Regardless of what Mike Shanahan says, his benching of Robert Griffin III doesn’t really feel like it was done for safety reasons. With an ESPN report stating Shanahan wanted to quit as Redskins head coach because of the close relationship between RGIII and owner Daniel Snyder, one has speculate whether Shanahan has an ax to grind against the owner?
Either way, this must be a difficult situation the Griffin to deal with. Last season he was the talk of the league, and the rookie of the year. He had emerged as a star, and led the Redskins to an NFC East title. But after a torn ACL, and a missed offseason, RGIII has dealt with criticism over his celebrity status, and a perceived arrogance over not taking responsibility for losses.
And now Griffin has been benched. He was elected a team captain during his rookie season, and now has to watch another quarterback in Kirk Cousins assume leadership of the team on the field. The head coach is a lame duck, yet still making decisions that will affect the long-term future of the team.
So what does RGIII need to do to overcome this down point in his young career? He needs to stay positive for one thing. The entire football world will watching for him to crack. Any negative interviews or comments on RGIII’s part will no doubt be turned into headlines by a willing media ready to document the train wreck.
Griffin can also do what other great quarterbacks have done, and that’s use the bad times as motivation. Usually it’s over being snubbed in the draft, but carrying a chip on your shoulder has motivated some of the best QB’s in the NFL to become even better. And this is what Griffin should do. Be ready when his opportunity comes again, and then never let it go.