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Robert Griffin III’s headset malfunctioned on winning drive

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There wasn’t been much about the first three weeks of Robert Griffin III’s NFL career to make the Redskins think twice about their decision to pony up a hefty sum to trade up for his rights in the draft and they didn’t get any reason to start doing it on Sunday.

Griffin threw for 323 yards and ran for 43 more en route to a 24-22 victory that saw Griffin lead the team to the game-winning field goal after getting the ball on the 20 with 1:42 seconds to play. Griffin completed four passes and had a key 15-yard run on that drive, running the two-minute drill with ease despite the fact that a fairly important piece of equipment wasn’t working when he led his team down the field.

“Every week, we always practice me calling the plays [as if] the headset has gone out. The funny thing is, the headset did go out on that drive,” Griffin said, via Dave Sheinin of the Washington Post. “So it was neat how that practice scenario played out in the game.”

There are plenty of quarterbacks whose ability to lead such a drive without the ability to get calls from the sideline wouldn’t surprise you in the least. Most of those quarterbacks have been in the league for several years and led several other similar drives over the course of those years. Griffin didn’t have that kind of background in his favor on Sunday, so it would have been an impressive drive even if Griffin had his coaches in his ear.

The fact that he didn’t is just one more reason to believe that the Redskins have found the answer to their long search for a starting quarterback.

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42 Responses to “Robert Griffin III’s headset malfunctioned on winning drive”
  1. h3min1230 says: Oct 1, 2012 12:01 PM

    Whata beast

  2. dmartin17 says: Oct 1, 2012 12:02 PM

    Best thing I saw on that drive: Instead of going out of bounds he ran to the center of the field to set up the field goal. Even though if he went OB they could’ve ran another play.

  3. waitingguilty says: Oct 1, 2012 12:02 PM

    Let’s see…I’ll go ahead and set the over/under on how many snarky Kyle Shanahan comments this post produces at 32.

  4. dmackerman says: Oct 1, 2012 12:02 PM

    Love the kid’s poise and intelligence. Obviously he’s got all the talent in the world, but the most impressive thing to me is how he handles himself like a seasoned veteran.

  5. burnzido says: Oct 1, 2012 12:06 PM

    He is such a talented young man. I hope he has a long and successful career in DC. HTTR

  6. chasewalshsl says: Oct 1, 2012 12:07 PM

    great job by him but all teams practice this scenario so this is nothing special.

  7. kernelreefer says: Oct 1, 2012 12:13 PM

    Normally, I just log on to complain about some misperceived bias for one team or another. Now, I just can’t help but be impressed by that. Wow.

  8. logicalthinkersays says: Oct 1, 2012 12:14 PM

    Those of us who know about this sport are not surprised at Robert’s success. No QB has ever stepped on an NFL field with his skillset and intelligence. RG3 will be the greatest QB of alltime and lead the Washington Redskins to many Super Bowl championships.

  9. adlent says: Oct 1, 2012 12:18 PM

    logicalthinkersays says:
    Oct 1, 2012 12:14 PM
    Those of us who know about this sport are not surprised at Robert’s success. No QB has ever stepped on an NFL field with his skillset and intelligence. RG3 will be the greatest QB of alltime and lead the Washington Redskins to many Super Bowl championships.

    _____________________

    While I enjoy the enthusiasm and am a fellow Redskins fan, you’re basically becoming that one “Pittsburgh 7 Rings, Pittsburgh Football League” guy with the way you post. This makes me sad as it just increases the hate on the press the rest of us Redskins fans can read proudly.

  10. siriusred67 says: Oct 1, 2012 12:23 PM

    This isn’t the first time I’ve heard of a visiting QB’s headset suddenly going silent during a crucial drive. I don’t think it’s coincidental timing, and I think the NFL should investigate. I think Santana Moss is correct in wondering if there was some sabotage by employees of the home team.

  11. steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships says: Oct 1, 2012 12:23 PM

    Redskins are a joke. It will be funny watching the yearly collapse down the stretch.

  12. oaktown49er says: Oct 1, 2012 12:24 PM

    adlent says:
    Oct 1, 2012 12:18 PM
    logicalthinkersays says:
    Oct 1, 2012 12:14 PM
    Those of us who know about this sport are not surprised at Robert’s success. No QB has ever stepped on an NFL field with his skillset and intelligence. RG3 will be the greatest QB of alltime and lead the Washington Redskins to many Super Bowl championships.

    _____________________

    While I enjoy the enthusiasm and am a fellow Redskins fan, you’re basically becoming that one “Pittsburgh 7 Rings, Pittsburgh Football League” guy with the way you post. This makes me sad as it just increases the hate on the press the rest of us Redskins fans can read proudly.
    ————————————————–
    You are absolutely right adlent. I was so excited to see RG III play but this knucklehead makes me want to root against him every week.

  13. logicalthinkersays says: Oct 1, 2012 12:25 PM

    adlent says:
    Oct 1, 2012 12:18 PM
    ——-
    The truth is the truth. If people have a problem with it, tough. This is RedskinsNation time to shine and I’ll gloat to the rest of the world. Hail to the Redskins.

  14. tyler200829 says: Oct 1, 2012 12:34 PM

    Ravens fan here, I tried in the first two weeks not to like this guy….but he just amazes me every time i tune in. He puts them in position to win every week, a quality that can obviously be respected. However, they need to pay attention to michael vick’s injury history to help realize that they need to limit hits on this kid. As they get older and the defenses adapt, those hits become even more dangerous.

  15. tbtrojan says: Oct 1, 2012 12:39 PM

    Headset must have gotten damaged when Barron splatted him earlier in the game.

    On a side note how did that tackle draw a flag, was it too hard, should players give RG3 a cuddle and ask him to stop running instead of actually tackling him?

  16. rexranius says: Oct 1, 2012 12:43 PM

    “RG3 will be the greatest QB of alltime and lead the Washington Redskins to many Super Bowl championships.”

    I didn’t realize that Dan Snyder was selling the team.

  17. skinsaneasylum says: Oct 1, 2012 12:51 PM

    Great game by RG3…what an amazing young talent this kid is. Truly remarkable in nearly every way.

    As for the headset “malfunction”…..come on guys. We all know why road team’s headsets so commonly have “technical difficulties” during the most important junctures of games. It is amazing that the NFL has not taken responsibility for controlling both team’s communication abilities after so many ridiculously obvious “malfunctions”.

    I mean, I am not the only one. Even Tampa Bay’s own SB Nation page is flat out calling the organization “Cheaters” for this very reason. Don’t believe me? Go read the full article dedicated to it.

  18. dmackerman says: Oct 1, 2012 12:52 PM

    “However, they need to pay attention to michael vick’s injury history to help realize that they need to limit hits on this kid.”

    If you watched the game, Shanahan put him in far less positions to get waxed than the Bengals game. No triple option, less designed QB runs, etc.

    RG3 knows far better, already, when to avoid contact and step out of bounds. Vick basically takes everything on the chin to gain an extra yard.

  19. thraiderskin says: Oct 1, 2012 12:54 PM

    RGIII is still developing… I hope this is a situation he continues to get better at in the future. While I am very excited about the Skin’s future, I know that much can happen to change the outcome.

  20. acdc363 says: Oct 1, 2012 12:54 PM

    Now that’s a pretty cool story

  21. rg3andout says: Oct 1, 2012 1:01 PM

    ogicalthinkersays says:
    Oct 1, 2012 12:14 PM
    Those of us who know about this sport are not surprised at Robert’s success. No QB has ever stepped on an NFL field with his skillset and intelligence. RG3 will be the greatest QB of alltime and lead the Washington Redskins to many Super Bowl championships

    wooooooh pump yr brakes man, u havent played a nfc east opponent yet, win in yr division first before u say stuff like this!!!

  22. kane337 says: Oct 1, 2012 1:06 PM

    RGIII won’t beat the Falcons.

  23. cdrion21 says: Oct 1, 2012 1:07 PM

    tbtrojan says:
    Oct 1, 2012 12:39 PM
    Headset must have gotten damaged when Barron splatted him earlier in the game.

    On a side note how did that tackle draw a flag, was it too hard, should players give RG3 a cuddle and ask him to stop running instead of actually tackling him?

    I knew someone would bring this up so here we go, an explanation for you and other idiots like you, Baron was flagged for unsportmanlike conduct not unnecessary Roughness meaning he wasn’t flagged for the hit but for something he afterwards that’s why the ref threw the flag after both players had gotten up and walked

  24. londonfletcher59 says: Oct 1, 2012 1:20 PM

    “tbtrojan says:
    Oct 1, 2012 12:39 PM
    Headset must have gotten damaged when Barron splatted him earlier in the game.

    On a side note how did that tackle draw a flag, was it too hard, should players give RG3 a cuddle and ask him to stop running instead of actually tackling him?”

    You’re not allowed to actually pick up a player when you are tackling him, which is what happened. It was a good call, and I’m not just saying that because I’m a Redskins fan. If the Redskins did that, all you would be hearing is “Dirty play by a desperate Skins defense”, but somebody does it to RGIII and you get “He’s a wimp”. Give me a break.

  25. londonfletcher59 says: Oct 1, 2012 1:25 PM

    “steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships says:
    Oct 1, 2012 12:23 PM
    Redskins are a joke. It will be funny watching the yearly collapse down the stretch”

    Careful what you say. Skins play your depleted Steelers in week 8.

  26. redskinsrt says: Oct 1, 2012 1:25 PM

    We have always called Raymond James Stadium “Fedex South” due to the Skins fans’ takeover whenever we play there but perhaps “Gillette South” would be more appropriate.

    HTTR

  27. cow395 says: Oct 1, 2012 1:28 PM

    good for the redskins, you needed to compete for once in the NFC east, but he takes some nasty hits will he last?

  28. bodhisattva says: Oct 1, 2012 1:37 PM

    Love RGIII. An entertaining playmaker, what’s not to like?

  29. gmsalpha says: Oct 1, 2012 1:39 PM

    Whenever I don’t like the play that’s called, I just run whatever I want and tell coach there was a problem with the headset – RGIII

  30. jimi48270 says: Oct 1, 2012 1:49 PM

    For a $10B corporation, they sure do seem to have alot of wireless technical difficulties. $50 at Best Buy can get you something more reliable.

  31. neemdaddy13 says: Oct 1, 2012 1:54 PM

    logicalthinkersays says:
    Oct 1, 2012 12:14 PM
    Those of us who know about this sport are not surprised at Robert’s success. No QB has ever stepped on an NFL field with his skillset and intelligence. RG3 will be the greatest QB of alltime and lead the Washington Redskins to many Super Bowl championships.

    There are quite a few things wrong with this post..
    A.) you are obviously NOT a logical thinker
    B.) you obviously DON’T know about this sport
    C.) RGIII is good, not great
    D.) The Skins have played 3 of the WORST teams in the NFL and post a 2-2 record, chill out guy.

    “greatest of all time”

    You should be ashamed of yourself!!!

  32. larrydavid7000 says: Oct 1, 2012 2:43 PM

    As a Redskin fan I am PROUD of RGIII.

  33. tennesseeoilers says: Oct 1, 2012 3:26 PM

    I love my Titans and I love our QB Jake Locker. In fact, there’s no young QB in the league that I would trade him for. Not a single one! That is, except MAYBE Robert Griffin III. Major congrats, Skins fans.

    -Titans Fan

  34. adventistgroup says: Oct 1, 2012 3:51 PM

    I dont know why teams dont take this kind of risk more often. RGIII was a solid lock selection – Wash. did a great job realizing this and making this trade.

    Good things come to smart people and their decisions – RGIII will be a Redskin for most his career.

  35. dmackerman says: Oct 1, 2012 4:45 PM

    “For a $10B corporation, they sure do seem to have alot of wireless technical difficulties. $50 at Best Buy can get you something more reliable.”

    You seem to be forgetting that these particular electronics are slammed to the ground multiple times with literally, tons of force.

  36. blabbaboo says: Oct 1, 2012 4:59 PM

    tbtrojan said:

    Headset must have gotten damaged when Barron splatted him earlier in the game.

    On a side note how did that tackle draw a flag, was it too hard, should players give RG3 a cuddle and ask him to stop running instead of actually tackling him?

    You’re absolutely right, that was no penalty, just a very good textbook tackle. It seems they want to put skirts on the QB’s, and you have to formally ask their coach’s permission to court them before you can gently prevent them from completing a pass. The Bucs were again the victims of game changing bad calls, it’s no longer a surprise.
    Just like I tell my kids who play soccer: “You’re playing the other team AND the refs, you just have to score enough that they can’t take the game away from you.” Harsh but realistic.

  37. rg3andout says: Oct 1, 2012 5:27 PM

    the hits and the way IRG3 is playing, no way he last all season at this pace, he will be IR’d!!!!

  38. jjackwagon says: Oct 1, 2012 6:27 PM

    @ steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships

    Tell us again how your playoffs ended last year? I guess Tebow blew a big one in the face of Steeler Nation. Look at the bright side, at least you didn’t lose this week.

  39. jwreck says: Oct 1, 2012 6:58 PM

    rg3andout says: Oct 1, 2012 5:27 PM

    the hits and the way IRG3 is playing, no way he last all season at this pace, he will be IR’d!!!!
    _______
    Stupidest comment of the week? If you’re going to make up a stupid nickname for a player, one would hope that you agree with your own nickname. That’s like me going to a San Diego article and writing “Cryin’ Mathews gets hurt so much, he will probably be cryin’.” or posting on a Tennessee article “I think CJlessthan2k will rush for less than 2000 yards year.”

    Bolts fans, for the record, I have nothing against Ryan Mathews, I was just trying to make up stupid nicknames for players, and that was the first one that came to me. Titans fans- seriously, what is wrong with Johnson this year?

  40. jwreck says: Oct 1, 2012 7:20 PM

    logicalthinkersays says:
    Oct 1, 2012 12:14 PM
    Those of us who know about this sport are not surprised at Robert’s success. No QB has ever stepped on an NFL field with his skillset and intelligence. RG3 will be the greatest QB of alltime and lead the Washington Redskins to many Super Bowl championships.

    There are quite a few things wrong with this post..
    A.) you are obviously NOT a logical thinker
    B.) you obviously DON’T know about this sport
    C.) RGIII is good, not great
    D.) The Skins have played 3 of the WORST teams in the NFL and post a 2-2 record, chill out guy.

    “greatest of all time”

    You should be ashamed of yourself!!!
    _________

    There are quite a few things wrong with this post..
    A.) If this guy is so dumb, why don’t you respond to someone who isn’t?
    B.) If you’re going to put a period after the letter, you don’t also need a parenthesis.
    C.) Robert Griffin has the 4th highest passer rating in the league, the third highest ypc average in the league, the second highest completion percent in the league, and is only the second quarterback in league history to only throw one pick in his first hundred passing attempts. Not saying he is “great” yet, just stating facts.
    D.) The Bengals were a playoff team last year, Tampa had the highest rated rush defense and a top ten rushing attack heading into week 4, and the Rams… OK, I’ll give you the Rams (although they are looking like a much better team than they’ve been in years, and Bradford had the best Sunday of his career)

    you’re making fun of someone who either has an IQ below 85, or is a 12-year-old kid:

    “You should be ashamed of yourself!!!”

  41. terps125 says: Oct 1, 2012 9:58 PM

    kane337 wrote:

    “RGIII won’t beat the Falcons.”

    Wow, really?? The issue is, it is not RG3 vs the Falcons, it is a team game and as much I love and want the Skins to win, they probably won’t win (although you never know). The Falcons I believe are going to the Super Bowl. That being said RG3 is very special is the short time he has been a Redskin and we have not had anyone this talented since IMHO Sonny Jurgenson.

    Just sad our Defense is playing so badly. If they played a little better RG3 would not have to put himself into position to the beatings.

    After we get our full cap back we will be able to build a Super Bowl team. Until then, RG3 needs to keep getting better and stay healthy.

  42. bobgriffinforthewin says: Oct 2, 2012 9:17 AM

    This kid will transcend the way QB is played in the NFL. Definitely the most talented QB Of the last decade.

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