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Pierre Garcon says RG3 ‘can’t run as fast as this year’ because of the knee brace

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Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III’s team is off to a 0-2 start. They have been outscored 50-7 in the first half of two games. Somebody has to take the blame for what is going on.

The biggest problem is Washington’s atrocious defense, which is ranked last in the NFL.

However, Griffin is receiving some heat, too.

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Washington receiver Pierre Garcon was on ESPN 980 today and said his team was running the same offense that was productive in 2012. Garcon said the team does not want Griffin running around a lot this season because of the quarterback's offseason knee surgery. He also believes Griffin's knee brace is slowing down his quarterback.

“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 told the radio station via Washingtonpost.com. “It’s just natural. It’s common….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.”

While most NFL observers expect Griffin to be the same mobile quarterback who rushed for 815 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012, he has only 25 rushing yards through two games. Garcon said some of Griffin's runs last season were not by design, which explains the decline in rushing yards this year.

“Well, some of those runs weren’t designed runs for Robert,” Garcon said via Washingtonpost.com. “One of the plays that you guys always show is the Minnesota Vikings run — that wasn’t a designed play, that was a quarterback just being an athlete. Some of the plays he has two options, to hand the ball off to Alfred or to run it — sometimes he keeps it, sometimes he runs. Sometimes he runs an option with a receiver. We have a bunch of various plays that we call at different times — some plays get more yards than others, some plays don’t always pan out how we designed them. But the defenses are seeing them. They know Robert obviously can’t run as fast as he did last year because of his knee brace and his knee, but it’s the same offense, to be honest with you. It’s nothing different. It hasn’t changed at all.”

Despite Griffin’s limitations, Washington’s offense is ranked sixth in yards per game (402), which is slightly above its 383.2 average in 2012. Washington is averaging 23.5 points per game compared to 27.2 last season.

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However, Washington's defense is currently ranked 32nd after finishing the 2012 regular season ranked fifth.

Maybe Washington’s defenders are wearing knee braces?

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