Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon saw some improvement in his team’s offense in a 27-20 loss to the Detroit Lions. It ran the ball well at times. The passing game piled up yards. There were touchdowns in the first half.
But a loss is a loss. And it is clear that quarterback Robert Griffin III, responsible for two turnovers on Sunday that killed potential scoring drives, is only in fits and starts working his way back from major knee surgery.
“I don’t think he’s 100 percent, but he’s definitely giving 100 percent effort to get 100 percent,” Garcon said. “I don’t think he’s 100 percent, but he will eventually get there. He’s just playing with injuries. Everybody’s hurt in the NFL. I had to play with injuries last year, so I know what he’s going through. It’s not surprising, but it’s just something you’ve got to deal with when you’re in the league and you’re in the season.”
Starting 0-3 doesn’t help, however. Losses breed negativity and fans, media – and, yes, even players and coaches – find something to obsess over.
“When you’re winning, you never talk about anything bad, but when you’re losing, everything gets magnified,” Garcon said. “[Griffin is] coming off an ACL injury, which we all know is a tough thing to come back from. It all depended on how the season goes. If we were winning, we wouldn’t be talking about his knee. We’re losing, we’re talking about it.”