There wasn’t been much about the first three weeks of Robert Griffin III’s NFL career to make the Redskins think twice about their decision to pony up a hefty sum to trade up for his rights in the draft and they didn’t get any reason to start doing it on Sunday.
Griffin threw for 323 yards and ran for 43 more en route to a 24-22 victory that saw Griffin lead the team to the game-winning field goal after getting the ball on the 20 with 1:42 seconds to play. Griffin completed four passes and had a key 15-yard run on that drive, running the two-minute drill with ease despite the fact that a fairly important piece of equipment wasn’t working when he led his team down the field.
“Every week, we always practice me calling the plays [as if] the headset has gone out. The funny thing is, the headset did go out on that drive,” Griffin said, via Dave Sheinin of the Washington Post. “So it was neat how that practice scenario played out in the game.”
There are plenty of quarterbacks whose ability to lead such a drive without the ability to get calls from the sideline wouldn’t surprise you in the least. Most of those quarterbacks have been in the league for several years and led several other similar drives over the course of those years. Griffin didn’t have that kind of background in his favor on Sunday, so it would have been an impressive drive even if Griffin had his coaches in his ear.
The fact that he didn’t is just one more reason to believe that the Redskins have found the answer to their long search for a starting quarterback.