The New Orleans Saints are laser focused on the Washington Redskins in preparation for Sunday’s Week 1 matchup. And you’d better believe that the coaching staff is concerned about dealing with rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Offensive line/running game coach, now interim head coach Aaron Kromer praised Griffin for taking a Baylor program that hadn’t had national notoriety in recent years and putting the football team on the map.
“When one guy can really change your program, and he has shown to do it in college, there is a good chance he could do it in the National Football League,” said Kromer during his Wednesday press conference.
Kromer believes the Saints have seen enough game film on Griffin to properly put a game plan together, especially since he’s gotten a lot of reps in the preseason. Kromer looked to the Redskins' third preseason game as the most important portion of film, but he said it’s all valuable since the Redskins are trying to get Griffin to NFL speed and got him plenty of work.
Defensive end Junior Galette said the Saints were going to try to get to Griffin early to make sure he doesn’t set into a rhythm and gain confidence.
Kromer’s more concerned with containing Griffin. Because of his dual-threat capabilities, the Washington rookie can exploit defenses in multiple ways. Kromer seems to want Griffin to attempt to beat the Saints with his arm, saying:
“When you get a guy that can really run, it is important that you contain him, that you keep him within the realms of the defense where you can corner him in and not let him out and run in space. You give a guy like that, that’s that fast and elusive a lot of space, that is a problem.”
Cam Newton told the Charlotte Observer that he thinks the team can improve on its top-10 offense from a year ago.
Jon Beason said there are some benefits that came from having to relocate to Florida to practice because the Democratic National Convention was using, or supposed to use, Bank of America Stadium. [Charlotte Observer]
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The Saints expect everyone to play Sunday against Washington, even wide receiver Marques Colston, who missed practice Wednesday. [Times-Picayune]
Junior Galette said the Saints defense is more than ready for Sunday's game, and he expects to pressure rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III early to make sure he doesn't find a rhythm. [Times-Picayune]
Neutralizing Cam Newton is the key for the Buccaneers on Sunday. [Pewter Report]