RGIII Struggles Against Pittsburgh Defense
His ability to escape the pass rush, throw inside and out of the pocket and use his legs to not only pick up the first down, but more is unrivaled. Not even Cam Newton, last season's rookie surprise has held up through the first eight weeks of the season.
RGIII entered his matchup with the Steelers having not faced that type of defense yet in his NFL career, and it showed. Mike Shanahan, the crafty coach that he is, attempted to send his valuable asset out to the wide receiver slot and perhaps pull off a shocker against this stingy Steeler defense, however, it ended worse than he expected with RGIII taking a monster hit from the safety.
The Redskins have a prized possession in their hands and the fact that Shanahan even took a chance after RGIII's concussion earlier in the year is mind boggling. And he admits regretting the play-call. But regret is something he does not want to feel if he watches his QB crumble and cut his season short. Griffin is the highly touted prospect out of Baylor, the Heisman Trophy winner and the #2 overall pick of the draft.
Even facing a defense the caliber of the Steelers, Griffin managed to keep his stat line unscathed: no fumbles or interceptions. Fantasy owners around the world, however, were less than thrilled with the 11-point performance on Sunday. No need to worry though as his output should return to normal against a weak Carolina defense in Week 9.