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Redskins wideout may have let something slip re: RG3

Robert Griffin III, Pierre Garcon AP

While all the reports on Robert Griffin III seemed positive yesterday, Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon may have let the cat out of the bag regarding his quarterback’s status for this week’s game.

Talking about their meeting with Cleveland, he said on ESPN’s SportsCenter (via CSNWashington.com) “We have a little bit tougher of a task with Kirk starting.”

“We have to play well around Kirk so Kirk doesn’t feel like he has to save the team and help him to be a comfortable as possible,” he continued.

“Kirk” would be Kirk Cousins, the rookie backup, and it’s unclear if Garcon just misspoke or was preparing for something the players are planning on happening.

Coach Mike Shanahan said he didn’t rule Griffin out with a knee sprain, but didn’t rule him in, either.

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  1. saudogg says: Dec 11, 2012 11:59 AM

    The stars are lining up. The Browns are going to go to the playoffs.

  2. mjbulls45 says: Dec 11, 2012 12:01 PM

    thats why u dont have players in the middle of the season go on national tv

  3. mjzaky says: Dec 11, 2012 12:04 PM

    RG3 is a great player, but this is exactly why a running QB his size is a dangerous prospect for an NFL franchise. Here they are in the thick of a playoff push with no room for error and the franchise QB is out.

    The reason why I say ‘his size’ is that I think he, Kaepernick, Wilson, Luck should minimize running to a only-if-necessary capacity whereas a guy as big and strong as Cam Newton can run with much less risk. Since RG3 has shown that he has the mental and physical capability required to be an accurate pocket passer, I think it would serve the Redskins best to run a traditional offense with him and tell him to run only when he has to.

    But as a Giants fan if they want to run him around and have him risk his health, that’s fine by me. I on the other hand prefer Eli hanging out in the pocket, staying healthy, and winning rings.

  4. firstvictory says: Dec 11, 2012 12:05 PM

    Serious question for ‘skins fans: do you prefer an immobile RGIII or a healthy Kirk Cousins for one game?

  5. ratbirdsrule says: Dec 11, 2012 12:08 PM

    RGIII the new Tebow headline magnet…getting old quick. and I like both of them

  6. bangpow says: Dec 11, 2012 12:10 PM

    Or maybe he was supposed to let that slip so the Brownies prepare for Kirk, only to have RGIII actually play?

    Regardless, it’s the Browns. The ‘skins could start Grossman and still beat them.

  7. wwwfella says: Dec 11, 2012 12:10 PM

    i wouldnt even risk rg3 playing. if gousin’s isnt capable of winning 1 game against the browns he shouldnt be the back up qb.

  8. ccjcsr says: Dec 11, 2012 12:12 PM

    Changes the total makeup of their offense, Zone read, pistol formation….gone! They start running an offense like the Texans

  9. azarkhan says: Dec 11, 2012 12:13 PM

    I don’t think the fact that Cousins will start is news. Based on the injury RGIII suffered on Sunday, Shanahan would be foolish to start him against Cleveland and risk more damage to his franchise QB.

  10. nomorewhodey says: Dec 11, 2012 12:14 PM

    As a browns fan a little disappointed rg3 won’t be there. Woulda liked to see him go. Glad I backed out of tix last week.

  11. skinsfaninnebraska says: Dec 11, 2012 12:17 PM

    Garcon saying what he said still doesn’t necessarily mean Cousins is starting the game Sunday. He could very well have meant “We [would] have a little bit tougher of a task with Kirk starting.”

    Still, it’s not a bad idea at all to keep your opponent guessing — within the framework of injury-reporting rules of course!

  12. antoniosc79 says: Dec 11, 2012 12:17 PM

    I didnt hear the interview but it sounds like much is being made out of nothing. What he said is true, they have a much harder task with him starting…that doesnt necessarily mean he IS starting. If he does start, oh well. He played in a pro-style offense in college and I just heard an interview with Josh Wilson who said that Kirk plays the 1st team D in practice. Cleveland is no walk-in-the-park, but I’m confident.

  13. pftcommenter says: Dec 11, 2012 12:19 PM

    Captain kirk is a legit mid-range threat (also playbook bookworm)making him perfect for the ‘east coast offence’ should be interesting,,AZ would do well to offer 2nd round pick IMO

  14. jessefootball says: Dec 11, 2012 12:20 PM

    If you saw the hit, you probably figured Cousins would start.

    Just gotta ignore the “press conference” talk from coaches. That stuff is often pure nonsense, and a sales job.

  15. muckey says: Dec 11, 2012 12:22 PM

    Skins should sit him. If this season is any indication, the Skins have a pretty good shot of competing for the next 10+ years. No point risking that for one game against the Browns. Yes, the Skins are in a playoff chase but they have to think long term on this one.

  16. skins23 says: Dec 11, 2012 12:23 PM

    RG3 is playing. Trust me.

    Whether intentional or not, this means nothing. Garcon is also the guy who said after the Saints week 1 that “he feels fine and will play next week”, and also before he returned vs Philly that he “hurts and is a lot of pain, so I don’t know”.

    Shanny’s up to his tricks.

  17. petehemlock says: Dec 11, 2012 12:26 PM

    I would sit RG3 at least this week. Redskins can beat the Browns with Kirk Cousins or Kirk Cameron.

  18. skins23 says: Dec 11, 2012 12:26 PM

    mjzaky says:
    Dec 11, 2012 12:04 PM
    RG3 is a great player, but this is exactly why a running QB his size is a dangerous prospect for an NFL franchise. Here they are in the thick of a playoff push with no room for error and the franchise QB is out.

    The reason why I say ‘his size’ is that I think he, Kaepernick, Wilson, Luck should minimize running to a only-if-necessary capacity whereas a guy as big and strong as Cam Newton can run with much less risk. Since RG3 has shown that he has the mental and physical capability required to be an accurate pocket passer, I think it would serve the Redskins best to run a traditional offense with him and tell him to run only when he has to.

    But as a Giants fan if they want to run him around and have him risk his health, that’s fine by me. I on the other hand prefer Eli hanging out in the pocket, staying healthy, and winning rings.

    _________________________________

    Nobody ever gets hurt in the pocket, right Brady? Palmer? Roethlistberger? Oh……

    RG3 had ZERO designed runs Sunday. He scrambled 6 times, one more than Flacco.

    Get over the “running QB” garbage. He got hurt on a scramble as he was falling down. And he’s the #1 rated passer in the NFL.

    It’s football. Guys get hurt everywhere. The pocket, running, extra point attempts… hell, coaches tear ACLs on the sidelines.

  19. randomguy9999 says: Dec 11, 2012 12:32 PM

    if a team bets their playoff chances on a running QB being healthy all year long in the NFL… they are taking one hellluva risk..

    RG3 is an amazing talent…. but you can’t win the SB or get into the playoffs reliably or even lead your team from a 5 week timeout or worse IR because you take 2-5 devastating hits per season scrambling…..

  20. cledawg says: Dec 11, 2012 12:32 PM

    Keep talking about how the Browns are a “push over” game. Hope the lil fella plays and Phil Taylor pulls a L.T on the guy.

  21. boctavious says: Dec 11, 2012 12:35 PM

    I admire RGIII. I prayed that the Browns would draft him. Every time I see him play I can’t help but think ‘what if?’.

    We needed more than 1 elite talent and I’m very pleased to see the core group of YOUNG talent Heckert has amassed.

    These Browns are growing up. Not the same team as early on this season. Both lines are solid. There are playmakers.

    I watched Kirk Cousins career at sparty. He was an inconsistent qb and generally disappointed. I really don’t think he’s going to fare well in the nfl…let alone starting Sunday against a toughening Browns D. Yeah Alfred Morris is tough and the skins can run, but that won’t be enough. The skins secondary is on for a long day and this will force the skins to pass more to stay in the game.

    The Browns are rising. And they will blow out the the flames of any playoff aspirations of the redskins.

  22. iceburgskin202 says: Dec 11, 2012 12:35 PM

    Shanahan is probably pissed that he can’t have them guessing but as a skins fan I say rest RG3 and play Cap’n Kirk.

  23. jahbird says: Dec 11, 2012 12:40 PM

    If Kirk starts, look for Alfred to Butler the team to the end-zone. The skins will run the ball.

    Richardson is nice, but the Skins have a solid run D where the Browns do not.

  24. mungman69 says: Dec 11, 2012 12:40 PM

    Yea, if RG3 keeps running he’s gonna git slaughtered. He’s gotta keep his rushes to the minimum. Any way, Seattle and Chicago will be the wild cards.

  25. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 11, 2012 12:40 PM

    If Redskins fans take the long-term view of rebuilding the franchise for a sustained period of prominence, this is another blessing in disguise… RG3 is obviously the QB of the future, but getting Cousins some real game experience helps him and the team….personally, i think he will do great if he runs as 1st team qb all week in preparation, and help this team win. Time will tell!

  26. Stiller43 says: Dec 11, 2012 12:43 PM

    Wwfella,

    Hes a rookie 4th round pick! Not so long ago, a 1st round pick might not be playing this deep into the rookie season, and 4th rounders were typically developmental projects that may be career backups. It would (or should be) unusual if he DOES do really well.

  27. ceschatz says: Dec 11, 2012 12:43 PM

    Anybody who actually thought RG3 was going to start this week was dillusional anyways.

  28. theblowtorchreview says: Dec 11, 2012 12:45 PM

    Everything I have read about a Grade 1 LCL sprain says 2-4 weeks recovery. Everybody heals at a different rate.

    Now some say RG3 is superhuman, but I dont think he can be effective after one week recovery. I guess they could put a brace on his knee but that would certainly hinder his performance.

  29. wethog66 says: Dec 11, 2012 12:46 PM

    ITs getting really old to read comment after comment that says something about either Griffin’s size or the offense the Skins run that could get him hurt.

    For those that obviously didn’t watch the Crows game, Griffin hurt his knee on a 2nd and 19 play in the closing minutes of the game with his team down 8 points. The Crows sent a LB up the middle to blitz that forced Griffin out of the pocket and ultimately to scramble for 10 yards. It wasn’t a designed QB run, and it wasn’t out of the pistol. It was the same type of play that Rodgers scored on that TD run against the Lions.

    Tell me what NFL QB worth a damn that wouldn’t scramble on a pass play where they were blitz if they had the athletic ability to do so? Steve Young would of scrambled. Same with John Elway. Hell even immobile Tom Brady did it last night.

    So enough with the comments about the Skins offense and Griffin’s size. Of the 2 times Griffin was knocked out of a game this season both times were on scrambles out of the pocket. Plays you see any NFL QB make regardless of their scrambling ability.

    To answer the Cousins question from above, I feel ok with Cousins playing. Alfred Morris has shown he can run over any defense, and I can’t see any reason to fear Weeden. So the Skins have to shut down Richardson. Not easy, but doeable.

  30. hoober27 says: Dec 11, 2012 12:48 PM

    Without having heard the entire interview or at least what the question was he was answering, he could very well have been speaking hypothetically about what their mindset would be if RGIII couldn’t play. That would have a totally different context than what this article is going for, but I guess people wouldn’t click on the link then.

  31. audient says: Dec 11, 2012 12:50 PM

    I feel pretty good with how the Browns are playing against anybody right now. Cousins? RG3? This is going to be a good game either way, and the Browns have a real shot at winning it.

  32. sterilizecromartie says: Dec 11, 2012 12:50 PM

    I heard that segment. You are twisting his words to make a story of it. He was answering in response to the question, “What would you have to do differently if RG3 can’t play?”.

  33. notsohappyharry2012 says: Dec 11, 2012 12:52 PM

    I was hoping to see Bob get blasted by Phil Taylor and see Shanny’s face light up in horror. Kirk is going to have the longest day of his life.

  34. andyb053 says: Dec 11, 2012 12:55 PM

    cledawg says:

    Dec 11, 2012 12:32 PM

    Keep talking about how the Browns are a “push over” game. Hope the lil fella plays and Phil Taylor pulls a L.T on the guy.

    —————————————-

    That’s a terrible thing to say, no matter what team you root for.

  35. deshackle says: Dec 11, 2012 12:56 PM

    The Shanahans are brilliant idiots.

  36. tombradyswig says: Dec 11, 2012 12:58 PM

    Mike Vick 2.0, but a lot smarter….
    out at least 2-3 games a year, bet on it!
    FAIL!

  37. armchairqb says: Dec 11, 2012 12:58 PM

    If RGIII plays, Shanahan is a bigger idiot than I’d thought he was.

  38. barbasol11111111 says: Dec 11, 2012 12:59 PM

    “little” Andrew Luck should really be scared of getting hurt when leaving the pocket, he’s a whole inch shorter and 5-10 lbs lighter than cam newton, which is too bad, because apparently once you hit 6’5” you are indestructible

    get a grip…

  39. isonic1 says: Dec 11, 2012 1:01 PM

    Trash talking from Browns fans amazes me. Sure, you’re on a 3 game win streak but against what teams!?!?! The skins have won 4 straight and against much better opponents.

  40. wethog66 says: Dec 11, 2012 1:07 PM

    @notsohappyharry2012

    Thats funny cause I was hoping to see Griffin light up the Browns and show all the Browns fans, and their new owner, what they could of had if Holmgren had a set and traded what he needed to trade to the Rams to get that #2 pick.

    Might still get that chance though. Have to wait and see.

  41. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Dec 11, 2012 1:08 PM

    “The reason why I say ‘his size’ is that I think he, Kaepernick, Wilson, Luck should minimize running to a only-if-necessary capacity whereas a guy as big and strong as Cam Newton can run with much less risk. ”

    yah, last i checked, luck and kaepernik are big dudes. big like a tight end

  42. skins23 says: Dec 11, 2012 1:10 PM

    RG3 is playing. Trust me.

    Whether intentional or not, this means nothing. Garcon is also the guy who said after the Saints week 1 that “he feels fine and will play next week”, and also before he returned vs Philly that he “hurts and is a lot of pain, so I don’t know”.

    Shanny’s up to his tricks.

  43. peytonsneck18 says: Dec 11, 2012 1:11 PM

    fail!!!

  44. totallyuselessme says: Dec 11, 2012 1:15 PM

    People in these comments are writing off the Browns, but they’ve been in almost every game they’ve played this season, and they’ve quietly won their last 3. They have a very serious defense and a run game (T-Rich running behind JT and Mack) that I’m not sure the ‘Skins can stop.

    I for one won’t be surprised at all if the Browns top the ‘Skins, with RG3 or without.

  45. bigbluenationdb says: Dec 11, 2012 1:16 PM

    He will be lucky to play again this year. Knee sprains are a funny injury. Kenny Philips and J Williams for the Giants missed a combined 13 games with knee sprains. I know their are different degrees but at a mininum he is out two weeks.

  46. burgundyandgold says: Dec 11, 2012 1:20 PM

    If you are a true Redskins fan you would not be saying the nonsense about beating the Browns with any old QB. You would know that the Skins have a habit of playing down to their competition – see Panthers, Carolina, Rams, St. Louis.

    But, I don’t think the Browns are bad. They have won three in a row, have a beast of a young RB, speedy receivers and a smart young(ish) QB. The game is in their house, in December, and would not have been close to a lock with RGIII playing.

    I am torn – this is a playoff game for the Skins but I want RGIII to play next year too so I think I would sit him unless he shows he is completely ok in practice. It will be hard to tune out all the noise from the experts all week. I honestly don’t think we will know who starts until Friday or Saturday. HTTR.

  47. dcwarpath says: Dec 11, 2012 1:23 PM

    mjzaky – The reason the skins do no use a traditional offense (Running or passing) is their starting OL is poor. The pistol/option game freezes the defensive ends and forces them to maintain the outside edge which slows pass rush. A traditional offense would probably get RGIII killed a lot faster especially in a division with some VERY good pure pass rushers.

    The problem with RGIII has nothing to do with the offense or the play calling. It is about his inability to understand that he should slide EARLY and OFTEN to avoid taking hits. Look at the concussion early in the year and this one. Both hits were not needed. He could have laid down 5 yards earlier and stopped the hit from happening.

    Once he adapts he will be fine. Although we could be looking at another Michael Vick who never learned that lesson and is hurt ALL THE TIME.

  48. ravensdominate says: Dec 11, 2012 1:27 PM

    Never knew how much of a loud mouth this guy was til he came to DC

  49. bigbluecrew420 says: Dec 11, 2012 1:34 PM

    Skins23…

    Get over the “running QB” garbage. He got hurt on a scramble as he was falling down. And he’s the #1 rated passer in the NFL.

    It’s football. Guys get hurt everywhere. The pocket, running, extra point attempts… hell, coaches tear ACLs on the sidelines.

    —————————————————-

    Rg3 got hurt twice this season. Both times running.
    I think your in running denial.

  50. legalguy60 says: Dec 11, 2012 1:35 PM

    Was watching ESPN this AM, a doctor was featured in a segment and said “two weeks”….
    oh well, Redskin fans….Trap game in Cleveland on Sunday !

  51. hailskins4life says: Dec 11, 2012 1:36 PM

    Where are all these Cleveland fans coming up with this garbage about your team? You are 23rd in defense. 363 yards per game. Your ‘great’ running game averages 100.5 yards/game. Good enough for 24th in the NFL.

    You won three straight (Pitt JV, OAK and KC). You need a serious reality check. Check the stats before you talk about how ‘great’ your team is playing.

  52. realdealsteel says: Dec 11, 2012 1:37 PM

    There is a reason running QB’s have never won a superbowl.

  53. justwinsomeday says: Dec 11, 2012 1:45 PM

    Not a skins fan, but I went to the game Sunday just to see RG3 in person. Say what you want, but that guy has the WOW factor!!!

    He can run, pass and read the field. He looks so impressive that if he had to become a pocket passer someday – I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if he wasn’t just as successful.

    Plus he seems to have a great attitude. The NFL needs more people like him.

  54. skins23 says: Dec 11, 2012 1:50 PM

    bigbluecrew420 says:
    Dec 11, 2012 1:34 PM
    ________________________

    And he hasn’t missed any games.

    Peyton, Brady, etc have missed entire seasons from hits in the pocket.

    At least when you are running, you can usually see the hits coming.

    Football is dangerous everywhere.

    I wouldn’t change a damn thing about the way he plays.

    His scramble/dive on 4th down in the Carolina loss has been the catalyst for the turnaround this season. Not an incomplete throw from the pocket.

  55. jwreck says: Dec 11, 2012 1:51 PM

    mjzaky says: Dec 11, 2012 12:04 PM

    RG3 is a great player, but this is exactly why a running QB his size is a dangerous prospect for an NFL franchise. Here they are in the thick of a playoff push with no room for error and the franchise QB is out.

    The reason why I say ‘his size’ is that I think he, Kaepernick, Wilson, Luck should minimize running to a only-if-necessary capacity whereas a guy as big and strong as Cam Newton can run with much less risk. Since RG3 has shown that he has the mental and physical capability required to be an accurate pocket passer, I think it would serve the Redskins best to run a traditional offense with him and tell him to run only when he has to.
    ________
    mjzaky- don’t strongly disagree with your assessment, just feel bad for Kaepernick and his often and incorrectly maligned size. He is 6’5″, 230 lbs, as opposed to Newton who is 6’5, 240. Meanwhile Luck is 6’4, 235, while Griffin is the exact same size as Rodgers and Romo, and thicker than Ryan, though a couple inches shorter.

    Again, not saying your point is wrong, just that you’re kinda off on the sizes. Also, I would argue (ironically in the wake of the injury) that the Redskins coaching staff has done an admirable job reigning in the option plays, the designed runs, and transitioning the offense towards more of traditional Shanahan Young/Elway offense where Griffin runs, as you said, “only when he has to”.

  56. jwreck says: Dec 11, 2012 1:52 PM

    realdealsteel says: Dec 11, 2012 1:37 PM

    There is a reason running QB’s have never won a superbowl.
    ________
    Apart from Steve Young, Joe Montana, John Elway, and Aaron Rodgers of course.

  57. raideralex99 says: Dec 11, 2012 2:01 PM

    Correct me if I’m wrong … but I thought it was Cousins who threw the last second TD and ran in the two point conversion last game.

  58. ubummer says: Dec 11, 2012 2:11 PM

    skins23 says:
    Dec 11, 2012 12:26 PM

    Nobody ever gets hurt in the pocket, right Brady? Palmer? Roethlistberger? Oh……

    RG3 had ZERO designed runs Sunday. He scrambled 6 times, one more than Flacco.

    Get over the “running QB” garbage. He got hurt on a scramble as he was falling down. And he’s the #1 rated passer in the NFL.

    It’s football. Guys get hurt everywhere. The pocket, running, extra point attempts… hell, coaches tear ACLs on the sidelines.

    _________________________________

    You’re absolutely right.

    But given how often he’s been hurt this year after only 13 games compared to guys like Flacco and that can only mean one of two things. He’s either too stupid to protect himself or he’s fragile. He seems pretty smart to me so that can only mean he’s fragile.

    You can’t throw TDs in street clothes. Lots of guys with hall of fame talent have been busts simply because they’re fragile. You’ve made a great case that Bob3 might be one of them.

  59. jaggedmark says: Dec 11, 2012 2:31 PM

    Garcon could have said those things on purpose just to give their next opponent something to think about (while he knows or suspects Griffin will start).

  60. bdoubleoey says: Dec 11, 2012 2:33 PM

    RG3 is the same as Vick. Look back to when Vick first came out. Same headlines, same “wow he is great” attitude. He will succeed like Vick did at first, but once the other NFL teams catch up, and once he has concussion after concussion or other injuries it will spiral downword, just like Vick but without the whole Dog fighting thing. So in 10 years we will look back to RG3′s carrer and say it was good, but because of the injuries it was not great.

  61. bigbluecrew420 says: Dec 11, 2012 2:42 PM

    Skins23

    bigbluecrew420 says:
    Dec 11, 2012 1:34 PM
    ________________________

    And he hasn’t missed any games.

    Peyton, Brady, etc have missed entire seasons from hits in the pocket.

    At least when you are running, you can usually see the hits coming.

    Football is dangerous everywhere.

    I wouldn’t change a damn thing about the way he plays.

    —————————————————-

    He hasn’t miss any games YET.

    I also “wouldn’t change a damn thing” either about how he plays.

    I can’t believe not 1 skin fan has says that they would prefer he stats in the pocket and pass. I guess ya all are as oblivious as the shanahans are.

    Eli can read defences and throw for 1st downs and rarely even gets hit. I prefer our 2 time SB winning MVP but hey, that’s just me :)

  62. mikoltz says: Dec 11, 2012 2:44 PM

    Browns and Skins are in very similar mode right now…. Improving and gaining confidence every week… should be a close game if III plays… not likely though

  63. baddegg says: Dec 11, 2012 2:57 PM

    Everyone relax. This is precisely why Shanahan spent such a high pick on a backup QB. At the time, everyone was bemoaning the fact that Cousins would be “wasted” since he was good enough to start. Well, now that he may be starting, all of a sudden he stinks and you can just put the “L” in the column. Whatever. Everyone wants to argue both ways, based on who they want to hate…

  64. cupquest says: Dec 11, 2012 3:00 PM

    Here’s my prediction:
    1. Redskins with RG3 and/or Cousins will destroy Cleveland on Sunday.
    2. Redskins will go on to the playoffs.
    3. Cleveland Browns will take their “talents” to Hollywood to become the L.A. Browns.

  65. edouble86 says: Dec 11, 2012 3:18 PM

    Browns opponents during 3 game winning streak:
    -Steelers (without Roethlisberger), Raiders, Chiefs

    A combined record of 12-27

    Redskins opponents during 4 game win streak:
    -Eagles, Cowboys, Giants, Ravens

    A combined record of 28-24

    There is no comparing these two streaks. Redskins take down the Browns with or without RGIII.

  66. trollaikman8 says: Dec 11, 2012 3:33 PM

    you sure he wasn’t talking about Kirk Cameron?

  67. granadafan says: Dec 11, 2012 3:46 PM

    Griffin reminds me of Steve Young. Both are very athletic who use their feet to keep the chains moving, but were very smart players. Griffin has a stronger arm, but Young was very accurate. Young realized he couldn’t keep running as he was getting beat up by headhunting defenders, so he became more of a pocket passer and won more. Too bad his offensive line was swiss cheese and let him get knocked out.

  68. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 11, 2012 4:13 PM

    I knew they were lying about his status. No way he was playing on that leg with the way it flopped.

  69. blu4l1fe says: Dec 11, 2012 4:16 PM

    The logical and safe move is to sit Griffin to play another day. But we are also talking about a team that hasn’t smelled success and hasn’t reached the playoffs in years. And a fan base that has been brought to life and is enjoying the season that the team has built up to this point.
    Cousins certainly did not make it any an easier decision for Shanahan by his performance last week.

    In one case, yes, you would want to play your starting QB at a critical game, but on the other hand, you would not want to take any additional risk of him hurting himself more than he is. You also have the option of playing the backup at the moment as he, himself, has shown he can be relied when called upon.

    I don’t envy Shanahan’s position. And either team can definitely win on Sunday. Tough decision!!!

  70. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 11, 2012 4:21 PM

    Browns are going to beat them regardless of who the QB is, though.

  71. nflfan2012 says: Dec 11, 2012 4:24 PM

    The browns win 4 games and now they are competing for the Super Bowl!!!! Wow Best of luck, your still the Browns

  72. defscottyb says: Dec 11, 2012 4:44 PM

    Double smoke screen by the Skins… RG3 is playing, no he’s not, yes he is, no he’s not…… Smart! hahahaha, Hail!!! Skins will blow out the Browns at the Factory of Sadness.

  73. boyshole25 says: Dec 11, 2012 7:06 PM

    Man browns fans skins are no world beaters but your team beat Oakland third string steelers and Kansas City. What’s all this talk about you guys being good? Beat someone in your division without old man river at qb

  74. lamot70 says: Dec 11, 2012 10:54 PM

    The browns beat the raiders and chiefs…oh boy!

  75. boctavious says: Dec 11, 2012 11:24 PM

    Bunch of arrogant skins fans. Overlooking the Browns. Browns lost to Philly by 1point, went to overtime and lost to the cowboys by a fg, lost to the ravens close twice…led the giants by 14 before losing ugly. All those games and those stats pointed out above, happened early this year. 26 of the 53 man roster of the Browns are 1st or 2nd year players. So the point is that they are growing into a formidable team after learning how to play. Can’t wait for Sunday for those scoffers to see for themselves. By the way, the Browns run D is actually pretty decent.

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