Robert Griffin III Will Continue to Shake Off Rust as Season Progresses

Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse more stories
Robert Griffin III Will Continue to Shake Off Rust as Season Progresses
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Robert Griffin III has not looked the same since returning from ACL surgery, with the Washington Redskins going 1-3 to start the year.

That should change as the season continues.

In the first game we witnessed from RGIII to start the 2013 season, we saw a completely different quarterback.  He looked uncomfortable out on the field, throwing off of his back foot frequently and making some really bad throws.  He had two interceptions on the day, giving the Philadelphia Eagles their only win of the season so far.

The stat line looked better for Griffin in Week 2, as he threw for 320 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.  However, those numbers were misleading, as he made plenty of big plays during garbage time when the game was well out of hand.

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Griffin looked a lot better this past week, going 18-of-31 for 227 yards and a touchdown.  While the completion percentage could have been higher, he did a great job protecting the ball, not throwing an interception for the first game all season.  

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan had some positive things to say about Griffin after the win against Oakland.  According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, Shanahan was quoted as saying:

"I think he’s done a better job these last few games of extending some plays. He’s keeping his eyes downfield and making plays with his arm after he’s gotten out of that pocket."

How many games will the Redskins win this season?

Submit Vote vote to see results

We're seeing a slow and steady improvement from RGIII as the season goes on.  He's feeling more and more comfortable on that knee each and every game, throwing less often off his back foot and stepping into more of his throws.

The legs are starting to move a bit more each game.  Last week, Griffin kept the ball on a zone read a few times, and for a handful of plays, he started to show some glimpses of that speed we saw in 2012.

More importantly, Griffin is using his legs more to evade pressure, either by stepping up in the pocket or sliding around.  This was a major issue in Week 1, so it's nice to see him continuing to improve.

Now, Griffin is getting a bye week to continue getting healthier and making sure that he can put as much pressure on his knee as needed.  That may not mean more designed runs or anything of that nature, but it does mean a more confident and poised Griffin while in the pocket.

After coming off of the bye week, Griffin is going to have some ideal matchups for the next few weeks.  His next six opponents have all struggled defending the pass, rankings 23rd or lower in passing yards allowed per game.  You can see just how bad the teams are below.

Redskins' Upcoming Opponents' Pass Defense
Opponent Pass Yds/Game NFL Rank Opp. Passer Rating NFL Rank
@Dallas 305 27 99.6 24
Chicago 278 23 87.7 18
@Denver 316 30 79.6 11
San Diego 312 29 108.9 28
@Minnesota 326 32 89.1 19
@Philadelphia 325 31 107.2 27

These six games are going to be a real opportunity for RGIII to shine like he did in his rookie season.  They will also give him a chance to continue building on that confidence and developing as a young passer.

The defense hasn't been doing any favors for the Redskins, and that could hurt Griffin's confidence.  They've given up 28 points and 440.5 total yards per game, and that's something else that needs to be fixed on this team.

However, as the season continues, Griffin is going to continue to improve and make big plays to keep the Redskins in the games, as well as help them pull out some more wins.

Be patient, Redskins fans, your QB is going to start looking like his old self soon.

Follow Philadelphia Eagles from B/R on Facebook

Follow Philadelphia Eagles from B/R on Facebook and get the latest updates straight to your newsfeed!

Philadelphia Eagles

Subscribe Now

By signing up for our newsletter, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

Thanks for signing up.