Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III says he won’t use the excuse that he’s “rusty” for the reason he turned the ball over three times and didn’t score a point until lass than two minutes remained in the third quarter.
“I think that’s an excuse,” Griffin said, via Redskins.com, when the idea of rustiness was raised postgame. “I’m responsible for the way I play. I didn’t play very well in the first half. That’s just the way it is. You move on from it. I’m not going to sit here and say I was rusty. I’ve got to be accountable and I’m going to be accountable for that. I didn’t play well in the first half. We came back and played better in the second half. We’ve just got to do it for 60 minutes.”
Griffin was asked by reporters following the Redskins’ 33-27 season-opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles if playing in the preseason would have made him more comfortable.
“No, I don’t think so,” Griffin said. “Once again I think that’s an excuse. I was comfortable out there, I felt good. I was able to escape the pocket and move around. And that’s why I told everybody I felt good anyways. So we just didn’t play well as a team, any of us. And we know that. There’s no finger-pointing going on in that locker room. We know we have to get better and it comes with a short week going against Green Bay, but we’ll figure it out.”
Griffin finished the game 30-of-49 for 329 yards passing with two touchdown passes against two interceptions. He also rushed for 24 yards and had one fumble.
Griffin wouldn’t say if his knee bothered him during the game.
“It’s football, man,” he said. “The corner blitz I got hit in the back. Mychal Kendricks, I think he got me on one and picked me up. They don’t feel good but it is football. It is what it is. I know everybody wants to see that, wants to see me get hit and get up and that’s what they got to see. I’m not going to sit here and ask for it every game, it just is what it is.”
The Redskins travel to Green Bay on Sunday to face the Packers.