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How do the Ravens defend RG3 Sunday?

The Ravens defense will have to find a way to stop Quarterback Robert Griffin III, who works from the pistol formation (shotgun, single back formations). Former NFL defensive back, Matt Bowen (National Football Post) describes, that the formation is,”A mix of the Read Option, the zone based run game and play pass. Tough to prep for from a defensive perspective.

We pose the question to our Gridiron Staff:

“How should the Ravens defense defend the Redskins offense this Sunday?”

Matt Jergensen:

“The formula isn’t magic. Play solid disciplined football. Stay in your lanes. Beat the man in front of you and get off blocks to help gang tackle.  Get consistent pressure on the quarterback. Robert Griffith III is an intriguing, intelligent football player especially for a rookie but the way people have talked about him all week you’d think we were talking about a Hall of Famer who has five rings. I respect his ability but any man can get beaten.”

Jonathan Scruggs:

“The Ravens will simply need a monster game out of Paul Kruger and, god willing, Terrell Suggs. Setting the edge and containing the pocket is essential to beating Bob Griffin. If you allow him to bounce outside he will extend plays and beat you mercilessly. If you keep him inside and force him to throw under pressure he will make mistakes. The Ravens have to force him to stay in the pocket and throw off balance. If they can manage this, they will win in a rout.”

Gene Winner:

“It’s all about securing the edge, the outside linebackers have to stay disciplined this match-up. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to continue to put safety Bernard Pollard at the line of scrimmage more often. And yes, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to make the tackles on RG3 count—hit him every chance they get, as Pollard said.  The defense definitely wants to make RG3 think twice before running the ball.  Another key will be for the Ravens offense to have sustained drives putting more pressure on the Redskins offense to score.”



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