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Robert Griffin III still thinking playoffs after becoming captain

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Redskins coach Mike Shanahan caused an uproar a couple of weeks ago when he said that the team would be shifting into evaluation mode for the rest of the season.

That’s not where quarterback Robert Griffin III’s head is at, however. Griffin said Wednesday that the postseason remains the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for this season.

“I think the playoffs are a realistic goal for us,” Griffin said, via Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan.

A win this weekend would leave them two games back of the Giants with one game left between the teams and the Redskins have five games left against NFC East teams overall, so it is definitely a realistic scenario. That doesn’t mean it’s likely, not with the way the Redskins defense has been performing this season, but it wouldn’t be the craziest thing to ever happen in the NFL.

Griffin returns from the bye week with his ribs feeling totally fine and with a new role on the team. The Redskins voted for some new captains after the bye and Griffin will serve in the role for the rest of the season. It’s the first time Shanahan can remember¬†having a rookie voted the captain of a team he’s coached, which speaks to how much regard his teammates have for him.

His first message as captain is that the playoffs remain on the radar screen. We’ll find out if everyone rallies to his cause against Philly this weekend because any playoff hopes will be just about extinguished with a loss.

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35 Responses to “Robert Griffin III still thinking playoffs after becoming captain”
  1. purplengold says: Nov 14, 2012 5:11 PM

    they should beat philly no problem.

  2. vancouvernfl says: Nov 14, 2012 5:13 PM

    Playoffs? … Playofffs? PLAYOFFS?

  3. bucrightoff says: Nov 14, 2012 5:13 PM

    That division certainly is crappy enough for them to dream of still winning it.

  4. doresb21 says: Nov 14, 2012 5:14 PM

    RG Leaf isn’t very smart

  5. mayerobeyer says: Nov 14, 2012 5:16 PM

    Rookies…

  6. enochmh2 says: Nov 14, 2012 5:19 PM

    Realistically the redskins are out of the playoff race ,but gotta love his attitude and perspective.

  7. doe22us says: Nov 14, 2012 5:21 PM

    On one hand i like his sense of optimism , on the other its youthful exuberance, but who can fault him.

  8. thegreatgabbert says: Nov 14, 2012 5:26 PM

    Makes sense since most of the other players on the team will be retired by the time they finish sending their draft picks to St. Louis. There might not be anyone else around.

  9. buccfaninhawkeyecountry says: Nov 14, 2012 5:29 PM

    Its the curse of Raheem Morris… Secondary beware! You will be torched on a regular basis..

  10. ttgb2 says: Nov 14, 2012 5:40 PM

    If it’s still mathematically possible, I like to see my starting QB’s considering the playoffs their goal.

    Could you imagine if he said “Yeah since the playoffs are unlikely I’m going to take it easy, try not to get injured, and give some of the back up WR’s a shot in a game situation.”?

    Now THAT would cause an uproar.

  11. overkongen says: Nov 14, 2012 5:42 PM

    You kidding me? Playoffs?

  12. champ1118 says: Nov 14, 2012 5:48 PM

    They’re just now voting him “captain?” What took so long…considering they labeled him “savior” some time ago.

  13. daroc88 says: Nov 14, 2012 5:56 PM

    The Giants are an unknown commodity that almost lost to the Skins the first time (and probably should have) . The Birds seem to be done, unless Andy can pull off a true miracle… And when is the last time Cowboys and taking care of business have been associated together? It’s not so much of a distant possibility. RG3 – keep hope alive.

  14. vancouvernfl says: Nov 14, 2012 5:57 PM

    “We cant even win a game”

  15. sjaypics says: Nov 14, 2012 5:58 PM

    The only thing wrong is Shanahan…. how about a new head coach?

  16. mmskin says: Nov 14, 2012 5:58 PM

    As as skins fan I didn’t expect much this year, my playoff win is getting this kid he is going to be a stud. If we can score a safety like him next year then we can start talkin

  17. skeeeiins says: Nov 14, 2012 6:07 PM

    he’s not stupid, he knows the odds are against the skins making the playoffs. but what else is he supposed to say? anyway, gonna be fun to watch him tear it up for years to come

  18. fatsack1 says: Nov 14, 2012 6:11 PM

    As a skins fan….. I am proud to have this guy as our qb….. I actually feel like we have a shoot to win any given Sunday with this guy….. Have not had that feeling in a very long time….

  19. devildog911 says: Nov 14, 2012 6:27 PM

    Skins fans, who are you kidding? Just before the regular season started you were declaring your way to the super bowl this year with your savior RG3. Really? The skins are not even going to make the playoffs. Honestly, you guys won’t be going anywhere with your current coach. Keep hoping though.

  20. bluebongzilla says: Nov 14, 2012 6:37 PM

    Third best QB in the NFCE. At best.

  21. jgava19 says: Nov 14, 2012 6:54 PM

    Exactly Devil. Apparently RG isn’t as smart as he was proclaimed to be. Don’t forget skins fans, you have a large cap penalty to deal with next year, large contracts, and no first round picks the next two seasons. Looking rosey, isn’t it

  22. jgava19 says: Nov 14, 2012 6:54 PM

    Luck 6-3
    RG 3-6

    Irsay is a genius.
    Life is good

  23. jgava19 says: Nov 14, 2012 6:56 PM

    Tear what up???

    His knee again?

  24. commonsensedude says: Nov 14, 2012 7:00 PM

    All they need to do to win the rest of the games is insert RG Griffin in as cornerback when he’s not playing quarterback. Make DeAngelo (“which way did my man go?”) Hall a wide receiver and make him give up his charade as a defensive player. Stop the penalties. Easy.

    Seriously, though, no one is ever out of the NFC East. It’s not the 1990′s, guys. None of the teams are really all that great.

  25. peytonsneck18 says: Nov 14, 2012 7:12 PM

    Third best QB in the NFCE. At best.

    naaaaaw u mean 4th , right after romo/vick

  26. theclaim says: Nov 14, 2012 7:36 PM

    bluebongzilla says:
    Nov 14, 2012 6:37 PM
    Third best QB in the NFCE. At best.

    ¬†WOW! Who is he behind? Romo was so excited last week he was seen throwing his iphone5, it’s OK it was intercepted, Vick fumbles during interviews and your boy Eli hasn’t thrown a TD in 100 attempts. Last one was against the Skins. Seems to me the other 3 starters in the east have pushed RGIII to #1 by default. HTTR HRGIII

  27. peytonsneck18 says: Nov 14, 2012 7:52 PM

    HTTR HRGIII

    did rg3 change his name now?

  28. undraftedstar says: Nov 14, 2012 9:09 PM

    Giants Fans are mad because they ran into a losing skid, Eagles fans are mad because reality apparently just struck them that they’ll never win a SB, and Cowboys fans , well you have jerry! HTTR…

  29. getyourownname says: Nov 14, 2012 9:17 PM

    The problem isn’t Griffin trying to motivate his mostly useless teammtes.

    The problem is that Skins fans actually believe it.

  30. rabidskinsfan says: Nov 14, 2012 10:46 PM

    Andrew Luck – worst QB in AFC South, right behind Blaine Gabbert!

  31. ddogdaddy says: Nov 14, 2012 11:00 PM

    Good thing the Skins are playing this weekend. The week off almost caused the idiot-boys heads to explode. I was kind of hoping the bye week would have given them a chance to work on some new material. Oh well, I have got to start worrying about my team going into Foxboro this weekend. Good luck with Philly this week.

  32. skinsfaninnebraska says: Nov 15, 2012 8:21 AM

    As a fan, do I think it’s likely the Skins get into the playoffs this year? No.

    Do I want my team’s QB to say he thinks they can do it? Absolutely, especially when he has just been elected a captain.

  33. devildog911 says: Nov 15, 2012 8:29 AM

    Rabidskins fan….lol, you’re one pissed of skins fan. If you think Luck is worse than Gabbert, then RG3 is must be behind Luck. Just look at your team’s record at 3-6 compared to the Colts at 6-3. Dude, your skins aren’t going anywhere near the playoffs. At least not for another 20+ years…good news is that you’re halfway there. LOL.

  34. steelerben says: Nov 15, 2012 9:56 AM

    The Redskins are not yet mathmatically eliminated from the playoffs. They may not have a realistic chance of making it, but the same could have been said about the Giants team that limped into the playoffs with no running game and a defense that look offensive.

    Griffin *should* be talking about that being their goal. The whole team *should* still believe that is their goal.

    It is good to see that there will be at least one Redskin out there playing his heart out on Sunday.

  35. walter0247 says: Nov 15, 2012 5:24 PM

    You guys have that wrong

    Reggie Wayne 6-3
    Rg3 3-6

    lol Reggie Wayne is carrying Luck, and Luck is carrying the Colts.

    Lucks last name won’t hold true when Wayne retires. Have fun with your mediocrity Colts fans.

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