RG III aims to draw flags on sideline runs

Updated: October 17, 2013, 11:05 AM ET

John Keim | ESPN.com

ASHBURN, Va. — Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III admitted Wednesday there will be times he tries to draw a penalty on players as he runs out of bounds.

That wasn’t how he drew two personal fouls on Dallas Cowboys safety Barry Church on Sunday. And the tactic didn’t work against the Detroit Lions. But it’s one he might still employ.

Griffin also knows there are times when defensive players won’t slow down just because the quarterback appears to be, thinking that perhaps he’s pulling the equivalent of a hesitation move in basketball.

“There will be situations, and that’s why guys don’t want to pull up,” Griffin said. “It’s happened in the past with Michael Vick or someone like that who has run to the sidelines, stopped and then gotten 20 more yards because the guy runs out of bounds trying not to hit the quarterback.”

Griffin said he was not trying to lull Church into a penalty in the Sunday night loss at Dallas. He was on his way out of bounds when Church hit him the first time, drawing a personal foul. Griffin was definitely out of bounds on the second penalty, when he was hit in the face as Church reached for him while being blocked, drawing another personal foul.

But at the end of one run against the Lions in Week 3, Griffin said he tried to draw a penalty on defensive back Rashean Mathis.

“He’s a smart player; he didn’t hit me,” Griffin said. “I kind of stopped well inside in bounds to try to get him to hit me and he didn’t. He said, ‘I’m not taking that penalty, Griff.’ I said, ‘I got you, man.’

“With Barry, it was more I was out of bounds. I didn’t slow down at all. … He hit me and it does suck, but some guys are going to take those penalties. It’s hard to walk that line, and you’ve always got to try to protect yourself. … The sideline is your friend and you can get out of bounds, but a lot of defensive players, they just really don’t care. Sometimes they’re going to still get that hit on you.”

  • Covered the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and other media outlets since 1994
  • Authored or co-authored three books on the Redskins and one on the Cleveland Browns

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