No matter who you think is at fault for Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III‘s knee injury, there’s only one real culprit here no one is talking about – pride.
Proverbs 16:18 states the following: “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” Am I saying his career is destroyed? Of course not. Next season? Maybe so – but that’s just me speculating. Look at what Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson did this year: 348 carries for 2,097 yards. Peterson is proof that all is not lost.
But you know I’m right.
Someone out there on Sunday was too proud to state the obvious: RG3 needed to be sat down, no matter what he said. Now begins the nail-biting sequence of events of searching for the truth. Apparently, it’ll continue in Florida, according to head coach Mike Shanahan. Speaking with reporters today Shanahan said he will send Griffin to Florida on Tuesday to see orthopedist Dr. James Andrews for more examinations. And don’t believe what you’re hearing right now from various media outlets. Shanahan said even he didn’t know the extent of RG3’s injury, citing Griffin’s prior injury while playing at Baylor. The goal, according to Shanahan, is to get some new MRIs done and a physical examination.
Shanahan went on to explain how he second guesses himself a lot, but where was the little voice in his head Sunday? It’s called being haughty. The dictionary defines it as, “blatantly and disdainfully proud”. He wanted that game so bad, and he was willing to watch RG3 hop around the field to get it done. RG3 allowed it to happen. I’ve been watching the NFL for as long as I can remember. I’ve seen quarterbacks come out of games for less, especially nowadays (Don’t use the Jay Cutler battle cry…)
“I second guess a lot. I second guess plays that I call, Third down and short, Third down and long…What you have to do is make the decisions you think are the right decisions,” Shanahan explained as he looked around the room for the words to say. “And I thought we made the right decisions…you don’t make the decisions by yourself. You get a lot of opinions during the game, especially with a guy like Robert. Not only talking to him but talking to the doctors, and then you go with what you think is right.”
If he thought watching RG3 hop towards a first down was the right decision, then I do question his decision-making skills in a game like that next season. This was a proud moment for both RG3 and Shanahan. They now have to defend each other because if they don’t, someone’s head will go to the gallows, if not the guillotine. They were too proud to admit changes were needed and because of that pride, the season fell on its face.
There are five stages to grief: Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Shanahan is in the bargaining stage, and it’s going to be a long off season.