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Redskins’ RG3 speaks—about football

Aug 19, 2015, 10:05 AM EDT


This may be breaking news to some of you but Robert Griffin III spent the vast majority of his meeting with reporters on Tuesday talking about football, not about his self-assessment of his quarterbacking abilities. They are playing a preseason game against Detroit on Thursday and Griffin was asked about what he wanted to accomplish during the game.

“We want to get points on the board,” he said. “This is a tough defense we’ll be going against so this will be a good test. We’re trying to get plays, trying to get the rhythm and timing down on the game days, see how guys are moving, continue to increase our tempo as an offense and just get positive plays.”

The Lions do indeed have a tough defense. Football Outsiders had them third in the NFL in defensive DVOA last year and even though they lost some very good players such as tackle Ndamukong Suh they will still provide a stern test.

Griffin didn’t know how long the first team would play, although Jay Gruden said later that the starters will play about a quarter, depending on how things go. But he’s not worried about how many snaps he plays.

“Whatever time coach gives us, that will be sufficient for that,” said Griffin. “We just want to get in and out healthy, obviously last game we had a couple of injuries . . . You can say what you want about the preseason but we want to get in and get out, make sure we put together a good drive, two drives, however many drives coach wants us to get in and then get on the sideline and watch the other guys go at it.”

In Cleveland last Thursday the Redskins lost starting tight end Niles Paul was lost for the season with a dislocated ankle and reserve running back Silas Redd with a knee injury.

No matter how much he plays, Griffin needs to play better than he did last year in the second preseason game. His top-level numbers against the Browns at FedEx Field didn’t look bad. He completed six of eight passes for 112 yards. But Griffin lost a fumble to end the Redskins’ first offensive possession and he threw an interception to end the second.

The third drive ended when the Redskins couldn’t get into the end zone on four running plays in a series that started with first and goal at the three. That certainly wasn’t Griffin’s fault but it was a rather shaky drive. Griffin was sacked for a loss of nine yards and committed a false start penalty. The Redskins benefitted from three Cleveland penalties that resulted in first downs. Griffin completed only one pass during the 13-play, 82-yard drive but it was a big one, a 49-yard toss to Andre Roberts.

The bottom line was that the starting offense didn’t get the ball into the end zone. That was the second straight game they had failed to score a touchdown with Griffin in the game. After Griffin and company were kept out of the end zone last week the skid has stretched to four games.

Griffin attempted a total of 20 passes during the preseason last year. He didn’t seem to be ready once the season started. But he said that the decision on how many preseason passes he throws is not his.

“I don’t look at it that much,” he said. “That’s for coach and them to assess and break down. You just want to get in a flow and a rhythm. We’re not game planning very heavily right now so even the throws I do get, it’s not like the throws we’re going to be doing during the season. You don’t want to show your cards.”

  1. mattholm1 - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    Thank you for actually caring about football, Rich. It’s a trait rarer and rarer among football journalists these days. HTTR

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Aug 19, 2015 at 12:27 PM

      Hear! Hear!

    • kenlinkins - Aug 19, 2015 at 12:52 PM


    • darcrequiem - Aug 19, 2015 at 1:12 PM

      I agree wholeheartedly. Rich your reporting is refreshing. Keep up the good work.

  2. mr.moneylover - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Damn they took off redskins pulse…but im glad to hear his teammates stand behind him…rg3 aint say nothing wrong the media blew up a non story…if ppl in rg3 ear giving rg3 praise for his work and if his confidence is building thats actually a good thing for the redskins because the last two years he had no confidence…mike s. didnt believe in him and so as head coach jay gruden so that is tough on any player…trent Williams said ill go to war for a player with confidence…if rg3 came into camp with a small chip on his shoulder then what happen to him now should make that chip much more bigger he got a new born daughter and you got the media who want you to fail and run you out of town before thw season start

  3. gurnblanstonreturns - Aug 19, 2015 at 1:38 PM

    So Griffin approaches the preseason with his “get in, get out, stay healthy” take. That’s fine for an established NFL starter. Given his performance, the solid football approach would be playing him for extended periods to see if he can even play. Let’s get on to the regular season so the endgame can play out and come t a merciful conclusion.

    • brucefan1 - Aug 19, 2015 at 5:14 PM

      I could be wrong, I don’t think the team’s shot-callers ASKED him for his opinion on how to approach the preseason. I’d guess they pretty much TOLD him.

      And I can hear it now; if he ever said “My bosses told me to get in, get out, stay healthy, but I hate the thought of doing that — I WANNA play more!”, MAD heads (like walter here) would be reaming out him for publicly disagreeing with his coaches! (I’m sorry … I just gotta LOL!)

    • goback2rfk - Aug 20, 2015 at 1:51 AM

      RG3 is the QB for the remaining decade. He is signed next season for 16 mil plus. Then he will sign another 4 year 63 million dollar deal after that.

  4. gonavybeatarmy - Aug 19, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    These are all very good, brief Brady-like answers by Griffin. There’s nothing in here that will become a negative headline, locally or nationally.

  5. fwhalstead1 - Aug 20, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    This is why things are the way they are with Robert and why everything he says is dissected and parsed so much. He’s been extremely passive/aggressive at times and far from being innocent in this. He should stick to discussing football and the team. Drop the “me’s and I’s” and the “My Guys” from his vernacular. While I agree his recent stuff is overblown I also can see why ppl looked at him like he was crazy for saying something publicly that has not been displayed on the filed of play. Long story short, he needs to speak about TEAM only unless he wants to PERSONNALY accept blame which is what most pro athletes do… Archives

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