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07:04 AM ET 09.11 | Robert Griffin III may have looked the part -- until he hit the field. He wasn't ready. Visibly, [Griffin] wasn't ready for NFL live action. Oh, he was ready for a star turn, grabbing the Redskins flag and dashing across the field with it. But as soon as we dispensed with the college-boy amateur theatricals and got down to business, it became obvious he has a ways to go before we can call him fully recovered from knee surgery and that there has been a good deal of overhype, spin, locker room politics and wallpaper paste covering up the dysfunctional drama in his record-time return. You could almost feel the cringing by Redskins management every time he took a hit. There was that camera shot of surgeon James Andrews in his team cap, staring at Griffin watchfully, grimly ready to crook his finger at any moment.

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September 11, 2013  07:16 AM ET

I can't argue here.

September 11, 2013  07:16 AM ET

Who writes this stuff?

September 11, 2013  07:24 AM ET

I'd like to know if he had any swelling or setbacks after monday night. If so, I surely wouldn't play him against the Packers on a short week's rest. He was rusty. Had they put him in week 6, he would've been rusty in week 6.

September 11, 2013  07:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Who writes this stuff?

Kirk Cousins's mom.

September 11, 2013  07:32 AM ET

If he hadn't played, the headline would have been "RGIII Should Have Played". That's journalism (loosely termed).

September 11, 2013  07:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Had they put him in week 6, he would've been rusty in week 6.

That's the answer. He missed pre-season. Sooner or later, he's got to face real teams in real games to get back into the rhythm.

Brady only played a bit in pre-season, and hadn't seen the field for 3 weeks. He looked rusty, too.

September 11, 2013  07:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I can't argue here.

You mean the Washington Post got it right? Unusual for any rag these days!

September 11, 2013  07:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

That's the answer. He missed pre-season. Sooner or later, he's got to face real teams in real games to get back into the rhythm.Brady only played a bit in pre-season, and hadn't seen the field for 3 weeks. He looked rusty, too.

It was a pretty sloppy first week. RGIII was tentative and wasn't following through on his throws. Brady had the same issues when he first came back from his injury. No matter what everyone tells him, he's got to get used to being out there.

My question is, what's Eli's excuse?

September 11, 2013  07:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

It was a pretty sloppy first week. RGIII was tentative and wasn't following through on his throws. Brady had the same issues when he first came back from his injury. No matter what everyone tells him, he's got to get used to being out there.My question is, what's Eli's excuse?

Since Eli had over 450 yards, what excuse does he need? the rest of the team does though.

September 11, 2013  08:13 AM ET

Eli doesn't need an excuse - the Cowboys do for turning three turn overs into ONLY THREE POINTS! I felt like I was watching a rerun of most of the games last year: They suck in the first qtr, 2nd and 3rd are lights out, and then the fourth qtr the Boys do EVERYTHING possible to hand the game over to the opposing team....... every Cowboys gameday makes me feel a little like Bill Murray felt in Ground Hog Day.

September 11, 2013  08:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

every Cowboys gameday makes me feel a little like Bill Murray felt in Ground Hog Day.

very possible game 2 this year will be like game 2 last year.

September 11, 2013  08:25 AM ET

Games 5-8 are brutal...even if the Cowboys are 4-0 going into game 5- we could be 4-4 easy if our offense scores like they did in the first two qtrs of game 1.

September 11, 2013  08:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I'd like to know if he had any swelling or setbacks after monday night. If so, I surely wouldn't play him against the Packers on a short week's rest. He was rusty. Had they put him in week 6, he would've been rusty in week 6.

RGIII wasn't extending his right knee at all when he walked. Typically with that injury/surgery the last thing to happen is the ability to completely straighten the leg. He wasn't doing that. If he continues to play this way he will destroy his knee again and the next surgery will end his career.

He should not have been on the field. Shanny's gonna ruin this guy!

September 11, 2013  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

RGIII wasn't extending his right knee at all when he walked. Typically with that injury/surgery the last thing to happen is the ability to completely straighten the leg. He wasn't doing that. If he continues to play this way he will destroy his knee again and the next surgery will end his career. He should not have been on the field. Shanny's gonna ruin this guy!

Mc Nabb tried to tell him...

September 11, 2013  08:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Mc Nabb tried to tell him...

now there's a case of 'shoot the messenger'.

September 11, 2013  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

You mean the Washington Post got it right? Unusual for any rag these days!

I wouldn't say all that about the post, but they aren't completely wrong. The writer still seems to have an agenda. Probably one of those thumpers whining about the Redskins name.

September 11, 2013  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Had they put him in week 6, he would've been rusty in week 6.

Yep. He has to go back in and get back to game-shape eventually. He put in a poor performance but I feel like he was capable enough to defend himself from injury.

September 11, 2013  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I wouldn't say all that about the post, but they aren't completely wrong. The writer still seems to have an agenda. Probably one of those thumpers whining about the Redskins name.

Just another one who probably has the 'politically correct' agenda to make themselves happy.

September 11, 2013  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

......but I feel like he was capable enough to defend himself from injury.

I've got to respectfully disagree. When he moved to his left he had no power from his back foot. His right leg. He grimaced several times after being hit and even grabbed his right knee twice. Eventually, soon, somebody is going to light him up and his season/career will be over. He's got to finish the rehab and get stronger. Putting 25 pounds on wouldn't hurt either. He looks like a track guy.

 
September 11, 2013  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

now there's a case of 'shoot the messenger'.

McNabb knows...he had the same injury.

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