Paul: You Can Tell RGIII to Slide But ‘He’s Gonna Dive’

by Chris Lingebach
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NOVEMBER 7: Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins scrambles with the ball after pressure by Jared Allen #69 and Brian Robison #96 of the Minnesota Vikings during the third quarter of the game on November 7, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Credit: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

NOVEMBER 7: Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins scrambles with the ball after pressure by Jared Allen #69 and Brian Robison #96 of the Minnesota Vikings during the third quarter of the game on November 7, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Credit: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Robert Griffin III nearly had his head taken off scrambling for the goal line in the Redskins’ 34-27 loss to the Vikings Thursday, proving yet again that his instincts compel him to dive, not slide.

But tight end Niles Paul alluded to Griffin’s leniency to diving as being more tactical than instinctual, and said pretty matter-of-factly, in an interview with 106.7 The Fan’s Lavar and Dukes Friday, that that behavior’s not going to change any time soon.

“He’s a warrior,” Paul said. “He goes out there and he makes plays, and he puts his body on the line, and I’ve never seen a quarterback do that.”

“I was like that the whole game,” Lavar said. “I was ‘dang.’ You know, not in those words. It’s a family show but I was saying some choice words when he was getting hit.”

“Trust me, we all were,” Paul responded. “But it’s like, what can you tell Robert Griffin? He’s gonna go out there and do what he wants to do as a player, and you can’t tell him ‘Hey, slide right here.’ Nah. He’s gonna dive. And he’s gonna try to get that touchdown.”

Paul, in his third season, also talked about the tense mood in the locker room following the devastating defeat, saying it was probably the worst he’s seen in awhile, with Santana Moss being one of the more vocally frustrated.

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