Giants defense heaps praise on Griffin despite forcing key turnovers

“That guy is flat-out unbelievable,” Osi Umenyiora said after the New York Giants’ win over the Washington Redskins. “I’m not even going to lie. That’s the best quarterback we’ve played this year.”

Had those comments from Umenyiora been about Eli Manning I would have believed them. Instead he is the latest in a group of people who have dumped praise on the Robert Griffin III. Griffin is a super talented player and may in fact turn the Redskins from doormat in the NFC East to kingpin but lets keep it all in context.

The Giants defeated the Redskins on Sunday even though Griffin completed 20-of-28 passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns and added another 89 yards on the ground.

“He’s faster in person than he is on tape. He’s very, very fast. He’s a very talented young man. He’s going to have a lot of success in this league,” said Canty.

Even Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was singing the praises of Griffin following Sunday’s game.

“He looks like the fastest guy on tape and he’s certainly the fastest guy on the field,” he said. “When he pulls the ball down, when you break down contain and he goes outside, you are just praying someone is going to run him out of bounds.”

Griffin had a nice stat line against the Giants if you look at his yards and touchdowns. What the Giants defense is forgetting is the mistakes and turnovers they forced Griffin to make at crucial points in the game.

Griffin’s picked off pass by Giants safety Stevie Brown late in the third quarter doomed the Redskins as it set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Ahmad Bradshaw. On Griffin’s next possession he turned the ball over on the ground, fortunately for the Redskins they would intercept Manning and score a field goal.

I understand the Giants think Griffin played well against them and to some degree they are right. However lets not forget it was his mistakes that allowed the Giants to win the game.