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.