Robert Griffin III earned national headlines when he suggested the Rams took some cheap shots on Sunday. The key quote:
“They were doing a lot of dirty things. I still think they have an extremely good team, that doesn’t take anything away from them, but the game was unprofessional,” he said. “Who am I to talk? I’ve barely been a pro for very long, but from what I experienced against the Saints compared to that game, it was definitely unprofessional and it does need to be cleaned up.”
The Rams, of course, laughed off such claims. The key quote, from Jeff Fisher:
“This is the National Football League. He’s going to be a good player and if he took issue with how we played, so be it. I’m not concerned about that. I’m more concerned about the Bears.”
Thursday afternoon, 106.7 The Fan’s Chad Dukes asked Adam Carriker about the tenor of Sunday’s meeting, saying “It looked like a dirty ass game.” Carriker, of course, was injured and missed most of the game, but he immediately sided with Griffin. (Audio below.)
“You know, I played two plays, but from what I saw I would completely agree,” Carriker said. “I don’t know, but it looked like they’re coached to play that way. I don’t know if that’s the truth, but that’s just what it looked like. I mean, I saw [London Fletcher] on the ground, the O-lineman jumps on him.
“You know, there were guys on the sideline talking about the guy was twisting my ankle under the pile, or this guy was talking about I’m gonna take your knees out after a play. Some guys said it was the dirtiest game they’d ever played in. And I’d never seen anything quite like it, just because it looked like they could explode at any second.”
LaVar Arrington then asked if, going forward, with replacement referees, players need to expect games like this.
“You have to approach it like that with these new refs, just because you can tell that they’re not the regular refs,” Carriker said. “The way I would handle it if I was able to suit up this Sunday, I would try to dominate them in between the play.
“And then if they did something after the play, I would do exactly what Fletch did after that guy jumped on him. Fletch got up, stared at him, got right in his face. Did not push him, did not shove him, but he let him know, that’s not gonna happen. And you can’t throw a flag for that. That’s exactly how I would handle it.”