  What do you see in the Redskins?
A:  We see a very competitive team; a very hard-fought Redskins team that has lost a few games but won a good amount, too.  They play hard and that’s something that we have to come in and match that intensity once again.  They’re a different team; a lot of the things they do are a little different.  We’re not really used to a lot of the defensive coverages they play and stuff like that.  We have to make sure we’re on top of our game this week.  

Q:  Does losing to this team twice last season serve as the motivation for this week?
A:  Most definitely, but it’s a new year and a new team and we should be motivated to play any division foe.  I think that in itself should be motivation for us.

Q:  Being 0-2 in the division, does that make this even more important?
A:  Most definitely, most definitely.  We have to get a quality win in the division this week and I think this week is a game that’s a must-win for us, especially in the division, and to continue our positive play throughout the last two weeks.

Q:  What do you think of RGIII’s speed for a quarterback?
A:  Yeah, he’s a good player; he’s out there making a lot of plays.  He’s got the ball in his hands obviously every play so he is making some good decisions.  He’s a special guy; our defense is going to have our hands full, but I think they’ll be up for the task.

Q:  Has he earned the nickname “RGIII” yet, or is he still “Bob?”
A:  I don’t know, I guess you’ll have to ask Osi that question. 

Q:  They’ve given up 15 passing touchdowns, is it the style they play or just great play by their opponents?
A:  I think it’s a little bit of both.  I think some guys have just been capitalizing on that defense that they play because it’s a little unorthodox compared to the norm that we see on a day-to-day basis.

Q:  What do you mean?
A:  In the NFL,  it’s just different.  Their corners play a different style; the safeties are heavily involved in the run game.  It’s just a different style of defense that we’re looking at.  It’s just a matter of being on our p’s and q’s and understanding what we’re getting on every coverage and every down; taking advantage of what we have in front of us.

Q:  Will the recent success in the run game help the receivers?
A:  It’s definitely going to help.  It’s going to help keeping the defense honest and understanding that we have a threat back there running the football.  As long as receivers are blocking in the run game, which will open things up for the pass as well.  It should be a good game.

Q:  Being 0-2 in the division is not good, how do you respond?
A:  We know that’s not good.  In certain ways, this is probably a must-win game for us, especially in the division.  We need to get ourselves a win in that win column in the division; we need it right now.

Q:  Has it stuck with you knowing you never beat them last year?
A:  A little bit.  Not too much.  It’s a new year, and I think last year ended pretty well for us, so we weren’t dwelling too much on it.  This year, we feel like it’s a new year.  We do remember vaguely what they did to us last year and we have to come out; they’re going to be fired up and we just have to match that intensity and come ready to play.

Q:  Big difference for the Skins between last year and this year?
A:  It’s pretty different.  They do a couple different things.  It’s going to be interesting to see how they play us as far as everything we’ve seen so far on film of them. 

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