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And the Hits keep coming for RGIII

It’s good to see Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III back to his old pre-injury self.  He’s looking confident and in command in the pocket, and is able to run and scramble without hesitation.  But as RGIII pointed out in his Wednesday press conference, he’s still taking too many hits, and that has to continue to be a concern for the Redskins.

Griffin is such an intense competitor that he puts his body on the line in an effort to make plays.  Who can forget the head first dive he made against the San Diego Chargers to convert a third down?  And while that play was spectacular and effective, the way RGIII landed on his back and neck area possibly caused more damage than it was worth.


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Head coach Mike Shanahan says that Griffin is still learning to slide, and needs to do that more.  But this goes right back to last season when Shanahan mishandled RGIII’s knee injury in the playoffs, leading to his torn ACL.  Shanahan should be demanding that RGIII slide, instead of hoping that he learns to.

But with Shanahan’s job on the line, something tells me that he may need RGIII to continue to risk injury to help the Redskins win games.  However, a healthy Robert Griffin III is much better than an injured one.  So even if it means the Redskins lose a game here and there, the long-term health of the franchise QB means more than short-term success.

So regardless of Mike Shanahan’s situation, he needs to get the message through to RGIII now loud and clear to slide and get out-of-bounds.  Because taking the pounding he does in the pocket combined with the hits he takes running the football isn’t worth risking another injury like last season.  And there won’t be a second chance for Shanahan to get this right.

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  • joey just

    Robert Griffin III need to do what is best for him 1st and then the team to hell with with both of the Shanahans,I have no respect for the Shanahans and the rest of the Coaches on the team.For us to win and keep winning to get in the playoffs,the players need to have their own meeting and decide,what they will do for the rest of the season.Next season a lot of people that are a part of the Washington Redskins will not be there.PS I do not know why we did not get Reed,he was out there and we need help in our secondary.Being that we all have freedom of speech,i wish i could be around the so called coaches and give them a piece of my mind,nobody can shut my mouth.

    • Maurice Barksdale

      Ed Reed forced his way out of Houston by bad mouthing the coaching staff, I don’t think you want a guy like that on a losing team. He might make things worse.

    • Maurice Barksdale

      I love to see RGIII run, but at the same time I hold my breath when he does for fear of him getting injured again.

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