Griffin was easy prey for the Bears. (US Presswire)
Saturday will be Robert Griffin III's inaugural appearance in the nation's capital, and nobody is more excited to show off than the man himself. But, while fans appreciate Robert's enthusiasm, they also want him to use his head more than his legs in games that don't count.
Last week in Chicago, the Bears gave RGIII a NFL lesson, which means "Not For Long" when you're a risk-taking gunslinger who's trying to stay healthy.
"In the heat of battle, you figure it out as you go along," said Griffin, via John Keim of the Washington Examiner. "I'm starting to figure out when I need to get rid of it. I've got to know when to make the play and when not to make a play."
Griffin had one exciting 14-yard run, but he held the ball too long on numerous occasions and was sacked three times.
“I think two of those sacks were screens, and we just have to learn to throw those at the guy’s feet," said Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, via Eric Edholm of Pro Football Weekly (per Yahoo! Sports). "[Robert]can look to see if he can make a play, but I think that will become more natural to him over time, as he learns to just throw it away.”
The former Baylor quarterback also gambled one time too many along the sidelines, as he attempted to stay in bounds for an extra yard or two.
College stars can get away with that because they're usually the most elusive men on the field. But at the pro level, RGIII is easy prey for world-class athletes who want to put him out to pasture.
"The players in the NFL are better than the players in college. That’s just a given," acknowledged Griffin, via Mike Jones of The Washington Post. "You [can't] concede all the time, but you don’t always have to make the best play in the world.”
It's all part of a maturing process, which can take years for some quarterbacks. Griffin will have his share of rookie mistakes, but the odds are good that he'll overcome them to excel against his competition.
“You put him in different situations,” Shanahan said, per The Post's Mike Jones. "Every time he goes into a game situation, it’s going to be a constant learning experience and you just hope you don’t make the same mistake twice.”