There was something different about Robert Griffin III on Sunday, both superficially and fundamentally. He had a new “C” stitched on the front of his uniform, right above the heart, having been named a captain by his Washington Redskins teammates four days earlier. On “Salute to Service” day at FedEx Field, he had the names of his parents, Robert Jr. and Jacqueline, stamped on the tongues of his shoes.
But the more important differences couldn’t be seen: the well-rested limbs, the deeper resolve, the stronger sense of mission. Two weeks ago, following the low point of their season — a home loss to a 1-6 Carolina Panthers team — Griffin had departed for the bye week vowing to return a better quarterback than before.