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League office saw no dirty hits on Robert Griffin III

Washington Redskins Robert Griffin III scores a touchdown during the second half of their NFL game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis Reuters

Robert Griffin III complained this week that the Rams took cheap shots at him in their victory over the Redskins. But the league office didn’t see it that way.

Although several Rams defenders did hit Griffin on Sunday, Mike Sando of ESPN points out that not a single one of them was fined. The NFL reviews every single questionable play and fines the cheap shots, which means the NFL didn’t think the shots Griffin took were cheap.

At least seven players on the Rams’ defense — Jo-Lonn Dunbar, Quintin Mikell, Robert Quinn, William Hayes, Cortland Finnegan, Kendall Langford and Craig Dahlhad hits on Griffin during Sunday’s game. But as the Rams have been eager to remind Griffin since his public complaint, there’s no rule against hitting a quarterback. And the NFL apparently believes that all the times the Rams hit Griffin were well within the confines of the rules.

Two Rams defenders, Quinn and Janoris Jenkins, were fined for hits during the Redskins game. But neither of those fines were for hits on Griffin. So to the extent that the Redskins have anything to complain about, Griffin probably isn’t the one who should be doing the complaining.

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50 Responses to “League office saw no dirty hits on Robert Griffin III”
  1. gweez76 says: Sep 22, 2012 6:35 PM

    Just like they didn’t collude to keep salaries low in the uncapped year?

    Just like they care about the “integrity” of the game and “player safety” but have woefully subpar officials?

  2. jimnaizeeum says: Sep 22, 2012 6:40 PM

    Robert Griffin III complained this week that the Rams took cheap shots at him in their victory over the Redskins.
    ———————————————————–
    C’mon man it was your 2nd game, you just aren’t used to getting hit from the pros.
    The way you run around you will get hit…a lot.

  3. romosmicrodongs says: Sep 22, 2012 6:45 PM

    I’m sure Fred Davis would have spoken for himself if he hadn’t been hit by a launched helmet to helmet tackle and given a concussion. guess a team leader speaking for the team will have to do. unless ‘bob’ hasn’t earned that right, yet.

  4. jhunt55 says: Sep 22, 2012 6:46 PM

    sounds like Tom Brady. I think you now get flagged for looking at him without smiling or breathing in any oxygen that could have filled his lungs.

  5. skinsfanwill says: Sep 22, 2012 6:48 PM

    What are they gonna say, “Yeah our replacement refs missed about 5 dirty shots that should have been flagged.” They aren’t stupid. Easier to throw RGIII under the bus than these sorry ass refs.

  6. mjkelly77 says: Sep 22, 2012 6:49 PM

    griffin is a crybaby.

  7. macbull says: Sep 22, 2012 6:51 PM

    I hope RG learned from this situation…best to let your play on the field do your talking.

    Complaining about the hits he took against the Rams, knowing the Redskins lost the game…not a wise choice.

    Chalk it up as a learning experience and do not repeat. The officials will determine if the hits are dirty…ooops…forgot, replacement refs.

  8. mjkelly77 says: Sep 22, 2012 6:51 PM

    griffin is a crybaby and he’s afraid someone will knock out his horse teeth and he’ll have to deal with the resultant enormous dental bills.

  9. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 22, 2012 6:52 PM

    Somebody needs to toughen up, typical heisman winner complaint

  10. skinsfan91 says: Sep 22, 2012 6:54 PM

    forearms to the head after the tackle was complete.

  11. bdert says: Sep 22, 2012 6:55 PM

    I saw a couple questionable gestures after whistles, but I guess its up to the inept replacement officials crews to see it…

  12. ramcountry says: Sep 22, 2012 6:56 PM

    Well, there you are.

    Let’s move on.

  13. jmsincla says: Sep 22, 2012 6:58 PM

    That’s because they happened after the whistle. There is clear footage of his head being shoved into the turf post-play.

  14. sixjak says: Sep 22, 2012 6:59 PM

    Case closed. Onto the next wuss.

  15. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Sep 22, 2012 7:00 PM

    Get use to it bro theres a bounty on you !

  16. sixjak says: Sep 22, 2012 7:04 PM

    I like the new “let em play” feel. Sorry the old refs blew plenty of calls.

  17. rg3enoughsaid says: Sep 22, 2012 7:07 PM

    6 days later and we have to talk about the Rams? We’re getting ready for cincy tomorrow, get over it

  18. coderacer says: Sep 22, 2012 7:12 PM

    Week 3 starts in less than 24 hours, can we let this go??

  19. giantsfanlewis says: Sep 22, 2012 7:13 PM

    Rgiii

    You, just like mike Vick and any other qb who wants the ability to run, need to realize something. If you wanna be able to run like a tailback, you better get used to getting hit like a tailback and stop whining. You want calls like pocket qbs get? Don’t run. Once your recognized as a scrambler your looked at differently in the eye of officials and the league because at any moment you could pump fake then run. Your not gonna see Tom Brady do that very often and almost never will see Peyton do that. That’s why your hit so much more. It’s not for any reason other then that you have an ability that the other qbs don’t and you put yourself in harms way by doing it.

  20. boobody says: Sep 22, 2012 7:18 PM

    The hits were not dirty it was the extra stuff after the whistle. If you actually watched the game versus reading someone else’s report you would have seen it. Funny thing is Jeff Fisher claimed his team played hard until the whistle was blown. I guess he closed his eyes as soon as he heard the whistle.

  21. Ram says: Sep 22, 2012 7:23 PM

    RGIII, you haven’t even played a down yet in an NFC East game. The Eagles, Giants and Cowboys are going to hit you in every way legally possible, hopefully. Your introduction to NFL hitting is just getting started.

  22. jaydog76 says: Sep 22, 2012 7:23 PM

    He should talk to Vick, lol.

  23. petehemlock says: Sep 22, 2012 7:26 PM

    Does RG3 play for the Washington Thinskins?

  24. dequan81 says: Sep 22, 2012 7:27 PM

    boobody says:
    Sep 22, 2012 7:18 PM
    The hits were not dirty it was the extra stuff after the whistle. If you actually watched the game versus reading someone else’s report you would have seen it. Funny thing is Jeff Fisher claimed his team played hard until the whistle was blown. I guess he closed his eyes as soon as he heard the whistle.
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    What plays exactly? I won’t read the report. I’ll just go back to rewind and watch it again with Coaches Film… The first time I saw it I didn’t see anymore “dirty play” than any other NFL game. But I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt if you could tell me what plays. Not being a prick (on purpose) just asking.

  25. jroneputt says: Sep 22, 2012 7:37 PM

    Bobby, you are the fourth best qb in the nfc east, just because you beat the saints dont mean a
    whole lot. Get a grip, after about ten games we
    can take you seriously.

  26. jwreck says: Sep 22, 2012 7:38 PM

    jimnaizeeum says: Sep 22, 2012 6:40 PM
    C’mon man it was your 2nd game, you just aren’t used to getting hit from the pros.
    The way you run around you will get hit…a lot.
    ______
    While, I agree with most people above, that the media needs to let this go already (problem is, Griffin creates readership), it’s important to note that he wasn’t complaining about the hits, he was talking about what came after the hits. Jo-Lonn Dunbar spiked his head into the ground, that is undeniable and unprofessional. Robert Quinn held him down by his throat after the play. Undeniable, unprofessional. It doesn’t matter if it was his 2nd game or his 22nd season, the Rams played a nasty game. Undeniable.

    “The way you run around you will get hit…a lot.”
    Only one of the hits in discussion came outside of the pocket: the hit when Griffin was way out of bounds along the sideline. That’s the kind of hit that can take a player out for a season. If Griffin had torn an ACL on that play, I don’t think there would have been as much discussion about his comments, and no one would have accused him of whining:and that’s the whole point, play rough football, play physical football, but play it to the whistle. You’re trying to win a game, not end careers.

  27. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Sep 22, 2012 7:38 PM

    Is the real RG3 Rex Grossman III ?

  28. huskersrock1 says: Sep 22, 2012 7:41 PM

    Good job putting a bigger target on your back RGIII.

  29. brianforster says: Sep 22, 2012 7:50 PM

    im pretty sure rgiii’s comments were about the entire game not just hits on him

  30. brizzle059 says: Sep 22, 2012 7:52 PM

    I agree with a couple of comments here

    1. RG3 welcome to the NFL. you will be hit
    2. if the integrity of the game and player safety is so important pay the competent officials.
    3. at least take your hits like a man and let the league decide. sean lee took a mean hit from golden Tate which I still think was legal but he didn’t complain and let them call it.

  31. jmug420 says: Sep 22, 2012 7:53 PM

    I normally don’t post here but I am so sick of all these articles and comments ripping this kid apart. Please go read what Robert Griffin III said after the Rams game. Did RGIII say the Redskins should have won? Nope. Did he say the Redskins beat themselves, just like so many teams and players have said recently? Nope. Did he say that Rams didn’t deserve the win? Nope, he said they’re an extremely good team and isn’t taking anything away from them (which is strange, since the original article starts with “Robert Griffin III doesn’t think highly of the Rams”, which is CLEARLY 100% false). Is he complaining about getting hit? Again, nope. He says it’s football, that’s what supposed to happen. Griffin III isn’t even talking about hits on him. Not once does he bring up hits on him that he thinks were dirty. Did he say that he knows exactly how the NFL works or should work? Once again, nope. He says and I quote “Who am I to talk? I’ve barely been a pro for very long”. He simply was comparing the Saints game to the Rams game. All he says is that the game was dirty and unprofessional compared to what he experienced in the Saints game, which is was (on both sides of the ball, the Skins definitely played dirty at some points and got away with it). Anybody who says that it wasn’t is an idiot. This guy has played phenomenally in his first 2 games as a pro, yet everybody just wants to cut him down. It’s amazing that everyone is just hopping on the “I hate RGIII” bandwagon for no reason. And all you people that are using the excuse of being sick of Redskins fans hyping this kid up and “anointing” him before he’s done anything must not be football fans. Sure, Skins fans are hyping this kid up A LOT. Why the hell wouldn’t we? We’ve had a terrible team for a long time and Griffin III might be the player we need to turn it around. Look at the 49ers. 6-10 in 2010 to 13-3 and in the NFC Championship game in 2011, mostly thanks to Harbaugh (not the only reason, but he made that team something Singletary never could). Sometimes it only takes one player or coach to turn a team around, and that’s what Redskins fans are hoping for. Am I saying that the Skins will be this years 49ers? Hell no. But there is nothing wrong with a fan hyping up a new young player that might make their team better. It doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of the best team in the league or the worst, the day you stop hyping your team up is the day you need to quit watching football, or any sport for that matter.

  32. spfripp says: Sep 22, 2012 7:57 PM

    Fact is that there is always something extra going on after the whistle, replacement refs or no replacement refs. Players have openly talked about what goes on at the bottom of pile. So if it is the punching, the groping, the biting or scratching that goes on after the whistle then that is something RG3 needs to get use to because it is not going away.

  33. voiceandreason says: Sep 22, 2012 8:00 PM

    The whole organization is soft and full of crybabies. From the qb bobby to the pathetic fans! But i guess youre all used to crying….

  34. dlr4skins says: Sep 22, 2012 8:19 PM

    until Goodell keeps making rules as he goes while changing the game as he goes. Skins and Boys were both robbed of cap space for no written violation. Voice your anger at his crap (you can tell he’s a lawyer) and watch the game but at the very least wuit buying league gear.

  35. rangers84 says: Sep 22, 2012 8:26 PM

    romosmicrodongs says:
    Sep 22, 2012 6:45 PM
    I’m sure Fred Davis would have spoken for himself if he hadn’t been hit by a launched helmet to helmet tackle and given a concussion. guess a team leader speaking for the team will have to do. unless ‘bob’ hasn’t earned that right, yet.

     —————————

    The hit on Davis was helmet to helmet? Just like finnegan ‘punched’ Morgan? Jenkins laid him out with his shoulder. Illegally apparently and he’s been fined for it. Dirty? Hilarious

    If your going to whinge, at least no what your whinging about

  36. conormacleod says: Sep 22, 2012 9:00 PM

    Thanks for the blueprint on what rattles you kid! Now every team will be giving you a little something extra every play. Toughen up or get out of the game Nancy!

  37. geniusfan says: Sep 22, 2012 9:00 PM

    “ounds like Tom Brady. I think you now get flagged for looking at him without smiling or breathing in any oxygen that could have filled his lungs.”

    Tom Brady has never publicly complained about not getting calls. Every quarterback whines after getting hit, I saw Flacco throw his arms in the air and begging for a flag every time Cole and Babin crushed him.

    Also if you look at the number of roughing calls given over the last few years Brady has gotten less calls than guys like Jason Campbell and Michael Vick.

  38. voiceofcommonsensesays says: Sep 22, 2012 9:16 PM

    I wish I could like RG3, but as everyday goes by I dislike him more and more and the bad thing is it’s not even really his fault, I really wish most of the media would stop humping his leg. I heard Mike Greenburg say the other day “he’s the best rookie QB ever” Are you freaking kidding me? HE’S PLAYED 2 GAMES!! The kid has a great arm, is a good solid runner, and seems to have a fairly good head on his shoulders. Unfortunately for Skins fans and the media, he runs too much and will end up hurt often!

  39. rickc402 says: Sep 22, 2012 9:24 PM

    I’m still trying to figure how Fletcher gets flag for a hit on Amindola or however you spell his name, inbounds, granted he was trying to get out of bounds but he was still in play, then later RG3 runs out of bounds and is shoved from behind by a Rams defender, and not flag, even after the shove caused him to go out of control and strike an old man working on the sideline…..no sure the NFL watched the 2012 Rans-Redskins game, maybe last years.

  40. dcbrave says: Sep 22, 2012 9:25 PM

    1. Griff was answering a question, not bitching to the media.

    2. If you don’t think the Rams were playing dirty, not chippy, not hard-nosed football, but outright dirty, you didn’t watch the game.

  41. longbino says: Sep 22, 2012 11:43 PM

    Stop whining rookie!

  42. n0hopeleft says: Sep 23, 2012 12:13 AM

    Redskins got knocked off the ball on both sides.

    Same thing that will happen all year.

  43. schmitty2 says: Sep 23, 2012 1:38 AM

    rickc402 says:
    Sep 22, 2012 9:24 PM
    I’m still trying to figure how Fletcher gets flag for a hit on Amindola or however you spell his name, inbounds, granted he was trying to get out of bounds but he was still in play, then later RG3 runs out of bounds and is shoved from behind by a Rams defender, and not flag, even after the shove caused him to go out of control and strike an old man working on the sideline…..no sure the NFL watched the 2012 Rans-Redskins game, maybe last years.

    Maybe you should have watched the game because the Rams were flagged for that genius

  44. raideralex99 says: Sep 23, 2012 1:57 AM

    Come on man … if you want to be a great QB like Montana, Peyton or Brady … don’t make excuses. You want to show a statement … do it by your play on the field. You have to stop watching Cam Newton and Vick and learn from the great QBs.

  45. jag8r904 says: Sep 23, 2012 1:57 AM

    Maybe the league would see it differently if you would just cooperate, like a good rookie, and wear your Nike gear in warm ups.

  46. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Sep 23, 2012 2:59 AM

    The ram’s d was not playing dirty. Dirty is late hits and attempts to injure. They were just expeditiously getting in a rookie qb’s head by talking smack and picking fights, instead of taking guys out of coverage and trying to blitz him to death. Uzhe gameplan against a rookie.

  47. sariff420 says: Sep 23, 2012 5:37 AM

    Since when did NFL fans turn into whining soft pansies?

  48. ramslam says: Sep 23, 2012 5:40 AM

    dcbrave you are “CHIPPY”!

    RAMS RULE!!!!!

  49. laserw says: Sep 23, 2012 6:33 AM

    Of course no hits were seen as worthy of being called dirty – you see, no penalties were called. And since no penalties were called by the NFL’s pet referees, they see no need to knee-cap their chosen zebras. It is easy to fine a player like the Redskins’ Morgan who threw a ball at a player who was taunting at the time, and who continued to taunt the Redskin sidelines after the play (he was actually intercepted by the rent-a-zebras and told to cease while he continued). That player who ACTUALLY did commit a foul on the play was not fined!

    So pardon me for laughing at the NFL which is unable to prove that any intelligent life resides in the hive of idiocy that is NFL management. I believe that the NFL referee situation serves notice that Goodhell is incompetent and he should be terminated for malfeasance.

  50. ddeck00 says: Sep 23, 2012 10:19 AM

    If I was RG3 I’d be more disappointed in my oline than anything else.

    All I saw was the 2nd half of the game on NFL rewind the other day. And I saw a few instances of his head being driven into the ground by the hand/forearm of the defender when they were standing up.

    No football player should expect not to get knocked around during the game, this is the NFL after all. But usually it’s the offensive linemen who come to the defense of a teammate when there are cheap shots being thrown. Where we’re they?

    For all the stupid penaltys the skins racked up in that game, I think a penalty for knocking a Ram on his a$$ for that $hit would have been well worth it.

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