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Washington Redskins Defense Feeling No Extra Pressure With RGIII On Board

by Chuck Carroll
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2012 NFL Draft - First Round

Robert Griffin III at 2012 NFL Draft. (credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Whether on offense, defense or special teams, the feeling is the same among Washington Redskins players with regards to the upcoming season. They are all excited.

The investment in Robert Griffin III, the new wide receivers, the positive outlook from even the most disenfranchised fans breathed new life into Redskins Nation.

Sharing in the excitement is defensive end Adam Carriker who signed a new four-year contract with the team within hours of becoming an unrestricted free agent.

A fan wrote in to ask his opinion of the new franchise quarterback during a recent taping of his pro wrestling radio show, 4th and Pain.

“I think RGIII has the best physical tools of anybody out there,” Carriker said. “The man’s speed is ridiculous. His arm strength is ridiculous. From what I understand those character accusations were completely false and unfounded. .. somebody just trying to plant some poison into his career for whatever reason.”

Shortly before the draft and unnamed scout told a newspaper reporter in Ohio that Griffin exhibited selfish traits and had a sense of entitlement. The report didn’t impact the Redskins’ decision to make him the second overall selection in this year’s draft.

“So, I’m excited. I’m elated,” Carriker continued. “We’re very excited to play. You know, we got the new acquisitions in the free agency and the draft. And all those guys coming back, it’s just another year in our scheme, we’re going to be that much better.”

The Nebraska product doesn’t expect the presence of the rookie quarterback to impact the way the defense approaches the game. Another fan asked whether the Jim Haslett’s unit would feel more pressure to “pitch a shutout” for the youngster.

“We’re not going to do anything different, whether it’s Rex Grossman, whether it’s RGIII… whoever it is out there,” Carriker explained. “You can’t change … you’re going to change on who you’re playing based on who the other team’s quarterback, but you can’t try and press and do more based on who your quarterback is or is not because then you’re going to end of giving that big play because you called a blitz when you should have been in a zone or more conservative coverage or something to that effect.”

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