Feature story on Colt

RS = redskins.com

About how his first NFL season, Colt said:
“It’s nice to have the first season done, because now you have finally seen it and you know it. You’re not questioning anything anymore. It was a great experience. I finally got to see what the NFL is all about.” (RS)

About transitioning to the NFL, Colt said:
“There was so much that was new. New feelings, new assignments, new things to get used to. You’re coming from college where you were a starter and you had a lot of responsibility. For me and most of the other [rookies], you had to come into a backup role. It was okay because you had time to learn and adjust to everything. But it’s nice now to have the first season done and know what to expect next year.” (RS)

RS Note: “Last preseason, Brennan provided some thrills for the Redskins and their fans. It was an exciting time for the fresh-faced, 25-year-old rookie. Overall, Brennan completed 36-of-53 passes for 411 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. His QB rating of 109.9 led the offense. In his first professional outing, the Hall of Fame Game against Indianapolis on Aug. 3, Brennan completed 9-of-10 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns. His best performance may have been on Aug. 16 against the New York Jets. He completed 4-of-5 passes for 79 yards, including a 33-yard game-winning touchdown pass to tight end Jason Goode. Brennan showed he had a tendency to hold on to the ball too long in the pocket. He was sacked eight times in seven quarters of action in preseason.”

RS Note: “When the Redskins selected Brennan last April, NFL draft gurus wondered if he would be able to adapt his sidearm release to a more conventional throwing motion. With head coach Jim Zorn emphasizing a strong, high release, Brennan has worked to adjust how he throws the ball. The sidearm release, so prevalent last preseason, is not as prominent now, Brennan said.”

About how he still hasn’t completely eliminated his sidearm release, Colt said:
“[Coach Zorn] told me, ‘As long as you’re accurate with the football and you can get the ball there, I want you to be comfortable.’” (RS)

About his throwing ability, Colt said:
“You saw in the preseason and in practice week-in and week-out, as far as my throwing ability, that has never been a question. It was never a question in college. It was something that people questioned whether it would work or not. I think if you watch enough film, you see that it really isn’t a problem.” (RS)

About his success in the preseason, Colt said:
“What I was really excited about was to have a couple games in preseason where I went out there and did a lot of good things. It allowed me to finally say, ‘Look, you can say what you want about me, but when you put me in there, I can get it done. I did it in preseason, I did it in college, I did it everywhere I’ve been at before that.’

When you look at some of the people who are successful in sports, it’s not always the person with the best technique who succeeds. Sometimes it’s someone who steps out of the box. I think when people saw me have success [in preseason], they were willing to accept me.

People were willing to say, ‘He’s different, but he’s good.’ I think people like different. They want to see if I pan out. They want to give me a chance. That was really the best thing I got out of preseason–people got excited about watching me play.” (RS)

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