The scrutiny will always be there. Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III long ago learned to deal with that.
But after uncharacteristic first-half struggles in Monday’s 33-27 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the questions quickly arose: Was Griffin healthy enough to be on the field after an eight-month knee rehabilitation? Were his mechanics and footwork affected by the long layoff?
“I’m also not paying attention to any of that stuff,” Griffin said. “If I make a bad throw coming off of an injury, it’s my mechanics and I’m not driving off my back leg. But if a healthy quarterback makes a bad throw, it’s just a bad throw. I understand that.”
Griffin was 5-for-11 for 53 yards in the first half of the Philadelphia game with two interceptions. One was an inexplicable throw into triple coverage over the middle to teammate Santana Moss. The other pick didn’t have enough power to beat Eagles corner Cary Williams, who made the diving interception near the Philadelphia sideline.
In the second half, however, Griffin was 25-for-38 for 276 yards with two touchdown passes to wide receiver Leonard Hankerson. The rally fell short and that left a bitter taste. But Griffin also says he came through the contest intact with no setbacks on his surgically repaired right knee.
“Typical soreness from getting hit,” Griffin said. “Philly got me good a couple times. That’s just the way it goes. You just work those kinks out.”
But, he added: “I passed the hit test. I got hit a lot. I got hit every kind of way, too. I think that’s another huge relief for everybody, the coaches, players, myself.”