RG3 blames “stupid rule” for his fumble: “It just sucks”

Reuters

Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III had his best run of the season on Sunday against Detroit, but that run became one of Griffin’s worst plays of the season when he went into a head-first slide and lost the ball as he hit the ground. Griffin said he doesn’t like the rule that allows the ground to cause a fumble in that situation.

Griffin said in a postgame radio interview that he knows the ground can cause a fumble if a runner goes to the ground head first on his own and isn’t touched by the defense. Griffin also knows that if he had slid feet-first, the play would have ended as soon as he went into his slide, and if he had dropped the ball when he hit the ground it would not have been a fumble.

“Yeah, it’s the rule,” Griffin said, via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “And it’s a stupid rule. You’d think if you declare yourself down that you’d be down. I mean, I wasn’t falling. I was trying to get down to avoid a hit, slide, be out there for my team. Knee down, elbow down, and then the ball comes out. According to them, it’s a fumble. That’s just the way it goes. It just sucks.”

But while Griffin may think the rule should change, if he knows the rule then it’s his own fault that he didn’t either slide feet first or secure the ball when he went down head first. Griffin needs to take better care of the football: He now has 17 fumbles in 19 career games. And that sucks.

191 responses to “RG3 blames “stupid rule” for his fumble: “It just sucks”

  1. This is the most media covered team and most talkative team in the NFL , even more than the jets which is saying something. And they are 0-3. Whatever happened to “When you win talk less and when you lose talk even lesser” ? RG3 should Belichick it for a while .

  2. I really like RG3, I think he can be special player but that there is bad leadership. That is not taking ownership for your mistake. Giving yourself up – you slide the feet first. Not headfirst trying to get more yards without ball control. That terrible interception he threw in the Red Zone he has nobody else to blame but himself.

  3. Robert, you will find in life a lot of things are “stupid”, and for everyday Americans, like myself, there is nothing to do about those things except follow those stupid rules to avoid the consequences. If you know the rules, simply follow them. You don’t show much intelligence when you know the rules, disregard them, and then express your discontent with said rules.

  4. First of all, it doesn’t matter if it’s a stupid rule or not. You have to know the rules and play by them. Period.

    Second, not sure it is stupid. Let’s say a player is running in open field and just stumbles and falls and drops the ball. Later, can he just argue he “gave himself up.” Too much grey area there.

    The way it is written now at least it is unamiguous. If you are running and you fall head first, ground can cause fumble if you are not touched.

    To my mind, the more unambiguous the rule, the better.

    I feel for RGIII, but just admit you messed up there and move on.

  5. There are some stupid rules in football, but this is not one of them. You are a “live” runner if you go down head first. You are just like a rb or wr in that situation, as you should be.

  6. Why does this guy always complain? Bottom line is you made a bonehead play and fumbled. Your 0-3 and based on how you act I hope you go 3-13

  7. Robert, you need to play by the NFL rules now. No more “let RG3 do what he wants, he’s so talented.” Skins fans may send you wedding presents just because of the wonderfulness of you, but the NFL is different that way.

  8. While I cannot stand the Redskins, I have respect for RGIII and Alfred Morris. Both humble guys that play their hearts out. I have a feeling that like all other leaders and players in the Snyder era that this will all end badly and the best hope may be 8-8 for the team this year. What the heck has happened to the NFC East?

  9. Two seasons ago, Victor Cruz fell forward on his own and fumbled the ball late in the 4th quarter against the Cardinals. In the only instance I have ever seen the rule ever called like RGIII says it should be called, the refs ruled that Cruz was giving himself up and no fumble. How big was that call? If the call was a fumble, like very other time I have ever seen that happen in my 35 years of watching football, the Giants lose the game, do not make the playoffs and do not win the Super Bowl. Yeah, I’m still bitter.

  10. I wish my Redskins would have just stayed put and drafted a QB with a long term future in this like, Ryan Tannehill. Instead, we mortgages our entire future for Michael Vick 2.0.
    #overrated
    #bust

  11. RG3 making excuses already? The Deadskins are 0-3, but I didn’t expect the loser whining to commence quite this quickly.

  12. Another example of why, more and more, it’s becoming RG ME.

    Everybody needs to take a break from this kid, including Robert Griffin III.

  13. Anything illogicalvoices would say would just add comedic value. The Slurs and their record-setting inept defense is now augmented by a QB who would rather fumble than slide.

  14. Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!
    Run or pass and score — we want a lot more!
    Beat ’em, Swamp ’em,
    Touchdown! — Let the points soar!
    Fight on, fight on ‘Til you have won
    Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!
    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!

    #LOLBob

  15. No, no, no RG0-3! It can’t possibly be a fumble. It’s all a conspiracy by Roger and his NFL underlings to halt the Skins in their quest to demonstrate their omnipotence.

    Perhaps if Bobby Griffin would read some of LVS’s posts, he would be more enlightened to the evil plans of the Illuminati regarding Washington’s team. Then he could go out and stock up on tin foil hats just as Mr. voicesays has.

  16. It must be tough to be logicalvoices these days!!

    The Redskins have been “scalped” and now are ready for next years “reservation “appointment

  17. It is unreal how much this team is covered, every time they are beaten the team winning gets no credit, it is all about the Redskins didn’t do this. Sorry but maybe they just aren’t that good.

  18. Skins got more problems to deal with that “stupid rules”. Wonder when Snyder will come out of the ether about the so called “genius” he has as coach?

  19. If you can get up and run, you are open game for ground fumbles. When you give yourself up, you are down at the spot you started sliding. When you jump head first, you get the extra yards.

    He is correct though, there was something dumb on that play, and it isn’t the rule.

  20. bleachertees says: Sep 23, 2013 12:15 PM

    Wouldn’t the “giving himself up” rule apply here?

    ——————-

    No, because he dove forward and wasn’t touched. If I’m a receiver, and I catch a ball and run a little and then lunge/dive for a first down…and no one touches me, I can get up and keep running. RG3 is just an idiot. He should just slide feet first, and then he won’t have to worry about it. Frankly, I don’t like the term ‘sliding head-first’. It’s really diving head-first. You slide on your butt, feet first. If he went into an actual sliding motion, he’d be fine.

  21. Giving yourself up is not diving forward for more yardage. You do see QBs doing the feet first thing, but you also see other players sorta curl up and fall to the ground while not really moving forward. I think one of the Lions DBs did that after an INT late in the Vikings game.

  22. That a boy Bob. Don’t take any responsibility. Maybe if you weren’t taping documentaries and making t-shirts and sock then you would have learned to slide in the off season. This guy needs to learn accountability and how to slide. Would still love to see cousins.

  23. I wonder who Snyder is going to call to replace Shannahan? Lets see, we could go with Rich Kotite, or maybe Nick Saban, I hear Bobby Petrino is available, or maybe Jerry Glanville???

  24. It’s the same as a player stumbling and falling untouched, they get up and try to keep running. Not a stupid rule. I guess he thinks he’s still playing by college rules.

  25. No Rob you tried to get more yards by going head first…don’t like the rule? Then don’t slide head first

  26. The short attention span of America is on full display here. It’s been 3 games since coming back from major surgery and now he’s washed up? Eli Manning sucked for years before he did anything.

  27. in translation: RG3 is blaming the rule for his mistake…he’s showing his lack of maturity, he needs to be upset with redskins horrible defense!

    just really sad…this is what happens to a 0-3 team..pointing fingers and never accepting responsibilities

  28. its a stupid rule that defenses are allowed to catch balls when i throw them. only people on my team should catch them – RG0-3

  29. WOW! 17 fumbles in 19 games? I did not know that! Guess RG3 needs to learn how to keep hold of the football!

  30. Per the NFL rulebook for a dead ball.

    when a runner is out of bounds, or declares himself down by falling to the ground, or kneeling, and making no effort to
    advance;

    Sounds exactly like what RG3 did. Per the rule book it is a dead ball which means no fumble.

  31. When you slide feet first the ball is spotted when you start the slide. When you dive head first the ball is spotted where you are touched. Whenever you see a player ‘declare themselves down’ you NEVER see them dive head first. QBs slide feet first and most other players just fall to the ground(there was couple examples in games yesterday when the defense intercepted a pass and the defender gave him self up by falling down). NEVER does a player dive head first to ‘give themselves up’, you only dive head first to get extra yards. Are the refs supposed to assume that every play that dives head first is just giving themselves up now and the ball be spotted where they start the dive? Of course not! RGIII knows the rules(I’m hoping) and knows that by diving head first he was going to gain an extra couple yards…its his fault he lost the ball and now he is trying to blame the rules…too funny.

  32. Hey LV’s is the ressurection still gonna be televised? And are yal still playing in this years Superbowl? Only winner in this is the Rams, top 10 pick from u guys, only a matter of time b4 he loses his endorsements

  33. He knows the rules better than any of us. He’s mad because he Punked-Out, too worried about hurting himself with a slide. He lost the ball because his injury is still dominating his instincts, which is understandable. If he isnt ready to play, he should tell his coach.

  34. How about since you clearly knew the rule – just don’t fumble the ball like it’s covered in Crisco?

    I think a simple “That’s my fault, I take full responsibility” – now that would have been the manly thing to do here. You would never see Peyton Manning whine come out and say “That’s a stupid rule.” Why? Because Peyton Manning is not a girl.

    Also, cut your girly hair.

  35. If you know the rule, then why are you b*tching? If you knew that if you slid feet first, it wouldn’t be a fumble, then why didn’t you slide feet first?

    You blew it Mr. Griffin, at least be a man about it and admit your mistake instead of whine about the rule.

  36. @peytonsneck18 says:Sep 23, 2013 12:35 PM

    I told everybody last year that IRG3 was vastly overated but now everybody is seeing it!!

    RG3 > Andrew Luck

    RG3 has the worst defense in NFL history. Luck is simply a game manager. RG3 is coming off surgery and shows more than him.

  37. On that play all was missing was the benny hill music, lol, and the WR celebrating that non TD catch, yr teams a huge joke!!!

  38. juliusanonymous says:Sep 23, 2013 12:40 PM

    All offseason, the fashionable argument among pundits was who was the best out of Kaepernick, RGIII and Wilson.

    3 weeks into the season, and it’s pretty clear.

    Such a small sample size to be making strong statements. You struggle in life don’t you?

  39. Im so glad my colts took Luck instead of this dude.

    FYI you dove face first doesn’t count as giving up, and your not in college anymore have to get touched to be down.

  40. Jeepers…the NFL bends over backwards protecting you quarterbacks and you are to stupid to know or follow the rules. You’re pathetic!!!!

  41. Rg3 fumbles Alot. He always has and always will, he’s careless with holding on to the football. He fumbled in the teens last year and only lost what 2-3. He simply got lucky.

    Until he fixes that he’s bound to turnovers. Turnovers equal loses , I like the kid but the truth is he’s struggling Alot and he’s not responding well to the daily RG3 checkup on espn. He makes a lot of excuses then redirects them to himself.

    When you slide you go feat first. I believe the play hr was injured was a headfirst or sideways type of slide.

  42. The rule does contradict with others. I have seen it where the Def is flagged for hitting a player that has “given himself up”. At the same time taking a knee is considered down if giving yourself up. His intent was to give himself up but the ball came out after his knee was down. But I this case it’s a fumble. Not sure how either side of the ball should play that.

    I do agree that he needs to stay away from the media but it doesn’t help if said media publishes his every move to include when he farts in the wind.

  43. Griffin needs to take better care of the football: He now has 17 fumbles in 19 career games. And that sucks.

    Good one MDS!!

    RG3-13 is such a crybaby, and a sucky one at that!!

  44. This is not a “stupid rule”. It’s the only way refs can rule it. If there are multiple ways to declare yourself down, it makes tackling a guy in the open field really difficult. If he slides there is no problem and he should have known that…

  45. The funny thing about this that the very same people trashing Griffin, are the same ones who trashed McNabb for offering him advice.

    What a contradiction.Robert should have shut his mouth and respected the fact that he could learn something from Donovan. Those same people who told Donovan to shut up are now laughing at RG3.

  46. See here is the thing.

    Leaders (as I believe RG3 can and should be), need to take ownership of their problem. You made the mistake. The rule didn’t get created after the fumble. Tell your team you did it and that you will make every effort to not do it again.

    Not many 0-3 teams rally behind the idea that everyone else is the problem, and everything they are doing is correct.

    The skins have now lost 2 games by 1 touchdown or less. In both of those games RG3 has had turnovers. If he can settle down and get into a positive groove again, he can lead this team. I for one hope that he doesn’t being a Birds Fan. But at least I call it as I see it.

  47. “Rule 7, Section 2, Article 1 states ‘An official shall declare the ball dead and the down ended: (e): when a runner is out of bounds, or declares himself down by falling to the ground, or kneeling, and making no effort to advance.’ ”

    Key words being “falling to the ground” and “making no effort to advance”. It wasn’t a fumble when Cruz did it against the Cardinals and it wasn’t a fumble here. I mean, he should have slid; sliding gives him special protection from hits. But ANY player can just give themselves up and end the play. You see it on game-ending interceptions all the time. You don’t have to be touched down if you are giving yourself up and not attempting to advance the ball.

    The ‘skins deserved to lose. RG3 made some boneheaded moves. The secondary got shredded again. They’re bad. But on this particular play I believe that they got the raw end of a bad call.

  48. He seems to think they changed the rule to make what he did a live play, but it’s the opposite. I think he’s confusing it with college, where if you go down without being touched, you’re still down. They changed the rule so if you voluntarily give yourself up you’re down, but falling forward without being touched has always been a live ball.

  49. This guy sounds as delusional as Tim Tebow. The league already changed one rule for him (allowing the III on his jersey) but apparently he thinks they should change more just to make him look good. Shut up and play, already!

  50. He’s a young guy. Frustration causes young people to make silly comments sometimes. He clearly is not 100% physically or mentally. They shouldn’t have rushed him back, especially since they have a capable back up in Cousins.

    My objection to the entire RGIII phenomenon is that, now matter how good he is, he only plays one position. Maybe a defensive back or two would have been a better investment? Just a thought.

  51. illogical voice actually said something logical….lmao……I think he is going to become a dallas cowboy fan now but please spare our base the aggravation…lmao.

    illogical voice…I got a knock knock joke for u….

    knock…knock
    whose there?
    Owen
    Owenwho?
    owen n 3….LMAO.

  52. taintedlombardis says: Sep 23, 2013 12:46 PM

    RG3 has the worst defense in NFL history. Luck is simply a game manager. RG3 is coming off surgery and shows more than him.

    —————————————————
    Game manager? He had the most yards for a rookie in NFL history and has 8 4th qtr comebacks in 18 games. What about that makes him a game manager?

    Game managers are QB’s that have great defenses and good running games. No one would say that about the Colts.

  53. He needs to quit complaining in the media.

    But, the rule is pretty dumb. It encourages defenders to make contact with a player that has thrown himself to the ground to protect himself from injury.

  54. Robert. You gotta stop bitching man. This is what happened. You drank your own koolaid after last year. I remember you saying “this game is easy”. And now you say “everyone in this league Is good”. Except you apparently. All you do is complain. It’s either the coaches fault for no preseason. It’s your coaches fault for the plays run. It’s your Ds fault, it’s your WRs fault, it’s your dad’s fault. And now, it’s the rules fault. Just stop. The rule is not stupid one bit, that’s one of the best rules in football. Everyone knows when you dive, the play is still going. You should know that, because every fan of football sure as hell does. Does anyone still think the Colts made the wrong choice of taking Luck? No way, the colts and their fans should be rejoicing that they didn’t get a Diva QB. It’s sad that RG3 is doing this to himself. If he shut his mouth for nice people would prolly sympathize with you. But because you talk all day everyday people love to see you fail. You brought this on yourself

  55. gacolt fan says:

    “Game manager? He had the most yards for a rookie in NFL history and has 8 4th qtr comebacks in 18 games. What about that makes him a game manager?

    Game managers are QB’s that have great defenses and good running games. No one would say that about the Colts.”

    The Colts running produced as much offense as Luck did yesterday and put on a dominating defensive effort. Luck did lead the league in potential interceptions last year though (32, 18 picked with 14 INTs dropped)

    Yards mean nothing, especially since his defense and special teams dug him out of what was supposed to be gargabe time in those “comebacks”.

  56. in other news. shortly after the game, sideshow bob attempted to throw his game jersey into the laundry bin and it was intercepted by the ballboy

  57. dstep24 says:
    Sep 23, 2013 12:38 PM
    RG’s new nickname for me is “Donna”.

    That’s cute that he calls you Donna, what do you call him?

  58. This guy is obsessed with everyone liking him.

    Disagree with your coach about the handling of your injury? Use part of your sponsor-endorsed mini-documentary on sportscenter to explain that you were only “answering a question that was asked.” And then wear an “Operation Patience” shirt when you’ve already been fined in your career for wearing a shirt you weren’t supposed to- making the situation even more about you.

    Fumble the ball on a rule that everyone knows? Spew some passive-aggressive manure about how its a stupid rule- but its still a rule, so I still look respectable in defeat!

    Here’s some news, Bob. You’re not the Michael Jordan of the NFL. You got the “III” on your jersey, the rules bending for you end there.

    If you want more self-validation, you’re not going to get it from special treatment from the refs, especially when you’re playing like you are now. How about you open up another gift registry at Bed Bath & Beyond? Yup, That should do it.

  59. Of course he thinks the rule is stupid because he lost the ball now had no one touched him and he looked up and saw nothing but green to the endzone he would have got up and ran and said no one touched me down. Can’t have it both ways Robert!!!!

  60. There was a game last year, it may have been vs Washington, victor Cruz did the same thing and it was declared that he gave himself up and it wasn’t a fumble. Not sure how this is different

  61. The rule was made in a day when there wernt any QBs TRYING to run downfield. It was also a time when there was no giving up on a run. You put your shoulder down and fought for extra yards if you are a runner.

    Thats the thing these running QBs and their coaches dont understand. The “give up slide” was implemented to keep QBs from getting injured on runs. The QB already HAS special “dont hit me” and “thats not a fumble” rules. If the QB declares himself to be a runner, then HB rules apply. And HB rules say you can get smacked by a defender and you can fumble if you go down untouched.

    Try learning the rules of the game instead of trying to change them yet again to get yourself an advantage! That goes double for Kaepernik

  62. what is funny is how redskin fans are still making excuses for this loser, blaming their inept defense now as the reason BOB is garbage. yet the colts had a terrible defense, terrible offensive line, terrible running game last year, and Luck still won 11 games, while not complaining and whining to the media. and this taintedlombardi moron talking about dropped INT’s last year that Luck threw? and completely ignoring the fact BOB had plenty of INT’s dropped himself, i remember the tampa bay game alone where 5 INT’s were dropped by the tampa defenders in that game, yet this excuse making BOB suckup has his own lame agenda. this guy is so bitter and upset just like weak little BOB LMAO

  63. Damidwesterner says:Sep 23, 2013 12:24 PM

    Giving yourself up is not diving forward for more yardage. You do see QBs doing the feet first thing, but you also see other players . I think one of the Lions DBs did that after an INT late in the Vikings game.

    Yeah midwesterner, and the Lions QBs have been doing this (sorta curl up and fall to the ground while not really moving forward) for years.

  64. l0gicalv0icesays says: Sep 23, 2013 12:19 PM

    I wish my Redskins would have just stayed put and drafted a QB with a long term future in this like, Ryan Tannehill. Instead, we mortgages our entire future for Michael Vick 2.0.
    #overrated
    #bust
    —————————-

    Wat?

    …is this…what the what?

    This guy surely has his moments.

  65. Technically this is not giving ones self up, by diving/sliding head first, additional yards can be gained through that process, while sliding feet first, the player feels his advancement of the ball is satisfactory, and he does not need to attempt to gain any further yardage, this feet first is giving ones self up, head first is not……….

  66. Griffin said he doesn’t like the rule that allows the ground to cause a fumble in that situation.
    ——
    Or anything that makes him look less than superhuman.

    Robert is just another QB in the league on a sub par team. He does not have enough juice to jolt the offense or the defense into serious contention.

    Too bad they forfeited next year’s draft pick to the Rams because it is going to be a pretty high one.

  67. thermanmerman99 says:Sep 23, 2013 1:54 PM

    “what is funny is how redskin fans are still making excuses for this loser, blaming their inept defense now as the reason BOB is garbage. yet the colts had a terrible defense, terrible offensive line, terrible running game last year, and Luck still won 11 games, while not complaining and whining to the media. and this taintedlombardi moron talking about dropped INT’s last year that Luck threw? and completely ignoring the fact BOB had plenty of INT’s dropped himself, i remember the tampa bay game alone where 5 INT’s were dropped by the tampa defenders in that game, yet this excuse making BOB suckup has his own lame agenda. this guy is so bitter and upset just like weak little BOB LMAO”

    RG3 only had 5 dropped INTs last year…on the whole year. Quarterbacks don’t win games, teams do. Colts won in spite of Luck last year. Could you imagine if he didn’t have Reggie Wayne how ugly it would have been?

  68. There are so many rules protecting offenses, and especially the QB that the defenses are literally playing with against 12 people, with the 12th being the ref/Goodell’s lawyers. This one teeny rule helps out defenses and Bob has to whine about this one? He’s a runner and he fumbled. Too bad.

  69. Also, hearing all you idiots blather on about this rule is giving me a headache. Like seriously is this the floor of congress where we only read/see what we want so that we can lie to ourselves that we’re right?

    Here, left me help you all. In no context anywhere, ever, in the game has ‘Diving head first’ been synonymous with ‘Giving yourself up’. It isn’t up for discussion and that’s why we have Mr. Griffin blaming the rule, and not how it was called.

  70. can you imagine if BOB was on the colts team last year with that non existent offensive line? he wouldnt have made it through the first 2 games. the opening game last year against chicago wouldve knocked sissyboy bob out indefinitely. keep making excuses for your glory boy BOB when you would do anything in your power to have an opportunity to trade places and have Luck on your team right now. keep crying, you arent fooling anybody

  71. taintedlombardis says: Sep 23, 2013 1:45 PM

    The Colts running produced as much offense as Luck did yesterday and put on a dominating defensive effort. Luck did lead the league in potential interceptions last year though (32, 18 picked with 14 INTs dropped)

    Yards mean nothing, especially since his defense and special teams dug him out of what was supposed to be gargabe time in those “comebacks”.
    _______________________________

    Although, I hope it lasts, yesterday was one game. I don’t think we can say the Colts have a great run game yet.

    He through a lot of INT’s last year because their offense was designed to throw downfield, not the short passing game. More risk = more INT’s. If you want to criticize some decisions he made which caused INT’s, fine, but saying he is a game manager is just a dumb comment.

    If you think his defense and ST dug him out of games that were supposed to be “garbage time”, you obviously didn’t watch any of those games.

  72. RG0-3 whining and endorsing every product under the sun before he even took a snap… Luck rocking a 7 year old flip phone and winning at SF. Why are we still having this debate? Luck has thrown 1 INT this season and his completion rate is way up. Colts 2-1, Skins out of playoffs in September… Debate over!!

  73. and taintedlombardis, how about mentioning the numerous DROPPED TOUCHDOWNS luck placed perfectly into rookie receivers hands last year that were flat out dropped. there were PLENTY of those last year that you fail to bring up, so keep being one sided

  74. taintedlombardis says: idiotic stuff

    anyone, I mean ANYONE is a fool if they think RG3 is anywhere near the QB that Andy Luck is (pre or post knee surgeries)!! That dude is a field GENERAL at 23 yrs old, and may just end up being just as good as his predecessor!!!!!!

    As Si says, that’s a fact, JACK!

  75. “gibson34 says: Sep 23, 2013 1:25 PM

    illogical voice actually said something logical….lmao……I think he is going to become a dallas cowboy fan now but please spare our base the aggravation…lmao.

    illogical voice…I got a knock knock joke for u….

    knock…knock
    whose there?
    Owen
    Owenwho?
    owen n 3….LMAO.”

    When sober, my IQ doubles. It almost reaches 100. Anyway, I have seen the light. RGME is nothing but a selfish fraud. Shanarat and Dan Snyder destroyed this franchise by trading away our entire future for an injury prone, turnover machine, who only care about being in the spotlight. Time for a shot

    #FTTR
    #RG3MoreYearsLeftInTheNFL

  76. RG stumbled and fell down. He only tried claiming he was giving himself up after the fact. Mr. Griffin needs to learn accountability if he’s going to become even a moderate success in the league.

    The difference between this and the Cruz play is that Cruz intentionally dropped the ball, which is some evidence of intent to be declared down even though I still think Cruz’s drop should have been a fumble. But Griffin didn’t mean to drop the ball, so there was literally nothing to suggest he was giving himself up. If he hadn’t fumbled he probably would have tried to crawl forward for a few more yards.

  77. RG3 only had 5 dropped INTs last year…on the whole year. Quarterbacks don’t win games, teams do. Colts won in spite of Luck last year. Could you imagine if he didn’t have Reggie Wayne how ugly it would have been?

    ___________

    Um, yeah. I guess Luck’s 7 game winning drives don’t count for anything. What a turd of an argument. Luck was playing on what was basically an expansion team last year. Atians was calling deep downfield passes with no offensive line, and no check downs. That equals INTs

  78. This RG3 kid is all about himself..
    “pin the loss on me” “I’ll still fight till the end even though they hit me hard on every play”. Mr Superman physically but NOT mentally after all.

  79. There does need to be some clarification between the “giving yourself up” rule, and the ground can or cannot cause a fumble rule.

    Personally, I’ve never liked the “giving yourself up” rule. The first time I ever saw it used was in Super Bowl XXII, when in the first quarter, Denver (already leading 10-0) put pressure on Doug Williams, who ducked out of the way without being touched and fell over awkwardly, dropping the ball before hitting the ground. The Broncos thought they had a turnover, but the refs blew the whistle and used that “giving yourself up” rule.

    Does anybody at PFT have the NFL’s standard explanation for the “GYU” rule?

  80. cmgww says:Sep 23, 2013 2:22 PM

    “Atians was calling deep downfield passes with no offensive line, and no check downs. That equals INTs”

    Just another excuse for a turnover machine. The above statement also has no basis in reality.

  81. I cannot believe my ears and eyes, Washington fans are turning on Griffin and the organization on talk radio and in blogs. Common Washington get with it. Sometimes it takes one good win to turn things around so stay focused and be positive. The last thing a team needs is 80k lunatics screaming venom at home. I can recall Joe Gibbs losing 5 or more games to start his first season in the NFL. Good grief!!

  82. Doesn’t he have a teeshirt or headband to write the rule on? Oh wait, they are already taken by stupid a$$ phrases.

    Sorry kid, but this is the NFL. Talk is cheap.

  83. I heard that RG3 missed the meeting where they discussed sliding because he was too busy riding an elephant and doing jumping jacks for Washington fans.

  84. Is it just me or do RG3’s comments sound like whining when the Skins are losing? Wait until he’s “healthy enough” to start running more and a defensive end burries him after he hands off to Morris on a read/option play.

  85. Bottom line is he knows the rule, and he let go of the football. You want to blame anything, blame your butterfingers.

  86. logical voice has finally seen the light and appears to be coming back down to earth. I am beginning to like this guy up to and including some beers and checking some hotties out…..lol.

    I agree Synder and company have flawed this once proud franchise right into the ground……

  87. 5.8 seismic disturbance today was not an earthquake, just all those fair weather Redskins fans jumping off the RG3 bandwagon.

  88. Word has it pft has forwarded a copy of the play to the nfl because it appears suh was stomping his feet too hard in pursuit of rgiii and caused him to fall

  89. Hey BobDaTurd, you know what’s really stupid. Giving up THREE NUMBER ONE PICKS to draft a fragile QB. Now that’s stupid.

  90. McNabb, like him or not, is a great. Did more with less and is part of a group that inspired the new generation of QBs. McNabb was also right on RGIII as the adversity is kicking in and he’s doing bad. He could of..you know helped him out but you know, he wanted to do it himself. It’s going to be a looooooooooooong road this year.

    Also most people didn’t know the game could end in a tie, lets be serious, even several players admitted it afterwards.

  91. RGIII has been absolutely attrocious this year. 0 TD’s and 4 interceptions through his first 3 games.

    Redksins fans “RGIII is awesome. He has thrown count it 5 touchdowns in garbage time when our team was being blown out of the building and the game was already over.”

  92. Only idiots would say RG3 is a bust. And you call yourselves football savvy. LOL. No excuses here. We just need the defense to do there part and we will be A..O.K !!! Do your thang Griff…do your thang…HTTR

  93. I LOVE all of these comments saying “Tough, RG3. It’s a rule. Deal with it.” These are the same people who probably killed the officials who applied the Tuck Rule in the Pats-Raiders playoff game. To that, I say. Tough. It was a rule. Deal with it. The tuck rule has since been changed. Maybe this fumble rule will be changed too. And it should. Because like the tuck rule, it’s a stupid rule.

  94. taintedlombardis says: Sep 23, 2013 12:54 PM

    RG3 has so many haters. Clear indication that he is a great player.
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    Didn’t Rex Grossman and Joey Harrington also have a lot of haters?

  95. Is it not hilarious thinking back to when he came out how the mational media anointed him the “chosen one” because he was so great and “sincere” unlike that “evil” Cam Newton the year before him?

    And yet week after week we get an article or four about Griffin whining or pouting about something, suggesting something should be changed for his sake, or deflecting blame.

    It’s tiresome. This kid needs to shut up and play football instead of riding the glorious golden aura ESPN put on him. He’s come across as nothing but a massive punk.

  96. I wonder how many of you RG3 haters will give him his props when he leads the REDSKINS to beats the crap out of the next 13 regular season opponents and lead the REDSKINS to steamroll through the playoffs to Super Bowl Victory !!!! Stayed tuned !!!!HTTR !!!!

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