With the team's practice week for the Eagles complete, here's a list of the best quotes of the week, as compiled by Redskins.com, presented by GEICO.
10. “It doesn’t happen very often for a back his age to do what he's done. Accomplished what he's accomplished, getting over 1,000 yards, playing through some painful injuries, really. Practicing, working hard, being a great teammate, just been very impressed with Adrian's total package so to speak. It was a blessing in disguise. Obviously we missed Derrius [Guice], we had high hopes for him. Rob Kelley went down, we needed a back and it's not very often you get to sign a Hall of Fame type back to your roster when you have a couple of injuries. Fortunately, he was around, we signed him and he's everything as advertised."
- Jay Gruden, on his impression of Adrian Peterson this season
9. “I think the biggest thing is those rooms have to have leadership in them, you know what I’m saying? I know there’s a couple rooms that we do have some leadership qualities in each room. But from a coach’s perspective, the hardest thing is when you don’t have those leaders. We do have those leaders here and I’m expecting them to step up this game and they have you know pretty much for the last couple weeks when things haven’t been as great as they have been."
- Greg Manusky, on promoting leadership
8. “Yeah I would definitely love to come back here and finish off on a better note. I feel like we have a good group of guys here, all the adversity we faced this year and the guys have responded, continue to come to work and stay focused. Shows a lot about this team, and this locker room and the coaches as well. That’s something I would love to be a part of.”
- Adrian Peterson, on wanting to play in Washington
7. “Try to ruin Philadelphia’s season. Hope they don’t get in the playoffs.”
- Jonathan Allen, on Sunday’s game
6. “Tough season, tough couple of weeks. But at the end of the day, you gotta go out there and fight til the end. I’m never going to give up, or quit or lay down or anything like that cause it’s a physical game. Moment you let your guard down or go out there playing around is the moment you get hurt for real. It’s football man, anytime they’re keeping score I want to win. I’m going to go out there and play my heart out like you do every game. It doesn’t matter what the score is or if you’re not in the playoffs, are in the playoffs. You gotta go out there and put your best foot forward because the whole world is watching.”
- Mason Foster, on how the team will end the season
5. “I learned quickly you control what you can control in this league. For us, it’s preparation, it’s how we handle things on the field. We’re not the decision makers so those things are out of our control. We should leave them in the hands of the decision makers. But for me being a guy that’s been on numerous teams and experienced so many different situations, I think the biggest thing is always like I just said is to focus on what’s the most important thing and the most important thing is that game on Sunday because the eye in the sky doesn’t lie. You just want to make sure that what you represent on that field is a product of what you feel comfortable with when they go into offseason and evaluating this roster as well as many others."
- Josh Johnson, on how he stays focused on Sunday’s game
4. "Well, I think we tell our team, like I said we have high standards for our team and we expect our guys to come out and compete. Anytime they put a Redskins helmet on, we expect great things from them – individually and together as a team. Great focus, great energy, great passion for the game without a doubt, that's number one. Number two is we have to set our goals high and we have to try to figure out a way to beat Philadelphia and focus on what they do and try to come up with a plan to best put our players in a positon to make plays and win the football game.
- Jay Gruden, on the mindset going into Sunday
3. "It was a great atmosphere, man. It was very lively, you felt the tension of the game. You could feel that it felt like a playoff game. I’ve been in playoff games on the sideline, but being in that environment felt real similar I just never actually got to play in that environment until Saturday that was the first time. So, it was a great learning lesson for me and it was an opportunity that I mean we want to be in again. We’ll see what happens on Sunday, but I would love to be in situations like that all over again. That was really cool to be able to play that game in the situation how it went down."
- Josh Johnson, on playing in Tennessee
2. We're going to leave the fans with something to be a little happy about or we're going to lay down and let Philly whoop us in our home field. I know all these guys in here and I know how they feel about this team and every single player in here...Guys are going to come in and we're going to be ready to work."
- Chris Thompson, on the last week of practice
1. “Play football at a high level. I feel like if you watch football, know anything about football, then you know that I still got a lot left. If you can’t see that, then you’re blind.”
- Adrian Peterson, on what he showed on tape this year