Robert Griffin III may only be a rookie in the NFL, but his comments about the St. Louis Rams’ defense following the game this past Sunday has been garnering the attention of a veteran. RG3 called the Rams “dirty” and “unprofessional” which are words that most believe a rookie has no barometer for (especially just two games into the season). It was obvious that a concerted effort was made to lay a lick on Griffin III whenever possible between the whistles, but his accusations of “dirty” play were not well accepted by the Rams.
To get RG3’s words on the record, following the game with the Rams, the Washington Redskins rookie said: “There was some extracurricular stuff going on after the plays. 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.”
These words coming from a player with two games worth of experience in the NFL ring a bit hollow to league veterans. Rams’ linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar gave his tongue-in-cheek response saying: “I don’t know how to say it, but I don’t think we’re dirty. I mean, the last time I checked I took a shower a couple times a day. I don’t know if we’re dirty. But it is what it is. He has his own opinion about what’s going on. He doesn’t partake in this locker room at all, so he can formulate his own opinions; we’re going to play our style of football. I’m sorry he didn’t like it, and I hope he has a good day.”
Clearly this attitude has been acquired by the Rams from their new coaching staff in Head Coach Jeff Fisher and his assistants. It was nice to hear their opinions on this matter as Fisher said: “We’re going to play aggressive and we’re going to play hard to the whistle, and that’s it.” His top assistant Dave McGinnis chimed in also: “I’ve been in this league 27 years and have never been on a dirty defense. I’ve been on some damn tough ones. Never been on a dirty one.”
The idea of players being “dirty” or attempting to injure one another is a touchy subject these days with the New Orleans Saints bounty program still sorting itself out with the league. These accusations from Griffin III are merely sour grapes for some good licks that the Rams put on him and some of the usual, unsavory bottom of the pile activity that goes on in every game. The only way to put a punctuation on this story is with the proverbial ‘welcome to the NFL, rook.’
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