You don’t have to be a doctor or an NFL insider to see that Robert Griffin III isn’t quite right. That was to be expected following offseason ACL surgery and after he didn’t take a single snap in the preseason. But as with all superstars, fans are going to expect a little bit more.
If you’re just looking at numbers, RG3 isn’t having a bad season so far. He’s put up two consecutive 300-yard passing games and even scored a 104.2 passer rating in the Washington Redskins‘ loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. But as he openly admitted after the game, he has to start faster. Thus far, the Redskins have yet to score an offensive touchdown in the first half this season. That’s not on a winning formula, not in any level of football.
If there’s one thing to point to that’s altering RG3’s game so far in 2013, it’s confidence. He’s just not back, mentally, from his knee injury. He doesn’t fully trust his right knee and as a result, some of his throws are inaccurate. There’s only one thing that’s going to fix that – time.
As much as Redskins’ fans want to hit the panic button right now, it’s way too early for that. To compound things, the team also implemented a new offensive to scheme to help protect RG3. The read-option, is no longer an option. Recovering from an injury while adjust your playing style, is not a recipe for success in the NFL. But this is the way it has to be. Fans must try their best to think long-term. At the same time, 2013 is far from a lost season. It’s clear the NFC East is going to wide open and there’s no doubt that Griffin is going to continue to work his butt off to get back to form.
However, if he starts the season 0-5 and still looks a little lost, then it’s time to panic.