The concern will continue to focus on his knee that was reconstructed.
The team’s P.R. foibles this year weren’t confined to the question of whether its name should change. With all the talk about whether Griffin would be ready to play in Week One, no one bothered to temper expectations about how he’d play.
“I can tell you that generally when you think an athlete’s ready to go back, he’s still got about two months to go through the psychological aspects of it and to get his mind cleared about what’s happened to him, and to be ready to really get back to his previous level,” Dr. James Andrews said after the Redskins got off to a rough start amid Griffin playing like anyone but RGIII.
His running has at times been sluggish, with Griffin displaying no burst and struggling to get away from linemen and linebackers. Some have suggested that, with time, Griffin will be more like he was last year, pointing to Adrian Peterson’s slow start (relatively speaking) in 2012, less than nine months after his own ACL tear.
“We’ve just got to get back to doing us, and that’s kind of the approach I took as well during the bye. Just relax my mind and get back to being myself,” Griffin said.
He’ll be back to being himself when his knee is back to being what it was. Based on the first four games of the 2013 season, it’s not. And so he’s not.
If it continues in Week Six, it will start to become glaring — especially since the last time Griffin played in Dallas, he torched the Cowboys on Thanksgiving.