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Season Schedule

  • Week 1 - Sep 07

    CLE @ PIT

  • Week 2 - Sep 14

    NO @ CLE

  • Week 3 - Sep 21

    BAL @ CLE

  • Week 4 - Sep 28


  • Week 5 - Oct 05

    CLE @ TEN

  • Week 6 - Oct 12

    PIT @ CLE

  • Week 7 - Oct 19

    CLE @ JAC

  • Week 8 - Oct 26

    OAK @ CLE

  • Week 9 - Nov 02

    TB @ CLE

  • Week 10 - Nov 06

    CLE @ CIN

  • Week 11 - Nov 16

    HOU @ CLE

  • Week 12 - Nov 23

    CLE @ ATL

  • Week 13 - Nov 30

    CLE @ BUF

  • Week 14 - Dec 07

    IND @ CLE

  • Week 15 - Dec 14

    CIN @ CLE

  • Week 16 - Dec 21

    CLE @ CAR

  • Week 17 - Dec 28

    CLE @ BAL

  • Week 1 - Sep 09

    PHI 17 @ CLE 16

  • Week 2 - Sep 16

    CLE 27 @ CIN 34

  • Week 3 - Sep 23

    BUF 24 @ CLE 14

  • Week 4 - Sep 27

    CLE 16 @ BAL 23

  • Week 5 - Oct 07

    CLE 27 @ NYG 41

  • Week 6 - Oct 14

    CIN @ CLE

  • Week 7 - Oct 21

    CLE @ IND

  • Week 8 - Oct 28

    SD @ CLE

  • Week 9 - Nov 04

    BAL @ CLE

  • Week 10 - Nov 11


  • Week 11 - Nov 18

    CLE @ DAL

  • Week 12 - Nov 22

    WAS @ DAL

    2,504 pass yards

    16 TDs

    642 rush yards

    6 TDs

  • Week 13 - Dec 02

    CLE @ PHI

  • Week 14 - Dec 03

    NYG @ WAS

    3200 pass yards

    27 TDs

    815 rush yards

    7 TDs

  • Week 1 - Sep 11

    CIN 27 @ CLE 17

  • Week 2 - Sep 18

    CLE 27 @ IND 19

  • Week 3 - Sep 25

    MIA 16 @ CLE 17

  • Week 4 - Oct 02

    TEN 31 @ CLE 13

  • Week 5 - Oct 09


  • Week 6 - Oct 16

    CLE 17 @ OAK 24

  • Week 7 - Oct 23

    SEA 3 @ CLE 6

  • Week 8 - Oct 30

    CLE 10 @ SF 20

  • Week 9 - Nov 06

    CLE 12 @ HOU 30

  • Week 10 - Nov 13

    LAR 13 @ CLE 12

  • Week 11 - Nov 20

    JAC 10 @ CLE 14

  • Week 12 - Nov 27

    CLE 20 @ CIN 23

  • Week 13 - Dec 04

    BAL 24 @ CLE 10

  • Week 15 - Dec 18

    CLE 17 @ ARI 20

  • Week 16 - Dec 24

    CLE 14 @ BAL 20

  • Week 1 - Sep 12

    CLE 14 @ TB 17

  • Week 2 - Sep 19

    KC 16 @ CLE 14

  • Week 3 - Sep 26

    CLE 17 @ BAL 24

  • Week 4 - Oct 03

    CIN 20 @ CLE 23

  • Week 5 - Oct 10

    ATL 20 @ CLE 10

  • Week 6 - Oct 17

    CLE 10 @ PIT 28

  • Week 7 - Oct 24

    CLE 30 @ NO 17

  • Week 8 - Oct 31


  • Week 9 - Nov 07

    NE 14 @ CLE 34

  • Week 10 - Nov 14

    NYJ 26 @ CLE 20

  • Week 11 - Nov 21

    CLE 20 @ JAC 24

  • Week 12 - Nov 28

    CAR 23 @ CLE 24

  • Week 13 - Dec 05

    CLE 13 @ MIA 10

  • Week 14 - Dec 12

    CLE 6 @ BUF 13

  • Week 15 - Dec 19

    CLE 17 @ CIN 19

  • Week 16 - Dec 26

    BAL 20 @ CLE 10

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    PIT 41 @ CLE 9


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Robert Griffin III

Cleveland Browns

Forever Linked: RGIII & Andrew Luck

The quarterback class of 2012 turned out to be one of the better ones in NFL history. In fact it was so good that when all is said and done, it might go down as the best of all time. Four of the 11 QBs drafted were taken in the first round; five started 15 or more games; three others combined for another 14 starts; and three would lead their teams into the playoffs.

However, through it all, two names stood out above the rest—Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck.

Though different in their style of play, Griffin and Luck would come out of their rookie seasons looking very much the same. In their first experience as NFL starters, both quarterbacks went 8-4 in conference play, were over .500 in their division, and neither one ended up with a losing record either at home or on the road. Andrew Luck led the Colts to the playoffs with an 11-5 record while the Redskins would do the same finishing at 10-6. RGIII, however, would personally go just 9-6 with Washington’s 10th win coming at the hands of yet another rookie, Kirk Cousins.

The likenesses between the two are astounding. They both even set two rookie QB records apiece.

Here are the individual numbers from Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck’s rookie seasons:


andrew luck vs RGIII rookie year stats chart


When they were selected first and second overall in the 2012 NFL Draft, there was no doubt their names would be linked to one another for all eternity. Now, after leading their teams to the playoffs while breaking records along the way, their path to the Hall of Fame seems destined to be parallel as well.

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Unbelievably Believable – Griffin Worked Out with his Dad after the Heisman Trophy Ceremony

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Unbelievably Believable – Griffin Worked Out with his Dad after the Heisman Trophy Ceremony

I don’t know if I’ve ever heard of something like this before, but you simply cannot make this stuff up. Even if you tried, you could only do so about a man as humbly dedicated and venerable as Robert Griffin III.

The story of how RGIII became the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner is as extensive and memorable as it is inspiring. It’s a lasting tale filled with trials and travails, hardships overcome, life lessons learned and infinite triumphs along the way. From great-grandmother to grandfather, father to son, Robert Griffin III is a man sewn from the cloth of extraordinary ancestral descent.

When Robby was a young boy, his parents instilled the values of discipline and hard work into his life. Not just in terms of athletics, either, as Griffin was always a well-rounded individual as well as a straight-A student through his time at Baylor University. His high level of athleticism, however, was undeniable and equally fuelled throughout the years.

Whenever Robert told his father of his aspirations, RGII would give him a grueling regimen to follow in order to achieve his goals, often saying “If you're going to do something, why not be the best?” Griffin eagerly took on the many challenges Robert Jr. (RGII) would present to him and on December 10th, 2011, he would finally heed his father’s words in becoming the best college football had to offer.

His journey to becoming the nation’s top collegiate athlete was a memorable one lined with grace and humility, so it should come as no shock to anyone that Griffin's Heisman Trophy acceptance speech was equally humble and distinguished.



What might be shocking to some, however, would come hours later after the presentation and festivities concluded.

As joyous an occasion as winning the Heisman Trophy was, RGIII had never taken to the lure of alcohol, so no suds would be imbibed at the after-party. Sure, he would have his fun partying with the rest of the Heisman Trophy candidates like Andrew Luck, Trent Richardson and Montee Ball, but infusing the experience with unnecessary components was not what made Robert Griffin III who he was. This is:

At two o’clock in the morning after the party had died down, RG3 and his father went back to their hotel and took part in a little bit of what brought them to this point; they worked out. At 2 a.m., after winning the biggest award in college sports, Robert Griffin III went to the hotel fitness center and worked out.


As usual, his father was teaching him how to be the best. When asked about it later, RG2 exclaimed, “I told him, '10 years down the road, you're the Heisman Trophy winner, but right now you can't act like that. You've got to act the way you acted before you won the award.'"

Like I said, you simply cannot make this sort of stuff up.

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Griffin Tears his Right ACL a Second Time!


When Robert Griffin III made up his mind to pursue football instead of basketball or track and field (which he could have just as easily succeeded in), he did so with a plan, and that plan was to play the quarterback position. Not as a running QB, mind you—and certainly not as a wide receiver or defensive back as big-name schools Oklahoma and LSU recruited him to play—but as a normal, pocket passing quarterback. It was his dream to do so and one of the reasons he stuck to his commitment with Baylor instead of succumbing to the lure of some of the nation’s top programs.

In the first game of Griffin’s 2008 freshman season, his dream would finally be realized. Griffin took over for Miami transfer Kirby Freeman to start the second quarter and though Baylor ended up losing the game; their new QB would never look back. In fact, Griffin went on to gain Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year honors despite the team going 4-8 on the season.

When the 2009 season began for the Baylor Bears, there were high hopes that RGIII (the nickname he acquired during his freshman year) would help put an end the school’s longest stretch without a Bowl appearance; 15 years. However, in just the third game of the season, the dreams of so many Baylor fans were crushed when Griffin tore his right ACL during their first offensive series against Northwestern State. It was a non-contact injury in which his knee simply buckled after planting his right foot on an option play. Griffin heard a pop, laid on the ground for I’m sure seemed like an eternity, and that was that.

Actually, it wasn’t.

Being the kind of gutsy player that he is, Griffin went to the sideline, got his knee wrapped, and came back out to lead Baylor on six scoring drives before finally leaving at halftime. It wasn’t until the next day that he found out he had torn his ACL.

Griffin was of course devastated to hear the news, but as he would say later, he was more bummed out for his teammates and university than for himself because 2009 was the year they were finally going to go to a Bowl game. That’s just the way he is.

As he habitually does, however, Robert Griffin III rose up to make the best of a situation. His rehab, grueling as it was, made him both stronger and faster than he was before sustaining the injury. In addition, he was finally able to take the time he needed to study defenses and learn the nuances of the quarterback position. As a result, he became a more cerebral player as opposed to one more dependent on his athleticism.

Fast-forward to 2012.

Three years removed from his first ACL surgery, Griffin is as strong as ever. Except now, he is playing against the best of the best as the starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins instead of facing baby-faced college kids in the Big 12 conference. His NFL career would start off famously, as even the most lethal players came to fear his abilities after seeing what he could do throughout his first month in the league.

Then, in Week 14 with his team on a roll and in the playoff hunt at 6-6, BAM! Griffin takes a hit to his right knee from a Baltimore Ravens player and needs to be helped off the field. The Redskins would go on to win the game, but the worst was feared for their young, star quarterback. It turned out to be merely a sprain, but Griffin would miss the following week’s game and look hobbled at best when he did return in Week 16. He went on to lead Washington into the playoffs with a 10-6 record, but he clearly was not the same player from before the injury.

Some believe he should have been kept out of game action until his knee was fully healed, others say that what would happen next would have happened either way.

On January 6, 2013, in the Redskins Wildcard Playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, the unthinkable happened again. As it was with his first ACL tear, Griffin fell victim to a non-contact injury in which an obviously weakened knee buckled beneath him. And yes, it was his RIGHT knee, AGAIN.

The worst was confirmed the following day when the MRIs showed that Robert Griffin III not only tore his right ACL, but also did damage to the LCL and medial meniscus as well.

Rehab for the Redskins franchise player will be as long and as grueling as it was for him back in 2009, while the main concern continues to be whether or not he will return as the same player he was before this second right knee reconstruction.

Never fear, because if Griffin takes the same approach to the rehabilitation process as he did back in 2009, he could come back even better.

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Most rushing yards ever by a rookie QB


The thing about Robert Griffin III is that he never wanted to be a running quarterback… or at least never wanted to be thought of as one. However, the Washington Redskins may have had other plans for the man they traded the farm to get with the second pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

It was obvious Griffin wasn’t solely about the run, as his arm-strength and accuracy were both graded amongst the best of those within the collegiate ranks. On the other hand, his speed was off the charts.

At the combine, the 4.41 time he put up in the 40-yard dash was insane




to watch and undoubtedly coerced every team in the league to question what they would consider giving up to get him. Andrew Luck was already assured of going No. 1, so it was just a matter of what the St. Louis Rams would accept for the No. 2 pick. As it turned out, it would take the Redskins 2012, 2013 and 2014 first-rounders along with their 2012 second-round pick to get him. That’s how sold Washington was on what Griffin brought to the table.

Basically, the Redskins had a vision for what they saw in RGIII, and that vision was to run an offensive scheme referred to as the “pistol offense”.

It was a game-plan designed to utilize Griffin’s talents within an option game, focusing more on his acute running skills than his ability to throw the ball. In retrospect, considering the beating he took throughout the season and his eventual ACL tear, the Shanahans might have reconsidered their assessment. That being said, Griffin DID run the offense to perfection, and put up some of the best rushing numbers for a quarterback in NFL history because of it.

Here is a look at what Robert Griffin III accomplished in just 15 games as a rookie NFL quarterback:

all-time rookie qb rushing yards chart

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2012 Pros and Cons

(+) RGIII is a total freak athlete and could probably run in the Olympics this year if not for his passion for football

(+) Went to the gym to work-out with his Dad the night he won the Heisman Trophy

(+) Has been trying to surpass the legend of Andrew Luck for awhile now and there’s no better place to do it than the NFL stage

(+) Was one of the best deep-ball throwers in the college game which should easily translate to the NFL game

(+) His legs will undoubtedly put up some nice fantasy points for your team

(+) Unlike most high-drafted rookie QBs, RGIII has some established players/receivers (Moss, Garcon) around him on offense which should allow for a quick transition

(+) Already the bona fide leader of the team and has won the affections of the Redskins veterans

(+) One of the better tight ends in the league (Fred Davis) gives him a nice security blanket…

(+) …as do those pass-catching RBs (Roy Helu, Tim Hightower)

(–) Rookie “happy-feet” could lead to poor play

(–) The switch from a college spread-offense to a more conventional pro-style offense may take a little getting used to

(–) Quarterbacks that can/will use their legs are always more liable to injury than their pocket-passing counterparts

(–) Those six games against the defenses in the NFC East (Eagles, Giants, Cowboys) look pretty daunting on the Redskins schedule

(–) Without a true WR1 on the team (the Redskins offense might have four WR2s), who can Griffin depend on? (Rookies tend to steer towards a clear-cut WR1)

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RG III wants Josh Gordon to get his life together


Pyro's take: Josh Gordon is a former teammate of Robert Griffin III at Baylor, and Griffin would love to have his teammate back on the field. The only way to do that is for Gordon to clean himself up.

Gordon has up till August 1 to try for reinstatement with the league again, but the first step is to stop hanging out with Johnny Manziel.

RG III and Gordon could do some damage together as they still remain friends and both know each other well on the field.

04/21/16, 06:38 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.ohio.com

Scot McCloughan said the team may not make the final decision on Robert Griffin III until March 9.


Pyro's take: "The thing that’s good about where we are right now is, we have until March 9,” McCloughan said. “That’s why I want to sit with the coaches – and not just the coordinators, position coaches; everybody – and get a feel for it, because [Griffin] is a good football player, he’s a really good person, and he’s under contract. And that’s where we are right now.”

March 9th is the deadline to make the final decision on RG III

01/27/16, 11:24 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Robert Griffin III left a message in his locker on Monday suggesting he's played his final game as a Redskin


Pyro's take: Robert Klemko via Twitter "RG3 cleared out his locker today, save for this note."

You can see the note via the source link.

01/11/16, 11:28 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Robert Griffin III would "love" to end up with the Cowboys.


Pyro's take: Jerry Jones stated about Robert Griffin "I'm a fan of RG3" Jones told NFL Network in November of 2014. "Right on this [Dallas] field two years ago, or maybe it was three seasons ago, he put on a show and had a great game that just floored me. And [the Redskins] won – and they won in large part because of his play at quarterback. I thought, 'My goodness, we're going to have to be playing this guy for years and years.' So he's got it. … Once you see a player do it, especially if you see him do it two or three times, you know he can do it. And of course he's a driven young man. I'm a big admirer of RG3."

01/05/16, 07:19 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: sports.yahoo.com

Practice Limited

Robert Griffin was limited at practice today according to John Keim via Twitter "Gruden says he thinks rg will be fine. Sore shoulder. Did throw some today. Doesn't think they'll need to bring in another qb"

Pyro's take: Not much to be excited about here, the Redskins are out of the playoffs and they face the Cowboys, who just stomped the Colts last week. The health of RG III is paramount though as the Redskins will need to decide on what they will do with him when the season is expired.

12/24/14, 02:03 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

No Bench for Griff

Chris Russell has posted via twitter that "HC Jay Gruden "That's the plan, yes." on Robert Griffin III starting Sunday. "We don't anticipate bad." if they are considering."

However, coach Jay Gruden was fairly blunt with his assessment of RGIII in Sunday's ugly loss, saying he displayed some "fundamental flaws," and that his footwork was "not even close" to where it needs to be. Gruden's comments run in direct opposition to Griffin's, who largely placed the blame for his dismal performance on his teammates. Gruden took umbrage with those comments. "Robert needs to worry about himself, Gruden said. "I'll worry about everybody else."

Pyro's take: Robert Griffin is not going to be benched for anyone this season, as their is no one that can step up and make claim. Griffin III doesnt appear the player that Redskins hoped he would be, but as long as he is healthy, he will remain the starter.

11/17/14, 05:35 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Be Back

Robert Griffin looks to be making his return this week. Head coach Jay Gruden stated ""I think Robert is very, very, very close and we just have to decide if he's ready," Gruden told reporters Tuesday. "Physically I think he'll be ready to go. Doctors are feeling pretty good about it, they still want to feel around this week until we make the final determination. I just want to make sure he feels good in the pocket."

Pyro's take: We will know more later this week, but it looks solid that Griffin will play this Sunday, but if not the Redskins will not hesitate to go with Colt McCoy, especially with his solid performance on Monday Night Football against the Cowboys.

10/28/14, 07:02 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.nfl.com

Ready Robert

Robert Griffin had his turn finally speaking on his behalf, and the his return back to the field. It took him one minute and a half to conclude what he had to say, without any questions being asked.

Robert Griffin partial speech, you can get the rest by clicking on the link down below. "So during this time I've been listening, learning, growing as a player in this offense. It's our job to help this team win, and, you know, I've been there for Kirk and Colt as much as I possibly can, and being there for this team to make sure they're as ready as possible during this process. And it (stinks) that I can't get out there and play with them and help them get wins, but I've been listening to the doctors, listening to the trainers, listening to coaches. We're not going to rush my ankle."

Pyro's take: So in a nutshell, when the medical staff and trainers feel that RG III is 100% recovered from his ankle injury, then at that time will he return. Head coach Jay Gruden spoke on the situation and stated: "We're still preparing for Colt to be the starter," Gruden said, "and Robert is continuing with his practice exertion."

10/24/14, 02:24 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.nytimes.com


Robert Griffin III may be starting Sunday's game. His clearance for Sunday is based on how doctors feel Griffin can perform. "It's up to the trainers and doctors right now, they gotta clear him, No. 1, like I said," Gruden added. "No. 2, he's got to feel good. But it's gonna be a process of how he feels tomorrow, how he feels the next day, and how he's throwing and how he's playing the position."

"It's not so much the watching him run -- I think he feels okay running right now, it's just a matter of how he feels tomorrow. There are certain movements -- rolling out to the right, rolling out to the left, cutting back -- we just got to see how he handles that. But the big thing is getting him back comfortable in the pocket and throwing the ball to the receivers, getting his timing down. There's a lot of that that has to take place also. You know, he's coming along at a good clip like we thought he would, but we'll see where he is tomorrow and the next day."

"It's not so much the watching him run -- I think he feels okay running right now, it's just a matter of how he feels tomorrow. There are certain movements -- rolling out to the right, rolling out to the left, cutting back -- we just got to see how he handles that. But the big thing is getting him back comfortable in the pocket and throwing the ball to the receivers, getting his timing down. There's a lot of that that has to take place also. You know, he's coming along at a good clip like we thought he would, but we'll see where he is tomorrow and the next day."

Pyro's take: Well, now its up to the docs, and hopefully Griffin clears, because do we really need to see Colt McCoy throw five interceptions? I pass.

10/23/14, 10:56 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.nfl.com

Returns as Starter

Washington Redskins beat writer has stated via his twitter that "Gruden once Griffin cleared and ready mentally and physically, he'll be the starter. Said could be one week, could be five weeks."

Pyro's take: Therefore, either one or two things are happening here. Gruden is trying to inspire Cousins to play better, or Cousins just does not have enough to be an every week starter. Hold on to Cousins until then, as he has played well enough to consider a start here and there.

10/15/14, 05:28 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Resuming Drills

John Keim ESPN reporter for the Washington Redskins is reporting that "Griffin will start individual drills next week. Will try to get him some team reps possibly next week"

Pyro's take: Kirk Cousins hasn't been solid enough to steal the starting position away from RG III, but it will take some time for Griffin to get back into the swing. Look for a possible week 10 return, as week nine is a bye-week, and that is the earliest he could get back.

10/13/14, 09:34 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Gruden on Griffiin

Head coach Jay Gruden has stated that RG III wont be back in the near future. “I don’t envision that any time soon,” Gruden told reporters during a conference call, asked about the timetable for Griffin’s return.

Gruden even dismissed the idea for Griffin to join 1-4 team for practice in the near term, saying that the next step would likely be to increase his work load on a treadmill under the team trainer’s supervision. “Maybe we’ll get him out here when the time is right,” Gruden said, declining even a cursory stab at a timetable.

Pyro's take: Even though Kirk Cousins hasn't won with the Redskins, he has played well and done well while under center. He had the one bad game, but, tell me what quarterback hasn't? Cousins is the best fit for this team, and he should remain on your roster. At this point it would not be surprising to see RG III sit out the rest of the season.

10/08/14, 12:59 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Dont write off Griffin yet

Robert Griffin may just make back this season. Jay Gruden mentioned that it may take 4-6 weeks for Griffin to make recovery from his injury, after the 10 day lay-off because of the hard cast he is in.

The good news is that he didnt break any bones, and surgery will not be required. If everything goes right, he could be back in action at the end of October, but most likely it will be in the beginning of November.

Pyro's take: When RG III does comeback, most likely Kirk Cousins will go back to the number two quarterback, no matter how well he performs.

09/17/14, 06:31 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.washingtontimes.com


As RG III was running toward the sideline, as he tried to throw, his plant leg stayed stationary, while his body took him forward. He landed out of bounds and was in obvious pain right away. The injury appears to be a suffered a dislocated left ankle. Griffin was carted off the field with his left leg in an air cast but gave the fans a thumbs-up sign.

Griffin was having a solid day up to the point of injury. and completed two of three passes for 38 yards, and he also had run twice for 22 yards against Jacksonville.

Kirk Cousins took over and completed 35 of 54 passes for 370 yards and four touchdowns with one interception in preseason. His passer rating was 101.6 compared to Griffin's 46.0

Pyro's take: This may be the season for Griffin and you should be interested in picking up Kirk Cousins if you need a quarterback. If Robert Griffin needs to go under the knife, it could mean the end of his season, if not it will be awhile before he can return.

09/14/14, 12:37 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.usatoday.com

Working to get deep

Robert Griffin has a rocket arm, and DeSean Jackson has rocket feet, so why wasn't that implemented against the Texans? This is one thing that was addressed for this upcoming week. The ideal is to keep both Jackson, Andre Roberts, and Pierre Garcon busy.

Griffin went on to say about the involvement of his receiving crew: “When you have weapons like Pierre and DeSean and Andre, these guys can really go deep down the field. You want to get them opportunities and we had a couple in the game. We just didn’t come down with them,” Griffin said. “Yeah, we have got to find ways to open those guys up more down the field. Don’t think that’s any secret. You want to be able to be efficient and hit the underneath stuff, but you also have to get those home-run shots in every now and then. We’ll work on getting that.”

Pyro's take: Robert Griffin can do it all, but it just seems its just not working. He isnt running the ball, and not going deep, the two skills that made him the second pick of the draft. It sounds like the offensive is going to make changes going in this direction. We will see how it carries him through.

09/10/14, 02:16 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Griffin needs to step it up

RG III was finally without coach Mike Shanahan, and ready to show the world he has been ready to battle since week 1 of last season. His chance came and went on Sunday against the Houston Texans.

The Texans made him look bad as he couldn't move the offense into the end zone, and ended the game with 29 of 37 passing for 267 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs, one lost fumble. Not numbers you want to have your quarterback at each week, even though the accuracy can remain.

What needs to improve is RG III as a whole. He looked tentative, couldn't get out of trouble, and didn't use his legs as much as he possibly could have, he finished with two yards rushing. Griffin went on to say about his performance:"Stats don't win you games, but if you look at the total yards, time of possession, the amount of first downs we were getting, it was building up to where you would think we had 28, 35 points."

Pyro's take: Robert Griffin has been on the hook for his performance since he blew out his knee in the playoff game in 2012. At first the blame fell on Mike Shanahan, but it showed against the Texans, that it might not just be the former coach.

Take into account that Houston has a strong defense, and it showed, as they manhandled Washington, even without Jadeveon Clowney.

It will be very hard for Washington to do anything else but go with Griffin as they traded away future plans to the Rams for him, and of course its too early to even consider that case. If you drafted him keep using him as you normally would, and see how he responds in week two.

09/08/14, 05:30 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.washingtonpost.com

RG III alienating teammates

Bleacher Report NFL analyst Matt Miller said Monday in a video on the Bleacher Report website that a disconnect is starting to grow between RG3 and his teammates. According to Miller, much of the issue stems from Griffin’s inability to learn the new offensive system installed by new head coach Jay Gruden.

“(The feeling) is that RG3 is not very well-liked in that locker room. We’ve heard things like this before. … The feeling is he started to alienate some of his teammates on the offensive side of the ball. I think a lot of that stems from his struggle to learn this new playbook, the new Jay Gruden system.

“I don’t think this is breaking news. We’ve seen RG3 struggle before, especially in Year 2 under Mike Shanahan. We’ve heard reports out of Washington this year that he’s struggling to adapt to this new system but I think it’s all coming to a head and a boiling point. His frustrations are spilling over to the locker room and happy feelings are kind of dying in Washington right now.”

Pyro's take: It is never good news when things like this come out in the media. There was also a mention that there seems to be "growing support" for Kirk Cousins. RG III is not in danger of losing his job, as long as Daniel Snyder owns the team.

The problem is where there is smoke there is fire. Jay Gruden is a first time coach, and he seems to have the beginnings of a fractured locker room. If Gruden does not get this under control things could unravel if the team gets off to a slow start. It will be interesting to hear Griffin's response.

08/18/14, 10:07 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: nesn.com

RG3 excited for anyone not Mike Shanahan

“We’re all excited. everybody in the [Redskins] organization,” Griffin told Ron Thulin and Brenda VanLengen. “Talking to my teammates, it’s not that we’re starting over; we’re just getting a fresh start. So we’ve got a new leader at the helm and we’re going to be a united front. And I think all those guys are really excited about what’s coming.”
That was the extent of the Redskins talk, although Thulin also asked about the various obstacles Griffin has already faced during his brief professional career.
“Whether it’s injuries, certain things in different organizations, I’ve had to overcome a lot,” the quarterback said.

Pyro's take: Living in DC, everyone’s heard the hoopla that Shanahan was playing the House of Cards, Washington Redskins edition and pretty much threw away the season in order to show Dan Snyder whose boss. Regardless of whether that was true, RG3 now has a new head coach in Jay Gruden and there can only be hope that RG3 will benefit from the new leader.

Anyone listening to the recent Pyro podcasts will know that the NFC East suffers from having to play the NFC West, so it may be hard to trust RG3 as your starting QB for next season. His value will depend on the development of skill players around him, i.e. Jordan Reed and if Alfred Morris will really add pass catching to his repertoire. Surely, his ADP is going to be lower than where his value could be since most people in your league may forget that he had to recover from knee surgery, had to deal with Shanahan, and got pulled for his last three games this past season. He could be a great backup QB that you wouldn't mind starting when he plays NFC East or AFC South teams.

02/26/14, 12:26 AM CST by SUITS
Source: www.washingtonpost.com

RG III ready to start running

Minnesota Vikings Coach Leslie Frazier says he’s beginning to see Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III resemble the player that he was last season as a rookie, much like he saw Vikings running back Adrian Peterson get back into the groove in November last year in his return from a major knee injury.

“You can see he’s really looking more and more like the Robert from a season ago,” Frazier said in a conference call with Washington-area reporters Tuesday, with the Vikings set to host the Redskins on Thursday night in Minneapolis. “So he’s coming into his own. You can definitely see the difference.”

Griffin's breakout performance running the read-option came against the Vikings last October, when he ripped off a game-sealing 76-yard touchdown run, his second score on the ground that day. Griffin finished with 20 touchdowns passing and seven rushing last year, with only seven turnovers. Recovering from knee surgery has proved challenging, though. Griffin has nine touchdowns in eight games, none on the ground, and 12 turnovers already.

"That's something we stress all the time, so hopefully we can get better in the second half of the season," Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said.

Pyro's take: The history is there for RG III, and his recovery from the ACL injury, and he will have to look no further than across the field this Thursday to see the poster child for recovery, Adrian Peterson. Peterson blew up in the second half of the season last year, and this could be the start of the same for RG III.

I have been mentioning that he is just not the same quarterback when he is not able to run, but this week against the Vikings should give him a great chance to feel comfortable running again. The Vikings have struggled on defense all season, and Griffin should be able to score his first rushing touchdown of the season on Thurday Night.

11/06/13, 07:07 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.washingtonpost.com

RG III says his knee is fine

Robert Griffin III, the Washington Redskins’ franchise player who damaged two ligaments in his right knee this past January, fell to the ground again in the fourth quarter Sunday. He grabbed at his left knee after Denver Broncos lineman Terrance Knighton drove him into the turf — and Washington’s fan base held its breath.

“I think it really just scared me,” Griffin said.

He said the team’s medical staff cleared him to return to Sunday’s game, a 45-21 Washington loss, but Coach Mike Shanahan opted to end Griffin’s afternoon with a little more than four minutes to play.

“There was no point in risking anything at that point,” said Griffin, who even before the injury had perhaps his worst passing day as a pro. He completed half of his 30 passes, was responsible for three turnovers, and finished with a career-low 45.4 passer rating. He now has eight interceptions in seven starts, three more picks than he threw in 15 games in 2012.

Pyro's take: It was a scary moment for owners of RG III when he went down yesterday, after apparently injuring his healthy knee. The good news is that he was cleared to come back into the game.

The issue for Griffen is the fact that this injury did not happen on a running play, it happened because of a lack of protection. He has been battered around by defenses this season, and if his offensive line does not shore up their problems, he will remain an injury risk.

10/28/13, 05:10 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.washingtonpost.com