Redskins' RG3 vows 'to get better' at sliding

Aug 20, 11:30 PM

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III did little to ease concerns over his reckless style of play in Monday's preseason victory over the Cleveland Browns.

Griffin completed 6-of-8 passes for 112 yards in just over a quarter of play, but was intercepted by cornerback Joe Haden and drew two penalties for false starts. He also made what he called a "bad" attempt at a slide, during which he was hit by three Browns' players and knocked out of bounds.

"It's stuff that you learn from, and I'll learn from. I'm out there running and doing the stuff and playing the game, and I'll get better at getting down to get out of harm's way," Griffin told reporters Wednesday, via Gary Mihoces of USA TODAY Sports.

"That intensity you have for the game makes you who you are. It's just for me, the second game of preseason, I just can't do that," he said of his mixed results with sliding. "I acknowledge that...with my teammates, with the coaches and with the fans. So I understand that, and I'll continue to get better at managing those situations."

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden played coy when asked about Griffin's sliding abilities.

"Robert can't slide?" Gruden said with a smile.

"Robert sliding is only a big deal if he gets injured in the process," he continued. "I've seen guys get hurt trying to slide. One time, I actually broke my wrist trying to slide."

Last season, Griffin joked about asking Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper to teach him how to slide properly. Gruden didn't entirely rule out the possibility of bringing in a baseball player to work with Griffin, but said there are some situations where sliding is not the best option.

"Now if it's fourth-down-and-8, and the game is on the line in the fourth quarter, I don't want him sliding for a 5-yard gain and lose the game," Gruden said. "He's going to have to take his risks. He's the quarterback. He's going to make those decisions."

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