Your Tuesday morning open thread:
Much was made this offseason about Robert Griffin III's need to be more judicious when running the football. And, for the most part, has done exactly that through the first eight games.
But on Sunday, he made a highlight reel run-and-dive that probably made more a few hearts skip a beat on the home team’s sideline. With Redskins facing a third and nine in the third quarter and the score knotted at 14, Griffin scrambled and got the first down, but not before leaping for the final two yards, getting upended and landing awkwardly on shoulder/neck.
He escaped injury. But it was also (arguably) the biggest risk he’s taken in 2013.
“To be honest with you, Robert will take a look at that play and say, ‘OK, if I had to do it over again, what would I have done not to put myself in that situation?’ And that’s how you learn,” Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday. “He’ll go back and say, ‘Oh, if I would have done this and that, I would never have put myself in that situation.’ And that’s how you get better. And that’s how quarterbacks have to be tough on each other, but they’ve got to be tough on themselves as they take a look. And you’re very critical because you don’t want to put yourself in those situations too often. But [as] I mentioned that after the game … it can show you the mindset that he had to make a play.”
So here’s today’s question: Given the score and the importance of securing a win, were you okay with Griffin exposing himself a bit to get the first down? Or would you have preferred him to get out of bounds before the hit?
Keep in mind the drive resulted in the go-ahead touchdown. Had he gone out of bounds, the Redskins, of course, would have been forced to punt.