As he and his teammates have opened the season with a 3-6 record for a second consecutive season, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has come under more scrutiny and drawn more criticism than at any point in his life.

Griffin surmises that his job as quarterback both of the Redskins, and in the NFL in general, subjects him to a brighter spotlight and more intense microscope. But he believes that he can handle the pressure.

All season long, analysts and fans have debated every one of the Redskins’ decisions regarding the handling of the second-year quarterback. They also have dissected Griffin’s every word and move on and off the field since his comeback from knee surgery.

A bright spotlight shined on Griffin last season, but things have changed this season — mainly in the success department. Griffin’s performances have been uneven, and Washington’s offense has resembled a roller coaster rather than the smooth-operating, high-powered attack from a year ago.

Whether fair or not, Griffin has received some of the blame for the struggles partially because he hasn’t made as many dazzling plays with his legs, and partly because of uneven passing performances as well. At this point last season, Washington owned a 3-6 record, but Griffin and the offense had fared better.