Quarterback Robert Griffin III came away from film study of Sunday’s comeback victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the belief that the performance was the best of his young NFL career. He also said that the first quarter of the season has assured him that he and the Redskins are on the right track toward success.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said as much on Monday, and although Griffin grades himself with a critical eye, the quarterback agreed.
Griffin passed for 323 yards while completing 74 percent of his passes and compiling a 102.4 quarterback rating. He also rushed for 43 yards and his fourth touchdown of the season on seven carries.
A week after he was sacked six times, Griffin was sacked only twice against Tampa Bay. He spread the ball around to nine different receivers, and was at his best on the seven-play game-winning drive when Griffin completed four out of four passes (plus one spike) and scrambled 15 yards to put Washington in position for the game-winning field goal.
“I think it was my best game, after doing the film study. It was a more complete, solid game,” Griffin said. “I didn’t really take any bad sacks, got through my progressions, hit my check-downs. Guys were working for me. In order to go through your progressions, everyone has to be there when they’re supposed to be there. Everyone was doing their job, and that helps me go out and execute as a quarterback and lead the offense, so it definitely was my best game.”
Griffin also recorded his first career
interception reception. After pitching the ball to Brandon Banks, Griffin rolled to his right, and Banks passed the ball back to Griffin behind the line of scrimmage. Griffin then fired the ball downfield to Niles Paul for a 30-yard completion.
“First of all, shout out to Banks,” Griffin said with a smile to start off his weekly news conference. “It’s always a lot more fun as a quarterback if you can do things you don’t normally get to do. So if I can catch a pass and make a play for the team, that’s what I’m willing to do.”
Griffin said that the game-winning drive didn’t surprise him. “We had a feeling,” he said, that he and the offense could execute at a high level and position themselves for victory. Griffin said that the most important conclusion he took away from the game was that multiple players continue to make plays as they help Washington to victory.
“Coach talked to us today, and the biggest thing is we’re winning as a team. It’s not that any individual people [are] just going out there, doing things on their own. Everybody’s contributing,” Griffin said. “…So, the future’s looking bright for us but we also know that we have to take it one day at a time, and we’re doing that.”