On the hits RGIII takes

November 26, 2013
(Via ESPN)
(Via ESPN)

Robert Griffin III was battered again on Monday night. It was bad enough that many people watching the game were analyzing who was there to help Griffin off the grass each time he went down. (And yes, in this particular image, Will Montgomery offered a hand to the quarterback just moments after this screengrab.)

 

Regardless of who was lifting that body up off the ground, it again appeared that Griffin’s body is destined to fail if repeatedly pummeled like that. Somehow the hits he takes seem more jarring than the hits some other quarterbacks take. Drew Bledsoe, of all people, agrees.

(And no, I have no idea why I’m quoting Drew Bledsoe. Because he was on ESPN Radio, I guess. And because he said something that many of us have thought.)

“I remember saying this last year,” Bledsoe said on Tuesday. “You watch some of these ‘new’ quarterbacks running the ball and running the read option, guys that are mobile and run around. But RGIII, for whatever reason, he takes harder hits somehow. Compare him to Russell Wilson, who runs around as much or more, but you don’t see him get hit hard. There’s kind of a sixth sense, if you will, that allows some guys to run the ball but not take the big shot. Kaepernick is more cut out to take a big hit, because he’s a bigger guy, so he’ll deliver some blows. But RGIII, to me, that was one thing that I saw last year. As great as he played last year, man, when he gets hit, a lot of times it looks like things are gonna just come flying apart.”

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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