Robert Griffin III rejects suggestion that he has regressed during preseason

August 24, 2014

Robert Griffin III is pressured by Baltimore outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (55), right, as he throws an incomplete pass in the second quarter. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

BALTIMORE — Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III wrapped up his preseason on a decidedly down note Saturday, with Washington losing to Baltimore, 23-17, and the first-team offense contributing a mere three points toward the effort.

Griffin led the starters on just one scoring drive in six possessions, and it stopped shy of the end zone, salvaged by Kai Forbath’s 32-yard field goal.

The Redskins’ first-team offense had failed to score a touchdown through three preseason games and won’t get a chance to try once more, with Coach Jay Gruden announcing they won’t play in Thursday’s finale.

Saturday, against a Baltimore defense that lacked its three top defensive backs, Griffin completed 5 of 8 throws for 30 yards, none longer than seven yards. And he threw an interception for a second consecutive game.

The result was a 27.1 passer rating, down from his 77.1 passer rating in Monday’s victory over Cleveland, and his 56.2 passer rating from the preseason-opener against New England.

Speaking to reporters afterward, Griffin rejected a suggestion that his performance against Baltimore represented a “regression.”

“I don’t look at it that way,” Griffin said. “Once again, I’m not going to allow things that happen in the preseason to carry over to the regular season. Last year we were 4-0 in preseason and didn’t have a great year.

“It’s not to say that ‘It’s just the preseason.’ It’s more to say, ‘This is a learning experience for everybody. I’m not going to judge Week 1 or Week 2 or Week 3 of the preseason as a regression on myself or on this team or the offense in general. We’ll keep working.”

Griffin went on to say that he felt that “having a bad outing” against Baltimore would ultimately help the Redskins improve.

“I know people can’t see that right now,” Griffin. “There will be overreactions all over the place. It’s our job to make sure we stay cool, calm and collected and keep fighting on.”

Griffin’s preseason passing tally: 13 of 20 for 84 yards (just under 6.5 yards per completion).

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Liz Clarke currently covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post, she has also covered five Olympic Games, two World Cups and written extensively about college sports, tennis and auto racing.
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