Robert Griffin III not looking as good as last year
Things seem to be very different for Griffin now. While the New York Giants were looking at the replays from this week, it was evident that this was not the Griffin from last year. He used to tear apart the Giants and they were actually praising him for the talent he had.
This year the quarterback hasn’t been playing as he did last year. Although Griffin is still an omnipresent danger on the field, his threat has dropped significantly. He has had a rough season and throughout the harshness of the NFL regular season, it is clear that the tackles and regime have all reduced him.
Still, as the Giants face the Redskins on Sunday, they won’t be going easy as they know that even a reduced Griffin is a huge challenge to overcome. Giants defensive end Justin Tuck agreed with the notion, saying they would do all they could to contain the quarterback.
“But it’s not like we’re going to go out there and say, ‘Oh, we’ve got to go out there and stop Alfred Morris and not worry about RG3,’ ”he said. “He’s still very dangerous and he’s still going to demand all of our attention.”
Giants safety Antrel Rolle backed him up.
“Absolutely he’s dangerous. You still can line him up against 85% of the guys on the field and he'll still out-run them. The guy still can run,” he said.
Many people have been criticizing him lately, saying that the quarterback should call this season quits and take time off to recover his legendary form that stormed the 2012 season. Griffin III disagreed.
“I appreciate his compassion. I don’t agree,” he said. “I think you have to fight through adversity. This is the time where you can see a man’s true character.”
Griffin isn’t impervious to the criticism and said that many players were going around speaking about his ill form and performance and sometimes it did feel personal. Even then, he said he took it as reinforcement to become stronger.
“Some of the (criticism) comes with losing in the NFL, and you have to be able to handle that. I’ve been criticized before in my life and everything hasn’t been glowing and just rosy, sunshine and rainbows,” Griffin said. “These are times that can help you as a player and as a team, just sticking together. And it can truly define you. You have to figure out how you want to be defined.”