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Thursday, September 20, 2012
Tale of the all-22 tape: RG3 right on Rams?

By Mike Sando

Steven Jackson had an appropriate response to Robert Griffin III's accusations of dirty play from Jackson's St. Louis Rams: "It's not the Big 12."

Griffin, the Washington Redskins' rookie sensation, isn't the first quarterback to challenge defenses with his running while seeking the protections afforded pocket passers. Michael Vick lodged complaints last season.

Griffin went further, specifically accusing the Rams of taking cheap shots at him during St. Louis' 31-28 victory Sunday. I've gone through the all-22 video with a careful eye. The Rams did take a couple unnecessary hits, but I wouldn't call their tactics egregious by NFL standards -- or even Big 12 standards.

We'll hopefully find out what the NFL thinks when the league levies fines later in the week.

Among the things I noticed in relation to Griffin:
Fine information usually becomes available on Fridays.

By the way, the Rams and Redskins each have four penalties for unnecessary roughness, roughing the passer, unsportsmanlike conduct and those labeled more broadly as personal fouls. Only Baltimore (six) and Philadelphia (five) have more through two games, according to ESPN Stats & Information.