Defenses will adjust

Aaron Wilson

Baltimore Sun

It was a masterful debut for Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, practically perfect as he outdueled Drew Brees.

So, what's next for the dynamic rookie?

Defenses will make some adjustments to try to curtail his impact. They'll study his tendencies to find a hole in his game, if one even exists.

Once there's a larger body of work of Griffin III, someone will devise a way to at least contain him. Remember, there are better defenses out there than the suspect Saints.

Based on his talent and work ethic, though, I don't see him not keeping up the good work after one of the best games by a rookie in NFL history.

awilson@tribune.com

He'll be entertaining

Sam Farmer

Los Angeles Times

Take a deep breath. Week 1 is always the week of overreactions. "Team X is great/horrible. Player X is unstoppable/a bust."

Robert Griffin III had a spectacular debut, but let's not go off the deep end. Defenses will refine how to scheme him, and he'll have good weeks and bad weeks. That's what happened to Cam Newton last season after he set a rookie record by throwing for 422 yards in his debut.

The scary thing with Griffin is he's pretty thin, and he throws his body around with abandon. He's playing behind a shaky line with a rookie running back, too, so the Redskins have to be extra nervous about keeping him healthy.

That said, the next few weeks of the schedule set up nicely for him, and he will be highly entertaining with the football in his hands.

sfarmer@tribune.com

Peaks and valleys

Omar Kelly

Sun Sentinel