The NFL was in absolute awe when the Washington Redskins made the move to draft up in the 2012 NFL Draft to take Baylor Bears quarterback Robert Griffin III. Almost a year later, and the Redskins have found their quarterback of the future, but they now have issues involving head coach Mike Shanahan.
He was in hot water with Redskins fans, as many attest Griffin’s torn ACL to the narrow-minded coach. Now, morons around the country are proclaiming Shanahan was in the wrong for saying that his sophomore quarterback “can’t take shots consistently.” What is so out-of-bounds about the Redskins coach telling a 6-foot-2 quarterback who weights 223 pounds to protect himself more?
Shanahan doesn’t deserve any criticism for his comments. Griffin missed two games in his rookie year and had his season ended because of an injury. I would’ve been more concerned if Shanahan came out saying that Griffin is going to be subjected to even more bone-chilling hits in 2013. Many forget that there were injury concerns while Griffin was at player — moving up a level in competition is only going to increase his risk to injury.
With two impressive defensive players going down in the first week of action and an offense chock full of rookies, the Redskins coach deserves more praise than punishment in the D.C.
Washington media also grilled Shanahan for saying “the option will help a quarterback stay healthy”, but I also think these comments make sense. Rather than have Griffin be a sitting duck in the pocket, the Skins are protecting Griffin by allowing him to fling the ball off and get himself out of dodge.
Say what you will, Shanahan has been a head coach on two Super Bowl winners and was an offensive coordinator for the 1994 Denver Broncos, who also won the Super Bowl.
If the Redskins want to point the finger at someone for Griffin’s injury, then they should not persecute the man who ushered in the offense that won Griffin the offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012.