Robert Griffin III looks anything but comfortable on the field these days.
Injuries have held back the explosiveness that made him such a threat last season and his passing has been sub-par, with the Washington Redskins barely holding on to playoff hopes at 3-5 in the NFC East. Griffin, who recovered from two torn knee ligaments this offseason, is not using January surgery to reconstruct his knee as an excuse.
“I feel better. But it takes all 11 of us out there,” Griffin said. “One thing we’re going to do is run the football. We just have to make sure we stay true to who we are. And the passing will come. There’s no secret sauce, no secret weapons. We’ve just got to go out there and execute.
“It sucks and there’s a lot of things that go into it. It’s not for me to discuss that stuff up here. We have to go fix that out there on the practice field and the game field.”
Up next for Washington is a clash with Christian Ponder and the 1-7 Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 8:25 p.m. on NFL Network.
Though Griffin has shown flashes of reverting into an electric threat while running the ball, there is growing concern regarding his regression as a pocket passer in his second season. In multiple games this year, Griffin has completed less than half of his passes and for the season, his completion percentage is hovering around 59 percent, after hitting on 65.6 percent of passes last year, fourth-best in the NFL.
Griffin, who is coming off a quarterback duel with Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers last weekend, said his receivers have been problematic and continuity has also be an issue.
Griffin admits consistency on offense starts with him.
“We’ve struggled at times, we’ve been really great at times,” Griffin said. “We have to execute the downfield passing a lot better. It’s very trying. It’s a test. I choose to be positive. I don’t go out and scream at guys. The minute you change, it feels like the ship is sinking.
“We’re not where we want to be. You have high expectations. We still do for our season. When things go wrong, it tests your character. I just make sure no one becomes a cancer on the team. Your job as a quarterback is to know how to manage people.”