“I think what you have to do is you have to learn how to slide, and he’s getting better at it. Even though (Thursday), I think there was a few slides I think he’d like to have back. I don’t think it’s natural for him yet. Head first or if he’s going to be feet first, he’s got to always protect himself. He is a competitor. I think he was wanting to get in that end zone. I think it was wanting to get in and kind of a semi-slide at the same time. But there’s three or four other situations during the game that you want him to improve in that area because you don’t want him to take those shots, and if he does take those shots there’s no way you stay healthy.”
In Mike Shanahan’s Friday postmortem press conference looking back at Thursday’s 34-27 loss to the Vikings, the coach answered a question about Robert Griffin III absorbing blows from two defenders 1 yard shy of the goal line. While Griffin III sold out to attempt the score on that play, his development as a slider is still a work in progress.
Thanks to our friends at the AP Photo bank, we can take a look at some of RGIII’s dives and slides from his first two seasons.
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When bringing up history it either means something really good happened or an unforgettable low was reached yet again.
For the Washington Redskins its a combination of both.
As Robert Griffin III said at his postgame press conference after what looked like the team’s first “easy” win crashed into the turf of the Metrodome making a thud only amplified by that Viking horn, 3-6 can and has been overcome.
“I didn’t want us to be 3-6, obviously we wanted to be 4-5 but if anybody needs something to believe in they can look at last year. If there’s guys in that locker room that need something to believe in, look at last year and see what we did. I think everyone believes, this is their job and they do this for a living. They also do it because they love the game. We have to make sure we don’t lose that love sitting at 3-6 because that love for the game helped us go on that 7-0 run last year.”
It’s only happened four times since 1990. So odds are slim, but a majority of the 53-man roster was part of time No. 4 that a team three games below .500 after nine games were playing postseason football.
So how did those four teams overcome adversity? A quick look at 3-6 to playoffs.
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