We’ve been seeing flashes and glimpses of the old RGIII for the past few games, but it still wasn’t all there. However, in the Washington Redskins 45 -41 win over the Chicago Bears, QB Robert Griffin III finally looked like the player from last season who won rookie of the year. Passing for 298 yards, 2 TD’s, and rushing for another 84 yards.
On the first drive of the game against the Bears, you could sense it from the outset. RGIII was running with no hesitation, and with no hint of favoring his knee. And the confidence was there as a passer as well, as Griffin looked sharp in the pocket and passed the ball with accuracy on roll outs.
Besides a misread on an interception by Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, Robert Griffin III was in full command of the offense and he even brought the Redskins back, with an 80 yard drive that ended with a three yard Roy Helu Jr. TD run. The Redskin got the deep passing game going too, as RGIII hit Aldrick Robinson with a 45 yard TD pass.
Any rational thinking fan would have known that Griffin would start the season rusty and apprehensive after recovering from a torn ACL and missing all of the preseason and mini camps. Yet his critics showed no mercy in disregarding the injury, and jumping to the conclusion that the league had caught up with RGIII.
And maybe they have to some extent, but jumping to conclusions and making absolute judgments about a player like Robert Griffin III coming off an injury is foolish. It’s taken a little time, but the player Redskins fans have come to love, is now re-paying their patience with one good performance after another.
Is this one game proof that RGIII is all the way back? No, because we’ve seen him play even better than he did against the Bears, and there’s still plenty of games ahead. But if today’s performance is any indication of what’s to come, then there’s hope that the Redskins still have a chance to keep improving for the rest of the season.