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RG3 struggles in Baltimore

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There was a lot of attention paid to the amount of hits that Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III took against the Browns last Monday night, once again raising questions about his ability to stay healthy for an entire season.

Griffin took more hits on Saturday night against the Ravens, who sacked him three times during a dismal performance for Griffin and the Redskins offense. Griffin held the ball too long on a sack by Elvis Dumervil and took off a bit early at other times while playing behind an offensive line struggled all night as they shuffled players through different spots without finding too many positive results.

The results weren’t much more encouraging when Griffin did put the ball in the air. He finished the night 5-of-8 for just 20 yards and saw his final pass of the night settle into the hands of linebacker C.J. Mosley after a deflection by Daryl Smith on a throw that Griffin tried to force into Alfred Morris. It goes without saying that it wasn’t the kind of night the Redskins wanted to see after Griffin’s mediocre game against Cleveland.

It’s more encouraging for the Ravens, who saw Timmy Jernigan get a sack to go with Mosley as rookie standouts on defense. They were also playing without their top three cornerbacks, which didn’t present much of a problem when it came to shutting down the Washington offense.

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  1. numberoneinthehoodg says: Aug 23, 2014 9:28 PM

    He should’ve put “slap your mama” on that fowl.

  2. seahawksteven777 says: Aug 23, 2014 9:29 PM

    Kind of makes you wonder if RG3 is just one of those “flash in the pan” players that catches everyone off guard the first year.

  3. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Aug 23, 2014 9:30 PM

    count me as still a doubter, rob.

  4. aondoe says: Aug 23, 2014 9:30 PM

    This is kinda sad to me. I had high hopes for RG3. He was amazing his 1st season, I can’t believe he’s playing like this.

  5. codythao35 says: Aug 23, 2014 9:30 PM

    Redskins, Browns, Bills, Giants, Raiders, Bucs, Boycows, Panthers, Lions, and Jags are picking top 10 next year.

  6. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 23, 2014 9:31 PM

    What a bust!

  7. drudema says: Aug 23, 2014 9:31 PM

    Still proving the doubters wrong.

  8. savocabol1 says: Aug 23, 2014 9:32 PM

    But this is Kyle Shannahan’s fault, right?

  9. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 23, 2014 9:33 PM

    Mr. Grffin is leading a terrible offense this season. The Skins are playing some defense but scoring is going to be a problem.

  10. nfl4days says: Aug 23, 2014 9:34 PM

    Brandon “The Hit-man” Meriweather is constantly taking out guys with cheapshots and constantly gets slaps on the wrist. Pot smokes get the hammer dropped on them several times. Seems fair.

  11. westsiiide says: Aug 23, 2014 9:35 PM

    I think Griffin ran out of bounds on 2 of the “sacks”…not sure they count as hits. Whatever helps the narrative though Alper…

  12. doe22us says: Aug 23, 2014 9:36 PM

    He is stinking up the joint man, now that Shanny is gone lets see who the RG me fans will blame now… Focus on your game and stay off social media.

  13. succulentnipples says: Aug 23, 2014 9:36 PM

    Old RG is no Johnathon Football.

  14. chuckiesez says: Aug 23, 2014 9:36 PM

    There is a QB in Washington- he isn’t the highly touted 1st pick, he isn’t the owners favorite player, he isn’t a media darling, he isn’t a celebrated product pitch man. BUT- he is the best QB in town. Ladies and gentleman- Kirk Cousins

  15. unislaya says: Aug 23, 2014 9:41 PM

    All trash talked about Shann’s for RG being less than advertised, but Shann’s were smart enough to draft RG’s replacement in the same draft. I think DC should send the Shann’s a nice Christmas card, as they watch cousins tear up that awful Dallas D.

  16. greymares says: Aug 23, 2014 9:42 PM

    Said it since day 1 no sense piling on.

  17. bigblackanvil says: Aug 23, 2014 9:43 PM

    Ha ha at the dummies that chime for Kirk Cousins. Kirk is an interception machine.

  18. “I impacted the game and as an official you never want to do that," Bill Leavy said in reference to Super Bowl XL. "It left me with a lot of sleepless nights and I think about it constantly. I’ll go to my grave wishing that I’d been better.” says: Aug 23, 2014 9:45 PM

    RG3 and Andrew Luck were so hyped during the draft but both are busts. The best QB from that class is Russell Wilson and only the Seahawks were savvy enough to see that.

  19. glenuendo says: Aug 23, 2014 9:49 PM

    There should be no QB controversy. Cousins is effective and RG3 is not.

  20. eastsideraven says: Aug 23, 2014 9:51 PM

    Hey, he’ll still be great in Madden!!!!!

  21. nfl4days says: Aug 23, 2014 9:52 PM

    Kirk Cousins played like crap when he was put in as a starter when RG3 went down, yet people are gonna ignore that because they dislike RG3. Cousins could go 2-15 for 5 yards and 3 picks and people would swear he’s a pro bowler.

  22. gargamelsmentor says: Aug 23, 2014 9:54 PM

    Cousins may throw an INT every now and then, but he has the necessary attributes to flourish. Plus, I’ve never actually heard him speak a word! He just plays. Trade RGIII, get a haul back for him. Additionally, I think RGIII would benefit from a change of scenery. My brain is workin’ way too fast! Where’s my glow stick???

  23. dickshotdogs says: Aug 23, 2014 9:56 PM

    And to think you could have kept all those draft picks and still landed the better QB. It takes a man to admit a mistake. Consider yourselves lucky, and trade him. Start Cousins and watch your fortunes change for the better. Seriously.

    Patriots fan

  24. “I impacted the game and as an official you never want to do that," Bill Leavy said in reference to Super Bowl XL. "It left me with a lot of sleepless nights and I think about it constantly. I’ll go to my grave wishing that I’d been better.” says: Aug 23, 2014 9:57 PM

    It now looks like the Colts tanked the 2011 season for nothing and the R*dsk*ns gave away 1st round picks to the Rams for nothing.

  25. cobrala says: Aug 23, 2014 10:00 PM

    Cousins will not save your hapless team.

  26. ariani1985 says: Aug 23, 2014 10:01 PM

    I doubt you bobby 3 sticks

  27. superbowl48champs says: Aug 23, 2014 10:05 PM

    They really should see what Cousins can do with the first team offense.

  28. officialgame says: Aug 23, 2014 10:05 PM

    This is why the Redskins are such a stupid organization with a clueless meddling owner. They consistently go for star power and players that don’t fit while never addressing real team needs which is how you build a winning program. They trade draft picks like candy and over pay for mercenary free agent types. They are always up against the CAP and lose important players they don’t have room to resign. For a recent example look at the Desean Jackson signing. They really didn’t have a pressing need at wide out, nobody else wanted him and the morons sign him to a huge contract negotiating against themselves. You can write it down now they will lose current important in players in 2015 because of the Jackson deal and will be hard pressed to improve the offensive line.

  29. sidepull says: Aug 23, 2014 10:05 PM

    I think coach will not bench rg3. It was probably agreed upon when he was hired as coach. Bob will need to be carted off the field before he can justify starting another qb. They will trade cousins to make bob feel secure and then cousins will do well elsewhere kinda like Stan Humphries.

  30. lennylyles says: Aug 23, 2014 10:05 PM

    Griffin looked awful. Tyrod Taylor the Ravens second string quarterback looks beter then Griffin. Cousins looks good. Cousins has nice progressions. Joe Flacco 16 of 23, 180 yards, one touchdown, no interceptions, 107.2 quarterback rating.

  31. officialgame says: Aug 23, 2014 10:11 PM

    Andrew Luck is a bust? If Seattle was that smart they would have taken Wilson in the 1st round not the 3rd. And one more thing; do you have a clue what a football is? Imbecile.

  32. conspiracybrotherjones says: Aug 23, 2014 10:13 PM

    “Keep doubting.” OK

  33. fanofthegame1 says: Aug 23, 2014 10:16 PM

    Everyone is talking about RG3 sucking and not how the Eagles are doing without Jackson. This guy is not surprised.

  34. seachicken64 says: Aug 23, 2014 10:20 PM

    If he was RG4, they could call them the Foreskins. You guys make this way too easy and have no sense of humor/and are way too sensitive. Bite me!

  35. shear061 says: Aug 23, 2014 10:29 PM

    What about Touchdown Teddy? How is he doing? Oh yeah..Looking good

  36. The Steelers are Marching and the world cowers. The three rivers were made from your tears and we build boats. We build lots of boats. We walk beside pristine trophy cases and engraved gold. They say it's lonely at the top, but we sure like the view. says: Aug 23, 2014 10:35 PM

    We used to think this guy was competent. He’s complete garbage and there’s no hiding it. They had their top 3 CBs out and he put up 28 yards in the first half? What a joke.

  37. jayovalentine says: Aug 23, 2014 10:38 PM

    Preseason game with base offense… Cousins playing against 2nd and 3rd stringers… RGIII playing against Ngata & Suggs. Come on already week 1 !!

  38. waldoampere says: Aug 23, 2014 10:42 PM

    “RG3 struggles in Baltimore.” I think this is the first city on “The RG3 Struggles Tour.”

  39. grillmarks says: Aug 23, 2014 10:43 PM

    What a dud. Probably feels dumb after all the larger than life pictures, mantras, and romanticizing of his image that he worked on so diligently after that stellar rookie campaign.

  40. skinsfan91 says: Aug 23, 2014 10:45 PM

    Where’s the big headline article about Andrew luck throwing two picks?

  41. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 23, 2014 10:47 PM

    it is preseason guys…

    no doubt in my mind, Redskins win division easily and RG3 ends up comeback POY; he does not look good now though….

  42. justintuckrule says: Aug 23, 2014 10:48 PM

    Curse of the team name. You don’t want native Americans on your bad side.

  43. crawfish2011 says: Aug 23, 2014 10:54 PM

    Bob had a spark when he started but now he’s just garbage.

  44. chargrz says: Aug 23, 2014 10:55 PM

    Redskins, Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins
    That is their name. Deal with it.
    R2D2 is a joke.

  45. KIR says: Aug 23, 2014 11:05 PM

    If he’s just a below average QB when not running, it’s best to let him run.

  46. kc317 says: Aug 23, 2014 11:06 PM

    Ummm… Its Preseason! Some play good, some play bad. It still isn’t going to matter. Cousins is playing against 2nd, 3rd, and 4th stringers. RG3 is the better QB overall. Wait til the regular season arrives. Lets see who flip-flops their opinions then. Many of you are bandwagon fans who do not know anything about the sport. So we don’t care what your 2 cents are.

  47. haruhanami says: Aug 23, 2014 11:09 PM

    You people do realize its preseason and that Kirk Cousins played against 2nd string, 3rd string defensive Ravens players right? While RG3 went against the starting defensive.

  48. largent80100 says: Aug 23, 2014 11:14 PM

    Well, RG3 wants to silence the doubters but for now I’m almost leaning towards him being a one-season wonder.

  49. realityonetwo says: Aug 23, 2014 11:24 PM

    Not drafting any Redskins…

  50. finzfan49 says: Aug 24, 2014 12:02 AM

    RG3 and out… problem here is that Gruden won’t be permitted to start the best QB on the roster because Dan won’t have any of that. Guy was effective in year one when he caught everyone by surprise, not so much anymore. Plenty of back up QBs in the league better then RG3..

  51. camdenyard says: Aug 24, 2014 12:16 AM

    At least this slurskin has his own personal logo. That will help him. I’m sure.

  52. gammynomnom says: Aug 24, 2014 12:18 AM

    Mr Gruden, prepare to get to know the underside of a bus.

  53. gdublud says: Aug 24, 2014 12:27 AM

    When it comes to the Redskins and RGIII, I haven’t heard anything from Logicalvoice except crickets. Wait, I thought I heard something. Oh, never mind someone flushed a toilet.


  54. myfriendbobsacamano says: Aug 24, 2014 12:43 AM

    Coach Gruden = square peg; RGIII = round hole

  55. wallabear says: Aug 24, 2014 1:21 AM

    RGIII, Vick, Manziel… Run-First Mentality. You simply can’t win 4 Quarters of football doing that. When was the last time you saw Brees, Brady, Matty Ice or P. Rivers attempt to run-in for a TD? lol

  56. bert1913 says: Aug 24, 2014 1:25 AM

    mike shanahan has a big smile on his face, dan synder does not

  57. mackcarrington says: Aug 24, 2014 1:28 AM

    RG INT.

  58. subject1er says: Aug 24, 2014 2:00 AM

    Kirk Cousins

  59. gadlaw2012 says: Aug 24, 2014 2:14 AM

    This year he’ll blame a ‘new system’ for his woes. The word ‘overrated’ will be finally uttered by the fawning fan base. Ha.

  60. u4iadman says: Aug 24, 2014 2:15 AM

    I said Rams were foolish to trade picks and give up rg3. I didn’t think sam Bradford was the answer. And, I still don’t. But rg3 is really proving to be dumb. Shanahans deserve apology. All the blind rg3 lovers whom were also race lovers are sure hiding now.

  61. savojah says: Aug 24, 2014 2:17 AM

    Shannahann is somewhere drinking a beer with a smirk

  62. teamnorsecore says: Aug 24, 2014 2:44 AM

    He is done……1 exciting year. They better start Collins if they seriously want to win.

  63. corvusmaximus says: Aug 24, 2014 2:44 AM

    Hail to the Robert

  64. jimmysee says: Aug 24, 2014 3:01 AM

    Wait a minute — this guy was supposed to be the wonder man the greatest ever the guy who would lead that Washington team to a decade of dominance.

    What happened?

    I believe it’s bad karma because of that team name.

    The curse will never be lifted until the name is changed.

    Don’t mess with bad mojo.

  65. mayhemmatt300 says: Aug 24, 2014 3:02 AM

    Its pre season. I’m saving my judgements.

  66. ningenito78 says: Aug 24, 2014 3:16 AM

    RG3 was totally overrated coming out of college and he’s totally overrated now. He’s an elite athlete that can throw a football a mile. But he’s got a track star build (like a Mike Vick) with a small bone structure. He’s never going to be able to take the abuse from NFL defenses. I don’t think Cousins is the answer necessarily but RG3 will never live up to the hype. As for the guy that said Luck is a bust maybe try looking at football outside of a fantasy football lens. The guy is a stud. His GM has completely failed in building a solid defense or offensive line and they will still win their division by 3 games.

  67. badmoonrison says: Aug 24, 2014 4:40 AM

    23 turnovers in less than 2 years. That’s the reality with subway sandwich eater.

  68. bonniebengal says: Aug 24, 2014 5:10 AM

    I have never been impressed with Jay Gruden’s ability to run and offense. Not surprised at all.

  69. scorpio4840 says: Aug 24, 2014 5:11 AM

    No doubt about it. Robert you’re overrated.

  70. rutchaser says: Aug 24, 2014 6:09 AM

    Him going on social media to call out the doubters speaks volumes about his lack of confidence. If you know you’re good, no reason to do such a thing.

  71. chicagocane says: Aug 24, 2014 6:35 AM

    The hype has worn off..and his weaknesses exposed. I’m tired of hearing about his “potential”…put up or shut up kid.

  72. wahoo21 says: Aug 24, 2014 6:39 AM

    Ive seen this movie before……..The Vince Young Story.

  73. rayjay9393 says: Aug 24, 2014 7:07 AM

    dude is making Shanny look correct..

  74. 46dee says: Aug 24, 2014 7:08 AM

    Bob threw for 5 first half yards…finished with 20.

  75. 700levelvet says: Aug 24, 2014 7:12 AM

    Time for a new logo… Or something

  76. greymares says: Aug 24, 2014 7:23 AM

    Yep the name controversy is the only thing making this team relevant.

  77. jmk32 says: Aug 24, 2014 7:24 AM

    RG3 will be just fine. It’s just the pre-season for gosh sakes, and Gruden is running a vanilla offense. The real concern for Skins fans should be the Offensive line. They were constantly beaten back and pushed into the backfield. That will f up the season if not fixed and improved, not RG3…

  78. jeffesky says: Aug 24, 2014 7:28 AM

    The best thing for RG3 may actually be sitting him behind Cousins because at this point he’s going backwards, but, does this first time head coach have the balls to do it? His brother would, if Jay doesn’t he will be down the road as early as next year if they don’t win because D Snyder is pulling his hair out and has lost all patience. RG3 is looking more like a bust than he is the second pick in the 2012 draft. He could still be a Jim Plunket though and find success later but it may not be with in DC.

  79. vegasdestroyer says: Aug 24, 2014 7:40 AM

    D-Jax: Hey QB, I’m open. Throw me the damn ball.

  80. obamareallysucks says: Aug 24, 2014 8:02 AM

    He sux like odumbo

  81. queeflatifah says: Aug 24, 2014 8:18 AM

    Tannehill will be the greatest qb out of that draft .

  82. wydok says: Aug 24, 2014 8:21 AM

    The second coming of Michael Vick.

  83. 12brichandfamous says: Aug 24, 2014 8:36 AM

    The Wahington football club is put together like an NBA team emphasizing stars and 1v1 isolation. Unfortunately, this is football where teamwork is rewarded.

    There are lots of teams with new offensive systems struggling. the important question to ask is, “is the team improving or not?”

  84. oneandtwenty123 says: Aug 24, 2014 8:50 AM

    He is known as RG Leaf

  85. jadmakaveli says: Aug 24, 2014 8:54 AM

    If you really think Kirk is better than RG3 you really shouldn’t talk football just simply means you are ignorant.

  86. sidepull says: Aug 24, 2014 8:54 AM

    Bob can spend more time creating logos and giving us all things like that. I really appreciate his selflessness and all. Twitter should make his head explode this week.

  87. toybkshr says: Aug 24, 2014 9:05 AM

    Remember the HC stating there was a significant perf adv of RGIII over Cousins about a month ago. It has looked the absolute reverse of that in the preseason games and observed by sportswriters that attended the joint practices with the Pats. Sort of looks like the the team is forcing the issue at the behest of Snyder.

  88. can139 says: Aug 24, 2014 10:26 AM

    RG 3 and out

  89. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 24, 2014 10:26 AM

    Doesn’t matter how bad RG no knees plays. He’s Snyder’s boy and that is what matters.

  90. leagueobservr says: Aug 24, 2014 11:03 AM

    Over-hyped and over-rated…

  91. ronaldmexico7 says: Aug 24, 2014 11:05 AM

    But Sportstalk 980 in DC says they have the best offense in the NFC East! What gives?

  92. senky3 says: Aug 24, 2014 12:51 PM

    i just read this article and comments. it seems to me that the ones saying that it is just preseason are truely drunk on the kool-aid. rg just doesn’t have NFL talent, loads of college talent maybe, but not NFL. there is a difference.

  93. smgraff4 says: Aug 24, 2014 2:30 PM

    There are reasons why running QBs often don’t last long. I’d love to see an RGIII succeed, but it’s because it’s simply less toll on the body and more efficient to run an offense off of forward passing. (The other reason…..unless there’s a size limit, there’s only so much your running QB can do that every NFL defensive coordinator does not know.)

  94. edrebber says: Aug 24, 2014 3:27 PM

    In 2012, the Redskins were 3-6 before they won their last 7 games. The Redskins had to tailor their offense to RG3’s natural running ability and speed and let he him run anytime he wanted to.

    In 2013 that ability was gone because of the knee injury so the Redskins reverted back to their early 2012 ability.

    In 2014 I’m still not sure if RG3 is back to his 2012 abilities and even if he is, the Redskins are not going to use that ability like they did in 2012. RG3 was a failure in 2013 and he is being brought back in 2014 to perform the same role.

    Once Gruden gets a few losses under his belt he will be forced to restructure his offense around RG3’s running ability and speed or else start Cousins.

    Gruden might have to start Cousins eventually anyway, even if he restructures the offense around RG3, because RG3 isn’t the ahtelete he was in 2012 and every defensive player is going to be looking to hit his knee.

  95. xxxagexxx says: Aug 24, 2014 5:04 PM

    They say laughter is the best medicine, so I wanted to thank those who say the Redskins will win the division. Let the healing flow over me!

  96. stpetejohnny says: Aug 28, 2014 5:51 PM

    Some total no nothing nitwit on here actually said that Luck was also a bust like Griffin and Wilson was better….how silly is that.
    Let’s see, if there were a draft of current NFL players Luck would be the consensus first pick with Rodgers getting some considerations ….Wilson wouldn’t crack the top 10 and all in front of him would be QB’s. Guys like Ryan, Cutler, Stafford, etc probably even Foles in Philly!
    Wilson is an average NFL QB with a top flight RB, top five O-line and best D in league. You Wilson fans will find out just how good he is a couple of years when they lose some O linemen and some D players and Lynch is gone. Average!

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