Pushed and shoved throughout a game he felt was ”unprofessional’ ‘ and ”dirty,” Robert Griffin III ultimately heard the obvious from one of the St. Louis Rams defensive players.
”I remember one play,” the Washington Redskins QB said. ”After the play, the man said: ‘We’re going to hit you every play.’
”I said: ‘Isn’t this football?’ It’s nothing that I’m not used to. It was very weird the way they went about it, though.”
Last Sunday’s 31-28 loss was hardly over when the Redskins starting talking about replacement officials who had lost control and Rams players who were engaged in too much coarse stuff after the whistle.
A few days have gone by, but it is still too raw to let it rest. Griffin is going to handle the ball a lot this year – he already had 20 rushes in addition to 55 pass attempts – so the Redskins do not need him taking any additional hits, especially ones that he feels aren’t clean.
”There was some extracurricular stuff going on after the plays,” Griffin claimed. ”They were doing a lot of dirty things. I still think they have got an extremely good team, that does not take anything away from them, but the game was unprofessional. Who am I to talk? I’ve barely been a pro for exceedingly long, but from what I experienced against the Saints compared to that game, it was certainly unprofessional and it does need to be cleaned up.” NFL odds
Griffin was sacked only once by the Rams, but he was knocked down numerous times.
”I don’t really want to tip-toe the lines of anything that’s happened with bounties or anything like that, but they were so going after me,” Griffin claimed. ”They made it a point, obviously, all week to hit me. Some of the shots were cheap of that nature. But it’s nothing I can control. Teams are going to try and try to it me because they do not think I can take a hit. I suspect I’ve proved over my career that I can.”
It is something the Redskins have to watch as they get ready for the game against the Bengals. The replacement officers are getting a reputation for letting players get away with more.
”You have to have folk take control,” Coach Mike Shanahan recounted. ”And there wasn’t any control in that game. Hopefully officials will take control. That’s what you have to do as an official.”
If the first couple of weeks are any suggestion, the Redskins (1-1) are going to need to rely on Griffin more than planned this season. Traditionally, rookie quarterbacks succeed when they’re surrounded by a solid running game and good defense, but Washington has already allowed 63 points and has lost wounded defensive starters Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker for the season.
Griffin and the offense were able to outscore the Saints in Week One and came close to beating the Rams. The Redskins actually lead the NFL in scoring with 68 points, and they could have to keep up that pace unless the defense improves.