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Bears Provide Valuable Learning Experience


Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has experienced so much hype in his fledgling football career, that it's difficult to remember he is only a rookie.

Griffin III played 29 snaps on Saturday night, and showed some of his youthful inexperience against an aggressive Bears defense.

After the game, Griffin III reflected that his experience wasn't necessarily a bad thing.

"I think a lot of good came from this game, not only when we were playing, but when we were sitting on the sideline," Griffin III said after the game.  "Against Buffalo, I didn't play very much; against the Bears, I played a lot.

"And both against good defenses. There are no bad defenses in the NFL."

He finished the first half going five-for-eight for 49 yards and three sacks, one of which resulted in a fumble.

"With the blitz coming off the edge, I had to make one guy miss," Griffin III said of the sack-fumble.  "I should have tried to secure the ball in that situation, but once I was trying to throw the ball, it's kind of hard to have ball security.

"It's something you learn from and make sure it doesn't happen again."

The Redskins started three reserves on the offensive line, but Griffin III refused to blame his protection for the pressure in the backfield.

"I thought the [line] did a good job of staying on the blocks and getting guys out of my face, so I could have the opportunity to make a play," he explained.  "It wasn't one particular guy or praticular play; we just need to try and not let those things happen."

After coming out of the game, Griffin III remained an animated presence on the Redskins' sideline, cheering on his teammates and praising their comeback efforts.

"For those guys to come back and play the way they did in the second half, kind of shows the depth that we have," Griffin III said.  "I think what those guys did out there in the second half was really big for this team."

Looking ahead to his first game at FedExField against the Colts on Saturday, Griffin III said he can draw on his experience in the Bears game to help him prepare.

"We didn't play bad, but we didn't play good either. It was somewhere in between," he said. "It's something we can definitely learn from on film."




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