Robert Griffin III vs. Mike Shanahan. A two part analysis on the reasons for the tension that reportedly exist between Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan. Part -1
It amazes me why some people don’t understand why there is tension between Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and head coach Mike Shanahan? It all comes down to a basic lack of trust from the player in regards to the head coach. I think the lack of trust is justifiable, and I’ll point out the reasons why.
1. Drafting his competition - After trading an extreme amount of high draft picks to get Robert Griffin III, Mike Shanahan turns right around and drafts Kirk Cousins in the fourth round. At the time Shanahan stated that Cousins was too good to pass up. But he indirectly planted a seed in the mind of the QB he drafted in the first round, that he didn’t really believe that RGIII could be the guy, so he drafted a fall back option.
For those who say RGIII shouldn’t have a problem with the drafting of Cousins, I beg to differ. The problem is when you give up as much as the Redskins did for RGIII, there shouldn’t be a fall back option because of all you invested into the first option to begin with. If Shanahan wasn’t sure about RGIII, then it was foolish to give up so much for him to begin with?
2. Failure to look out for RGIII’s safety - This, I think is the biggest creator of tension between RGIII and Shanahan. How can you trust a coach who you don’t believe has your best interest at heart? Mike Shanahan has tried and tried to explain why he failed to take a clearly injured Robert Griffin III from the game, but there simply is no acceptable explanation that will fly. Shanahan screwed up.
Some say that RGIII should have pulled himself from the game, but a fighter doesn’t throw in his own towel does he? No matter how much the fighter begs his trainer not to stop the fight, the trainer is the one who has to keep the fighter’s future and health in mind. By Shanahan putting the responsibility on RGIII to take himself from the game, he shirked his own responsibilities.
Again, with all the Redskins gave up to get this guy, none of that seemed to dawn on Mike Shanahan in the playoffs. I mean RGIII could barely walk out there, and Mike Shanahan just stood there and watched it happen. Mike Shanahan and his friends in the media can try to gloss over this all they want to. But the ACL tear, the missed offseason, this season’s struggles could have all been prevented if Shanahan had just been a leader and made the right decision.
This Concludes part -1