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.)
RG3 sacked 4 times, knocked down 7 times.. and I haven’t seen his lineman help him up once. I’ve never noticed that before w/ Skins.
— Dan Hellie (@DanHellie) November 26, 2013
It’s weird that rg3 can’t get a hand from a teammate from the ground…that’s an unspoken rule to help your teammate off the ground — Lamar Butler (@Butler2two) November 26, 2013
The Niners players help Robert off the ground more than his own teammates do and they’re the ones letting him get blasted. Shameful.
— William Mallow (@Williermo77) November 26, 2013
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.”