Robert Griffin III said the right things pointing out how he has to be better. He said he’ll be the hard-ass if that’s what others on the team want and that he’ll run when the opportunity presents itself. That’s great.

This ugly 0-2 start courtesy of a 38-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers is not just about Griffin.

But it does start with him and until he gets his game going -- until he’s the dynamic threat they traded multiple draft choices for; the one who made defenses cringe because he could beat them multiple ways -- the Redskins will struggle to find theirs.

Whatever the reason defenses are playing the zone-read option differently or the Redskins are falling behind too fast Griffin and the team just aren’t right.

The defensive struggles aren’t a lot different than what they encountered during the first nine games a season ago when the team stumbled to a 3-6 record. The secondary was criticized when teams moved the ball and scored on them. It cost them some games but it didn’t cost them a season because of the offense. The Redskins had something to rely on thanks to Griffin and a running game led by Alfred Morris. They made big plays. They made defenses afraid. They kept their own defense off the field and often gave them a lead to work with.

Griffin said he could be more stern with teammates. He said that’s exactly what one teammate wanted him to be.

“Not necessarily change who I am but if they want me to be hard on them I’ll be hard on them” Griffin said. “I’m just not an [a--h---]. I believe in positive reinforcement. If something happens I know he’ll make up for it the next time he has that chance. If they want me to do that I’m fine with doing that. If that’s what we need to get over this hump to move forward and start winning games then I’m definitely going to do it.”

But that isn’t the problem. Griffin is a good leader. He needs to be a playmaker not an hard-ass. Through two games most of his big plays have occurred when the Redskins trailed by double digits. Griffin had 177 of his 320 passing yards after the score was 31-0. This isn't about numbers in a blowout. It's about early in the game.