Redskins D ready to 'man up' vs. Ravens
Ravens safety Ed Reed has made a career out of preying on opposing quarterback’s mistakes.
In 11 seasons, he’s made 61 interceptions, the most among active players and only two shy eighth most all time. The savvy 34-year-old has picked off four passes in 12 games this season, including one in last Sunday’s 23-20 loss to the Steelers.
But he doesn’t anticipate that Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III will make for easy pickings on Sunday.
“He’s pretty precise when he’s getting rid of the ball,” Reed said in a conference call with Washington reporters. “He’s making great decisions. He still has a lot to learn, obviously. The offensive scheme that they’re running helps him out a lot.”
Griffin has thrown 17 touchdown passes and only four interceptions, which, among starters, is tied with Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger for the fewest in the league. Last season, Rex Grossman and John Beck accounted for 24 interceptions.
In addition to being accurate -- Griffin its tied for fifth in completion percentage at 67.1 -- Reed said he’s noticed that Griffin rarely attempts to squeeze passes into small windows or double coverage.
“You see him throwing the ball to guys that don’t have guys on them [or] in tight coverage, should I say,” Reed added. “He’s throwing to open guys, and when he does throw to guys that are covered, you can see that he’s putting the ball [in there] accurate.”
Griffin, in fact, has thrown only one interception in his last five games, despite attempting 136 passes in that span. His most recent interception came in the fourth quarter at Cowboys Stadium, where a pass down the middle simply sailed on him and landed in the hands of safety Charlie Peprah.
“That’s what he’s done such a great job of,” Ravens Coach John Harbaugh said of Griffin's low interception total. “His yards per completion are up. His completion percentage is up. It’s not like he’s sacrificing anything to keep the interceptions down.”