Over the first two week’s of the regular season it’s become obvious that Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III still isn’t the same player after undergoing offseason knee surgery.
Pierre Garcon says Griffin isn’t as fast as he was last season.
“Well, some of those runs weren’t designed runs for Robert,” Garcon said per the Washington Post. “One of the plays that you guys always show is the Minnesota Vikings run — that wasn’t a designed play, that was a quarterback just being an athlete. Some of the plays he has two options, to hand the ball off to Alfred or to run it — sometimes he keeps it, sometimes he runs. Sometimes he runs an option with a receiver. We have a bunch of various plays that we call at different times — some plays get more yards than others, some plays don’t always pan out how we designed them. But the defenses are seeing them. They know Robert obviously can’t run as fast as he did last year because of his knee brace and his knee, but it’s the same offense, to be honest with you. It’s nothing different. It hasn’t changed at all.”
Garcon claims that RG’s knee brace is slowing him down.
“Well, when you’re walking around with a knee brace or playing with a knee brace, obviously it’s slowing you down a little bit,” Garcon said. “It’s just natural. It’s common….I don’t know how much it weighs, exactly, but you always think about it when you have it on there, and it’s a constant reminder. It’s not gonna let you be the guy you are without the knee brace. When you have something around your knees – the more equipment you have on, it’s obviously distracting you or slowing you down from being as free as loose as yourself without any equipment on.”