Posted September 23, 2013

Pierre Garcon: ‘Last year’s RGIII a lot different than this year’s RGIII’

NFC East, Washington Redskins
Pierre Garcon (left) has been unimpressed with RGIII in 2013.

Pierre Garcon (left) has been unimpressed with RGIII in 2013. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Pierre Garcon said on ESPN980 last week that Robert Griffin III is no longer as fast as he was in 2012, on account of the knee brace Washington’s QB now wears. Apparently, nothing Griffin did in a Week 3 loss to the Lions changed Garcon’s mind.

Garcon essentially reiterated his argument on Monday, as reported by the Washington Post.

“He’s not fully healthy, obviously,” Garcon said. “He’s running a little bit more [recently]. But last year’s RG3 was a lot different from this year’s RG because of his knee. It’s not surprising. We’ve been talking about it the whole offseason.”

Griffin took a little exception to Garcon’s earlier comments, saying on a conference call with the media: “There’s no knee issue. I love my receiver. If he wants to race, then we can race.” He may bristle similarly at Garcon’s most recent assessment of his running abilities.

The bigger question, though, is why Garcon feels the need to continue harping on this issue. Griffin’s inability to rediscover his 2012 magic has been the headlining story in Washington’s 0-3 start, but it’s hardly the only problem in the nation’s capital. In fact, Griffin rushed for more yards Sunday (37) than he had in Weeks 1 and 2 combined.

The Redskins might have scored their first win, too, if not for a couple of key fourth-quarter mistakes: one by Griffin came when he fumbled on his own while diving at the end of a 21-yard run, his longest of 2013.

Griffin and head coach Mike Shanahan have maintained all along that Griffin has stayed in the pocket more out of situation than necessity. His stats bear that out to some extent, too. Griffin currently leads the league in completions with 88, and he’s on pace for 5,200 yards through the air — 2,200 more than he threw for last season.

That heavier aerial attack has come about, at least in part, because the Redskins faced huge first-half deficits against Philadelphia in Week 1 and Green Bay in Week 2. Garcon might argue that the early offensive struggles (and thus the need to throw) go hand in hand with Griffin’s rustiness. But Washington’s start has been far from an exclusively RGIII-related problem.

Also worth noting: Griffin now has three games under his belt, matching the number he likely would have played had he been cleared for the preseason. So his performance may be in line for a natural uptick in the coming weeks, regardless of Garcon’s analysis.

25 comments
Matthew W
Matthew W

is Kirk Cousins warming up yet?

pamperofirpo
pamperofirpo

RGIII is a prima Donna. He also will prove to be a one-year wonder. I will be surprised if he ever even wins a single playoff game in his career.

DugoutBoyz
DugoutBoyz

Considering the injury suffered in the Seahawks playoff game...considering the extensive rehabilitation program...the countless hours strengthening the knee...YOU'D THINK SOMEBODY WOULD HAVE TAUGHT THE GUY HOW TO SLIDE.


He's a flipping legend....in his own mind.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Personally I'd like to see him run around get his knee blown out and begin to tweet how he was made to run around by coach.

Fannish
Fannish

It's either a sophomore slump, or the other teams have seen enough film to know him better. In my opinion, he does seem to be sleep walking a little bit. I sure can understand protecting that knee, and his career. Can he become a Tom Brady or a Aaron Rogers? It isn't his style now, but he certainly isn't stupid. I guess if Tebow can change, so can RG III. Let's hope with better results.

101philosopha101
101philosopha101

So, crippling salary cap, crippling QB, still paying in the draft to come for RGIII (no #1,), and if RGIII cannot regain his form, and even if he does, will NFL defenses allow him to be as dynamic as before, if not, you Redskins are screwed.

tushymcspankspank
tushymcspankspank

Agreed: Peterson has likely set unreasonable expectations for those with similar injuries. This was a serious surgery that will take time to bounce back from. AP is a freak of nature

BBBigster
BBBigster

When it comes to healing, he is no Adrian Peterson.  Then again...  there isn't another Adrian Peterson. 

Anyways, this might actually be good for Redskins, assuming RGIII does not get re-injured.  

With another year under his belt, healthier, and more humbled.  Also, Redskins will no longer be under crushing Salary cap penalty.   With relatively high first round pick, assuming they finish the season with 5-6 wins, they can fill the much need hole in their D.  

mrfrogburger
mrfrogburger

RG3 is good but tone down the ego please.

drmuon
drmuon

He'll be fine..  Just needs some time to get back into it and his knee to totally heal and I'm an Eagles fan.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

When the media and the fans make players supermen they are bound to be disappointed. Griffin, and Colin Kaepernick come to mind.

tonybot3
tonybot3

Browns dodged a bullet by not giving up the house to get this guy...  This kind of thing kills franchises.

decredico
decredico

yeah well a career threatening knee injury will do that to a fellow

otherworld
otherworld

Sophomore slump. The knee exaggerates the situation. 

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

@DugoutBoyz Don't forget the ACL injury in 2009. I'd like to see the guy's elite talent, not medical chart.

Aerdna
Aerdna

@BBBigster LOL, they gave away their first round pick in order to pick Griffin.

CGSHighball
CGSHighball

@BBBigster I think you mean "a relatively high 2nd round pick."  Rams get our #1 again, as part of the RG3 trade.  The "crushing salary cap penalty" is spot on though.  We're freakin hosed this year, and frankly, I'm expecting to be hosed the next few years as we've had to back-load contracts just to keep ANYBODY during these penalty-years.

Aerdna
Aerdna

@Nine Vegetable @tonybot3 , yes, the Browns have a better record and two first round picks and 2 second round picks in the 2014 draft.