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Pierre Garcon: Robert Griffin III is slowed down by his knee brace

Robert-Griffin-knee-braceWashington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is still trying to shake off the rust in the wake of his second major knee surgery. Through the first two weeks of the season, he has been horrible. Thanks to RG3′s shaky play and an incredibly porous defense, the Redskins are 0-2. Wide receiver Pierre Garcon has found at least one thing to blame for the slow start — Griffin’s knee brace.

“Robert obviously can’t run as fast as he did last year because of his knee brace and his knee,” Garcon told ESPN980 Radio on Tuesday. “But it’s the same offense, to be honest with you. It’s nothing different. It hasn’t changed at all.”

The play calling may be similar, but the offense is hardly the same. Griffin is either too timid to take off and run or Mike Shanahan and Kyle Shanahan are not calling as many designed runs in order to protect him. Whatever the reason, opposing defenses simply don’t have to worry RG3 taking off on them at the moment.

“Well, when you’re walking around with a knee brace or playing with a knee brace, obviously it’s slowing you down a little bit,” Garcon added. “It’s just natural. I don’t know how much it weighs, exactly, but you always think about it when you have it on there, and it’s a constant reminder.

“It’s not gonna let you be the guy you are without the knee brace. When you have something around your knees — the more equipment you have on, it’s obviously distracting you or slowing you down from being as free as loose as yourself without any equipment on.”

And then there’s the fact that RG3 has to deal with calls from the league telling him to cover the brace up during games, but that’s a separate discussion in itself. Growing pains are to be expected, as Griffin did not play or practice at all during the preseason. The problem is the Redskins are digging themselves into an early hole. If RG3′s legs are not a threat, Washington simply isn’t going to win many games.

Robert Griffin III: NFL kept telling me to cover up my knee brace

Robert-Griffin-knee-braceWashington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III looked extremely rusty in his first game back from reconstructive knee surgery on Monday night. Fans were anxious to see how he would respond to live action, but apparently the NFL didn’t want viewers getting distracted by his knee brace.

The Washington Post pointed out on Tuesday morning that Griffin covered his knee brace with his uniform pants and sock throughout the course of his team’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Why? Because the league insisted.

“Everybody in the league kept calling down to our sideline saying I needed to cover the brace up,” RG3 said after the game. “I don’t understand that one. But that’s why we had to continue to do some stuff to cover the brace up with my sock. It was the same brace. It just looked bigger because they kept putting stuff over it.”

A Redskins spokesman told the Post’s Mark Maske that the order came from the NFL’s uniform inspector in the press box.

“Man, I don’t know what the league’s doing,” Griffin added. “I got fined 10 grand for a shirt. I mean, I don’t know.”

RG3 was fined a few weeks ago, presumably because he wore this shirt on the field during pregame warmups before one of Washington’s preseason games. He is not the first player we have seen receive a fine for choosing to wear apparel that is not issued by the league, but what’s the deal with the knee brace?

Did Griffin’s knee brace have an Adidas logo on it or something? He did not cover the brace up last season. RG3 provided no explanation as to why the NFL wanted him to hide the brace, so for now it remains one of the many bizarre mysteries involving the No Fun League’s uniform policy.

Clay Matthews may have referred to Robert Griffin III as ‘what’s his name’ (Video)

Clay-Matthews-interviewThe Green Bay Packers will have their hands full with read-option quarterbacks to begin the 2013 season, with their first two games coming against the San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins. Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III are two of the most athletic quarterbacks in the game, so the Packers were happy to get some practice in against Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks in their third preseason game on Friday.

After the game, Clay Matthews was asked if facing Wilson helps his team’s defense prepare for the regular season.

“It’s real good preparation,” he said, per DC Sports Bog. “We start out the season with the 49ers. I mean, we got…uh…what’s his name?”

CBS Sports’ Tracy Wolfson then asked Matthews if he was talking about Kaepernick. He smirked and gave the following response.

“No no, the Redskins, coming here Week 2,” he said. “So it’s great preparation.”

Was that a shot at RG3? Or was he saying the Packers don’t even need to prepare for “what’s his name” Colin Kaepernick? Perhaps Matthews simply had a brain fart and wasn’t trying to disrespect anyone, but his facial expression made it seem like he was trying to ruffle feathers.

The Packers didn’t face the Redskins last season, but they were completely exposed against Kaepernick and the Niners in the playoffs. If they don’t do a better job of adjusting to read-option quarterbacks this season, Matthews will learn RG3′s and Kaepernick’s name fairly quickly. Remember how Osi Umenyiora learned his lesson with giving Griffin his own nickname?

Robert Griffin III fined $10,000, likely for wearing ‘Operation Patience’ shirt

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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is no stranger to apparel controversy. Last year, he covered up the Nike logo on his undershirt to prove his allegiance to adidas. Griffin received a warning from the NFL and assured the league it would not happen again.

While he did not cover up a brand logo earlier this week, RG3 was still fined $10,000 for something that he was wearing. The Washington Post reported on Thursday that Griffin has been fined for an “apparel violation,” and the assumption is that it had to do with the “Operation Patience” shirt he wore during pregame warmups on Monday.

The shirt is a reference to RG3′s road to recovery, but it is not league-issued. As someone who was once fined $10,000 for wearing adidas gear to a postgame press conference, Griffin is more than familiar with the NFL’s rules regarding apparel. While a lot of people will complain that the No Fun League is being ridiculous again, rules are rules. Griffin knows them and has chosen not to follow them on multiple occasions. Perhaps being fined is worth it for him.

H/T Shutdown Corner

Introducing the Robert Griffin/Native American combo shirt that should not exist

Washington Redskins helmetThe Washington Redskins have faced an increasing amount of scrutiny over the past few years over the name of their franchise. Several members of Congress recently wrote the team a letter asking that the name Redskins be dropped in favor of something less offensive. However, it doesn’t appear that the Snyder family and the NFL intend to change the name anytime soon.

Perhaps the members of Congress who wrote the letter should turn their attention to a T-shirt that was recently spotted in Ocean City, Maryland. If nothing else, the shirt is offensive because of how incredibly ridiculous it is.

No matter how hard you try, you can’t unsee that. Has anyone actually purchased this shirt? For the love of God, I hope not.

Robert Griffin III: I can still hit the turbo

Robert-Griffin-III-RedskinsWashington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, but you have to wonder if his game will change at all.  We all know it is the dual-threat of passing and running that makes RG3 so dangerous for opposing defenses. However, it is important to remember that Griffin has already torn his ACL twice — once in college and once last season.

In order to protect the future of their franchise, the Redskins may ask RG3 to run less. Does that mean Griffin is going to become a pocket passer? Not quite.

“What happened last year was a learning experience for all of us,” Griffin told ESPN’s Lisa Salters on Monday night, via DC Sports Bog, when asked if Washington would still run the read option. “There’s no worries for me. If teams are gonna give that to us we’ll take it. I feel healthy enough to run it, and like I told him, I can still hit turbo.”

Being able to hit turbo is a valuable part of RG3′s game, albeit one that may be utilized less this season. Last week, Griffin made it pretty clear that he is upset with Redskins coach Mike Shanahan for holding him out of practice and preseason games when he feels fully recovered. You have to wonder if the same disagreements will arise if Shanahan asks him to run less.

RG3 reiterated on Monday that he and Shanahan have no issues with each other.

“I had to call that, because people were taking the words from the previous press conference and taking it way out of hand, and that’s not what this team needs,” he said. “They need their leader and their coach to be on the same team, and that’s what we are. So my relationship with coach is great, we talk on the daily, and that’s that.”

For RG3 to be RG3, he needs to run. Running and making himself vulnerable are two different things. If he can learn to do the former without the latter, there should be no issues with Washington’s approach.

Donovan McNabb: Washington Redskins are brainwashing Robert Griffin III

Donovan-McNabb-Mike-Shanahan-Robert-Griffin-IIIFor those of you who haven’t noticed, Donovan McNabb and Robert Griffin III are not the best of friends. As an African-American and former Washington Redskins quarterback, McNabb seems to feel it is his duty to warn RG3 about possible mistakes he is making early on in his career. Griffin recently made it clear that he doesn’t want to hear from McNabb, and who can blame him?

RG3 was responding to comments McNabb made about him doing too much in his personal life instead of rehabbing from knee surgery. On Tuesday evening during his show on NBC Sports Radio, McNabb commented on Griffin’s comments about his comments. You follow all that?

“I’m just trying to help him, but clearly the young generation think they have all the answers,” McNabb said, via CSNPhilly.com. “And he’s going through a little turmoil right now of trying to get out on the field. And it’s unfortunate, but that’s where we’re at right now as far as these young quarterbacks who think they have all the answers.

“I honestly think that over there in Washington he’s getting brainwashed.”

Maybe I’m also a part of the younger generation and think I have all the answers, but I’m with RG3. He doesn’t drink and he doesn’t party. He is ahead of schedule in his rehab and targeting a return to the field in Week 1 after tearing his ACL in the playoffs. That sounds like commitment to me.

“I hope the best for the young man,” McNabb said. “But the direction he’s going in is really a direction he does not want to do. He does not want to go there with me.”

What direction is that, Donovan? RG3 is entering only his second season as a pro, and McNabb is already all over him. McNabb doubted Griffin would ever be a fit with Mike Shanhan in Washington to begin with, so why would RG3 be interested in hearing his opinion? It’s not like Griffin is turning down advice from Joe Montana. McNabb needs to let it go.