“We’re in a day and age in society where, let’s dissect, let’s micro-dissect, nano-dissect everything that everyone does,” he said. “In Robert’s case it’s real simple. He’s not 100 percent and he won’t be 100 percent. But he’s medically cleared to be able to play football. If Robert has to make a living dropping back and throwing the football from the pocket, he’s not gonna be what he was. Let’s face it, he came here because of his athletic skills and his legs, as well as his arm and his intelligence. Now, if he’s not able to do that, then you basically have somebody you need to modify an offense for, which I don’t think you need to do at this particular point in time.”
Theismann went on to say that he doesn’t think the brace is slowing him down, and clarified his “100 percent” comment.
“Let me just say this,” he said, in response to a question about his assessment. “I think he’s physically 100 percent. I think he’s going through the growing pains of acclimating himself back into a system. Obviously his throws aren’t exactly what you want. Everybody says ‘Oh, he throws the ball high. He’s missed this receiver.’ I watched Tom Brady for the last two weeks. He missed Edelman on the sideline by five yards on out and up routes. And I’ve watched Tom miss receivers down the field. Nobody says anything because he hasn’t been hurt. Yes, he’s got young receivers, but he’s also missed some guys. Robert misses some guys in a blowout game where everything’s on his shoulders, and everybody says, ‘Oh, Robert has this problem and Robert has that problem.’”
“I think he’ll be fine in time,” he continued. “And I don’t agree with the theory that, ‘Oh, he should have sat the first month, bring him back after the bye.’ He’s doing what he needs to do and he gives this Washington football team the best chance to win.”
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
Congrats @donovanjmcnabb You opened many doors for guys like myself Well Deserved
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) September 20, 2013
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Gio Gonzalez, on yesterday’s win:
“It’s always nice to get a win on your birthday. It’s almost like a gift to yourself.”
PHOTO OF THE DAY
One more of Cooley with hockey pants over jeans. Read about his skating injury here.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
Bryce Harper’s 20th home run of the season.
WHAT TO WATCH TONIGHT
Marlins at Nats, 7 p.m. on MASN. Blackhawks at Caps preseason, 7 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet. All TV/Radio listings here.
SCOOP OF THE DAY
Katie Carrera with the awesome jump on Ted’s super secret announcement tomorrow.
MARYLAND PRIDE OF THE DAY
Maryland revealed a new uniform design last night. The helmets are hand painted, no two alike. Seems a bit much, but STATE PRIDE.