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OPEN THREAD: Is RG3 criticized too much?


OPEN THREAD: Is RG3 criticized too much?

Never too far from controversy, Robert Griffin III again alerted his detractors with recent comments to Peter King about his role in coach Jay Gruden's West Coast Offense. Griffin explained that the coach wants the quarterback to play within the offense and take the easy plays as they become available. 

The comments that made the most noise:

"They are asking me to be basic and take the plays that are there. If that’s what Jay wants me to do, that’s what I am going to do. It doesn’t mean you take everything out of your game. When those opportunities come up to make plays out of the pocket I will do it and not think twice about it. But if they are asking me to do the ordinary, that’s what I am going to have to do."

Two words stand out: basic and ordinary. The RG3 detractors, and there are many, suggest that using words like that implies Griffin thinks his coach is limiting the type of player he can be. In 2012, Griffin showed to be an electric talent that no coach should try to harness. The two years since, however, RG3 has looked lost at times and in need of strong coaching. 


Griffin's known verbosity has caused unneeded drama in the past, but is this a clear case? Or did Griffin just use weird words to describe his intention of playing within the system?

It's tough to judge RG3 because every word he utters gets parsed from a local to a national level. Does he say the wrong things? At times, absolutely. Does it warrant the criticism often leveled at Griffin? Some is warranted, but not all. It's all certainly debatable. The media and fans chastise athletes and coaches that offer little or nothing of their personality, but when athletes open up and talk, sometimes the blowback is harsh. It's a delicate balancing act, one perhaps that corresponds directly with winning. As a rookie in the middle of a seven-game win streak to win the NFC East, fans loved what Griffin had to say, regardless if it seemed trite or was cliche-ridden. Now, after winning seven games in two years, Griffin is judged in a much different light. 

What do you think? By saying "basic" and "ordinary" was Griffin taking a shot at the Gruden system? Or was it just an unfortunate choice of words? Or, not even unfortunate, was Griffin just trying to accurately portray his role in the offense as he sees fit?

Let us know what you think in the comments.  

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Though the refs did, the Redskins saw nothing wrong with Clay Matthews' hit on Alex Smith

Though the refs did, the Redskins saw nothing wrong with Clay Matthews' hit on Alex Smith

A few years ago, the hit would've been celebrated. Last year, it would've gone down as a drive-ending sack.

But in 2018, with the NFL's new emphasis on defenders not being able to fall on quarterbacks with a lot of force, Clay Matthews' very normal-looking third quarter takedown of Alex Smith was ruled roughing the passer.

As a result, the Redskins got to stay on the field. And for the second week in a row, Matthews found himself at the center of a very controversial call.

"Unfortunately, this league is going in a direction that a lot of people don't like and I think they're getting soft," the veteran said after Washington's 31-17 win over Green Bay. "I've been playing this game for over 20 years and that's how you tackle."

Matthews has a point. In a sport that's concerned about dirty or dangerous collisions, this looks like a flawless hit:

But the roughing the passer flag was tossed not because of where Matthews hit Smith or when he hit him. The issue, in the eyes of the officials, is the way he finished the sequence.

"I had judged that the defender landed on the quarterback when he was tackling him with most or all of his body weight and that's not allowed," referre Craig Wrolstad said following the contest. "That was basically my key, that he landed on him with most or all of his body weight."

The person on the not-so-fun end of the exchange had no problem with it, though.

"It's tough," Smith said during his time at the FedEx Field podium. "I'm glad I don't play defense... I felt like he’s playing football. He’s played a long time. He hit me right in the strike zone."

Smith wasn't the only 'Skin to speak out in support of Matthews, either.

"What else do you want the man to do?" Josh Norman (who actually has the same agent as Matthews) asked reporters in the home locker room. "Like, seriously, what else do you want the man to do? "

"When I saw it, there was no malicious, ill intent," Norman continued. "I understand the rules of the situation, but at the same time, it sucks being a defender now. They hit your pockets and then they hit you for a penalty."

The NFL is clearly trying to make itself safer, which is both smart and necessary. But its approach in how its doing so has been confusing in a few critical areas, and this part of roughing the passer enforcement has temporarily surpassed the catch rule and the helmet rule as the most muddled of them all.

After all, when the QB and other opponents have no complaints about a tackle but the refs and the wording of the rule do, there's a disconnect. One that should be addressed.

"I think there's some gray area here with this that needs to be ironed out," Smith observed.  

For a signal caller who was accurate for much of the afternoon, that statement might've been the most on-point part of his day.


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Trent Williams to undergo 'minor' surgery, expected to play in Week 5

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Trent Williams to undergo 'minor' surgery, expected to play in Week 5

Following an offseason procedure on his right knee, Trent Williams looked back and better than ever during Redskins' OTAs prior to the start of this season. However, we have now learned that Williams' knee has been bothering him despite the successful offseason surgery.

According to ABC 7's Erin Hawksworth, Trent Williams will be undergoing a 'minor procedure' on his right knee Monday.

The procedure is believed to be a 'clean up,' to ensure Williams' knee has held up post-surgery.

With Week 4 being an early bye-week for the Redskins, Williams has a little extra time to recover before his anticipated return during Week 5 vs. the New Orleans Saints.

The 30-year-old is in his ninth season with the Redskins and has been selected to the Pro Bowl six times.