WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Brian Orakpo is hosting the Leukemia Golf Classic at Trump National today, raising money for the Luekemia and Lymphoma Society, and decided to take a little timeout to talk with Holden and Danny and address the expectations of this upcoming season, including those placed upon Robert Griffin III.
RGIII was named the starter in a press conference held by Mike Shanahan over the weekend, silencing any whispers that Rex Grossman may be starting for part of the season. The natural next question to ask, is how did the team respond to this news?
“I mean, who didn’t expect it? People have to be dumb if they didn’t feel like he was going to be the starter in week 1. There’s a reason why we moved up, lost two first rounders and a second rounder for the guy…to be our starter. Coach Shanahan, (put) the nail in the coffin. He’s our starter from day one. That’s what the whole team expected and that’s what we’re ready for and I’m very excited about that.“
When asked to specify what his expectations were for the Rookie quarterback, he told Holden and Danny, “Obviously he’s going to have a defense that’s even better. If you have a good defense behind a young quarterback, its makes the job a lot easier.”
One of the glaring weaknesses heading into this offseason was on the defensive side of the field, specifically the secondary, which Brian addressed as well.
“We had some big losses due to free agency and different changes. I wish those guys the best but I really feel like we have a great secondary and I’m not just saying that. Meriweather is a pro-bowl calliber player. I really feel like he’s back in that 3-4 scheme that fits him best. We have a lot of great pieces here and there that’s really going to benefit from that.“
The Pro Bowl lineman/linebacker was also asked how he’s recovering from the left pectoral muscle injury that promptly halted his 8-sack year in a game against Philadelphia last season. To that question, Orakpo gave a comforting answer to Redskins fans, responding that he feels 100%, and if it was up to him, he’d go out and play right now.
The interview momentarily took a negative tone, when Orakpo bucked at the question of what he needed to do to take the next step in being a star in 2012.
What should I add? You tell me. It’s a long season. I’m just going to try each and every day to get better. I’m not using that young card or anything. I’m just one of the vets on this team. I’m going to try each and every time I step out on the field to play hard and be relentless and try to make things happen.
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