Robert Griffin Iii Started Slow; So Did Adrian Peterson In 2012

Redskins vs. Packers: Can Robert Griffin III work his magic on the road again?

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Sports Done Drexel Perry September 13, 2013 10:59 AM COMMENTARY | If Adrian Peterson ‘s superhuman 2012 comeback from an ACL repair is any indication, Robert Griffin III ‘s slow start and improved finish in the season-opener should serve as a positive omen of good things to come for the Washington Redskins . Many expected a dazzling display of fireworks from RG III in his highly-anticipated Week 1 comeback from ACL surgery. Unfortunately, the only explosives witnessed that night were the bombs that detonated from Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles high octane offense in their 33-27 victory over the Washington Redskins. Griffin started off slowly, but ended the night with a respectable stat line as he completed 30 of his 49 passes for 329 yards, including two touchdown tosses. Lost amid the hoopla surrounding Peterson’s 2012 Herculean comeback from a torn ACL was its humble beginnings. The end result was outstanding; 2,097 rushing yards, recipient of the Most Valuable Player award and for the icing on the cake, a playoff appearance. However, the path that ensued to Peterson’s greatness last season was anything but great at the start. Similar to Griffin’s 2013 preseason, Peterson experienced his own version of “Operation Patience” during the 2012 preseason.

Robert Griffin III: ‘There is no conflict’ with Mike Shanahan

That’s why I have the confidence to know I’ll be ready to go and it’ll be smooth sailing.” Gil Brandt, a former longtime Dallas Cowboys personnel director, has seen a lot of ACL comebacks over the years including Griffin’s first. “It used to be that when guys would come back, they would be tentative,” Brandt told USA TODAY Sports. “But I don’t know if he knows what the word ‘tentative’ is. And when he came back at Baylor, he played like he was never hurt.” Griffin knows the conventional thinking. “Everyone is anticipating that I’ll be rusty,” he said. “But that’s not the way I think, and that’s just not how I’m built to think.” Still, the risk is so pronounced. His improvement which includes the natural progression for a quarterback in knowing his offense and deciphering defenses better is intertwined with staying intact physically.

Bell: Robert Griffin III predicts ‘smooth sailing’ in return

1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

The Washington Redskins quarterback threw two interceptions and, at least until it was too late, too rarely resembled the electrifying player who was last seasons NFL offensive rookie of the year. The Redskins fell behind by 26 points this link and couldnt overcome their early stumbling and bumbling in a 33-27 season-opening defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles . Throws sailed wide of receivers or landed in the arms of Eagles defenders as Griffin, for most of the night, looked exactly like what he was a quarterback who missed all of his teams offseason practices, participated in only portions of training camp and didnt play in the preseason. He found little room to run when he scrambled out of the pocket. By the time he settled into something approaching a groove during the fourth quarter, in which he threw a pair of touchdown passes to wide receiver Leonard Hankerson , the outcome basically had been decided. Griffin piled up some cosmetic passing numbers late and ended up connecting on 30 of 49 throws for a career-high 329 yards. He finished with 24 rushing yards on five carries.

Robert Griffin III makes grand entrance on Monday Night Football


Although the Redskins lost to the St. Louis Rams, Griffin was effective again both passing and running. Griffins teammates noticed a trend developing. Hes playing his first two games on the road and hes completely poised, fullback Darrel Young said. Hes doing everything like we were just in practice. You could tell he wasnt going to be overwhelmed by anything. And just the way we were able to silence crowds so fast . .

Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins lose opener to Philadelphia Eagles

His first performance back on a football field went much like youd expect for someone who spent the last eight months recovering from reconstructive Robert Griffin III Jersey knee surgery and missing every preseason game. A couple of poor decisions early on resulted in interceptions, both showing the rust many imagined they would see from the quarterback. Poor decision-making and mechanical issues were to be expected. It was his first live game action since January, after all. And while it wasnt pretty, Griffin did get a chance to boost his confidence after his team was overwhelmed quickly by a 33-7 deficit. Chip Kellys offense relented, and Griffin salvaged his evening by bringing his team back, just falling short of leading a heroic comeback win. This week, he has a chance to get off to a better start against another defense susceptible to being beat down the field. The Green Bay Packers D is an opportunistic unit that swarms the line of scrimmage and takes chances in its secondary. Stopping Griffin on the ground will likely be their main mission, while making him prove he can beat them through the air. Mobile quarterback Colin Kaepernick , who torched the Pack in the playoffs for 181 yards rushing last season, accepted the challenge and went to the air often and successfully in Week 1.

Robert Griffin III has issues in Washington Redskins opener

Im kidding. It was totally over-the-top. Dare I say Ray-Lewis-esque. With Metallicas Enter Sandman blaring, Griffin III came out and dropped to his knees, pointed to the sky, then started banging the ground with both hands. Then someone handed him a flag, and he went out as the crowd in Landover, Maryland went bonkers. This is RGIIIs world, and were just living in it. (Thanks to @BuzzfeedSports for the GIFs)

Robert Griffin III Will Shed Rust with Big Week 2 Performance Against Green Bay

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If I make a bad throw coming off an injury, its my mechanics, and Im not driving off my back leg, he said. But if a healthy quarterback makes a bad throw, its just a bad throw. I understand that. Theres just stuff that you have to not look at. You know when your technique is sound, and you know what you have to do if you make a bad throw. You fix those things in practice, you fix them in the game, and thats what were going to do. Griffin and his coach, Mike Shanahan, have cited the teams second-half performance as an indication the Redskins found their groove.

I’m the player. Coach has a plan and I’m abiding by that plan. I’m doing everything the coaches are asking me to do. I trust those guys. They want me to have a long career and that’s what part of this plan is about. What’s RG3 thinking? “[Monday], I voiced my opinion about it because I was asked about it. That’s been twisted and turned and tried to put against this team and that’s not what we want.


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