How to stop Robert Griffin III

Pittsburgh provided a blueprint to halt Washington's QB ... or did it?

Originally Published: November 2, 2012
By Ron Jaworski | ESPN Insider

Eight weeks into the 2011 NFL season, the world was going crazy over Cam Newton. Here was a quarterback with a prototypical build and all of the physical tools to not only succeed in the NFL but, based on his first eight games, potentially revolutionize the position. A year later, we're scratching our heads wondering what's gone wrong with Newton's play.

Now we find a similar situation for Newton's Sunday opponent, Robert Griffin III. After seven weeks of success in his first NFL season, he ran into the Pittsburgh Steelers, who made Griffin appear pretty pedestrian in Week 8. Washington's QB posted season lows in completion percentage (47.1 percent) -- although drops really hurt -- yards per pass attempt (5.2) and yards per rush (1.3). But it wasn't just the Pittsburgh game; in fact, his passing statistics have dipped significantly over the past four games, including a 177 yards-per-game average in that span compared with a 267.5 average in his first four. So, at a similar point in the season, have NFL teams found the answer to the question of how to stop RG3?

Ron Jaworski

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Ron Jaworski is one of the most popular and knowledgeable analysts covering the NFL today. Since joining ESPN in 1990, the former standout NFL quarterback has covered the league from virtually every angle -- sideline reporter, game-site reporter, host and both studio and game analyst. From 2007-11, Jaworski occupied one of the most coveted positions in sports as a Monday Night Football analyst.