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RG3: ‘Too many mistakes’

Sep 22, 2013, 6:53 PM EDT

RG3-tackled-vs.-Lions

The play of the Redskins and quarterback Robert Griffin III against the Lions was improved from the previous two games. The team was more competitive. There were some signs of hope.

There was, however no victory.

Unlike the previous two games, blowout losses to the Eagles and Packers, the Redskins were in the game at halftime and well into the fourth quarter. Griffin got into rhythm early, made plays with his arms and with his feet and started to resemble the RG3 who won was the rookie of the year in 2012.

Still, Detroit became the first Lions team to come out of Washington with a win. They were 0-21 there before today, a skid that went all the way back to 1939.

“We had too many mistakes a crucial times,” said Griffin. “Of course, the fumble, the interception early in the game.”

Both of the turnovers by Griffin came in Lions territory. The Redskins trailed 14-7 in the second quarter when they mounted a drive from their own 20. On first down from the Detroit 20, Griffin was chased out of the pocket by the Lions’ Willie Young. The defensive end had Griffin’s jersey and was pulling him down when the quarterback fired a pass in the direction of Pierre Garçon, who was tightroping the sideline. But cornerback Chris Houston was right there and he picked off the desperation throw.

“I thought I saw Pierre coming right back towards me on the sideline,” said Griffin. “Then when I watched it on the big screen he had actually stepped out of bounds and the corner behind him kept coming downhill. Another play, you make the play it’s a great play, you don’t make the play and it’s a bad play. And it was a bad play.”

Perhaps the wiser play would have been to throw the ball away or take the sack but instead the drive was killed.

It was Griffin’s fourth interception of the season. All of last year he threw only five.

The lost fumble was perhaps more exasperating. With the game tied at 17 early in the fourth quarter Griffin took off upfield. After a gain of 21 he saw the safeties coming and dove headfirst to the ground. The ball came out after he hit the ground but before anyone contacted him. The Lions recovered the loose ball.

If a quarterback slides feet first, he is down as soon as he hits the ground. But a headfirst slide keeps the play alive until contact is made.

“Knee down, elbow down, that’s the rule. I was trying to declare myself down, avoid the big hit,” said Griffin. “It’s the rule. It can be a sucky rule but it’s still the NFL rule.”

The Lions answered with a field goal to take a 20-17 lead and there was one more costly miscue by Griffin. After what could have been the play that saved the game, a 57-yard bomb to Aldrick Robinson that was originally called a touchdown before being overturned on replay, Griffin mishandled a snap. He scrambled for it and recovered but the play lost 10 yards. That made it third and 20 and the Redskins punted. Detroit drove 75 yards for the clinching touchdown.

“The one thing you want to make sure doesn’t happen in those situations is a negative play,” said Griffin. “And we had a negative play right afterwards.”

Griffin finished the day 32 of 50 passing for 326 yards with no touchdowns and the one interception. It was his third straight game with over 300 yards passing. Given their 0-3 record that is obviously not a formula for success.

  1. rg3knees - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Come on Skins fans, lets get real here. Forget about the defense, the offense is just as bad. Just ask hall of famer Troy Aikman, Tony Dungy, and many other well respected NFL pros. RG3 is not the same QB and like Troy said will not be during the 2013 season. He fumbled because he went head first due to the fact he is scared to slide on his knees. He is so worried about the knee he cannot perform at top level. Forget about the brace and lack of speed, his mental status is in jeopardy. The redskins should throw Cousins out there. He is a viable QB and a lot of people agree he has some major skills, and he is fast also. Please skins, let RG3 heal completely and mix it up with Cousins.

    • rg3knees - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      I really like RG3 and want him to get fully healed, take the brace off, and have fun out there like last year. I do not want his knee to be a burden on him, and I am not trolling. RG3 is great but he has not even had a year to heal up from a second major knee surgery, give the guy a break!

      Cousins 4 the win baby!

  2. rg3knees - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    On to the defense, the Redskins defense, in the first 3 games, has given up more yards than any team in the entire history of the NFL. What happened to them since last year? They made big mistakes getting rid of Landry and Bailey back in the day, and now are stuck with a bunch of no name players. We gave a lot up for RGKnee and it looks like it is not paying off.

    • Nick - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      You claim to not be trolling but you refer to Griffin as RGKnee? All in all, your analysis is pitiful and if you are trolling you are

    • Nick - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      You claim to not be trolling but you refer to Griffin as RGKnee? All in all, your analysis is pitiful and if you are trolling you aren’t doing a good job.

  3. Rich Tandler - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Look, I appreciate that you’re not “trolling” but you’re just wrong. Griffin is not, repeat, not going to get better sitting on the bench. His knee does not need rest. His game needs on-field work. He’s playing his preseason now, and throw in OTA, minicamp, and training camp reps while we’re at it.

    • rg3knees - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      I definitely understand your point of view on this Rich. However, this is like politics and everyone cannot agree on the proper move. As the stadium empties out even more like it was last Sunday, and Snyder is not raking in the $$$ like last year, a change will come. Remember when Colin Kaepernick got the starts over Alex Smith, that was called making the tough choice and someone has too. Where did they end up? The SuperBowl. If RG3 cannot get it done, like Garcon said, than its business and a change will come. We are not going to win the SuperBowl this year, so why not let Cousins show his stuff so he can move on with his career, or maybe we could even trade him for some picks or something? If the Skins do not win in Oakland going 0-4 into the long bye week, the majority of fans are going to be calling for Cousins one way or another, watch and see.

      • Rich Tandler - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:46 AM

        Like in politics, some sports points of view are rational and defensible and others are not. Yours is not. But this is America, you have every right to be dead wrong.

        Thanks for your comments.

  4. jorance72 - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Our Defense was bad, but they did force punts in the 3rd quarter. RG3’s pick and fumble was what killed us. If we just get field goals on those 2 possessions we probably win the game. Let’s face it, this is the same Defense that we had last year. The difference is that our Offense hasn’t been getting it done. We have way too much talent to keep underperforming like this. I do believe that we can/will get this turned around. As far as RG3 goes, he’s the guy. Not playing him, IMO is not an option. We need him to work his way back and practice reps don’t count the same as game reps. The fuble was a fluke, but the pick was just something he just forced. All QB’s do it at some point. He should’ve thrown it away and will hopefully learn from this.

    Also, we aren’t the only team that’s not living up to expectations. Does anyone think that Eli or Colin K. are going to get benched? All the talk about benching RG3 needs to stop. He made 2 costly mistakes, but I don’t think either one was due to rust or his knee. He had a few fumbles last year when diving head first… we were just lucky enough to recover them.

    • James - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:20 PM

      great answer. I’ve never seen so many fair weather fans, ever. It’s sad, RG3 is progressing, the offense finally showed flashes, I expect it to continue. the defense is a liability, it was last year. And now we are starting rookies in the back end. Look for the defense to gel near midway. 9-7. Once RG3 is confident in his health you will see the offense make major strides. Be patient and be loyal. B&G!

      • rg3knees - Sep 23, 2013 at 6:03 PM

        Im not sure if it is fair weather fans, or if it is fans that are disappointed and have common sense. I have been a redskins fan for 27 years straight and always will be one. Some people are afraid of change and go off at the first hint of it. Sometimes change is necessary just like getting a divorce.

        • Rich Tandler - Sep 23, 2013 at 6:07 PM

          Oh. So what’s the deal with the logo of yours with “Deadskin” and the arrow throrough the head?

      • jorance72 - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:31 PM

        Thanks Man… everyone needs to take a step back from the ledge. Our Division is still wide open. What we do against Dallas, NY, and Philly will determine our playoff hopes.

        Honestly, all the RG3 bashing needs to stop. I for one am so thankfull that we have him for a QB. Can one of these Knuckleheads say that last Thanksgiving, they weren’t singing his praises when he was roasting the Cowgirsl?

        This is the same QB that led us to a Division Title last Season. I for one am not going to give up on him or the season, just because he didn’t come back exactly the way he was before. I mean come on, did anyone actually expect him to rush for 800 yards every season??

  5. rg3knees - Sep 23, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    I am a seriously depressed redskin fan at the moment. I guess I was on such a high last year after we won the division for the first time in years. Part of the problem is everyone at my work is a Dallas or Eagles fan and I get it hard on Monday mornings after games we loose. Plus my neighbor likes to scream at me from his yard when we loose. You are correct I shall change the deadskin logo and try to take a more positive attitude.

    • rg3knees - Sep 23, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      Rich,

      You have inspired me to change my gravatar and take a positive approach for the rest of the season. Lets go get that first win of the season next week in Oakland.
      I am pessimistic so sometimes my comments are a little on the downer side. I hope not to offend anyone, but we all are entitled to our own opinions in the wonderful world of America.

      Hail to the Redskins!

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