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Rob Ryan’s plan for Robert Griffin III: Hit him hard

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Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has spent the last three days putting together a game plan for Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, and he says it all comes down to playing physical football.

Ryan said that when he prepares his defenses to play mobile quarterbacks like Griffin, he doesn’t like to blitz a lot because if a fast quarterback gets past the blitz, he’s gone. Instead, Ryan says it’s up to the defensive linemen to bring Griffin down.

The big thing is we have to hit these guys hard,” Ryan said. “That’s the big thing. We have big football players out there on defense and we plan on hitting them hard. And that’s what is going to happen. Hopefully he will have a bad Thanksgiving.”

Ryan said he’s impressed with what Griffin has done so far in his rookie season, noting that he’s been everything the Redskins thought he would be when they traded three first-round draft picks and one second-round draft pick to acquire him.

“He is a special player,” Ryan said. “That’s why they traded half a team to get him. Obviously, he’s a tremendous athlete and they say he is a hell of a kid. I don’t like him, but I know he is very talented. This game looks like it’s in slow-motion for him already and hopefully we speed it up a whole lot this week.”

And if the Cowboys hit Griffin hard enough, they may slow him down.

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39 Responses to “Rob Ryan’s plan for Robert Griffin III: Hit him hard”
  1. husky2score says: Nov 21, 2012 6:09 PM

    That is the most smartest thing I have ever heard him say. Seriously.

  2. giants56 says: Nov 21, 2012 6:12 PM

    The Giants respectfully request that you hit him hard and often, since they face Sir Robert next.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 21, 2012 6:13 PM

    Keep thinking that. Better learn from what Fewell and LeBeau did and just keep him in the pocket.

  4. landoverleap says: Nov 21, 2012 6:19 PM

    Dallas is soft. Weeden almost beat them. What do you think RG3 is going to do? Bob Griffin will dominate, as usual. Hopefully Skins D can show up.

  5. logicalvoicesays says: Nov 21, 2012 6:19 PM

    He’s like the 3rd Manning/Kardashian. The Ryans were and are eternal losers in Professional football for over 20+ yrs now. Yap, Yap, Yap, Yap…when they are in charge of a team, fall flat on their stomachs. RGIII will have 3+ passing TDs and throw 300+ yds vs that Clown Cowboys defense. Demarcus who?? Trent Williams locks him down everytime. Enjoy your Big loss Big D. Hail to the Redskins!!

  6. cooklynn17 says: Nov 21, 2012 6:20 PM

    Rob Ryan’s plan for Thanksgiving…….clear the buffet…

    Whatever windbag, the Skins are feasting on your so called defense this Thursday………Yummy!

  7. peytonsneck18 says: Nov 21, 2012 6:21 PM

    As redskins fans weep!!!

  8. clownsfan says: Nov 21, 2012 6:22 PM

    Yeah…..cause he lit up the Browns.

  9. bauman007 says: Nov 21, 2012 6:23 PM

    No matter when Romo is your teams QB, #httr

  10. strokeytheclown says: Nov 21, 2012 6:33 PM

    I’m now Cowboy fan, but isn’t that a part of football anyway? Isn’t that the point?

  11. clevefan1 says: Nov 21, 2012 6:35 PM

    Incoming fine and/or suspension from Goodell for telling his players to hit someone hard…

  12. baloneyjohn says: Nov 21, 2012 6:38 PM

    Hit Romo even harder

  13. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Nov 21, 2012 6:48 PM

    Not blitzing sounds like a plan only problem is Dallas has been strugling to pressure QBs without blitzes. I’m not feeling good about the defensive game plan.

  14. nbaraie says: Nov 21, 2012 6:50 PM

    Just don’t offer money for hitting him hard. Thats a no no.

  15. cereal blogger says: Nov 21, 2012 7:06 PM

    Careful what you say Rob, the regime is listening

  16. mcarey032 says: Nov 21, 2012 7:10 PM

    Wonder if the NFL will investigate for incendiary language? Sounds a lot like a bounty talk language. Seriously though. Ryan may have the right idea, but he will have to have his players catch him to him and that won’t be easy to do. The Cowboys should in theory dominate, but they play to the level of their competition, so I think the skins can win because all this talk about Romo hasn’t thrown an INT in 3 games which means he will throw like. 4.

  17. justwannawinna says: Nov 21, 2012 7:14 PM

    Smartest words ive heard on how to defend against RG3. Just like vick or Mcnabb early in his career keep him in the pocket he will fall and get rattled. Do what Pittsburg did, cuz honestly i think hes being too hyped up. The offense for this kid is very controlled and easy he makes special plays but always outside the pocket. Hit him hard enough and that clock in his head will go faster allowing for those erratic and bad throws to show up. Make him beat you within the pocket and have him keep leading his recievers into big hits when he does find people open like the steelers did, then youll see your team respond to that.

  18. phreakin says: Nov 21, 2012 7:22 PM

    Skins fans are cute. Nothing like bragging on potential and that 4-6 record. Hail to the hopefully 500 season?

  19. rg3andthensome says: Nov 21, 2012 7:30 PM

    Skins will win…Talk all that you want…Skins will win!

  20. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Nov 21, 2012 8:09 PM

    Why does Ryan “hate” Griff? He may have reason to want to stop RG3, but he has no reason at all to “hate” him. Children conflate matters like this. Adults are expected have grown out of that since their pre-teen years.

  21. wethog66 says: Nov 21, 2012 8:17 PM

    As a Skins fan that lives in reality this game is hardly a sure thing for the Skins.

    It is a measuring stick game though. The Skins are playing a lot of 1st and 2nd year players due to injury and a lack of talent at certain positions. Excellent opportunity to evaluate the young “talent” Shanallenhan as collected to this point.

    #1 matchup in this game that won’t be covered like it should is the Skins Trent Williams versus Demarcus Ware. Trent Williams has had a very good season so far for a 3rd year player, nevermind a LT. Possiblty even a pro-bowl level season for Williams. The Kid has been a rock for the Skins on offense, but with Griffin and Morris stealing the offensive lime light, he is the forgotten man. I suggest everyone pay attention to this matchup. Should be a lot of fun to watch.

  22. romoscollarbone says: Nov 21, 2012 8:24 PM

    I’m nervous. Without Lee, I don’t know if there is enough speed out there in the LB core to slow this kid down. RG3 is so gifted. Redskins D is banged up however, and maybe just maybe the o-line shows up this week.

  23. kev86 says: Nov 21, 2012 8:27 PM

    Skins d-line should want to kill Romo thanks to this clown yapping his gums about how big and bad his defense is.

  24. landoverleap says: Nov 21, 2012 8:44 PM

    18 total TDs , 3 picks. That is all.

  25. capecotton says: Nov 21, 2012 8:56 PM

    Is there a game plan in good ol’ Rob’s playbook that calls for the Cowboys to “hit these guys softly?”

    Might ‘splain a few things.

    Not sayin’… just sayin’…

  26. laserw says: Nov 21, 2012 9:04 PM

    Griffin is a mirage – a dog and pony show – a smoke and mirror exercise.

    He isn’t compelling as a quarterback – passing is his weakness – he is not accurate beyond 30 yards (don’t be fooled by the Eagles game – he was woefully short on the 61 yard pass and the receiver had to stop and come back) and the 49 yard pass – well, even Billy Kilmer could have made that throw.

    The cowpies are making a big mistake not blitzing the heck out of Griffin – he is a sitting duck under blitzes and is easily sacked. If you allow him any lateral room to run, Griffin will move side to side and your guys will be plain outrun. Griffin sucks as a passer, but he is truly a running back with a brittle build. He is not dumb enough to let you hit him – he’s already learned that the NFL loves to hurt prima donnas.

    The problem with Griffin will show up again – he can’t stay with a pass pattern long enough for it to develop, can’t throw accurately over 30 yards, and loves to throw his precious 4 yard plays. If the Cowboys will just hang around in the 4-10 yard range of the line of scrimmage, you’ll make Griffin useless to the Redskins. If he has time he can sometimes make you pay with an open receiver, but he had a chance to hang 50 plus points on a very bad team and he was woefully unable to rise to the occasion.

    Cowboys 28, Redskins 3. And I’m a Redskin fan.

  27. calij5619 says: Nov 21, 2012 9:10 PM

    Ryan get it ready

  28. 2ndaryinsanity says: Nov 21, 2012 9:22 PM

    Rob Ryans’ game plan is to hit RG3 hard. Lol! Think I’m gonna email Jerry Jones my application for defensive coordinator and get paid millions of dollars to come up with brilliant ideas like this.

  29. beretta96d says: Nov 21, 2012 9:34 PM

    Three days of planning…..three whole days, and the best he has is hit the other quarterback hard. Absolutely brilliant!

    I’m in the wrong profession!

  30. drgreenstreak says: Nov 21, 2012 9:49 PM

    It’ll be a good game. Boys 34 Skins 24

    Shanahan playing college ball to give RGIII a fighting chance is stupid. It works right at first but then coaches respond.

    Baylor pulls off an upset from time-to-time but…

    This is the NFL.

  31. chattanola says: Nov 21, 2012 9:53 PM

    Coach Ryan and his defense is the best thing the Cowboys have going for them. That he’s talking smack about a rookie QB signals that he’s a bit concerned. Actually, Ryan flatters Griffin even if he was just trying to mess with RGIII’s head.

  32. stevenray72 says: Nov 21, 2012 11:05 PM

    Hmm, I wonder why Rob Ryan doesn’t like RG III? Maybe because Ryan is scared. I know the Skins defense is awfull, but when RG III is at the helm all cards are off!

  33. syndersupport says: Nov 22, 2012 12:46 AM

    Great news! Redskins have a great running back named Alfred Morris… Keep focusing on RG3…. Anyways… Anyone who claims that our QB can’t throw the ball obviously is a tard….. RG3 is changing the QB position as we speak. Don’t hate cause he is accurate and smart. Haven’t heard any Dan Snyder hate comments lately, is everyone ok?

  34. macwomack says: Nov 22, 2012 11:18 AM

    laserw…did it ever occur to you that the reason for all the shot passes is the deficient offensive line? start watching the games and you’ll see what I am talking about.

  35. nokoolaidcowboy says: Nov 22, 2012 12:46 PM

    “Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Nov 21, 2012 6:13 PM
    Keep thinking that. Better learn from what Fewell and LeBeau did and just keep him in the pocket.”

    You make a very good point but that would be too intelligent for Coach Ryan to comprehend.

  36. bigblackanvil says: Nov 22, 2012 2:38 PM

    “Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Nov 21, 2012 6:13 PM
    Keep thinking that. Better learn from what Fewell and LeBeau did and just keep him in the pocket
    ___________________________________
    It only worked because the receivers developed hands of stone by dropping drive extending catches and several TD strikes. HTTR !!!!

  37. calij5619 says: Nov 22, 2012 6:11 PM

    It’s really nothing out of the ordinary Skins having a good game Dallas not.

  38. calij5619 says: Nov 22, 2012 8:01 PM

    Ryan ur d stinked today.

  39. stevenray72 says: Nov 26, 2012 5:18 PM

    How did your hard hit game plan on RGIII work for you Ryan?

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