Trent Williams has a lot of pressures on his big, broad shoulders.
Protecting a quarterback’s blind side is never a simple task, but when that guy is the labeled as the “savior” of your franchise, well, that’s pretty serious stuff.
Williams has responded to the pressure by turning in a Pro Bowl-caliber season through the first 13 games of the Redskins’ season. You can vote for Williams — and the rest of his Redskins teammates — for the Pro Bowl by clicking here.
Anyway, Williams today was a guest on the NFL Network’s “Around The League,” and talked about his job protecting Robert Griffin III and how the rest of the offense has gelled into one of the best units in the league.
First, though, here’s the transcript of Williams’ earlier teleconference with the Washington, D.C., media (courtesy of the Redskins Public Relations crew). See if you can figure out what was on the reporters’ minds:
On quarterback Robert Griffin III possibly playing on Sunday:
“It just takes confidence. You can’t be scared to get reinjured. Most of all, it takes heart, which I think he has both. So I think he will be fine if he does decide to play hurt.”
On if an injury is hard to put out of your mind during a game:
“No, it’s not. During the game, you have so much adrenaline going and when you’re out there you not thinking about the injury; you want to win first and foremost. So I don’t think it will be hard.”
On if he has talked to Griffin III today:
“Yes, I talked to him. He is doing well. He is in high spirits. It was a pretty nasty, awkward hit, and for him not to be seriously injured is a blessing.”
On if he expects Griffin III to play this week against the Browns:
“That’s totally up to him. His health is far more important than any game we will play this season. His well-being is the only thing he should be worried about at this time. It really isn’t worth injuring more if he is at risk. It is all up to him and what the situation is. I know my situation was a little different.”
On how different the offense is with Griffin III or with Kirk Cousins:
“Cousins is a really good quarterback. Let’s get that out the way. He can run this offense just as well as anyone else can. Of course he doesn’t have the dynamic 4.3 speed at the quarterback position but he is a smart quarterback, and as you can see, he came in off the bench, not much game experience in the season at all, and he still led us to a touchdown and a two-point conversion and ultimately the game-winning field goal.”
On if they run the same plays for Cousins that they do for Griffin III:
“That is up to Kyle what type of plays he is going to call. He does the same plays. He comes in and prepares just like RGIII does.”
On if there were two game plans going into Week 6 when Griffin III was listed as questionable:
“No, I think the whole time we knew he was going to play. It was more of the media with the speculation. So, we went with one game plan.”
On how challenging it would be to prepare two game plans:
“I don’t think it would be too challenging because, all-in-all, it’s still the plays out of our playbook. We aren’t going to get a new playbook, so I don’t think it will be too challenging.”
Here’s Williams’ appearance today on the NFL Network’s “Around The League:”
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