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’s reluctance to lay down was recognized outside the Beltway, as well.
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