Being that the Washington Redskins gave up three first round picks and one second rounder to obtain the services of Robert Griffin III (RG3) in the 2012 NFL draft, more wisdom should have been used by the Redskins organization in managing his time on the field Sunday.
Seeing Griffin limping so noticeably and in obvious pain throughout Sunday’s game between the Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks had me wondering at what point should he had been pulled from the game before aggravating his injured knee in the fourth quarter.
The Seahawks defeated the Redskins 24-14 to advance in the NFC playoffs and since it is apparent that Griffin is seriously injured, the fingerpointing and blame game now begins! Since he is the future and face of the franchise, it may have been wise not to play him at all.
Prior to the game there was conflicting information by Redskins team doctor, Dr. James Andrews and Coach Mike Shanahan pertaining to the injured knee of RG3 on a gruesome collision in the fourth quarter of a 31-28 victory against the Baltimore Ravens on December 9, 2012 in which Griffin limped off the field for one play, then hobbled back into the huddle, Shanahan said he let Griffin return with the blessing of Dr. Andrews, the renowned orthopedic surgeon, who was on the sideline.
Andrews, however, told USA TODAY Sports on Saturday January 5, 2013 that he never cleared Griffin to go back into the game, because he never even examined him. According to the report Andrews remained worried about Griffin's health going into Sunday’s wildcard play-off game.
Dr. Andrews changed his tune since then about Griffins injury suffered against the Ravens being that he told the Washington Post on Monday that his earlier comments to USA Today were misconstrued. "Coach Shanahan didn’t lie about it, and I didn’t lie," Andrews said, "I didn’t get to examine Griffin’s knee because he came out for one play, didn’t let us look at him and on the next play, he ran through all the players and back out onto the field." Griffin eventually pulled himself out of the game.
Now we get to the blame game. Do we blame Griffin for not pulling himself out like he did against the Ravens? Or do we blame Redskins head football coach Mike Shanahan? In my opinion Shanahan is at the tail end of his coaching career and doesn’t have any of the Redskin players’ best interest in mind. The only interest he has is winning another Super Bowl ring! That would give him ring number three as a head coach and would further add to his NFL coaching legacy making us all forget about his last few years of failure at Denver.
But believe it or not I do not blame Coach Shanahan. He was hired to win games. So the person to blame in my opinion is Washington Redskins Owner, Daniel Snyder! Once it was apparent that Griffin was in obvious pain and was not coming out until he further injured his knee, he should have picked up the phone and ordered the Redskins coaching staff to pull him out of the game. The NFL is a business and Snyder being the owner with a great business mind should have protected his prime investment much better.
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