Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 10/17/12

Washington Redskin fans are still coming off the high of quarterback Robert Griffin III's 76 yard touchdown run that clinched the 38-26 victory against the visiting Minnesota Vikings.

Of course as per usual when RG3 takes off and runs there are a litany of critics who hate it, no matter what the outcome is.

I, however, am not one of those people. I don't cringe any less for Griffin as I do for running back Alfred Morris when he's in the open field. The two offensive players that will be hit the most are the running back and the quarterback, that's just the way the game is played. Let's also face the fact that our offensive line isn't as good as we'd like it so Griffin is going to get hit anyway. At least when he's running the ball he has the opportunity to slide or get out of bounds. If he stays in the pocket too long he's likely to get crushed.

People like to point to quarterbacks like Mike Vick and Randle Cunningham as cautionary tales about running Griffin too much, but at the same time there are plenty of quarterbacks whose careers have been ended or cut short by staying in the pocket Not too mention people like to leave out quarterbacks like Doug Williams, Steve McNair, and Doug Flutie who never received any career altering injuries from running when they had to or when their number was called. The truth of the matter is that there haven't been nearly enough running quarterbacks in the league to draw any real conclusions.

Griffin is a unique weapon that causes defensive coordinators to pick their poison when defending him. Do they all out blitz him with man coverage on third down and risk him beating the blitz with his legs and taking off for huge chunks of yardage. Do they play zone and give him time to allow a receiver to find a spot and sit down? A player like RG3 keeps defensive coordinators up at night wondering how they're going to defend him.

If you shackle his legs to the pocket you've taken away the biggest part of his game, the unknown. On any down Griffin could hand the ball off, throw, or take it himself. It causes defensive coordinators to play him more straight up and gives Griffin the advantage.

We live in an uncertain world where RG3 (God forbid) could get hurt off the football field entirely, why limit his natural abilities just to protect him. They don't play football in bubble wrap, let the kid play the way he was meant to, the way he knows how. Turn that number 10 Bugatti Veyron loose and let him break some records.



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