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Contract Option or Not, RG3 Sets Out to Prove Himself in 2015

Robert Griffin III

In an interview with’s Jeff Darlington, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III talked about his offseason preparations, the way of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, and the looming deadline in which Washington will choose whether or not to pickup the fifth-year option of his rookie deal.

On if he’d be upset if the Redskins chose not to pickup his option; which would guarantee Griffin $16 million in 2016 regardless of injury:

I wouldn’t be bummed,” Griffin said. “Either way, we’re going out there to prove it this upcoming year — not next year. I just want to win. I want to win games and have fun doing it. The rest will take care of itself. They can pick up the option — or they can decide not to pick up the option. It’ll work out either way. I’m focused on this year.

Another good one from Griffin was after talking about Tom Brady and the efficient way in which the Patriots operate, he refers back to Brady and other great quarterbacks who he can study and learn from:

I’ll continue to watch tape on him and (Aaron) Rodgers and Peyton (Manning), and see how they go about the game. I’m not going to mimic their game — I just need to better my own. You can’t be somebody else. You need to accept who you are — and understand your style of play. Not everyone is going to play the game like I do. I’ve got to do it my way.

And that’s a bit ironic, considering former Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan was the guy (presumably) behind the idea that Griffin plays the game a different way and that the offense should cater to his talents (see: Griffin’s 2012 rookie season). But according to Mike Shanahan’s interview from a couple months ago, it was Griffin who demanded the offense be changed.

The draft needs to hurry up and be here now.

Wizards Head Coach Randy Wittman Outwitted by Whiteboard

We would stop picking on Wizards head coach Randy Wittman, but he seems to like it this way.

Here he is, in a playoff game against the Raptors, falling victim to a very clever and sneaky whiteboard.

Bradley Beal’s reaction/face at the end is arguably the best part.

RG3 on Gruden: “Players are Going to Hold Him to His Commitment”

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Nothing to see here. Just your typical plucking of frustrating/awkward comments from the latest sit-down with Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Most recently with Larry Michael [source].

When asked about his relationship with Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, Griffin said, “Jay came in here with the plan to help develop me as a quarterback, and help this team win. He wants me to go out there and be the quarterback he knows I can be, and I will be.”

He also added, “My job is not to characterize or judge him as a coach”.

And then (my favorite), “He’s going to hold me to my commitment to him, and the players are going to hold him to his commitment to us.”

We’re only in April.

Redskins Land S Dashon Goldson in Trade with Buccaneers

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General manager Scot McCloughan continued his mission to drastically improve the Redskins defense in 2015, trading for veteran safety Dashon Goldson on Friday.

Goldson is coming off a horrible 2014 season in Tampa Bay (Pro Football Focus rated him -14.5 for the year) and is already 30 years old. However, he’s a McCloughan guy, having been drafted in 2007 by the San Francisco 49ers, and the Redskins didn’t give up a ransom to land Goldson.

When it comes to money, Goldson isn’t exactly cheap (at least in terms of his recent production).

According to Pro Football Talk, “Goldson, who signed with the Buccaneers as a free agent in 2013, has a $7.5 million base salary for 2015. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, there wasn’t much of a market for Goldson — and he would have been cut by the Buccaneers but for the emergence of a trade partner in Washington. Which likely means that Goldson may be restructuring his deal in Washington.”

The Redskins will be on the hook for $4 million ($3.5M + $500k workout bonus) this season in exchange for Goldson’s services.

This move from McCloughan is unlike his others this offseason, as Goldson is an older player, somewhat pricey, and underperforming the past couple seasons. But the secondary in Washington needed more than a couple upgrades, or at least shots at improvement.

Signing Goldson shouldn’t bring too much excitement; but no reason to hate it either.

John Wall with a Sick Crossover and No-Look Pass

Last night was fun.

Despite playing against a pretty awful Philadelphia 76er’s team, the Wizards played well to pick up their 42nd win of the season, and John Wall (aka Optimus Dime) was spectacular, dishing out SEVEN assists in only the first quarter, and finishing the game with 13 points, 15 dimes, and four rebounds.

One of the best circus acts put on by Wall was this bad boy, in which he does a little dance, makes a little love, and then darts a no-look pass to a cutting Otto Porter.

(Unfortunately this beauty of a sequence didn’t go down as an assist. Porter was blocked at the rim.)

Thanks to @adammcginnis for the sweet clip.

Don’t Mess With Riff Raff, You Will Be Destroyed

Warning: This may or may not be the coolest/funniest thing you see today.

Warning (2): When you think it’s a good idea to sneak on stage at a Riff Raff performance and proceed to sarcastically tap Riff Raff on his shoulder, perhaps you should first take into account the number of surrounding bodyguards and security personnel. Clearly the young man in this video did none of that.

Also, it’s tough to decide if the bodyguard — who goes 6’9″, 300 pounds — throwing the destroyed crowd surfer into the sea of onlookers is the best or worst part of the video. Probably the best though.

Wizards Head Coach Randy Wittman Not Giving Max Effort?

Wizards head coach Randy Wittman constantly talks about the lack of consistent effort he gets from his basketball team, yet here he is heading for the locker room prematurely, as Washington fell 103-101 to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

Much to do about nothing? Probably. Coming from a bitter Wizards fan? Yes. Point being, though — practice what you preach, dude.

Fire up the buses. Let’s starting creating hashtags for #Calipari2DC or #DAntoni2DC, and then follow them up with #ThatWouldCostMoneySoKeepDreaming.

DeMarcus Cousins Puts the Boogie Crossover on Wizards’ Nene

Noooooo, Nene! Don’t reach for it!

Too late. DeMarcus Cousins put the Sactown Boogie on the Wizards big man, and Nene knew as soon as the bucket went down how bad he looked — dramatically hanging his head in embarrassment.

The Wizards would go on to lose by 23 to the Kings.

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