For all the eye-opening achievements that Robert Griffin III has accomplished 12 games into his rookie campaign, the Washington Redskins quarterback's most remarkable quality might be his ability to protect the football.

Griffin has fumbled 10 times — the second-most among quarterbacks, trailing only the San Diego Chargers' Philip Rivers — but he has lost only two. And he has thrown 17 touchdowns against just four interceptions. In his past five contests, Griffin has 10 touchdown passes and one interception.

The task of forcing Griffin's hand now falls to the Ravens, who have recorded 24takeaways this season, tied with the Atlanta Falcons for the seventh-most in the NFL.

Free safety Ed Reed, the Ravens' eight-time Pro Bowl selection who collected his fourth interception and third fumble recovery of the season in last Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, talked about Griffin's ability to avoid turnovers and his ability to gain yards on the ground.

What does Robert Griffin III do so well when it comes to protecting the football?

He's pretty precise when he's getting rid of the ball. He seems to have guys open. That's the key to it, really. You see him throwing the ball to guys that don't have guys on them [with] tight coverage. So he's throwing to open guys. And when he does throw to guys that are covered, he's ... very accurate. So he's an accurate quarterback and a good decision-maker. To be running the option and making plays the way he's makes plays, you've got to be a good decision-maker.

Does Griffin tip his hand because he's a rookie?

Not all quarterbacks let you know where they're going with the ball. It's all predicated on what the defense is giving him also. He's making great decisions. He still has a lot to learn, obviously, but the offensive scheme that they're running helps him out a lot.

How do you attack Griffin knowing that he can escape pressure and run the ball?

We've got to contain him. We've got to get him on the ground and not allow him to run. That's like telling Superman not to fly. He's a pocket passer as well as a scrambling quarterback. You've just got to maintain coverage with your DBs. You've got to contain him and hold him in the pocket as best you can, but you also have to make sure that you get to him and tackle him.


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