Robert Griffin III sounds off on lack of preparation

USA Today Sports

The Ravens got plenty of time to prepare for Wednesday’s game against the Steelers, but precious few chances to do so in meaningful fashion.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the team went six days between practices, with a walk-through on Monday and Tuesday in advance of the game at Pittsburgh.

After the game, Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III complained about the lack of preparation, calling the recent practices “abnormal.”

“If we can’t come to the game properly prepared,” Griffin said, “that puts a lot of things in flux.

Griffin suffered a hamstring injury during the game. He said if that hadn’t happened, “we’d have won this game.”

Via Jonas Shaffer of the Baltimore Sun, Griffin was “visibly frustrated” by the handling of the outbreak.

“It’s not about whether or not guys want to play,” Griffin said. “It’s about whether our safety’s actually being taken into account.”

On Monday, concerns emerged that Ravens players would refuse to play on Tuesday. The NFL eventually postponed the game another day.

Griffin also said that family members of players also have tested positive, which obviously makes a challenging situation even worse.

The second overall pick in the 2012 and offensive rookie of the year that season completed seven of 12 passes for 33 yards. He rushed for 68 yards and had a pick-sick. Griffin was replaced by Trace McSorley in the fourth quarter.

65 responses to “Robert Griffin III sounds off on lack of preparation

  1. Your backup had even less time to prepare. He managed to put points on the board in half of 1 quarter of game time. Keep crying buddy

  2. No Robert. If the Steelers receivers could catch the ball better, this game would have been over way earlier.

  3. The game wasn’t as close as the final score might suggest and Griffin III had very little to do with the 14 points the Ravens scored anyways. He might be even more proficient in making excuses than Jackson is.

  4. Gee – another Ravens QB whining & saying ” if my aunt had … she’d be my uncle”. How surprising.

  5. How does Griffin think if he doesn’t get hurt, they win the game? Besides a few runs, he was terrible. Pick six, fumble, and horrible game management calling that time out right before the half. McSorely throws a 70 yd TD, and they almost get the ball back with a chance to win at the end. Pittsburgh had an off-game for sure, doing just enough to win. The least dominant 11-0 team I’ve ever seen, and I’m a Steelers fan.

  6. The Steelers being 11-0 reminds me so much of when the Chicago Bears were 5-1 somehow it never felt believable since it always had that LEMON scent. However, we did get a sneak peek courtesy of the 3rd string QB Trace McSorley with his TD pass of what things will look like if they did meet KC and Patrick Mahomes get his hands on that defense, and at that point, It really doesn’t matter if the Chiefs defense was to Rank last place since the Steelers are never keeping up on the Scoreboard when the Chiefs are fully engaged foot on the gas.. but i digress.

  7. Here comes the projection from the haters.
    I feel for the guy.

  8. Robert, hold your own coaching staff & organization accountable for the outbreak within the building. If you really want to advocate for player safety than forfeit the game and paycheck to ensure safety. As for your comment about winning if you didn’t hurt yourself: PLEASE…. You might as well have said you would’ve won a superbowl if you could stop running into linebackers at full speed. SMH.

  9. Didn’t the Vikings have to shut facilities down, with no practices the week leading up to the Texans game? They seemed to fair just fine.

  10. One thing I will remember about this game is a 3rd qtr blatant stiff-arm facemask by a Steelers receiver right in front of a ref and no flag.

  11. The statements by Robert Griffin III show blatant disrespect to his teammates. Griffin’s statements couldn’t sit well with the players who continued playing, and playing hard, after he left the game. Totally dismissive of McSorley, who showed he deserves a closer look and further playing time. Not a good look by RG III; not a good teammate.

  12. Settle down McSoreley lovers. The TD pass was because Haden jumped the ball and missed and then Edmunds fell down. If one of those don’t happen, that drive eventually ends on downs.

  13. Give me a break!. You couldn’t have won that game if the Steelers had spotted you 3 touchdowns and the defense sat on the bench the whole game.

  14. Doctor Claw says:
    December 2, 2020 at 8:16 pm
    The Steelers being 11-0 reminds me so much of when the Chicago Bears were 5-1 somehow it never felt believable since it always had that LEMON scent. However, we did get a sneak peek courtesy of the 3rd string QB Trace McSorley with his TD pass of what things will look like if they did meet KC and Patrick Mahomes get his hands on that defense, and at that point, It really doesn’t matter if the Chiefs defense was to Rank last place since the Steelers are never keeping up on the Scoreboard when the Chiefs are fully engaged foot on the gas.. but i digress.

    5-1 is nowhere near 11-0. The Steelers are not going to try and jump a Mahomes pass like they did on that play which was a TD by luck.

  15. One of the main reasons WAS fans soured on him, besides the deterioration of his performance, was his consistent lack of accountability. He’s a hard guy to root for.

  16. Didn’t watch the game, but when I read he was 7 of 12 for 33 yards and a pick six, I assumed he was pulled in the first quarter, not the fourth… yikes.

  17. well if anyone knows about not taking the time to prepare before a game, it would be this joker.

  18. I guess he just needed 3 1/2 quarters to get warmed up and then bam! Hamstring injury.

  19. “If we can’t come to the game properly prepared,” Griffin said, “that puts a lot of things in flux.”

    Talk to your strength & conditioning coach, ask him why your team was not properly prepared. At least the Broncos took their L without crying, threatening to strike, etc.

  20. Me 3. How much prep time did the Denver practice squad player get to play QB1? Less than 12 hours.

  21. Excuses and opinions…..blah, blah, blah. Ask the Broncos how they feel about covid. Just LAME remarks by RG3.

  22. enoughofthatalready says:
    December 2, 2020 at 8:57 pm
    Settle down McSoreley lovers. The TD pass was because Haden jumped the ball and missed and then Edmunds fell down. If one of those don’t happen, that drive eventually ends on downs.
    ————————–

    It was still a good throw…better than any of Griffin’s throws all day. He at least gave his receiver a chance. And you really don’t know what would have happened on the subsequent play(s), no one does. But McSorley was a playmaker in college, that’s one thing that is known. I was not surprised at all that he did better than Griffin.

  23. Did RG3s lack of prep time cause him to stare down his receiver in the 1st quarter that allowed Haden to abandon his receiver to jump a route and pick RG3 to the house? College DBack picks that. That has nothing to do with prep….that is just simple fundamentals. Did RG3 and Harbaugh’s lack of prep time cause them to call their team’s final timeout with 35 seconds to go in the first half and then run the ball? Those are fundamentals. But if not for the hamstring, he would have won?? The fact that he quit throwing and eventually left gave his team a chance. That was the final performance of one of the game’s chronic underacheivers and he showed he had a final flawed skill…..excuse maker. Shanahans are somewhere nodding…… “RG 3 and out”…..for the last time

  24. Mcsorley can run the offense fine. He’s elusive and can make some good throws. He’s definitely not a quick/fast as Lamar . I think he should be the 2nd string backup QB.

  25. Mad respect for Ravens but dude, what?!?!

    Stop looking for excuses. You played, you lost. End of story. This is a team game. Stop making this game about you and your hamstring. The rest of your boys balled out to keep you in this game.

    This is clearly the last stop on the RG-ME NFL Tour. Best of luck to Ravens rest of the way.

    Signed,
    Steeler Fan

  26. He sucks, they used to blame it on lack of mobility after knee surgery but he was found out and he sucks

  27. People were all excited for RG3 and I was like….why? The dude did nothing for the Browns when he was here and he just ran all the time.

  28. everything is someone else’s fault… unless we win… then it’s all me.
    .
    ok, rg3 had you not thrown that pick six, your backup may have won the game for YOUR TEAM…
    .

  29. Yes, better preparation would have helped. Like the kind a backup QB should be doing all the time so he knows his playbook better. RGIII was staring at his wristband so much, he looked like a guy signed off the street this past week. Dude, you’ve been there two years and you don’t know the playbook better? I see the arrogance and finger pointing are still in full view with this guy. Just like him trying to explain his pick six on the sideline. Lol. Terrible waste of talent.

  30. Please you got a fumble on short field and missed coverage and tackle gave you the 14 points, Typical Ravensville comments as excuses that their organization caused. Ravens were given a pass compared to Godels handling of other teams

  31. Griffin is a mouth piece for wining. He just doesn’t get it. Mouthing off isn’t going to endear you to any other NFL teams. Pulling a hammy mid game shows lack of being in shape more so that lack of game preparation.

    I think this guy is still reading his own 2013 press clippings…..

  32. I’m a Ravens fan and I’m tired of all the excuses and complaints. How about taking the necessary precautions so you wouldn’t be in this situation in the first place

  33. Didn’t the Patriots go two weeks without practicing and played a game…. didn’t hear them complain. RGIII needed to pay more attention in ALL of the seasons practices and he would have been fine. BUT the hamstring pull goes to lack of physical conditioning…. can’t blame that on Covid or lack of practices.

  34. Plenty of RG3 hate here, but people are missing the point. The NFL is forcing games without giving teams adequate practice time. This one should have been moved to week 18, or canceled. Moving it 6 days and causing a cascading effect of moved games is absurd.

  35. inthenameofallvikingfans says:
    December 2, 2020 at 9:03 pm
    Give me a break!. You couldn’t have won that game if the Steelers had spotted you 3 touchdowns and the defense sat on the bench the whole game. ===========================

    While you are overstating it a bit, I would argue that the Steelers may have spotted them 2 or 3 TDs (by not scoring them on offense) with their drops on easily catchable balls in the red zone.

  36. Personally I think the Ravens should have forfieted the game in the first place. The Ravens owner and head coach should have been fined heavy for having no control of the team.

  37. Poor RG Me hasn’t changed a bit. I told my son when they showed him sitting all dejected on the bench…watch, he is gonna come out complaining that he didn’t have time to prepare…and…VOILA!

  38. It’s never about player safety. It’s always about the all mighty dollar, and no there is no competitive balance this year

  39. People are acting as if the McSorley pass and touchdown wasn’t pure luck. Dude gambled on a horrible pass and Marquise Brown did the rest.

  40. Still waiting for those heavy fines and draft picks taken like the Raiders. They didn’t follow protocols set by the league.

  41. ravens fans hope you a paying attention…rg3 is lamar a few years from now…sad thing is rg can throw a way better ball, and that’s saying something

  42. Who would have thought when the season ended last year that the Ravens would be in the position they are now and people would be questioning their QB situation.

  43. I don’t wanna hear him he cost the Ravens the game with that awful TO. Looked like a fool out there

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