Quarterback Robert Griffin III was surprised not to feel very sore when he woke up on Monday morning. In addition to being knocked to the ground 13 times before the whistle in Sunday’s loss to the St. Louis Rams, he absorbed some punishment after it, as well.
For example, the FOX telecast videoed Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar giving Griffin a forearm to the head as he got up from knocking Griffin down after a first-quarter pass.
“They were doing a lot of dirty things,” Griffin said Wednesday. “I still think they have an extremely good team. That doesn’t take anything away from them. But the game was unprofessional.
The game became a circus of sorts as players engaged in skirmishes or trash talk after most plays. Some late hits weren’t called. Punches were occasionally thrown.
“As I said after the game, I thought the officials did not control the game, and that’s a mistake,” coach Mike Shanahan said. “You’ve got to have people take control, and there wasn’t any control in that game. I was disappointed in that.”
Griffin believes the Rams targeted him, specifically.
“They made it a point, obviously all week, to hit me,” he said. “Some of the shots were cheap and of that nature. It’s nothing I could control.
“Teams are going to try to hit me because they don’t think I can take a hit. I think I proved that over my career that I can, so it’s football. I remember one play, after the play, the guy said: ‘We’re going to hit you every play.’ I said, ‘Isn’t this football?’ It’s nothing that I’m not used to. It was extremely weird the way they went about it, though.”
Replacement officials will officiate Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, but that doesn’t mean Griffin is expecting a repeat of last Sunday.
“You don’t go into a game saying: if they’re going to let it go, we’ve got to be the first ones to do it that way,” he said. “It’s just something you can respond to, and hopefully going against the Bengals they’ll be a lot more professional.”