Anthony Armstrong on Browns’ Manziel, Rex Grossman and Kyle Shanahan
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The Redskins hosting the Browns for their second preseason game will be a reunion, of sorts, as Cleveland’s Kyle Shanahan, Rex Grossman and Anthony Armstrong enter through the opposing locker room for the first time since departing Washington.
The storylines seem endless:
Johnny ManzielBrian Hoyer vs. RGIII
*Kyle Shanahan’s return to Washington
*Rex Grossman’s return to Washington
*Anthony Armstrong’ return to Washington
That last guy, though, Anthony Armstrong, has been awaiting the opportunity far longer than the others.
It’s worth noting, Kyle was the Redskins’ offensive coordinator when he was released in 2012.
“I ended up in Dallas, and I didn’t get chance to play, back-up there,” he said. “But, get to come back Monday night — it’s the preseason — but it’s still gonna be Monday Night, it’s still Landover. I can’t wait to see those guys. I can’t wait to see the fans again.”
“It’s gonna be weird being in the opposite locker room,” Armstrong added. “I’ve never been in it. So I may get lost. If I find my way into the Redskins locker room, they’re gonna have to excuse me for that. I may go to my regular locker room in there, but I’m sure that somebody will redirect me.”
Armstrong was asked about a few of those other storylines, telling the story from inside the Browns locker room, rather than how it’s reported outside it.
First: Kyle Shanahan, fired from Washington along with his father Mike following the Redskins’ 3-13 failure of a season.
Armstrong was asked if he notices any differences in Shanahan’s offense in Cleveland, from when he last played for him in Washington in the preseason of 2012.
“There’s a few wrinkles that he’s added in those couple years I was out of Washington,” Armstrong said. “I’m learning those as well. Those are new to me. I think he’s grown as playcaller, too.
“Back in the day, I used to guess what two or three plays were gonna be called in certain situations, and now he’s keeping me on my toes. I keep joking with him, like, ‘Man, you’re off your keys.’ But that’s good when you go against a defense, that they don’t know exactly what you’re gonna call, in a third-down situation, let’s say, so that they can’t really jump a route.”
And a surprising response from Armstrong, when asked to give his impression of Johnny Manziel,”First and foremost, the guy is extremely quiet.”
“He’s not as flashy and boisterous as people may think he is, but he’s very respectful as well,” he said. “Whenever he throws me a ball, and however it is, I’ll go over and talk to him, and be like, ‘Hey, you gotta pull that down’ or ‘hit that quicker’ or whatnot. I just try to lift him up, make sure he’s doing well, and I just check on him every now and again, because I mean, there’s an opportunity that he could be a starter, and you always want to be on the same page as the quarterback.I don’t want to say I’m mentoring him, but I check on him every now and again.”
In concluding his thought on Manziel, Armstrong brought it home with a Rex mention.
“And he’s really just trying to be a student of the game,” he said of Manziel. “The guy’s keeping his head down, he keeps working, he’s learning, he’s watching Brian [Hoyer], he’s watching Rex [Grossman] now. Rex being in the quarterback room is gonna be a huge benefit to him and Brian, because Rex has a lot of knowledge of this offense as well.”
Kyle. Manziel. Sexy Rexy. That interview had everything.