WASHINGTON — Time to break out more superlatives. Robert Griffin III is about to play another game.
“He’s unbelievable. He’s back there, he makes more plays than anyone you’ve been around. He changes the game.”
Ah, but there’s a catch. While it certainly sounds like a defensive player getting ready to face RG3, it’s actually Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan talking about Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed.
“There’s a reason people say he’s the best of all time,” added Shanahan, adding a bit of praise that’s not even in Griffin’s ballpark.
No active player has more interceptions than Reed. No regular starting quarterback this season has a lower interception rate than Griffin. The veteran ball hawk and do-everything rookie meet for the first time when the Ravens (9-3) visit the Redskins (6-6) on Sunday.
“You’ve just got to be aware of where he’s at,” said Griffin, who has thrown just four picks this season. “Just like he’s got to be aware of where I am.”
Every Redskins game this season has revolved around the unique challenge of defending a quarterback who can run the option with world class speed, yet whose decision-making when dropping back to pass is the envy of quarterbacks much older.
This week is no different.
“He’s making great decisions,” Reed said. “He still has a lot to learn, obviously. The offensive scheme that they’re running helps him out a lot.”
Griffin is also proving to be a winner and a national phenomenon, leading the Redskins on a three-game streak that has them within a game of first place in the NFC East. His jersey and cleats were sent to the Hall of Fame this week after he topped Cam Newton’s NFL single-season record for rushing yards by a rookie quarterback.