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Hue Jackson defends RG3: He wasn’t trying to get hurt

Philadelphia Eagles' Fletcher Cox, right, tackles Cleveland Browns' Robert Griffin III during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) AP

The Browns put quarterback Robert Griffin III on injured reserve today after a shoulder injury he suffered when he lowered his shoulder into Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills on Sunday, and Hue Jackson can already sense the criticism coming for Griffin.

Shortly after the Browns announced the move, Jackson told reporters that it isn’t fair to Griffin to criticize him for the injury because he wasn’t trying to do it.

“It’s really unfortunate because Robert worked extremely hard to put himself into position to be our quarterback, to be one of the team leaders, and it’s just very unfortunate,” he said. “Please, let me make it known, Robert didn’t get hurt trying to run into a linebacker or a DB.”

Obviously, Griffin wasn’t “trying” to get hurt, and he was trying to get out of bounds when he collided with Mills. But he did run directly into Mills, rather than sliding feet-first. That was a major mistake, and it’s fair to criticize him for that, just as it’s fair to criticize any quarterback who doesn’t protect himself.

Griffin’s inability to avoid sacks and hits has been a huge problem throughout his career, and it’s a problem he still hasn’t been able to correct. It may be the problem that ends his career.

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61 Responses to “Hue Jackson defends RG3: He wasn’t trying to get hurt”
  1. firerogergoodell says: Sep 12, 2016 2:48 PM

    He wasn’t trying to slide either.

  2. ErinAndrewsStopCallingMe says: Sep 12, 2016 2:50 PM


  3. politiciansareallthesame says: Sep 12, 2016 2:52 PM

    When you are built like a punter, common sense would be to slide. He isn’t Cam or Luck.

  4. metalman5150 says: Sep 12, 2016 2:52 PM

    well duh –

    we all know robert isn’t trying to get hurt – but he also is trying to slide or avoid contact.

    robert gave us a miraculous rookie season. one that many Skins’ fans will never forget.

    I am truly fond of and grateful for those memories.

  5. metalhead65 says: Sep 12, 2016 2:53 PM

    Wonder how he will blame this on Mike Shanahan.

  6. yesser12 says: Sep 12, 2016 2:53 PM

    RG3 is a masochist…

  7. 26predator says: Sep 12, 2016 2:54 PM

    ‘Obviously, Griffin wasn’t “trying” to get hurt’

    And I wasn’t “trying” to get my girl pregnant, but when you don’t protect yourself….

    Face meet palm. Palm, say hello to face.

  8. scrp2 says: Sep 12, 2016 2:54 PM

    Eagles will give you Chase Daniels for a 1st and a third.

  9. Patty Dubs says: Sep 12, 2016 2:54 PM

    The Browns are snake bitten, it’s as simple as that. This team might squeak out 3 wins in 2016.

  10. cobrala2 says: Sep 12, 2016 2:55 PM

    No need to excuse RG3, Coach.
    We all understand what happened.

  11. najacoo22 says: Sep 12, 2016 2:57 PM

    Hard to tell from watching him play.

  12. captainwhodat says: Sep 12, 2016 2:57 PM

    well, he will get a payday for another 9 weeks without having to be hit again, or exposing his below NFL average ability as a QB…

  13. najacoo22 says: Sep 12, 2016 2:58 PM

    Maybe it’s semantics, but he wasn’t trying to get out of bounds. He had an opportunity to step out and he turned up field. He should have gotten out of bounds WAY earlier. He’s too arrogant to know when a play is done.

  14. lunigod3 says: Sep 12, 2016 3:00 PM

    Walking on Broken Glass! RG3

  15. jbowman374 says: Sep 12, 2016 3:03 PM

    A walking billboard for bad Karma.

  16. JSpicoli says: Sep 12, 2016 3:04 PM

    If humans are put together with 2 part epoxy, RGIII is held together by Elmer’s glue.

  17. JSpicoli says: Sep 12, 2016 3:05 PM

    Simma down. Hue did not think you thought RG was trying to get hurt.

  18. captainobvious says: Sep 12, 2016 3:05 PM

    More accurately…he got hurt not trying.

  19. laukkanen5 says: Sep 12, 2016 3:06 PM

    like sands thru the hour glass.

    so our the days of our lives….

    only in that cesspool of Believeland, great signing moneyball geeks….

    off to a great start….as expected…epic failure

  20. salscobrakai says: Sep 12, 2016 3:06 PM

    Imagine waking up every morning knowing you’re a Browns fan.

  21. rogerpredactor says: Sep 12, 2016 3:07 PM

    Browns are tanking…I don’t think they care to win a game. They are just waiting for next year’s draft.

    I say Commish calls Jerry Colangelo and see if he can get them to stop tanking…?

  22. hail74 says: Sep 12, 2016 3:11 PM

    The Browns could have Carson Wentz throwing to Julio Jones and Sammy Watkins. Instead every year they trade down to accrue picks that they use on bums. Feel bad for Browns fans and I’m a skins fan who’s seen plenty of boneheadedness from my team.

  23. pocketsstraight says: Sep 12, 2016 3:11 PM

    RG3 could have run out of bounds, he turned up the field and got hit. Then he hid the injury from the trainers.

    It’s like RG3 in Washington all over again.

    Careful Hue, RG3’s dad is going to call you out in the media in 3…. 2…. 1….

  24. purpleguy says: Sep 12, 2016 3:12 PM

    I actually kinda feel sorry for the guy. Kinda. . . . .

  25. oscarxray says: Sep 12, 2016 3:14 PM

    A couple of weeks ago I said I looked for RGIII to last beyond the 1st series of the season unlike McCown last year.
    – Mission accomplished.

    I’ve also said I thought RGIII would become elite and would be the long term answer for the Browns.
    – Not looking good.

    And finally, I said Wentz was a one-read stare-down artist a la Brandon Weeden.
    – That scouting report would not disqualify me from becoming the next Browns’ GM.

  26. newjerseygiants says: Sep 12, 2016 3:15 PM

    And just think, the pathetic Browns could have drafted Dak Prescott who looks like he’s going to be good and put Romo out of business.

  27. a1b24312 says: Sep 12, 2016 3:18 PM

    Yes, but you know, a question that hasn’t been asked is why Hue had him still in the game at that time? The game was won by the Eagles at that point, with a little over three and a half minutes left.

  28. zabam1 says: Sep 12, 2016 3:19 PM

    Watch the replay – he was pushed (legally) by a different defender resulting in the sideline collision. Freak injury – get off of RG3’s and Cleveland’s back, and pile on Keenan Allen if you’re looking for a place to celebrate injury.

  29. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 12, 2016 3:22 PM

    This is why the Browns asked for so much compensation when Rick Spielman inquired about Josh McCown.

  30. number1hawkfan says: Sep 12, 2016 3:23 PM

    I’m the kinda guy that is a pushover. It doesn’t take much to get me feeling bad for you but somehow RG3 has been so unlike able I don’t feel bad at all. Somewhere he’s found himself on injured reserve and I guarantee in his head he’s wondering who’s fault it is and there’s no mirrors anywhere. He’s not an NFL caliber QB right now and since he believes he is he’ll do nothing to change it. What happened in Washington should have humbled him. I don’t think what happened yesterday will have any effect at all on him.

  31. mrnick66 says: Sep 12, 2016 3:31 PM

    dude has the worst body type for a qb …thin boned and svelte. it is 100% certain that as a qb in the nfl you are going to get hit. you need to be big and thick enough to take them,you need to train like a weight lifter not a sprinter. could his career be over?

  32. pittsburghdamned says: Sep 12, 2016 3:34 PM

    Bob isn’t even built like a punter. He’s a scrawnier than Ty Detmer, yet passes like a punter.


    Adios Bob. Great time to work on a new logo.

  33. rodgerstonelson says: Sep 12, 2016 3:35 PM

    Well Duh, and this is your coach…LOL…Browns…Factory of tears.

  34. NoobTubeTV says: Sep 12, 2016 3:40 PM

    Turns out it was smart…ish…. to keep McCown around afterall.

  35. pftwd3 says: Sep 12, 2016 3:44 PM

    Did Hue also say it wasn’t fair to criticize RG3 for his interception because he “wasn’t trying to throw it to the other team”? What weird logic!

  36. tonebones says: Sep 12, 2016 3:54 PM

    Hue might be playing dumb, but I wonder if the owner will appreciate it. I guess we’ll see. Once this owner sees that he made a mistake, he fires you quickly.

  37. number1hawkfan says: Sep 12, 2016 3:54 PM

    If I wasn’t old and set in my ways I’d know how to use photo shop and change his logo to have a big crack down the middle. No pressure no glass

  38. captainstabbins says: Sep 12, 2016 4:02 PM

    I just heard Sonny Weaver Jr was going to activate Brian Drew and try to trade for Bo Callahan…

  39. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Sep 12, 2016 4:08 PM

    hue should have said this:

    “look, we GAVE him the job with the idea it would sell tickets, and provide us with a relatively certain path to the first overall pick next year. with mccown, we thought we might win enough games that tennessee or some other team might take our pick….

    We also thought the eagles would stink, and we have their first as well. We were hoping for #1 and #2 overall next year. now that bob has gone and screwed up our plan, we’ll have to hope that our assessment of mccown was overly optimistic….”

  40. amaf21 says: Sep 12, 2016 4:08 PM

    And like that he was gone…

  41. officialgame says: Sep 12, 2016 4:12 PM

    The reality is RG3 is built more like a track star then a football player. When your built that way it would be wise to avoid contact.

  42. TheBrownswillstinkagain says: Sep 12, 2016 4:19 PM

    And Cam Erving wasnt trying to snap it over RGMe’s head but he did.

    Intentions dont matter results do.

    Amazing the boneheads running the Clowns. From the bonehead owner Haslam to the Bonehead GM Sashi the Clown to Huey Jackson and the Blues. Wow what could go wrong?

  43. headwoundharry says: Sep 12, 2016 4:29 PM

    Paycheck Bobby.

  44. mmack66 says: Sep 12, 2016 4:30 PM

    mrnick66 says:
    Sep 12, 2016 3:31 PM

    dude has the worst body type for a qb …thin boned and svelte. it is 100% certain that as a qb in the nfl you are going to get hit. you need to be big and thick enough to take them,you need to train like a weight lifter not a sprinter. could his career be over?

    Didn’t seem to help Big Ben.

  45. captainwhodat says: Sep 12, 2016 4:40 PM

    Bad karma when your fans think McClown is the better QB…

  46. jag1959 says: Sep 12, 2016 4:48 PM

    Perhaps it’s not about trying to teach him to slide or throw it away like they tried so hard to do. Maybe they need to make him understand something that he just can’t seem to get through his 50¢ head: You can’t play like a man among boys when you are built like a boy and playing against men.

  47. randalpnaditch says: Sep 12, 2016 4:55 PM

    He better start kneeling for the National Anthem like Kap to stay relevant.

  48. mcfc2014 says: Sep 12, 2016 5:04 PM

    I would like to hear Skip Bayless’s opinion on this, lmao

  49. charliecharger says: Sep 12, 2016 5:08 PM

    I don’t blame RG3 one bit. He didn’t sign himself. The owner is paying millions of dollars to people who are supposed to be evaluating talent. Whoever signed RG3, has no business in the personnel room. If there’s one position that you have to get right, it’s your QB. There are 500 QBs I’d bring in ahead of RG3. You’re allowed to make mistakes, but this was complete nonsense. This owner is not known for patience. I’d have to say the baseball guy they brought into the front office already has two strikes on him.

  50. Rolo Tomassi says: Sep 12, 2016 5:08 PM

    I knew hed be hurt by game 4 but wow

  51. silvernblackpride says: Sep 12, 2016 5:21 PM

    Slide back on the bench RGFree

  52. stoolerz says: Sep 12, 2016 5:25 PM

    As an unfortunate Browns fan, I’d like to ask fans from other teams if they appreciate the easy win, while the owner slick Jimmy Haslam gets his full owners cut with putting out garbage that is 40 million under the salary cap. Or would they like a bigger challenge for their team and Jimmy needing to take a little more time paying the fed’s fine for the whole truck stop rebate fiasco?

  53. VanRam415 says: Sep 12, 2016 5:43 PM

    Face it, RGIII just likes sacks

  54. wringworm says: Sep 12, 2016 5:56 PM

    I’m not sure how after one camp and one game for the Browns organization you DON’T have the desire to hurt yourself.

    Remember last year McCown threw himself head first at the JETS defense and that was only after one series! At least RG3 made it a whole game.

  55. vusnu says: Sep 12, 2016 6:16 PM

    Think the team brass and coaches are sorry they didn’t draft Wentz?

  56. bigswifty74 says: Sep 12, 2016 6:43 PM

    Lose on for Deshaun, Hue. Lose on.

  57. winged warrior says: Sep 12, 2016 6:50 PM

    hue just loves those ‘running quarterbacks’, i’m glad he picked that one !
    let’s see if he doubles down on one come april .

  58. bradygirl12 says: Sep 12, 2016 6:55 PM

    Some guys are just made of porcelain,and RGIII is definitely one of them. Or maybe he just couldn’t stand to be away from his girlfriend during games and practices. Hope his wife takes him to the cleaners.

  59. richardmswartz says: Sep 12, 2016 7:03 PM

    The guy can’t seem to get himself right. I think he had the potential to be better than what has turned out, it seems like the problem is one part circumstance, one part his injury prone body and one part between his ears.

  60. yyyass says: Sep 12, 2016 8:41 PM

    Well at least the Browns have an All Pro punter! Wait a minute…..

  61. jaxcliff says: Sep 12, 2016 10:10 PM

    And then everyone said … “there go the Browns again” …

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