Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan has decided to sit quarterback Robert Griffin III for Sunday’s contest against the Atlanta Falcons. There is a good chance that Griffin will not see the field again for the rest of the season. Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins will take his place.
The news was confirmed by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter via Twitter.
“From moment Mike Shanahan revealed he was thinking of benching RGIII, there was next to no chance Kirk Cousins wouldn’t be starter Sunday,” Schefter tweeted.
It’s certainly an interesting move by Shanahan, who appears to be running out of time in Washington. In the big scheme of things, sitting Griffin is a very smart move. The Redskins are clearly out of the playoff hunt and the signal caller has been battling injuries all season. There’s no point to risk getting him hurt in one of the last three games of the season.
At the same time, one has to wonder if this is a power move by the veteran head coach. It’s been made quite clear in recent days that Shanahan is not a fan of the relationship his quarterback has with owner Dan Snyder. Not to mention, RGIII’s questionable comments in the media that were clearly aimed at the coaching staff, more specifically, the Shanahan men. Football is a game of respect and if there’s none among people on the same side then all is lost.
Sources indicate Snyder won’t step in to stop Shanahan’s decision to sit Griffin. They also indicate that the owner never thought about firing coach Shanahan prior to the recent loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Obviously, things change and it appears more than likely that the head coach will be shown the exit at some point in the ensuing weeks.
As far as Griffin is concerned, his sophomore slump needs to be put in the rearview mirror as fast as possible. It’s imperative that he gets healthy in order to be ready to lead the Redskins next season.