RG3 felt his team needed him to run more following two losses to open the season. Although the Washington QB did manage his longest run of the season (21 yards) against the Detroit Lions in Week 3, his team may now need him to run less until he learns how to slide.
With the score tied at 17 early in the fourth quarter, Griffin scrambled for a first down. Approaching Detroit's 30-yard line, he dove forward. Griffin lost control of the ball when he hit the ground and it bounced right into the hands of Lions safety Glover Quin.
Referee Ed Hochuli explained after the review that if Griffin had slid feet-first, he would have been ruled down as soon as he hit the ground. But since RG3 dove forward, he needed to be touched by a defender before the play could end. As the replay showed plainly, the ball popped loose before any Lions player got to RG3.
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Griffin said after the Washington's third straight defeat that his intention had been to give himself up and down the ball.
“Knee down, elbow down, that’s the rule. I was trying to declare myself down, avoid the big hit,” said Griffin, via Rick Tandler of CSNWashington.com. “It’s the rule. It can be a sucky rule but it’s still the NFL rule.”
The 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year attempted a career-high 50 passes, completing 32 of them for 326 yards. He threw an interception and no touchdowns as the Redskins dropped to 0-3.