Robert Griffin III has every reason to struggle through the first two weeks of the NFL season. Not only is he coming off knee surgery that kept him sidelined throughout the preseason, he has to play wearing a brace that his teammate Pierre Garcon believes is making him even slower. As the Washington Redskins have struggled on both sides of the ball, RGIII doesn't believe his knee is the issue. As CBS Sports reports on September 18, the Redskins quarterback says he would "race" Garcon to prove his speed hasn't declined.
In a conference call, RGIII addressed Garcon's concern about his knee brace and performance on the field.
"There's no knee issue. I love my receiver. If he wants to race, then we can race."
Griffin is trying to prove he has completely healed from his knee injury but is also frustrated by the way his offense has performed so far this season. The struggles can be attributed to the Redskins defense and the fact that the team has been playing from behind. For that reason, RGIII feels he just hasn't gotten the chance to run like he would like to.
"It just hasn't presented itself. We've hurt ourselves by getting behind so early."
Whether it is mental issues or just a matter of his team not having the opportunity to run more, Griffin will have to prove he is still the quarterback he was when he took the league by storm in 2012. Mentally he has to re-establish the confidence in his knee to move as freely as he did. It may take awhile, but there is not much room for patience when the high expectations of the Washington Redskins is already 0-2.