By Kevin Ross II
Quarterback Robert Griffin III reintroduced himself to the National Football League on Sunday against the Bears. He was ultra dynamic, accurate from the pocket, and the bottom line is: He’s back. But the best way to describe Robert Griffin III might involve the word heroic. How else would you describe a pressure filled fourth quarter, 45-41 comeback win over the Bears?
Robert Griffin III: Grade : A-
Griffin may already be the best dual-threat quarterback to ever play professional football. And that’s not an opinion if you allow the statistics to do the talking. Against the Bears, Griffin posted his fifth career game of at least 200-passing yards and 75-rushing yards. The only other players in league history who have recorded more of these type of performances are Randall Cunningham and Mike Vick, who both have six. By season’s end the stats will say that Griffin is the best dual-threat passer to ever play the game. And to Redskins nation that is a newsworthy headline, as such a thing didn’t seem likely only a few weeks ago.
Griffin is gaining confidence with every snap that he takes, and has regained his legs and timing after missing all of the offseason and preseason. Griffin spoke about the mental hurdles that he had to jump, in order to reach his current level of play.
“I think that the mental part of it, that I did get over was not thinking out on the field and just reacting. I don’t think that had anything to do with my knee, the knee brace or anything else, I think that was just for me mentally playing the game, irrelevant of my injury,” said Griffin. “That’s the breakthrough I feel like I’ve had for myself and I’m proud of that, to just go out there and play with your instincts. That’s what I meant when I say that’s what got me here and that’s what’s made me the player that I am.”
Griffin was spectacular against Chicago but he didn’t do it alone, his biggest contribution came from a player who is returning from a devastating injury as well, Roy Helu Jr.
Roy Helu Jr.: Grade : A
Much talk was made over Griffin’s return, but Roy Helu was also lost for the season last year with a gruesome toe injury. Helu put in the work, and has returned in 2013 as a bigger, more powerful, and faster running back.
So far, Helu has been used primarily as a third down back, but things changed this week as the team inserted him into their red zone package. The results for Helu included three rushing touchdowns, including the go-ahead score which capped the 4th quarter comeback.
When asked to elaborate on the great things that he did in the red zone, Helu, as always, put things into the proper perspective.
“I just go back to [the fact that] I wasn’t playing last season, so to be a part of something bigger than myself with this organization – I’ll take whatever role I can,” said Helu. “Today, it just happened to be more of a red zone role.”
Roy Helu had his best performance in years, and he has his offensive line to thank.
The Offensive Line : Grade : A-
The Redskins offense gained a freakish 499-yards against the Bears. You have to go back to 1991 against the Falcons for the last time that the Redskins posted this many yards in a non-overtime game. That’s how good the offense was, and the offensive line has to get the majority of the credit.
Overall the offense performed exceptionally well, and deserves an “A” across the board. Now if you want to talk about the special teams or defense, that would be a different story.
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Kevin Ross is a freelance writer covering all things Washington Redskins. His work can be found on Examiner.com.