ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Robert Griffin III's knee is fine. The same can't be said about any facet of the Washington Redskins' passing game.
"Sometimes it may be a read, it may be an overthrow, it may be a protection issue, it may be a dropped ball," coach Mike Shanahan said Monday.
That about covers it. Griffin has open receivers that he doesn't see. When he does throw it, he's not nearly as accurate as he was a year ago. When he does put the ball on the money, his receivers are dropping it far too often. And, of course, sometimes he under too much pressure, taking, for example, three sacks and 13 more hits in Sunday's 45-21 loss to the Denver Broncos.
"Everything that works together gives you a chance," Shanahan said. "And that's what we're working for on offense. Same thing we did a year ago. But that consistency is the key to winning football games, and we're not there yet."
The Redskins (2-5) blew a 14-point, second-half lead and managed only one good drive against the Broncos, relying on the defense to score or set up 14 points with takeaways. Griffin completed only 15 of 30 passes for 132 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions before he was knocked out of the game when his left knee was squished by 335-pound defensive tackle Terrance Knighton.
Both Shanahan and Griffin said after the game that the quarterback could've returned if the score had been closer. The coach said Monday that the knee was "fine" and "a little bit sore" but that Griffin should practicing as scheduled Wednesday when the Redskins begin on-field preparations for the San Diego Chargers.
Griffin tore ligaments in his right knee last season and has mostly struggled since he returned. He has nine touchdowns, eight interceptions and a 79.2 rating. The Redskins' best offensive performances this season have come when he's run the ball more than a handful of times, complementing the talents of tailbacks Alfred Morris and Roy Helu.