Eagles aim to force Robert Griffin III to make plays with arm

Robert Griffin III and the Redskins face the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Trent Cole said that he is wary of facing Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III on Sunday, but more because of Griffin’s running ability than his passing skills.

Asked on a conference call with D.C. media Wednesday about his impressions of Griffin, Cole said, “He’s a very athletic player. He’s a guy [that] reminds me of Michael Vick. To me, he’s more of a running back type. He’s more like a running back. He’s an all-around player that you have to watch out for. He’s just somebody you have to respect coming into the game.

“When he needs to run, he can run,” Cole added. “He can work. He wears us down by running the ball. You give him an area to run, you give him a gap to run, if he sees daylight, he’ll take advantage of it and he’s going to take it.”

Having faced Vick in practice, Cole says the Eagles are well aware of the tactics they will have to use to neutralize Griffin. Their goal is to take away his running opportunities and force him to make plays with his arm.

“We know we can’t let him out of the pocket,” Cole said. “We have to keep a tight pocket as a whole defensive unit…Also, like I said, he can get the ball downfield to his receivers, too. It’s getting that pressure on him. That’s the key.

“One thing I’ve seen them do, is they like to run the ball a lot. I think that’s one of our biggest keys going into this game, is stopping the run. If we can do both of them things, we have a chance of winning this game.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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