- - Sunday, September 15, 2013

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Robert Griffin III has the trust of his teammates.

The Washington Redskins players say the second-year quarterback is back to his old self on the field, but it’s been tough to see that in two ugly losses.

The way the Redskins‘ offense has been inept in the opening half of the first two games of this year, it’s becoming evident that Griffin is still trying to work off the rust as he returns from his knee injury.

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“He’s getting in a rhythm with the wide receivers and things like that, but he’s doing a lot better,” running back Alfred Morris said. “He looks like what he did last year, that’s just from my vantage point. Somebody could say something different, but I feel like he’s back to his normal self.”

He hasn’t played like the RG3 that Redskins fans have grown to love. During Sunday’s 38-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers, he was just 6 of 13 passing in the first half for 107 yards and one interception. Griffin turned it up in the second half for the second straight week, but the Redskins were already down 31-0 at that point.

“Getting better,” said wide receiver Pierre Garcon about Griffin. “Getting better every week. We as a team just started off slow.”

Griffin agrees the tough starts are hurting the team.

“It’s frustrating, but I think there was clear difference between this week’s first half and last week’s first half,” Griffin said. “We hurt ourselves a lot on turnovers last week, you know, and this week it wasn’t necessarily turnovers. But talking to guys in the locker room, we can’t really put our finger on what it is and that’s the real frustrating part.”

Griffin completed only four passes to his wide receivers in the opening half. So, how long is it going to take to get back into rhythm with his receivers?

“I think he was in sync with them today,” Morris said. “We had a couple drops. Compare it from last week to this week, it’s a big difference.”

The statistics don’t really reflect a big difference. Last week, Griffin was 5-for-11 for 53 yards and an interception in the opening half vs. Philadelphia. He finished the game 30-for-49 for 329 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Against the Packers, Griffin closed out the day 26-for-40 for 320 yards and three scores to go along with the one interception.

“I don’t see nothing wrong with his passes,” Garcon said. “He’s been throwing it well all week. He’s throwing it well in the game. Sometimes we’re just an inch off. Sometimes it’s the receiver’s fault. It’s not always the quarterback’s fault, it’s the receiver’s fault.”

The Redskins receivers insist Griffin’s passes are just as crisp and on-target as they were last season.

“He looks fine to me. I don’t see anything physically wrong with him,” left tackle Trent Williams said. “He’s capable of doing everything he’s been doing in the past.”

Wide receiver Leonard Hankerson believes the offense’s problems should be pinpointed to every player, and shouldn’t rest solely on Griffin’s shoulders.

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