RGIII: "Too much character on this team to fold."
Robert Griffin III says he thought less and reacted more in Dallas as he rushed for a season-high 77 yards.
The Redskins' quarterback also conceded he wasn't as concerned about ducking out of bounds at every opportunity and that he felt a responsibility to “do more” to help the struggling Redskins pull out a win.
“Everybody wants me to slide and get out of bounds and do that whole thing,” Griffin said during his weekly news conference Wednesday. “For me … I can’t really listen to that. It’s not that you ignore it. I understand that people are concerned. But at the end of the day, you have to go out there and play with your instincts. So when you say I was more instinctive, it’s because I let my instincts take over as opposed to, 'Let me run out of bounds so everyone doesn’t get mad at Coach [Mike Shanahan].' So I was more instinctive running the ball and playing football.”
Griffin’s rushing total was his highest since Week 11 of last season—and it didn’t take long Sunday night to notice that the post-bye version of RG3 was faster and more nimble than the pre-bye version.
On the Redskins’ second play from scrimmage, Griffin slipped some pressure in the pocket and then beat DeMarcus Ware to the edge before turning up the field and gaining 15 yards. Then, in the third quarter, Griffin showed improved acceleration as he broke through the line and easily pulled away from the Dallas defenders for a 26-yard gain. Cowboys’ safety Barry Church was flagged 15 yards for hitting Griffin out of bounds on the play.
“I can still go out there and play with instincts and get out of bounds,” Griffin added. “But this team needs me to do more to help them win, help us win. That’s what I got to do. I’ll still go out there and protect myself. It’s not that it was a bad thing the first couple of games. Maybe it was a good thing. Now I can move on from it.”
Shanahan also said he noticed an improved “burst.”
“Yes, I thought so,” Shanahan said, asked if Griffin appeared more instinctual. “I thought you could see some of that burst he had a year ago.”