Robert Griffin III injured during Redskins' 24-14 loss to the Seahawks

RGIII goes down... and who's to blame?

1/6/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Jan 6, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) reacts after getting injured during the fourth quarter of the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks at FedEx Field.  Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY SportsIt was obvious to almost anyone watching the game between the Seahawks and Redskins.

Robert Griffin III was not right.

He wasn't healthy, and he wasn't playing well. He simply wasn't capable of playing anywhere near the level that he is normally capable of.

He was walking (and running, kind of) with an obvious limp. When throwing the ball, his accuracy wasn't what it normally is, because he wasn't able to push off his injured right knee.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan apparently didn't see it, however. In fact, after the game, he said that "there's a difference between being injured and being hurt."

The insinuation, of course, is that Griffin was merely playing hurt, and not actually seriously injured.

Dr. James Andrews might beg to differ. In fact, last week he didn't even clear RG3 to play, but was somehow overruled (or ignored) by Shanahan.

This isn't the first time Shanahan has played fast and loose with his players' health. He's destroyed a few running backs in Denver, as well. Anyone remember Terrell Davis?

According to reports, Griffin told Shanahan that he wanted to stay in the game. While that's admirable, the fact is that Shanahan is the coach, and he's the one that needs to make the difficult decisions, whether or not the player likes it.

The other factor is that not only was Griffin's knee jeopardizing his health, it was also jeopardizing the Redskins' chances to win.

The Redskins have a perfectly capable backup quarterback in Kirk Cousins, who has already shown that he can step in and do a rather good job running the offense.

Not only did Shanahan put his franchise QB's health on the line, he also decreased his team's chances of winning the game, by not inserting the QB who would have put them in the best position to win.

Robert Griffin III, when healthy, is an incredible QB. Today, he wasn't healthy. Thanks to that, he simply wasn't that good in the final 3 quarters. He was almost flawless on the first 2 drives, but did nothing after that.

Eventually, Griffin had to come out and Cousins came in. It was too little, too late.

It may seem like a knee-jerk reaction, but this is almost a fireable offense for Shanahan.

If I were Dan Snyder, I'd start talking to Chip Kelly, and see if he'd be interested in coming to Washington and coaching one of the best young QBs in the game. Kelly is already being mentioned as a possible head coach in Philly and Cleveland, but it sounds like he's leaning towards staying at Oregon.

This might be the job that would lure him away. And quite frankly, Shanahan's complete disregard for his QB's health is all I'd need to give him the axe.

Also, I'm just going to leave this right here. What's your take?
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1/7/13   |   Trokspot   |   65 respect

That column that you wrote about a month ago eerily played itself out to an extent last night.  I thought you had some gutsy - but legitimate - arguments then, and I think that last night should give others even stronger consideration for the kind of argument you made.  #aheadofthecurve

1/6/13   |   Scott   |   54600 respect

It was obvious to everybody watching that Griffin was struggling on one leg and given the magnitude of the game, it would've taken some serious stones to pull your quarterback.  That said, at some point common sense has to kick in and the head coach has to realize that the long term ramification heavily outweigh the present state of things.  While nothing is certain in terms of ever getting back to the playoffs year after year, the Redskins have a much better shot with a healthy RG3 under center for years to come then they would without him.  

1/6/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

I didn't believe RGIII would come back into the game after the half.  The Redskins were lucky they got out of the half with the lead.  It was because of errors that they did have the lead.  If Cousins had come out after the half, the game would have been played in a totally different way.  Would the Redskins have won?? Who knows.  The point is, they would have had a better chance, in my opinion.  Is it a fireable offense?  I'm not sure that it is, but if Griffin doesn't return to the Redskins, HEALTHY, by the time the 2013 season kicks off, there will be many, many, many more than you, Pat, calling for his head.

And I WILL be one of them.