Even though John Harbaugh has plenty to worry about with his own team, the Ravens coach can’t help but notice Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.
“You get so focused on your opponent you really don’t know other than from the little news that we see how he’s doing,” Harbaugh said Monday about his opponent next week. “Being here in the area, of course, you get a little more of that. We’ve been following from afar a little bit and very impressed.”
The Redskins, who played Monday night vs. the New York Giants, are battling for a playoff spot in the NFC East.
The Ravens (9-3) are coming off a 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, though they're still in control of the AFC North with a two-game lead over their rival.
Aside from Harbaugh's team playing in a stadium that is less than an hour away from the Redskins’ FedEx Field, he is familiar with Griffin, a rookie who won the Heisman Trophy last season out of Baylor, for another reason.
Griffin was taken second overall in the 2012 NFL draft, behind Andrew Luck, a Heisman finalist from Stanford. Luck is with the Indianapolis Colts, passing for 3,596 yards and 17 TDs. Griffin entered Monday with 2,497 yards passing for 16 TDs, 642 yards rushing for 6 TDs.
“I knew of him because my brother recruited him four years ago at Stanford,” he said of Jim Harbaugh, who now is coach of the San Francisco 49ers. “He had recruited both Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, both out of Houston. Both 4.0 students by the way. They were Stanford guys."