There are many who believe that Mike Shanahan made a serious mistake when he left Robert Griffin III under center for the Redskins on Sunday during Washington's playoff loss to the Seahawks. (Both CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman and myself lambasted the Skins coach for his -- Shanahanagans.)
One person who is not being critical of Shanahan is RG3. He defended Shanahan's decision -- as well as his own personal decision to stay on the field -- after the game. On Monday, he took to Twitter.
Many may question, criticize & think they have all the right answers. But few have been in the line of fire in battle.— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) January 7, 2013
This is true and, no, we weren't on the field. But we didn't need to be out on the field to see how poorly Griffin was playing after a hot start. After the Redskins jumped out to a 14-0 lead (shortly after Griffin took a big hit), he managed to pass for 16 yards the rest of the game.
That's not good. But at least Griffin understands why people are being critical.
I thank God for perspective and because of that I appreciate the support from everyone. I also appreciate the criticism.— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) January 7, 2013
And here's the thing, too: It's not about debating whether or not Griffin was being tough. (And it's definitely not about Jay Cutler, you guys.) It's about Shanahan not doing the right thing for Griffin's future, as well as the Redskins, by playing Griffin.
The ultimate answer in this debate will come down to the results of RG3's MRI on Monday. If he suffered a significant, long-term injury as a result of remaining in the game, Shanahan and anyone backing him up can give up any hope of defending the decision.
If Griffin somehow escapes serious injury (and no matter what your opinion on him staying in the game, this is what you should be rooting for, or you are evil and hate football and humanity), then Shanahan will have a window to scoot through and can skate without getting torched.
But he and Griffin still need to learn a lesson. Football is not war. But if you want to roll with that analogy, it's good to remember that no one wins one just by blindly and courageously limping into battle.
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