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How do you stop Baylor's Robert Griffin III?

Nebraska's Taylor Martinez led his team to a win over OSU. This week, the Cowboys face a quarterback with a similar style, but Griffin's arm makes him even more dangerous.
By JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Modified: November 4, 2010 at 8:31 am •  Published: November 3, 2010

Pulling defenders away from the box, it creates room for Griffin to roam should he take off on designed running plays or scrambles.

2. Stretch and stress. The Bears possess great speed among a young and underrated receiving corps. And they use it, both horizontally across the field and vertically down the field, further occupying defenders and leaving openings for Griffin. Not that he's looking to always run. His 20-to-5 ratio of touchdowns-to-interceptions is among the Big 12's best.

"He does a great job in his play fakes, too," said Young, "so he'll take you away from the ball carrier when he's handing it off. He's got an extremely strong arm. Then his ability to run, when he decides to do it, presents a real challenge."

3. Pressure and contain. The drill is the same whenever facing a mobile quarterback, but it's imperative with Griffin, because of his world-class speed: pressure him, but keep him hemmed into the middle of the field, in traffic.

4. Redirect focus. Griffin is right, as he goes, the Bears go. They have upgraded at the skill positions, particularly at wide receiver. And running back Jay Finley is having a breakout year as a senior. But ideally, he doesn't beat you. Make him put the ball into somebody else's hands and take your chances with them.

5. Wrap Up. Against Nebraska, the Cowboys missed 33 tackles, about 20 more than what's acceptable. A week ago, against Kansas State, OSU improved that number of misses to 11. While the style of offense accounts for some of that, the Cowboys also did a much better job of wrapping up, rather than going for the blowup.

"Sometimes we get caught up in what the coaches have asked of us, and we forget to play fundamentally sound football," said safety Markelle Martin. "They wanted us to be more physical, and we wanted to do that, but we forgot our fundamentals, just wrapping up and bringing the guy down.

"We've got to wrap up."