WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Robert Griffin III gave Redskins fans a hearty scare with his continued inability to slide out of harm’s way in Washington’s 24-23 preseason win over the Cleveland Browns Monday night.
You may remember Griffin doing the same against the Detroit Lions, in Week 3 of the 2013 regular season, after which he jokingly pleaded for a lesson from Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals.
It didn’t seem all that funny last night, though, as RGIII – who suffered a shredded ACL in the playoffs two Januarys ago, which was believed to slow him greatly the following season — made his way toward the sideline, as three Browns defenders closed in on him, bumping him around like a ‘pinball.’
D.C. media collectively groaned.
Here’s Redskins reporter Brian McNally’s account, with response from Griffin and head coach Jay Gruden.
Griffin has long caused his coaches, teammates and fans consternation with his sliding struggles. They were back on Monday. One attempt was simply awkward, the crowd groaning as the quarterback hit the turf.
“A bad attempt at a slide,” Griffin acknowledged with a smile afterward.
Later, he was trying to run out of bounds, tight end Jordan Reed cut back toward him and Griffin had to lower his shoulder as three Browns tackled him. He did eventually execute a successful slide, ducking out of harm’s way at the last instant. That was better. Still, he hasn’t perfected that technique yet.
“It’s something that we need to continue to talk to him about, how important he is to this team and this franchise,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “When he gets put of the pocket he needs to protect himself. He has a habit in his career of being able to get himself out of predicaments with his speed and his athleticism. But here, it’s a 16-game season with the great talent across the league. He has to pick his shots and learn how to get down better.”
In case you need a reminder of how cringe-worthy it looked, here’s video.
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones offered his services the following morning.
And here’s how the rest of D.C.-based media responded in real-time.
Griffin looking like a pinball machine. It's the preseason. Needs to be reminded.—
Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) August 19, 2014
RG3 still doesn't get it. No way he lasts season running like that.—
Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) August 19, 2014
RG3 not kidding about that not-throwing-it-away preseason thing. Got bounced like a pinball on that run.—
David Steele (@David_C_Steele) August 19, 2014
RG3 is like a human punching bag—
Dan Hellie (@DanHellie) August 19, 2014
Good heavens. Please stop running around and getting hit.—
danny rouhier (@funnydanny) August 19, 2014
No reason for Griffin to take three or four shots up high on that play. Protect yourself. It's the preseason. It's the first quarter.—
Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) August 19, 2014
Michael Jenkins (@JenksCSN) August 19, 2014
Someone please tell Robert that it's preseason and maybe he should never do that again—
Chris Kinard (@ChrisKinard) August 19, 2014
Griffin is more dangerous -- to himself and opponents -- when he scrambles. hold your breath on both sidelines—
John Keim (@john_keim) August 19, 2014
He had learned nothing. To take hits like that in a preseason game??!!! No excuses.—
chad dukes (@chaddukes) August 19, 2014
It's never wise to take unnecessary punishment as a QB. It's downright stupid to take it in the preseason. RG3 won't last.—
HoldenKushner (@Holdenradio) August 19, 2014
It's preseason. Great run but my goodness. Can't take hits like that. #rg3—
Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) August 19, 2014
Griffin’s reluctance to lay down was recognized outside the Beltway, as well.
Hey Robert Griffin: http://t.co/kfA5ND7g37—
Eye on Football (@EyeOnNFL) August 19, 2014