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.
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.