Rushville Republican

Z_CNHI News Service

September 19, 2013

RG3 needs time to recover, physically and mentally

Life is lonely for the leaders docked along the Potomac River. President Obama seems distracted, Speaker Boehner appears disturbed and Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III looks disarmed.  Times are so tough here, a case could be made that D.C. really stands for Dysfunction City.

Washingtonians are hardened when it comes to politics, but when their pro football team slumps – such as starting the 2013 NFL season with two confidence-shaking losses – patience is in short supply and fans get testy.

No one is giving up on Griffin, last year’s NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. There are those who think, with good reason, that he hasn’t had enough time to recover from late-season injuries to his right knee, one that required ACL surgery in January.

It’s just that RG3 isn’t the player he was last year, when he directed the read-option attack that had him passing and running Washington into the playoffs. He even outplayed Andrew Luck, the league’s top draft pick who did wonders in Indianapolis.

That magic, however, has been missing this year. Last Sunday, Green Bay sprinted to a 31-0 lead midway through the third quarter against Washington and coasted home to a 38-20 win.

Griffin, who has said he would be prefer to become more of a classic drop-back passer, might have looked like the same guy in his No. 10 jersey, but he wasn’t sounding like the RG3 of old after the stinging defeat. "I'm not afraid to sit here and say, 'Put that on my shoulders,'" Griffin told The Washington Post. “I'll take that. We didn't start fast because of me."

That’s a telling statement, and also illuminating. It’s not time to panic, but it seems that Washington needs a plan – a different approach – that gives Griffin a chance to safely return to his old playing ways.

Text Only
Z_CNHI News Service
Featured Ads
AP Video
Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.