As far as challenges go, not too many are as daunting as Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Out of the unusual Pistol offense, where the quarterback isn’t under center but closer than in the Shotgun formation, the rookie has been pretty good passer with 2,664 yards, 17 touchdowns and just four interceptions.
But Griffin has Alfred Morris in the backfield, making both even more dangerous runners. The two combine more than 1,800 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns.
The Ravens are keying on disrupting that connection for Sunday's game at FedEx Field.
“What’s unique about it is you don’t see it in the NFL. It’s more of something you see in college,” Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain said. “It’s something everyone thought couldn’t be done in the NFL and they’re proving they can do it and be more than competitive with that system. It’s going to be a unique challenge for us.”
The Ravens’ No. 25-ranked defense has had issues against the run all season. But in three of their last four games they’ve held teams to less than 100 yards rushing.
"When you have a quarterback who can do what he does, it makes you have to game plan for him, too. Most teams don’t game plan too much for the quarterback running," McClain said. "He’s that extra guy that you really never calculate for. ... He opens up a lot of things for everyone else."
The Ravens are using backup Tyrod Taylor in practice to simulate Griffin, just as they did in Week 2 to prepare for Michael Vick.
“We have to be a disciplined defense. We have to practice it throughout this week,” Ravens safety Bernard Pollard containing Griffin. “We’ve got to hit him every chance we get.”