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 -2
3. Continuing to put RGIII’s safety at Risk - To compound the mistake from last season, Mike Shanahan is upping the ante and continues to put him at risk. He doesn’t realize that they should stop using RGIII as a runner for the remainder of the season. By continuing to call the option plays, Shanahan is flirting with disaster again. Why even go there?
When he should be trying to find ways to keep RGIII healthy, it seems Shanahan just doesn’t care or just simply clueless. If it’s the latter then he should be fired immediately before he can do any more damage than he’s already done. Any one of us would have tension with a boss who has no concern for our well-being.
So why blame RGIII for questioning Shanahan’s intentions towards him? If you’d suffered a catastrophic injury due to your boss’ incompetence, you would question them too. You would wonder in your mind, what’s this person going to do if this situation comes up again? Well actions speak louder than words. And Shanahan’s actions in the playoffs suggest winning a game comes before this player’s safety.
4. Making RGIII the scapegoat for Losing - Mike Shanahan isn’t going to admit wrong-doing to anything. He never took responsibility for not taking RGIII out of the game before his ACL tore, saying something along the lines of there was miscommunication, and we’re on the same page now.
But by Shanahan not taking responsibility for the injury, he insinuates that RGIII had some responsibility in it. But I pointed out part 1, real competitors don’t stop competing because they’re hurt. It’s ingrained in these athletes to play with pain, it’s what they do. They suck it up and move on. It’s up to the coaches and trainers to step in before the player does irreparable harm.
Some in the media don’t care who was at fault in creating this debacle of a season for the Redskins, only who appears to be at fault right now. And many fingers are being pointed at RGIII, when the blame rest squarely on the shoulders of Mike Shanahan. And he should accept the blame and not let it bleed onto a QB who won him a divisions title and tore his knee up doing it.
So yes, there’s tension between Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan, and I’m not surprised by it one bit. I’m not sure why anyone else is.