Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III Looks To Rebound From Early-Season Struggles

By Greg Bradshaw
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Make no mistake, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III hasn’t looked like the dynamic player from last season. He’s not running with the frequency of his excellent rookie season of a year ago. Griffin also has four interceptions and one fumble lost after the first four games. Those statistics don’t reflect the ball-control efficiency he displayed last season in leading Washington to the NFC East title last season.

But I digress. While he’s not the only reason for the Redskins’ 1-3 record, Griffin’s struggles have greatly diminished the impact of Washington’s prolific offense. Blaming his struggles on his recovery from his torn right ACL injury isn’t a viable excuse anymore. That’s because he was given a clean bill of health to resume his career. The time is now for Griffin to break out of his funk and revive the Redskins.

Luckily, the Redskins are fresh off their bye week. Considering that they earned their first victory of the season against the Oakland Raiders before the bye, the Redskins should have had a less stressful week of preparation. Redskins’ fans hope Griffin and his teammates are rested and focused on their next game. Washington will travel to Texas to face the Dallas Cowboys in a Week 6 primetime game. Ironically, this game could be for first place in the division, as the NFC East isn’t particularly strong as of this writing.

Washington still has a chance to make some noise in the NFL. However, Griffin has to be at the top of his game for that to happen. That means exhibiting ball security in an effort to get the offense going. That also means Griffin being an efficient passer in the pocket, as well as taking off to run when the opportunity presents itself.

It’s been suggested that Redskins’ head coach Mike Shanahan kept things a little conservative for Griffin in regards to his passing last season. Despite having a strong arm, Griffin hasn’t found many opportunities to utilize the deep passing game this season. Considering that the Cowboys surrendered 51 points in their loss to the Denver Broncos Week 5, it can be reasoned that Griffin can attack the Cowboys with deep passes.

The upcoming Dallas game gives Griffin and the Redskins the opportunity to save their season. While many experts predict a Cowboys’ victory, it must be noted that the Redskins swept the Cowboys last season. While Griffin didn’t play well in Washington’s 2012 season finale against Dallas, he did just enough to win that game and propel the Redskins into the playoffs. Redskins’ fans hope RG3 regains his spectacular aura and leads his team to victory.

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