ASHBURN Now three weeks removed from his first post-surgery game, Robert Griffin III feels more confident in the Washington Redskins’ play-calling and execution, although both he and his coach say they wouldn’t have done anything differently to this point.
Griffin has thrown the ball more than 40 times in each game this season, a number he didn’t reach last year.
“I know a lot of times when you get into that range it’s not conducive to winning, and we did that to ourselves,” he said.
He added that running back Alfred Morris “needs more touches, and we’ll get those to him.”
Coach Mike Shanahan said Griffin has been better each game, including big improvements last week against Detroit.
When asked, though, Shanahan said he had no regrets about playing Griffin in the season’s opening weeks.
“You have to play in order to get better,” Shanahan said. “The more plays, the more he’s comfortable getting back and playing in game situations, the better he’s going to be.”
Griffin was less of a pocket passer and more of a mobile threat last week, although he’s still midway through the transition.
On Wednesday, he denied an ESPN report that he had requested to pass the ball more and run less.
Morris said the running will come with time as Griffin continues to feel more confident.
“(Last week) I feel was a big improvement. He was actually scrambling and making things happen with his legs,” Morris said. “He’s getting more and more comfortable; he’s getting back to his regular form. But he’s in a brace. He can only do so much, in a sense.
“He’s still recovering, he’s still healing, but I feel like he’s very close to where he was last year.”
At least one person hopes Griffin stays in the pocket for another week.
Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson said after watching the two versions of Griffin, he knows which one he’d like to see Sunday.
“For the most part, you would like a guy that would sit back there and not have that threat of running,” he said. “Last year, he was more concerned with the mobile aspect of the game, setting up the passing. (This year) they’re throwing it a lot. I don’t think there’s as much read option in the run game as there has been.”
Griffin stressed the need for confidence moving forward, something he said will be produced by winning results on the field.
He has no regrets, though, about the way his rehab was presented, including a documentary produced by Gatorade that portrayed him as ready for action.
“It comes with the territory of being a quarterback in the NFL,” he said. “When we don’t have success, there is going to be criticism. You’ve got to be able to stand tall, look the criticism in the face, look that adversity in the face, and let it know that you’re not going anywhere.”
He referenced an ESPN documentary that aired Tuesday night about Peyton Manning and his family.
“He has a documentary, and he’s going off this year, and no one criticizes that,” Griffin said. “It goes with the territory. If you struggle a little bit coming out of the gates, everyone is going to look at that and criticize it. You’ve got to be able to face that.”
The Washington Redskins are more successful when they run the ball. This is Robert Griffin III’s career record when he has:
More than 30 pass attempts: 1-7
Fewer than 30 pass attempts: 8-3