But none of that matters now.
“We have to make sure we go out and not just rely on last year,” Griffin said. “But we have to build a story for this year, and it starts with us being 1-3 right now and trying to get to 2-3 against the Cowboys.”
To author another heroic tale, Griffin will have to orchestrate a complete performance — something that has eluded him so far this season. Two interceptions and a botched pitch in Week 1 kept Washington in check until too late. Poor accuracy and another interception put the quarterback and his crew in another inescapable hole in Week 2. Another slow start followed in Week 3, but things did get going sooner. Griffin fumbled away a shot at a comeback victory late in that game.
Griffin admits the struggles surprised him. He knew he would have to work his way back into form after reconstructive knee surgery during the offseason, but he didn’t expect his progress would be this slow. He expected some scrutiny but didn’t know how much.
Redskins fans’ excitement over the “All in for Week 1” campaign quickly died when Griffin and the Redskins stumbled out of the gates. The emotions shifted to disbelief. Griffin looked like a shell of himself — throwing one fewer interception through three weeks this season than he did all of last season and scarcely running the ball. The high-powered offense he led last year was unrecognizable.
The Redskins finally got their first win two weeks ago, defeating the Oakland Raiders, 24-14, just before their bye week. In that game, Griffin displayed both flashes of his old self and the promise of development. But while some of his teammates lamented the fact their in-season break had come too soon, Griffin readily embraced it.
He went through one final practice with his teammates Oct. 1, chose not to make himself available for interviews with local media and left the area with his wife, seeking the refuge of a quiet Williamsburg resort to recharge.
“I think this bye week, it was more important for me to just get away from everything and kind of let everything die down and let everybody get back to talking about football and not the knee brace, not anything else going on along those lines,” Griffin said Wednesday. “That was the biggest thing for me at that time. That’s the reason I didn’t sit down and talk with you guys or do anything else. I just wanted to get away, go spend some time with my wife and just relax, and it worked.”
Assessing his mental and physical state heading into Sunday’s game, Griffin said, “I feel good, great actually. Rejuvenated.”