Last Monday's preseason tilt with the Cleveland Browns was an up-and-down affair for Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin.
Griffin made some good throws but also tossed a horrible interception. He looked like his old self running with the ball, but unfortunately took a pair of completely unnecessary shots in a game that didn't even count.
Griffin confessed to John Keim of ESPN that he realizes he needs to work on the latter:
I'm glad that people care and I've talked to coach [Jay Gruden] about it. He understood what I was doing in all three of those situations. It's a continual process of getting better at everything. That's one of them. I'm aware of that. Fans, don't worry. I understand the concern from the fans, from my teammates, coaches and even the media. Don't worry, I'm taking heed to it. I understand the process of being available.
Gruden agreed that Griffin needs to learn that discretion is the better part of valor:
When he gets out of the pocket, he needs to protect himself. He has a habit in his career of being able to get himself out of predicaments with his speed and athleticism. But ... he has to pick his shots and learn how to get down a little better.
However, while Griffin admitted that sliding is an area in which he needs to improve, the third-year pro also seemed to grow annoyed with persistent questioning on the subject.
"I slid correctly on the third time," Griffin said. "The second time, I got hit back in bounds and on the first try I slid too late. I don't know what else I can say about that. I'll get better."
Gruden, meanwhile, stated that it can be tricky knowing when to hit the deck and when to go for broke:
If it's fourth and 8 and the game's on the line in the fourth quarter, I don't want him sliding for a five-yard gain and lose the game. He'll have to take his risks. He's the quarterback; he'll make those decisions and they're not always going to be right. He's a young kid. He has a lot of energy so we have to deal with it and continue coaching him. It's an issue if he gets injured. It's not an issue if he doesn't.
In other words, Washington fans might as well leave room for disappointment. They're going to be feeling that more than a little bit in 2014.