Is it time for the Redskins to bench RG3?
The move is a peculiar one as Griffin is completely healthy, has no injuries or any sort of health issues. He has been benched by Shanahan to ensure that their star player does not sustain an injury and hurt his chances for the remainder of the season and the next one as well. They may not have fared well this season but Shanahan wants to ensure they have all the players ready and healthy for the next season.
According to Shanahan it would be better and safer for Griffin to avoid the next coming games of the season over the coming three weeks and instead get snaps during the offseason. Shanahan’s contract with the Redskins ends this season and there are big possibilities that he won’t get a renewal after the performance the team has put under his coaching. Even then he said that it would get certain only after the franchise owner Dan Snyder gave the word about it.
On Sunday the Redskins lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in a humiliating 45-10 loss. Their overall score stands at 3-10 and all this is bad for the coach to go on the table and request another contract.
Shanahan said it was a pleasure to work with the Redskins and would be honoured to get another chance with them. All of it depended on what Snyder wanted to happen next.
“You always want to come back. I love these guys. What'll happen at the end of the season, we'll get a chance, Dan and I, to sit down and decide — he'll make the final decision on what's the best interest of the Washington Redskins,” said Shanahan. “I'll give my opinion and what I think, and obviously he'll make the final decision.”
Shanahan did put up a logical explanation for why he was benching Griffin for the remainder of the season. He pointed to the stats that during the course of the past 5 games, he had been sacked for a combined 24 times. Griffin was not present during the offseason practice after he sustained a knee injury and was taking his time to heal from it.
"We're talking about his health. I want to make sure he's healthy. I think that's the most important thing going into the offseason, that he has his first full offseason being healthy,” Shanahan said. “And if he did play, and something happened to him, I think it would set our franchise back.”