Robert Griffin III says Rams did a lot of dirty things


Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III doesn’t think highly of the Rams.

Griffin said that when he played in St. Louis on Sunday, he thought the Rams were going far beyond what’s acceptable on a football field, not just playing physical football but playing dirty football.

They were doing a lot of dirty things,” Griffin said. “I still think they have an extremely good team. That doesn’t take anything away from them. But the game was unprofessional. Who am I to talk? I’ve barely been a pro for very long, but from what I experienced against the Saints to that game, it was definitely unprofessional, and it does need to be cleaned up.”

Griffin said the Rams were telling him they were going to target him, and he said he’s fine with that. But he thought they were targeting him with shots that should have drawn penalty flags.

“They made it a point, obviously all week, to hit me,” he said. “Some of the shots were cheap and of that nature. It’s nothing I could control. Teams are going to try to hit me because they don’t think I can take a hit. I think I proved that over my career that I can, so it’s football. I remember one play, after the play, the guy said: ‘We’re going to hit you every play.’ I said, ‘Isn’t this football?’ It’s nothing that I’m not used to. It was extremely weird the way they went about it, though.”

Griffin didn’t name any specific players or specific plays that he thought were dirty. But considering that the veteran leader of the Rams’ defense, cornerback Cortland Finnegan, has declared that he wants to be the dirtiest player in the NFL, the Rams might take Griffin’s criticism as a compliment.

110 responses to “Robert Griffin III says Rams did a lot of dirty things

  1. Does he think this whining and crying is going to make other teams back off? He just guaranteed himself more late hits and “dirty play”

    The Rams won and the Saints didn’t, the saints game plan isn’t the one other teams will follow.

  2. It’s amazing how soft players are these days. Yes RGIII they’re going to target you since you are the #1 weapon on your team. What happened to taking the other teams best shot, playing through it and having the satisfaction knowing that they know you did that. That’s the way you get respect not by talking to the media about “cheap” shots, please.

  3. as I said in another thread earlier today, there was a play where janoris Jenkins hit a defenseless feed Davis, launched to hit him, gave him a concussion, and was not flagged… really dirty game. and yea …. you previously mentioned the times the rams would go to the skins sideline to talk trash to shanahan… just a classless game from a team I thought was better than that.

  4. I’m a life-long, die hard Redskins fan and was irritated at RG3 for the first time last week. He whined after every call that went against our offense last week and now this. We love you Bob, but seriously, shut up and play.

  5. Nice job airing this in public, that should make things much better for you. I’m sure the opposing teams will be sympathetic and now take less cheap shots on you.

  6. this is why i believe the officiating is going to get progressively worse as the game tape starts showing what refs call what.

    all you need to do is see the textbook example of a defenseless receiver hit on fred davis before you realize that by putting these refs on the field you are contradicting all of this player safety noise of the past few years.

    if you think teams aren’t going to coach their players on how to get the most out of the refs you have another thing coming. nobody is going to remember the referee lockout, but they will remember who wins the super bowl this year.

    players and coaches have shown time and again that they will do whatever it takes. i dont blame the players, i don’t blame the coaches. i blame the league and the refs (who imo are both to blame for this lockout, far too often are we ready to blast goodell on not bringing the refs back)

  7. So let me get this straight.

    RGIII is a rookie QB playing the sport of football. The Rams defenders targeted the opposing team’s rookie, unproven, and untested quarterback. They “made a point to hit him,” as probably any opposing defense playing against any quarterback would make a point to do. And despite the fact that Cortland Finnegan is without a doubt a dirty player, the Rams defense as a whole, with its practice to hit the QB in an attempt to rattle him, is dirty.


  8. Cortland Finnegan single handedly earns his contract by winning a game for the rams by simply talking.

    Sorry RG3, you’re doing great stuff in the NFL but you’re taking a step back by crying about it.

  9. …and in other news, politicians took bribes, at night it’s dark, and the moon revolves around the earth.

  10. Further illustrates how ridiculous Goodell’s judgement on the Saints was.
    While they simply talked about being mean other teams actually do it on the field yet N.O. gets hit with a year long suspension of the head coach, crippling the team for a full season of all of the player’s careers.

  11. If the Rams and C. Finnegan were better players, they wouldn’t need to play dirty. Out there trying to compensate for what they lack. Just enjoy the win, somthing tells me you won’t taste it very many more times this year.

  12. NOT GOOD…RG.

    First, you are admitting that the Rams got to you…

    Second, the Rams won the game and their tactics apparently worked because you are still talking about their tactics.

    Best to stop drawing attention to yourself and just play the game…

  13. Several years ago the Titans were always considered a dirty team and now the Rams are being accused of being a dirty team.

    Common Denominator= Jeff Fisher

  14. We knew he was a lot of things coming out of college, but prima donna crybaby wasn’t what I was expecting.

  15. Are you seriously?
    His first lost and the finger pointing is already starting. I guess by the 3rd or 4th lost … He will be throwing his OL or WRs under the bus.

    Word of advice … It’s called mind games … If the defense can get in your head … You lose. What are you going to do when you actually play a good team?

  16. Your pretty braids and cool arm sleeve mean nothing in this league, rookie. Get used to players not caring about your heisman or dumb nickname. They’re not wowed by you, they’re not afraid of you, and they certainly aren’t going to cater to you. Should’ve stopped at “who am I to talk?”

  17. Is this guy really complaining? Don’t like either team, but every game last week was “dirty”. I’m sure the Redskins didn’t do anything wrong either. LMAO…Welcome to the NFL.

  18. Wait…

    The Rams are “extremely good team”?!?

    Uhm, they are in the NFC West and are one of the easiest teams he’ll face all year.

  19. NFC West defenses ; be sure and wear your big boy pants when you come to play them . Best division in football .

  20. The Titans led the NFL in personal fouls while Jeff Fisher was coach….did anyone really expect something different now that he’s coach of the Rams?

  21. The welcome to the NFL smack is great and all but did you actually see his stats from that game or the Saints game? He had a really good game and he wasn’t the reason they lost. If the Rams were in his head, I’d hate to see him play when a team isn’t in his head.

  22. hey deathtoromo i saw a little stat called “players with most sacks since entering the league in 2009” during the packers bears game. no.1 was clay matthews. who was no 5.? uhm that would be chris long. so what im saying is your assumption is wrong.

  23. Honestly the dirtiest game I have ever seen. The refs lost control. The Rams played extremely dirty. late hits, taunting, even saw two Rams like grinding a Redskin into the turf long after the whistle. These refs are horrible. they lose control of almost every game. But I definitely look at the Rams as a different team now. Never use to root for or against them but now I will be hoping they lose every game. And I never say this until now.. I HOPE Finnigan blows out a knee or something.. the guy is a cancer to the league. Hope he gets a taste of his own juice !

  24. Those of you who complained and whined about the Saints bounty now have the type of football they want. Players who don’t expect to be hit. Defenses (Saints) who don’t hit, and referees who don’t through flags. Wait till the Saints no hit defense is implemented league wide. 500 yard passing games, and 10k passing season will be the norm.

  25. all you guys with your welcome to the nfl bs are total jokers. that kind of tough talk is reserved for people who’ve actually played the game.

    second, saying that the other team played dirty isn’t making excuses, which griffin hasn’t done. did anyone watch the game? shoving his head into the ground after the whistle? saying “we’re going to hit you every play” sounds preplanned… kinda like a bounty.

  26. Umm he’s been a top 3 QB this year.

    He can say what he likes.

    After all, you guys have never stepped on an NFL field and it doesn’t stop you from commenting does it?

  27. What happened between 2011 and 2012 that players are no longer allowed to speak without getting ripped on by fans? They are required to talk to the media and the media is asking dumber and dumber questions by the day. Even when players don’t answer questions they get ripped on (see Randy Moss).

  28. I guess none of you saw the elbows to the head they were giving him after the play. That’s what he’s talking about, he actually mentions that but this article doesn’t.

  29. Wow, PFT… Griffin’s 22 years old, which mean he’s only been driving for five years. There’s just no way he’s had time to run over all of your dogs. What’s with the hate?

  30. Color me surprised. A Rams defense coached by Blake Williams, with no DC seeing his old man Greg is suspended, is accused of targeting the QB with cheap and dirty hits. Shocking!

  31. They showed Greg Williams’ son stalking around on the sidelines for the Rams. Didn’t know he had a son, much less one that coached in the NFL. Like father like son? Just sayin

  32. Embarrassing comments from an nfl qb. I played qb for 13 years and I use to get my balls grabbed, stomach punched, eyes poked, etc, etc. It is what it is. The last thing you ever want to do us let the other team know they are getting to you.

  33. Long sucks. Just gets noticed cuz his dad who was over rated too. Most of Longs sacks last year came within the nfc west I would bet. And for all the ” shut up and play rookie” etc , rg3 did respond. 2 rushing tds, 80+ yds rushing, 200+ yards passing with a td pass oh and he’s is the highest rated passer in the nfl while being blitzed. Yeah, I think he’ll be ok.

  34. Once again, the absolute dislike from the PFT Planet towards RGIII is quite sad. He’s telling the truth. It’s funny how Robert STILL dominated the Rams easily in just his 2nd pro game despite all the targets they had on him. To me, it just shows how Calm and collective Robert is on the football field. Anyways, Sunday is going to be another dominant performance by him and the rest of the team on the way to an easy victory vs the Bengals.

  35. What does being a rook have to do with being able to complain about a team being dirty? Having said that, he should just shut up and play. Nobody cares, and he just comes off sounding like a whiny little punk, which he definitely IS NOT.

  36. For all the people that say he is complaining…. He was simply answering a question that a reporter asked (Media always tries to stir the pot). This kid is going to be awesome. Love how he handles himself on and off the field! HTTR!

  37. Courtland Finnegan and the soon-to-be Los Angeles Rams will finish last in the NFC West…again. Enjoy the cellars.

  38. gweez76 says:
    Sep 20, 2012 4:16 PM
    Umm he’s been a top 3 QB this year.

    He can say what he likes.

    After all, you guys have never stepped on an NFL field and it doesn’t stop you from commenting does it?


    Top three… after two whole games.


    Welcome to the NFL and keep your mouth shut.

  39. What is this kid going to do when he plays the NFC East teams? Or Pitt or Balt or the 49ers

    The fun is over kid its time to earn your money no time for Jared and subway right now.

    Also his remarks have shown he can be shaken and I am sure many a frt 4 will take full advantage.

  40. I don’t think it rattled him. As he said “Isn’t this football?”. Just because he’s a rookie doesn’t mean he’s wrong. Having said that, if asked about it, the response should have been “I’m focused on the Bengals, not what happened last week.”. He’s 22, this is something he will learn in time.

  41. So it’s dirty if the Saints do it but it’s not dirty for the Rams?

    What the Rams did was football. Football is a dirty sport at every level. Always has been. You do what you can get a way with. So for everybody that says it’s just football, then turn around and blast the Saints you’re a dunce and a hypocrite.

    Or maybe it’s the blatantly, obvious dislike for Robert Griffin III.

    What would be the reaction of Tom Brady said this? Andrew Luck even…Ryan Tannehill? Pretty much every white QB.

    The comments are always hilarious.

  42. Whoever says that the Rams got into RG3’s head obviously didnt watch the game!!! Lol He Balled outta control and is already playing like a well seasoned pro!! And like he said this is football he expects to get hit!! Duh!!!!!

  43. A Jeff Fisher team dirty?

    C’mon I watched the Titans and guys like Finnegan, Mawae, Haynesworth, and Van Den Bosch showed the greatest sportsmanship and fair play I’ve ever seen.

  44. bobonmycob says:
    Sep 20, 2012 4:36 PM

    Umm he’s been a top 3 QB this year.

    What are you smoking?


    Hmmm lets see…. QB Rating of 111.6 (4th in NFL), 70.9 Comp% (4th in NFL), 9.56 yds/att (2nd in NFL), 3 TD to only 1 INT…. not to mention 124 rush yds and 2 TD (best of any QB in NFL). I’d say for a ROOKIE in his first 2 starts (on the ROAD by the way) that is pretty damn awesome.

  45. This isn’t Baylor anymore rookie. Get used to it. This is how NFL defenses handle their business with quarterbacks.

  46. “Teams are going to try to hit me because they don’t think I can take a hit.”
    More than likely, they are going to try and hit you because you have the football. Just like they will hit the RB after you hand him the football. Or the WR after you throw him the football. They are trying to separate you from the football. that’s called “doing their job”.

  47. To everyone saying “Welcome to the NFL”. Exactly how many games have you played in the NFL? You can’t welcome someone to a place you’ve never been.

  48. Football hasn’t gotten more and more dirty, society, to include NFL players, are becoming more and more PC/touchy-feely!!!

  49. Hey isn’t Greg Williams’ son the LB coach there ….seems it runs in the family.
    You really think they do not talk, come on…….

  50. I especially like “They were doing a lot of dirty things” followed up by “That doesn’t take anything away from them”

    Uh, yeah it does, LOL!!!

  51. gweez76 says:
    Sep 20, 2012 4:16 PM
    Umm he’s been a top 3 QB this year.

    He can say what he likes.
    Ummmm, RGIII has played 2 games.

    He hasn’t earned the right to be mentioned in the same category as 2x Super Bowl winners Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning, 1x Super Bowl winners (and currently most elite passers in the game) Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, or the best QBs of the generation Tom Brady and Peyton Manning – who are 5 years from the Hall of Fame the moment they retire.

  52. People can trash the Rams for being dirty all they want but I can tell you as a Rams fan I love seeing it. We have been horrible for years but if this is the attitude it takes to get us going in the right direction than I’m all for it

  53. QB’s that complain are mostly whiners, but anyone who takes an intelligent approach to Griffin’s comments about the Rams game will note that he kept his composure and maintained professionalism.

    The comment that he made about being a target was a bit childish, but after playing only 2 games in the NFL (and having to play in an environment with piss poor officiating) I’ll let this one go.

  54. snoop24 says:
    Sep 20, 2012 4:03 PM
    He didn’t give and specifics because he couldn’t.

    Seriously? Are you really attacking a player for not calling out individuals on the opposing defense? Can you imagine the uproar if he did?

    Either way, if you want names and specifics, anybody watching the game, in Washington or St. Louis, could tell you.

    On the first drive of the game, Jo-Lonn Dunbar shoved Griffin’s face into the ground after a hit. The hit was clean, but after the whistle sounded Griffin tried to get up, and Dunbar slammed his head into the dirt. That drew a flag.

    A couple plays later, Griffin took a hit from Robert Quinn. Seeing that the head shove drew a flag, instead of letting Griffin get up, Quinn put his forearm on Griffin’s windpipe and held him down for a little while.

    Then there was the hit that came when Griffin was three or four feet out bounds that sent him flying across the sidelines and took out an entire camera crew.

    And that’s just Griffin.

    Then there was the helmet to helmet shot on Fred Davis (Janoris Jenkins, model citizen), stomping Orakpo’s injured shoulder (Roger Saffold), and piledriving London Fletcher’s spine. I have no idea who that was, I was too surprised by the whole thing. In all the years I have watched football, I have never seen anything so totally tucked up as a body slam to the lower back of a 37 year old linebacker who wasn’t even involved with the play (he was twelve feet behind the line of scrimmage, trying to get to his feet, and the play had been blown dead three seconds before).

    So if you were looking for specifics, you’re welcome.

  55. dannythebisforbeast says: Sep 20, 2012 8:03 PM

    2012 dirty players equal 1990 great defense. Crazy how fast football went from gladiator sport to soccer with all the whining and crying for flags.
    No. Great defense happens during the play. Before the whistle blows kidneys can be ruptured, legs can be Theismanned, and skulls can be cracked: that’s called football. But after the whistle, leave it be, that’s called being a decent human being, and I don’t think many of the great would agree with you that being a football player and a decent human being are mutually exclusive.

  56. Luck>RG3, this is just a perfect example. Luck would never call out another team (warranted or not) as a rookie in his 2nd game. He has too much class and poise for that. What a b*tch move…RG3 is the hare, Luck is the tortoise, and we all know who will win in the end.q

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