Robert Griffin III entered his sophomore season in the NFL as a total fan-favorite. Not only was the electric quarterback a game-changer on the field, he also had a smile off of the gridiron that had fans just drooling at the mouth. Fast forward a season and Griffin is an injury-riddled signal-caller that has now earned the reputation of a “coach killer.”
The term coach killer is regularly used in the NBA, but it definitely applies to Griffin, who all but shoved Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan straight out of the door. The Griffin-Shanahan relationship became incredibly strained the second the Redskins’ quarterback tore his ACL in last year’s postseason. Shortly thereafter, a blame game would ensue as the quarterback-head coach relationship was marred by awkward press conferences and tee shirts reading “operation patience.”
Lastly, it was Griffin’s awful performance early in the year that put the Redskins behind the eight ball in 2013. Unable to dig himself and his team out of a massive hole, Shanahan resorted to benching Griffin in favor of Kirk Cousins — a move that should have been made way back in October and not December. So while Shanahan deserved to be fired by the Redskins, Washington must be careful with Griffin moving forward as its quarterback seems to be a coach killer of grand proportions.