The reset button has been hit. The surgically repaired knee feels “great.” The mind is clear and sharp he says. And Robert Griffin III believes he is poised for a breakout.

The rival Dallas Cowboys welcome Griffin and the Redskins to Texas on Sunday. It was at that site last season where Griffin threw for 300 yards and four touchdowns in what may have been the finest game of his rookie year. That game set the tone for Washington’s run toward its first NFC East title since 1999.

But none of that matters now.

“We have to make sure we go out and not just rely on last year” Griffin said. “But we have to build a story for this year and it starts with us being 1-3 right now and trying to get to 2-3 against the Cowboys.”

To author another heroic tale Griffin will have to finally orchestrate a complete performance – something that has eluded him thus far this season. Three interceptions in Week 1 kept Washington in check until too late. Poor accuracy and another interception put the quarterback and his crew in another inescapable hole in Week 2. Another slow start followed in Week 3 but things did get going sooner. Griffin fumbled away a shot at a comeback victory late in that game.

Griffin admits the struggles surprised him. He knew he would have to work his way back into form after reconstructive knee surgery during the offseason but he didn’t expect his progress would be this slow. He expected some scrutiny but didn’t know how much.

Redskins fans’ excitement over the “All in for Week 1” campaign quickly died when Griffin and the Redskins stumbled out of the gates. The emotions shifted to disbelief. Griffin looked like a shell of himself – throwing for one fewer interceptions through three weeks than he did all of last season and scarcely running the ball. The high-powered offense he led last year was unrecognizable.

The Redskins finally got their first win two weeks ago defeating the Oakland Raiders 24-14 just before their bye week. In that game Griffin displayed both flashes of his old self and the promise of development. But while some of his teammates lamented the fact that their in-season break had come too soon Griffin readily embraced it.

He went through one final practice with his teammates on Oct. 1 chose not to make himself available for interviews with local media and then left the area with his wife seeking the refuge of a quiet Williamsburg resort to recharge.