Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III limped around for much of Sunday´s playoff game against Seattle, and was finally forced out of the game when his knee gave out fielding a low shotgun snap in the fourth quarter. The injury already brought up questions and comments by FOX announcer Troy Aikman, who cited controversial remarks by well-known orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who told USA Today that he did not clear Robert Griffin III to return to the Redskins´ Dec. 9 game against the Baltimore Ravens after he sprained his right knee. "I´m the one that
Comments: You have to question the wisdom of letting him play when he clearly wasn´t up to it and possibly ending his career.
Shanahan is a disgrace. I don´t care what RGIII tells you, you are the coach and should be an adult. RGIII was in NO condition to play. Even if he started, it was obvious in the second quarter he was faltering physically.
This oustanding young man´s career may have ended before it ever really began. So sad for him and the Redskins franchise.
Everyone´s got an opinion. All Shanahan had was RG´s word that he could do what he needed to to. Turns out ´stuff happens´. The only one to blame was RG III, but since he is the victim all of a sudden we can´t have that. I just pray that this isn´t a huge, serious injury. He has injured his knee before and it looks like this could be a problem. This is the sports media with too much time on their hands creating controversy. Too bad they don´t cover Obama and his faults. He´s killing us, but it´s no big deal to the media.
A player is always going to say he is fine to go back in. Why have the best sports orthopedist in the country on the sidelines and then not use him to examine an injured player on 12/9? Because this coach would ruin a quarterback´s career for the sake of winning, both on 12/9 and yesterday.
Why blame the media for reporting this? Anyone with eyes watching the game could see what was going on and how badly injured this player was. Shanahan should be fired today and Dr. Andrews should sue him for slander. Shanahan lied about Dr. Andrews to cover up his own greed.
RGIII, a wonderful man, football player, and fellow Baylor Bear, should never have started yesterday. If I´m Daniel Snyder, I´m furious with Shannahan and my team doctor for putting Griffin out there... they should both be fired for gross incompetence. That said, "Go Hawks!"
Just imagine if Griffin had ruled himself out of the game and Washington (of course) had lost. Then every critic would be writing that Griffin only looks out for himself, that Griffin isn´t a true team player, that Griffin is scared of taking a hit for the team.
Here is why there has to be a serious adult in charge of these decisions: a true, dedicated team player like RGIII will *always* say that he is ready to go and wants to be in, because that´s his nature. Someone like him can´t do anything different.
Why does a coach need to override him? Because listening to him in this instance just may have destroyed the long term future of the entire Washington Redskins franchise. Yes, RGIII is that important to this team. And Shanahan may have just thrown that away for nothing.
But he has to face the realities of the NFL. He has to start trusting his running backs and receivers. It´s one thing to run when a QB is flushed out of the pocket and has no choice. But no pro QB should run on designed plays or just because he thinks he can get them a few yards. And when he does run, he has to learn to slide early and often.
Those defensive players in the NFL are huge, mean and will hurt a QB like no other player on the field. It is a ´´badge of honor´´ to them to knock a QB out of the game. These aren´t college players any more. These are large strong grown men who make a lot of money to hurt offensive players -- especially QB´s.
If RGIII wants to be around for a few years, he has to accept that this isn´t college any more, he isn´t Superman, and he can´t do it all.
As a Philadelphia and New York resident for the past 32 years I´m hardly a Redskins fan but I enjoy watching Griffin play. Watching him yesterday it was so clear that he was in pain, and even clearer that he wasn´t effective because Seattle knew he couldn´t run and was in pain, that they should have taken him out on that basis. Watching someone that talented fall over from a knee that looked shaky before that - I´m not the coach or the owner but it just seemed extremely unintelligent solely from a performance perspective - without even getting to the risk to Griffin.
I missed the game, but this probably should have been a call for the doctors to make, not a 22 y/o kid. Hopefully his knee is alright. Obviously in hindsight you don´t let a kid throw himself to the wolves on your watch. But then again, you don´t become a multimillionaire NFL coach without taking big risks and going with your gut. My hat is off to RGIII for showing a heap of toughness. With the skill of orthopedic surgeons these days a knee injury is not much of a career threat. Look what Adrian Pederson accomplished this year coming off major knee surgery. I´m sure RGIII will be fine. Those quick to condemn Shanahan obviously don´t remember what things were like for Skins fans before he came to town. He went with his gut. His gut was wrong. I give him a pass.
#15 nailed it. This isn´t about RGIII, really. It´s about a coach who sees his team going down the drain because his QB obviously can´t get it done in his existing condition. It was obvious that the Redskins were never going to score again unless RG was replaced.
I´m reminded of a championship game in the early 1960s, where NY Giants QB Y.A. Tittle went up against the Baltimore Colts, and was all taped up - could hardly walk - yet the coach played him. You have to understand the competitive nature of football players. Most will not willingly give up their position...
Exactly, #18. Which is the reason there is a head coach who is supposed to be looking out for the future of the team, the investment the team has in each player, and for the best interest of the player´s health. The coach is the one who is supposed to make a decision a competitive player would never make on his own.
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