Everyone seems to be blaming Mike Shanahan for the mess in Washington. How about some blame on Robert Griffin III for a change?
The way I see it, RGIII has been the problem this season. It’s no secret that Shanahan isn’t always the greatest players’ coach, and his tenure as the Washington Redskins‘ coach would prove that. Albert Haynesworth and Donovan McNabb would agree with me there.
The thing is, Shanahan didn’t appear in a “all in for Week 1” commercial. He also didn’t wear a shirt in warm-ups that said “Operational Patience” and proceeded to warm up at full speed and cut on a repaired knee to prove to people that he was 100 percent. Shanahan also isn’t the quarterback that is holding on to the ball too long and trying to make things happen that are not there.
RGIII is. He is the one looking for a 20-yard pass in double coverage instead of throwing to the check-down receiver and taking 5-6 yards. That’s on Griffin, not Shanahan.
Shanahan should have better managed the expectations for his sophomore quarterback. Apparently, neither Shanahan nor RGIII have ever heard the expression “under-promise and over-deliver”. If either one of these two had been realistic about the QB and his return, they could have managed the expectation. The problem is that it’s not in Griffin’s DNA to sit back and let things happen.
Part of the reason why Griffin is so great is because he wants the ball and he fights on every play. RGIII’s downfall is the fact that he can’t keep his mouth shut. I don’t understand how we can live in a world where we put a sophomore quarterback in front of the cameras and expect him to say all the right things. I’m only a few years older than he is, and there is no way my boss would ever let me explain what is going wrong in our organization to the media.
Great teams rally rally around adversity. I don’t see a scenario where Griffin and Shanahan hug it out and run the table. Unfortunately, there is only one way this season is going to end, and it’s going to be without one of these two. I’d bet my salary that Griffin will be the one standing in Washington when it’s all said and done.