Welcome to the NFL, RGIII.
That’s the message that was sent by the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, and that’s the message every NFL team will be looking to send Robert Griffin III this season.
Griffin thinks the Rams were a little too aggressive in trying to get their point across, though, and he accused St. Louis of bending the rules a little bit.
“There was some extracurricular stuff going on after the plays,” Griffin said, according to ESPN.com. “They were doing a lot of dirty things. I still think they have an extremely good team, that doesn’t take anything away from them, but the game was unprofessional. Who am I to talk? I’ve barely been a pro for very long, but from what I experienced against the Saints compared to that game, it was definitely unprofessional and it does need to be cleaned up.”
The Rams, as you’d expect, feel a little bit differently about the whole situation. In fact, running back Steven Jackson sort of followed up on Griffin’s assessment about being new to the league.
“It’s not the Big 12,” Jackson said, clearly referencing Griffin’s days at Baylor. “I don’t think we’re a dirty team. I think we’re a team that’s hungry, young and eager, and ready to make a turnaround in the franchise.”
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher expressed similar sentiments, pointing out that what Griffin saw as “dirty things” were actually just a product of St. Louis playing hard for the entire game.
“We’re going to play aggressive and we’re going to play hard to the whistle and that’s it,” Fisher said. “This is the National Football League, he’s going to be a good player and if he took issue with how we played, so be it. I’m not concerned about that. I’m more concerned about the Bears.”
So, to recap, Griffin is now an NFL quarterback rather than a college quarterback — that’s been made perfectly clear. And now that RGIII has enjoyed a little bit of success and has opened his mouth, he’s also an NFL quarterback with a target on his back for the rest of the season.
Your move, Bengals.
Don’t worry, Ramses. I think the Panthers heard you.
Who wants to support something that puts on a performance of embarrassment out there, and that’s what that was. If I was a fan of the Carolina Panthers I would be holding my head down in shame at the product that was out there.
–Cam Newton, clearly realizing his team looked like crap on Thursday
Admit it. You chuckled.
QB Derek Anderson is in for Cam Newton.
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) September 21, 2012
So, basically, they don’t even need to fight now.