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Washington Redskins’ Mike Shanahan Is Still On His Gamesmanship Grind

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III has been cleared to play September 9, against the Philadelphia Eagles. Redskins’ head coach Mike Shanahan maintains that famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews has granted that clearance. Needless to say, this is the news that all Redskins’ fans have been waiting for.

However, Shanahan maintains that Dr. Andrews also has some concerns about Washington’s franchise quarterback. Those concerns could derail RG3’s scheduled start against Philadelphia. The Redskins’ head coach says he will announce Monday whether or not Griffin III will start the Redskins’ season opener.

This situation has a cloud of vagueness surrounding it. Shanahan hasn’t addressed what Dr. Andrews’ concerns are, nor did the head coach address whether or not these concerns can be eliminated over the weekend. NFL fans and media alike are left to speculate as to whether or not RG3 will be good to go. And this works perfectly for Shanahan, who will probably drag out his franchise quarterback’s playing status as long as he can.

This is a smart move by Washington’s head coach. It’s best to keep fans, the media, and especially the Eagles, guessing about whether or not RG3 will start. Why should Shanahan give his opponents ample opportunities to prepare for either RG3 or reserve quarterback Kirk Cousins now? In addition, Redskins’ fans can’t assume that Cousins is ready to start Week One either. He sprained his right foot earlier in the preseason against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and there’s no official word if he’ll be ready either.

What Shanahan’s really doing is preparing Washington’s 2013 opponents for the incomparable Rex Grossman, as well as Pat White at quarterback. I’m just kidding. I have no doubt that RG3 will be under center for the Redskins in their season opener. Shanahan’s just playing possum with the media and fans, not showing all his cards just yet.

Shanahan received much criticism for how he handled RG3’s injury last season. This season, there’s no doubt that the head coach will be more cautious with his franchise quarterback. Now that Griffin III has been cleared to play,the sky’s the limit for the Washington Redskins in 2013.