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Robert Griffin III still hasn’t learned to avoid hits

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Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III still hasn’t figured out how to avoid getting drilled needlessly, and today he paid for it.

With the Redskins facing third-and-goal from the 3-yard line, Griffin took a snap, rolled to his right and had nowhere to run and Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon bearing down on him. But instead of throwing the ball away, sliding, or getting out of bounds, Griffin stayed up until it was too late to avoid a collision with Weatherspoon, who drilled him with a hard but legal shot to the head.

Griffin stayed down for a minute and was attended to by trainers before walking off to the sideline. He then went to the locker room, briefly returned to the sideline and then returned to the locker room again, where he is being checked for a concussion.

On the Redskins’ next possession, Griffin was replaced by rookie backup quarterback Kirk Cousins. If Griffin doesn’t learn how to avoid contact like an NFL quarterback needs to, we should expect to see a lot of Cousins this season.

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25 Responses to “Robert Griffin III still hasn’t learned to avoid hits”
  1. skinsfan91 says: Oct 7, 2012 3:22 PM

    He’s gotta learn he has no chance of scoring a TD there and live to fight another down.

  2. bobbinski1229 says: Oct 7, 2012 3:23 PM

    He’s young, and wants to win! He’ll learn not to take shots like that and just take the points! It’s only his fifth game folks!

  3. jmsincla says: Oct 7, 2012 3:27 PM

    Looks like ATL knows a thing or two about bounties.

  4. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Oct 7, 2012 3:30 PM

    Hes a rookie … Hes not michael vick whos been playing for nearly a decade and still doesnt know how to avoid hits. RG3 will learn in time

  5. rg3enoughsaid says: Oct 7, 2012 3:32 PM

    Ive been saying this was going to happen for weeks because the shanny’s have been putting him in position to get hit… who would have thought it would have been because RGIII was trying to do to much near the goal line because we can’t trust cundiff

  6. Mr. Jones says: Oct 7, 2012 3:35 PM

    I will be surprised if he plays all 16 this year. His line is not that good and he takes a lot hits.

  7. peytonsneck18 says: Oct 7, 2012 3:39 PM

    IRG3

  8. moneymike23 says: Oct 7, 2012 3:46 PM

    It was only a matter of time before this happened. Watched him for the first time last week and Shanahans are making him run way to often.

    Surprised this didn’t happen sooner.

  9. bucforever says: Oct 7, 2012 3:48 PM

    Rooting for the skins today! Hope he comes back in but Cousins looks pretty good so far! My Bucs have a bye so the Falcons,Panthers and Saints need to go down!

  10. nflfollower says: Oct 7, 2012 3:52 PM

    He MIGHT learn in time. There is certainly no guarantee he will.

  11. bigjdve says: Oct 7, 2012 3:52 PM

    This play was a QB scrambling away from the defense. This could’ve been any QB in the league. He has/had been avoiding most of the hits for the day.

    I don’t think it was the hit by weatherspoon that was the hurt, it was the guy that was coming up from behind.

  12. voiceofcommonsensesays says: Oct 7, 2012 3:55 PM

    the biggest reason that Luck is and will always be better than RG3/Vick jr

  13. ahmiller21 says: Oct 7, 2012 3:58 PM

    I’m not a fan of this word but Peytonsneck, you’re as retarded as they come! Focus on your sh!&@y team before you worry about the Redskins so much.

  14. peytonsneck18 says: Oct 7, 2012 4:00 PM

    Hmmmmmm

  15. peytonsneck18 says: Oct 7, 2012 4:01 PM

    Willie “rg3″ Beamin

  16. skinsfan91 says: Oct 7, 2012 4:13 PM

    @bigjdve you’re probably right.

  17. urfinished says: Oct 7, 2012 4:14 PM

    I love the candor of the headline.
    If only he listened to the geniuses on this site, he would be so much better off in life.
    Give me a break. The kid plays hard.

  18. wethog66 says: Oct 7, 2012 4:17 PM

    Yes that was simply a very dumb decision by Griffin. At least 2 opportunities for him to throw the ball away, but he thought he could make something happen and got his clock cleaned.

    As a Skins fan I hope he learns from this mistake, that is if he can remember the mistake in the first place after that hit.

  19. bigblu73 says: Oct 7, 2012 4:22 PM

    I remember when some folks thought that RGIII would be a bust and Kirk Cousins would be “the answer”!! Well……Not so much!!!

  20. bigjd says: Oct 7, 2012 4:30 PM

    The play he got hurt on was a roll out. It was his choice to run, not Shanahan’s. He should have thrown the ball away. That hit was all on him, hopefully he learns to avoid them in the future.

  21. riflemanlax says: Oct 7, 2012 4:31 PM

    Tell him to call Mike Vick for tips. Oh, wait…

  22. tjigger says: Oct 7, 2012 5:04 PM

    I didn’t see the play but how was it a legal hit to the head..

  23. exibitsman says: Oct 7, 2012 8:11 PM

    They need to start Kurt cousin he’s a better passer then rg3. they should use rg3 in the wildcat packages and let him fun WR routes .

  24. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Oct 7, 2012 8:12 PM

    Welcome to the NFL RG3. Why you think former players are trying to sue the NFL for concussions? Slide feet first and don’t be a hero.

  25. sixjak says: Oct 7, 2012 10:13 PM

    Robert Griffin is a visionary. Derrrrrrrrr.

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