“They were just being aggressive, they were coming after the quarterback,” he said, even if running back Alfred Morris had the ball.
He wasn’t fazed.
“They were trying to run at me and just get quarterback hits on me. A lot teams think if you hit the quarterback enough, eventually he’ll stop coming after you,” Griffin said. “I just want to let everybody know that’s never going to happen.”
Banged-up offensive line
Much of the pressure Griffin has seen hasn’t been the fault of any one player, but it’s chiefly the offensive line’s job to protect the quarterback. Prompted with the notion that Griffin has taken a lot of hits, Williams and Lichtensteiger said that naturally it’s a concern.
“Every Monday, we come in here and I’m just kind of looking at him out of the corner of my eye, making sure he’s OK,” Lichtensteiger said. “He’s a tough guy, and he’s not going to complain about it. But you don’t like to see your quarterback, especially a guy that is carrying the load that he is, taking those hits.”
At right tackle, Tyler Polumbus took over for injured Jammal Brown at the start of training camp. Williams missed most of Sunday’s game, replaced on the left side by journeyman Jordan Black. Williams is day to day with a bone bruise in his right knee, which might mean Black starts Sunday at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
One of the reasons Griffin has to spend so much time in the pocket is that he’s without his No. 1 target, receiver Pierre Garcon. It was obvious early on in Week 1 at New Orleans how big of a factor Garcon could be in this offense, not only catching an 88-yard touchdown but opening the field for others.
Forced into shootouts each week, Griffin has had to rely on Aldrick Robinson, Joshua Morgan and Leonard Hankerson. Davis, the tight end, had just four receptions before a seven-catch, 90-yard showing vs. the Bengals.
As opposing defenses have been able to blanket those receivers, Griffin has been the victim of some coverage sacks.View Entire Story
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