"It didn't feel good," center Kory Lichtensteiger said. "Felt like we were picking Robert up after every pass play."
"It definitely makes you cringe," Williams said of watching from the sideline. "You don't want to see your quarterback get hit at all, in the preseason or regular season."
Griffin dropped back to pass eight times in four drives and was sacked thrice while fumbling twice. It wasn't all the offensive line's fault -- certainly on the final fumble which caused Griffin to exit the game with a concussion, the quarterback had fine protection. Far too often early in the game, however, there were huge breakdowns against Detroit's first-team unit.
"Moving forward," Williams said. "We have to do that, no matter what today looked like. No matter what the perception of today is, I think we still have to move forward. Even if he came out and the quarterback didn't hit the ground at all, I think we will still have things to improve on. We're going to have things to improve on every game."
That improving needs to happen in a hurry before more quarterbacks get hurt.