Oct 13, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is sacked by Dallas Cowboys defensive end Kyle Wilber (51) and defensive end George Selvie (99) at AT

Did RG3 Admit To Using The Sideline To Draw Penalties?


RG3 has made some controversial statements in the last couple of weeks regarding taking advantage of unsportsmanlike penalties on out of bounds hits.

This has caused many to question if he has been intentionally using the sidelines to draw penalties, or trick players into giving him extra yards.  This in itself could be considered very unsportsmanlike.

So, did Griffin really publicly admit to doing this?  Well, yes he did…until backtracking later in the week.

Griffin admitted to acting like he was going out of bounds causing defensive players to ease up, only to then turn it up field for more yardage.

He also admitted to trying to draw an unsportsmanlike penalty on Detroit’s Rashean Mathis, presumably by pretending to continue running, and instead attempting to step out of bounds when Mathis had reached the point of no return.

RG3 would later clarify these statements by saying he didn’t mean any of them.  This kid has a future in politics when he’s done in the NFL.

Robbie, you’re a celebrity now. Nearly everything that comes out of your mouth is being recorded.  You cannot blatantly talk about having tried to take advantage of unsportsmanlike penalties, then claim a few days later that it wasn’t what you said and that you have never done that.  Not if you want to maintain any credibility anyway.

This raises questions about the two out of bounds late hit penalties Barry Church was flagged for last Sunday. 

I remember seeing both penalties and irately thinking, “They’re not allowed to push him out of bounds!?! What are they supposed to do, stand there and watch while he decides if he wants to step out or not!?!” Turns out that’s exactly what Griffin had in mind.

How can anyone believe that it’s fair to penalize a player for pushing someone out of bounds (even when he appears to already be heading that way), if the player himself admits to intentionally acting like he’s going out of bounds when he’s not?

I’ve said before that there is nothing worse than a player who takes advantage of the very rules put in place to protect them.  Quarterbacks that throw themselves to the ground at the slightest contact and fake going out of bounds only to turn up field, should be penalized or fined the same way players that flop in the NBA are.

Someone as mobile as RG3 has to be tackled or pushed out of bounds to end the play.  Defenses can’t afford to give him the benefit of the doubt that he will slide or step out of bounds.  When a defensive player can’t make a tackle for fear of being penalized, what kind of game will this be then?

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  • jayhwk01

    Great article Joshua. Dead on accurate.