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RG3: There was no way I was coming out

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Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is going to have an MRI on his right knee Monday and he said Sunday evening that “it’s up in the air” as to how serious the injury to his knee might be.

Griffin faced a similar line of questioning to coach Mike Shanahan about the decision to keep him in the 24-14 loss to the Seahawks after he aggravated his knee injury in the first quarter. Griffin said he told Shanahan he was O.K. when asked and that he came out of the game in the fourth quarter because he was no longer able to give that answer. He was also asked what would have happened if Shanahan did take him out of the game.

“I’d probably been right back out there on the field. You respect authority and I respect coach Shanahan but at the same time you have to step up and be a man sometimes.There was no way I was coming out of the game,” Griffin said. “It’s an awkward conversation you never want to have with a head coach. You don’t want him to ever feel like you’re lying to him. I wasn’t lying to him, I was able to play. Period. If he would have pulled me out, I would have been highly upset but that’s his prerogative. He kept me in.”

The injury might have cost them a game on Sunday. We’ll find out this week if there’s a greater cost to come.

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113 Responses to “RG3: There was no way I was coming out”
  1. nyjets1017 says: Jan 6, 2013 9:35 PM

    I love to watch this kid play but i give him 5 years in the league the way he plays.

  2. iminyrhead says: Jan 6, 2013 9:39 PM

    Reckless, selfish and stubborn to say the least … Should have done the smart thing and told coach to put Cousins in the game. Who’s running this team? Its obviously NOT Shanahan

  3. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Jan 6, 2013 9:39 PM

    Robert is true Shanahan asked you to do the Ray Lewis shuffle coming out of the tunnel tonight to get the crowd into it ?

  4. scytherius says: Jan 6, 2013 9:39 PM

    And that’s when the coach steps in. Everyone plays hurt and will not come out unless dragged. This time … he needed to be dragged.

  5. N JAIL U MY HOE says: Jan 6, 2013 9:40 PM

    Wonder if Bob will feel the same way after the MRI??? That wasnt a good look, Bob.

  6. dbtime says: Jan 6, 2013 9:41 PM

    This is when the coach has to step in for the better of the player..

  7. flankerright says: Jan 6, 2013 9:41 PM

    RG3 your are a 22 year old young man, I understand your pride, but you need to realize when the right thing to do is set your pride aside and tell the coach I am not 100%.

  8. motorcitym says: Jan 6, 2013 9:41 PM

    There’s no way RGlll will last in this league. As a HC, you have to protect the player from themselves and Shannahan will never consider RGs health before his bottom line.

  9. bigbluenationdb says: Jan 6, 2013 9:42 PM

    Two future first round picks invested in him. Skins better get the most they can get out of him over the next couple. He will never last all 16 games over his career. You need your QB healthy in the post season not barely being able to run. You can have those dual threat QBs, I will take a slow pocket passer like Eli anytime.

  10. thefox61 says: Jan 6, 2013 9:42 PM

    Seahawks Fan here

    Hope everything checks out OK with his knee.

  11. mjkelly77 says: Jan 6, 2013 9:43 PM

    He was a detriment to his team as injured as he was. And just like I thought, he’s selfish and really not very bright. He’s obviously spent too much time reading his press clippings.

  12. coolhand5930 says: Jan 6, 2013 9:44 PM

    While I certainly admire anyone willing to fight and play through pain, there comes a point where the toughness of an individual can hamper a team.

    There was enough evidence in the 2nd and 3rd quarter that RGIII wasn’t helping the team win – Washington’s defense kept the lead by some key stops.

    Shanahan should have done what was best for the Redskins’ and put Cousins in. RGIII, if he plays smarter and safer will have more opportunity to build a playoff legacy in years to come.

  13. beanocook says: Jan 6, 2013 9:44 PM

    NFL fans forget what toughness looks like. It looks like RGIII.

  14. nesuperfan says: Jan 6, 2013 9:44 PM

    Shanahan should have pulled him. EVERYONE could tell he was not effective, so you rest your season on a kid’s pride?

  15. mjkelly77 says: Jan 6, 2013 9:45 PM

    bigbluenationdb says:Jan 6, 2013 9:42 PM

    Two future first round picks invested in him. Skins better get the most they can get out of him over the next couple. He will never last all 16 games over his career. You need your QB healthy in the post season not barely being able to run. You can have those dual threat QBs, I will take a slow pocket passer like Eli anytime.
    ____________________

    I’ll take the classic pocket passer as well. Just make it someone better than eli manning.

  16. kattykathy says: Jan 6, 2013 9:46 PM

    Redskins fans……How does it feel to be owned by the Seahawks ?

    Last 3 times to playoffs, eliminated each time by Seattle.

    Russell Wilson is the best QB and better that the overhyped RG fraud.

    Go home and experience the playoffs from where you are used to it, on the sofa

  17. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Jan 6, 2013 9:46 PM

    Its all fun and games till somebody gets a knee blown, ,,, out then its hilarious !

  18. moerawn says: Jan 6, 2013 9:46 PM

    There’s no RG in TEAM.

  19. nygdriveforfive says: Jan 6, 2013 9:47 PM

    It’s not being a man or a leader when you put your ego ahead of your team. Know when you are to injured to be less effective then your backup. Or should we expect this type of game from him when he is healthy. He was bad today.

  20. bossplayer213 says: Jan 6, 2013 9:47 PM

    This will save Shanahan some blame. I like that he has his coach’s back.

  21. kattykathy says: Jan 6, 2013 9:48 PM

    RGIII = Multiple high draft picks wasted on him.

    Russell Wilson = A 3rd round pick

    Another example of the ineptness of Snyder.

  22. bryans49ers says: Jan 6, 2013 9:48 PM

    He needs to have it pounded into his head that the game is not about him, but his fellow teammates. Shannahan mismanaged this whole thing.

  23. randallflagg52 says: Jan 6, 2013 9:49 PM

    Ronnie Lott would’ve had his leg amputated above the knee and finish the game.

  24. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Jan 6, 2013 9:50 PM

    He’ll be fine next year. He did what he could do for his team and it took them into the playoffs. The original injury happened in a freak situation when he was on the ground already but his leg was up in the air and got hit. It’s not because he got nailed while running or something.

    Adrian Peterson had his knee reconstructed a year ago. RGIII will be back and healthy again.

  25. igotgamenj says: Jan 6, 2013 9:51 PM

    You should have came out…Rehab on a torn ACL is not fun and is never the same

  26. rickvaldez says: Jan 6, 2013 9:51 PM

    Yeah way to be selfish and not care about the team. Shanahan should be fired for leaving him and and Bob just showed how selfish he is knowing he cant run or complete a pass anf wanting to stay in the game.

  27. thehatefulnerd says: Jan 6, 2013 9:51 PM

    I’d take him over Jay Cutler any day.

  28. mattolikesthevikes says: Jan 6, 2013 9:53 PM

    You’re just a kid. You don’t know better. Your coach should. He will be out of the league before his rookie contract is up if this team don’t take care of him.

  29. nyyjetsknicks says: Jan 6, 2013 9:54 PM

    You better hope you have AP genetics.

  30. beastmode5150 says: Jan 6, 2013 9:54 PM

    Rg3 is a tough dude. Get better man, go hawks.

  31. vipod4ever says: Jan 6, 2013 9:55 PM

    Shanahan is no rookie head coach, but his non-actions suggest otherwise. Terrible decision to leave him in. Think about it, rookie qb telling his coach to stay in the game when even the Wash. medical staff has said otherwise. Perhaps Shanahan has a head injury?

  32. 2greatgoldens says: Jan 6, 2013 9:55 PM

    Stupid immature decision. That’s not being tough – it’s being selfish. That being said, it’s up to the coach to make the decision – not the 22 year old rookie. Shanny is to blame.

  33. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 6, 2013 9:55 PM

    The last few games he hasnt been nearly as accurate throwing the ball, maybe affected by the knee i suppose…. Next year they’re going to be better theres hope in DC!!!!

  34. manilarizzo says: Jan 6, 2013 9:56 PM

    Would i have liked to see cousins come in for the 4th quarter? yes. But i respect his heart and his will to win. Still wouldn’t trade this kid for anyone. He will learn. He will last 10-15 years, not 5. He has the skills to be a pocket passer. He has a cannon arm……hes bright, hes a natural leader. He’s 22. Huge upside with a young core just getting started.

  35. gangsterg22 says: Jan 6, 2013 9:57 PM

    hey RGIII – do you have Cam Newton’s phone number? second year – when the league catches up to you and your forgotten.

  36. janvanflac says: Jan 6, 2013 10:02 PM

    Ok he’s smarter than Vick and studies harder, stays out of trouble etc. and also doesn’t turn the ball over but he shares a lot of things with Vick. He is tough as nails but too small and his playing style exposes him to injury. There’s no way he’s ever going to play all 16 games.

    And maybe you could also say the same thing about Russell Wilson but they got him for a 4th rounder, not 3 1sts. I don’t care how good you are, no NFL player is worth 3 1st round picks….if you get hurt your team is toast.

  37. jdphx says: Jan 6, 2013 10:04 PM

    Not smart Shanny!

  38. countduku says: Jan 6, 2013 10:08 PM

    One thing is for sure; The Colts are glad they took Andrew Luck with the number 1 pick.

  39. oreo51 says: Jan 6, 2013 10:10 PM

    The doctor took him in the little shed behind the bench, shot his knee full of pain killers than watched while he went out and torn it up. His recovery probably just went from 6 months to a full year.

  40. skinsgal4life says: Jan 6, 2013 10:12 PM

    I love you, Robert, but the team does come first. If players aren’t close to 100%, they should not be in the game. Nonetheless, the ‘Skins had a great season and did knock off the Cow Yucks twice. that was good enough for me!

  41. baymac408 says: Jan 6, 2013 10:14 PM

    Kitty Kathy your so ignorant and stupid!! Lucky for you RG3 was hurt or else you would be crying right now.. You make Seahawks fans look dumber then they really are…good win…get better RG… GO NINERS

  42. theblowtorchreview says: Jan 6, 2013 10:15 PM

    I dont care how tough or how driven RG3 is, it’s Shanahan’s job the run the show and he failed. You don’t let a 22 yr old rookie dictate to you Shanny…….major fail!

  43. goldrush36 says: Jan 6, 2013 10:18 PM

    Gonna be a great nfc championship regardless. You will either see another NFC West showdown but away from Century Link or you will see Rodgers try to avenge fail mary. Also while away from Century Link. Sorry Falcons you have still shown nothing to be inspired by. Credit to the hawks for coming back in a bad environment. Credit to Shannahan for being stubborn and opening the door wide for them to do so by leaving RG3 in the game 3 quarters too long.

  44. greyhawk9 says: Jan 6, 2013 10:20 PM

    10:17 and still no mention of the hawks victory but a top article about how rg3 wasn’t going to come out of the game …..hmmmmm why is this??

  45. flyingitalian says: Jan 6, 2013 10:21 PM

    This is hilarious. U hypocrites saying he was too proud and a detriment to his team are the same clowns criticizing Jay Cutler 2 years ago.

  46. peopletrains says: Jan 6, 2013 10:27 PM

    Quit blaming RGIII for wanting to stay in the game. This is entirely on Shanahan.

  47. reasonablemindsays says: Jan 6, 2013 10:28 PM

    No one will be surprised to find RGKnee out for the next year with a torn ACL. Good karma for a fanbase that degrades women with pig costumes.

    All this does is help pave the way for the NFL’s next great dynasty. Get ready for Dream Team 3.0 folks. Geno Smith will become the first rookie to throw 30 TD’s and Chip Kelly will lead the Eagles to their first of many Lombardi’s.

  48. zn0rseman says: Jan 6, 2013 10:32 PM

    RG3 seems like a good guy and we know he’s a great athelete. However at the NFL level, Kirk Cousins is the better QB. Scramble first QB’s just don’t cut it in yhe pros because defenses are too fast and those types of QB’s rarely finish a season intact.

    I know RG3 is a cash cow in DC because of the demographics, but they had a shot at winning tonight but not with a ginpy RG3 at QB.

  49. skon300 says: Jan 6, 2013 10:33 PM

    U think snyder could spring some for some turf. That has to be the worst field by far in the nfl.

  50. Spencer says: Jan 6, 2013 10:35 PM

    Wasn’t the whole point of drafting Cousins for situations just like this? He’s a capable backup. I don’t get the decision.

  51. raypinpillage says: Jan 6, 2013 10:35 PM

    Good luck the rest of the way Seahawks….but dont pretend you werent pooping in your pants until RG3′s leg fell off.

  52. tdubdizzle says: Jan 6, 2013 10:35 PM

    I respect RG3s toughness but what he did tonigh was completely selfish. Cousins moved the ball relatively well on his only drive but it was too little too late. Hard to beat a defense like the Hawks when theyre playing pass all the way. Roberts pride cost his team a chance at the superbowl.

  53. gangsterg22 says: Jan 6, 2013 10:36 PM

    10:17 and still no mention of the hawks victory but a top article about how rg3 wasn’t going to come out of the game …..hmmmmm why is this??

    ` ` ` `

    second that – great point. hey put up a article about wilson. dont make him a castaway. get castaway.

  54. dylanssongwriter says: Jan 6, 2013 10:39 PM

    Stop with the macho talk Peter Bob and think about the future.

  55. ningenito78 says: Jan 6, 2013 10:42 PM

    Sorry but this kid has the same body structure as Vick. Similar game too. I don’t think he will have many 16 game seasons in him.

  56. macdaddyspeed says: Jan 6, 2013 10:45 PM

    Immerse yourselves in the glory that is the SEAHAWKS EMPIRE. The light of the Hawks will shine bright and it will shine long. Unbelievers, accept your fate, bow down and look upon this empire in awe. The arrival of the SEAHAWKS EMPIRE has begun. Kneel before them or be disgraced.

  57. sakurak says: Jan 6, 2013 10:46 PM

    “I’ll take the classic pocket passer as well. Just make it someone better than eli manning.”

    OK, you take the mediocre QB and I’ll take the one who has two Superbowl rings.

  58. johnnyballsack says: Jan 6, 2013 10:52 PM

    The RG3 experiment is over and so is Shanahan’s tenure. Oops, what am I thinking. This is the Redskins and Snyder. Shanahan will get an extension and RG3 will probably not play in 2013.

  59. blutbaddenbill says: Jan 6, 2013 10:53 PM

    kattykathy says:Jan 6, 2013 9:46 PM

    Redskins fans……How does it feel to be owned by the Seahawks ?

    Last 3 times to playoffs, eliminated each time by Seattle.

    Russell Wilson is the best QB and better that the overhyped RG fraud.

    Go home and experience the playoffs from where you are used to it, on the sofa
    ______________________________)____

    You should pull your head out of your man’s lap and watch the game cause it is surprising what you can learn when you actually watch it!
    then again,you would not know what to make out of it!

  60. therealzeitgeist says: Jan 6, 2013 11:03 PM

    That’s the problem with race cars, they break easy.

  61. dstep24 says: Jan 6, 2013 11:05 PM

    It became apparent once Seattle started dominating the entire game, that Griffins key concern was public perception. The awful TD pass attempt across his body, mysyeriously ended with him falling to the turf untouched and coming up hobbling severely, as of that somehow had something to do with that ridiculous pass. Ten his salute to te crowd as he seemingly walked off the field with ease after the Seatle fumble recovery and te “awful” knee injury that proceeded it. RG wants to be the hero more than he wants to win the game as was clearly apparent by his refusal to leave the field, while at the same time, resorting to the limp every time something went wrong. I hope he learns to start caring more about his team. That cheer he got as he walked off the field, looked like the highlight of his night. Blue realt wanted that.

  62. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 6, 2013 11:12 PM

    He goes on and doesn’t give Seattle’s defense any credit, and then talks like this wasn’t a fluke season. The Giants are still the class of the division and will go right back to winning it. Thanks for keeping the seat warm, Washington.

  63. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 6, 2013 11:14 PM

    raypinpillage says: Jan 6, 2013 10:35 PM

    Good luck the rest of the way Seahawks….but dont pretend you werent pooping in your pants until RG3′s leg fell off.
    ————

    Pooping about what? Washington did absolutely nothing outside of those two fluky drives to start the game.

  64. edithpiaf51 says: Jan 6, 2013 11:17 PM

    “I’ll take the classic pocket passer as well. Just make it someone better than eli manning.”

    OK, you take the mediocre QB and I’ll take the one who has two Superbowl rings.

    Yes I agree with the second statement, I will take the slow pocket passer with the 2 MVP superbowl rings, the best, the elite, Eli Manning.

  65. east96st says: Jan 6, 2013 11:26 PM

    Hey, did you see Adam Carriker’s newest tweet?

    Tony Romo, Michael Vick, and Eli Manning walk into a bar…. to watch the playoffs. And they saw Shanahan take five years off RGIII’s career.

  66. superseahawk says: Jan 6, 2013 11:32 PM

    nyyjetsknicks

    Those Adrian Peterson genetics would be nice. We need to bottle it up and become snake oil salesman.

  67. aoc57 says: Jan 6, 2013 11:35 PM

    igotgamenj says:Jan 6, 2013 9:51 PM

    You should have came out…Rehab on a torn ACL is not fun and is never the same

    ————————————————–

    This is true….except he already tore an ACL before and wound up winning the Heisman.

    He must have been Superman before that…

  68. goldrush36 says: Jan 6, 2013 11:37 PM

    macdaddyspeed says:
    Jan 6, 2013 10:45 PM
    Immerse yourselves in the glory that is the SEAHAWKS EMPIRE. The light of the Hawks will shine bright and it will shine long. Unbelievers, accept your fate, bow down and look upon this empire in awe. The arrival of the SEAHAWKS EMPIRE has begun. Kneel before them or be disgraced.
    __________________________________

    Wow we know you like to emulate everythimg else like the 49ers. Afterall the team is built the exact same way but now you are even trying to tag onto the whole empire thing too? God get a grip already. Pete has one winning season in his entire head coaching career in the nfl and its is for a franchise that hasn’t won anything ever. Lets not get carried away just yet

  69. beast2727 says: Jan 6, 2013 11:44 PM

    How bout Sanchez for rg3

  70. badgerbuck says: Jan 7, 2013 12:05 AM

    As long as Washington still has Dan Snyder as your owner,I hope they never succeed in the NFL. That goes for Dallas and Jerry Jones as well. Arrogant guys that think their s**t don’t stink,no nothing about football but would love to rule the nfl world if they had their say about it.

  71. edithpiaf51 says: Jan 7, 2013 12:08 AM

    Tony Romo, Michael Vick, and Eli Manning walk into a bar…. to watch the playoffs. And they saw Shanahan take five years off RGIII’s career.

    Leave Eli Manning alone please. The subject was RGIII, not Eli. Leave him be. No reason to be mean.

  72. bobzilla1001 says: Jan 7, 2013 12:16 AM

    Don’t think for a minute that Shanahan doesn’t realize that Griffin has a short shelf life. He’s going to play Griffin until the wheels come off. That’s the reason he drafted TWO quarterbacks last spring.

  73. leksington says: Jan 7, 2013 12:18 AM

    RG3 had no choice but to stay in and play.

    Jay Cutler hurt his knee in the playoffs and we saw how the media and fans crapped all over him for it. “If he can walk around on the sidelines, the knee is good enough to play on.”

  74. timocracy13 says: Jan 7, 2013 12:20 AM

    Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 6, 2013 11:12 PM

    He goes on and doesn’t give Seattle’s defense any credit, and then talks like this wasn’t a fluke season. The Giants are still the class of the division and will go right back to winning it. Thanks for keeping the seat warm, Washington.
    ______________________________________

    Go back into your hole of homerism and ignominy, please. We already know how much you hate the Redskins. Stop waiting by your keyboard to jump on every Redskins’ failure and get a life.

  75. gdive says: Jan 7, 2013 12:32 AM

    Shanahan failed big time today. It’s his job to put his team in the best position to win the game. It was clear to anyone with one good eye that RG3 was not close to being physically capable of performing at a high enough level to win the game. It was a bad choice not putting in Cousins no later than half time to give him a decent chance to move the offense and keep them in the game.

    “You Play To Win The Game!” – Herm Edwards

  76. sportsnut101 says: Jan 7, 2013 12:32 AM

    Understand u wanna leave ur best player in But if u see him limping n barely running why do u keep calling qb running plays that was dumb then why not call quick 3 step drop passes he wasn’t throwing deep anyway.

    Blame this on the coach and his son on their gameplan after he got hurt

    Not saying cuzins was going to be better but they could of had him run a few series or qtr n let rg3 rest the knee n see how it goes

    Ur job as head coach is to make best choice for team not one person ego

  77. slatetundra07 says: Jan 7, 2013 12:46 AM

    What would Cutler do?

  78. themightywhitey says: Jan 7, 2013 12:48 AM

    the better team won ….bottom line ….Seahawks could/should have hung another 14 on them

  79. beastmode5150 says: Jan 7, 2013 12:58 AM

    Niners, PLEASE win do we can beat you down again at your house. Home field isn’t gonna get you the 28 points.

  80. bluereign says: Jan 7, 2013 1:00 AM

    As a Giant fan and a fellow 22 year old that was D1, I wish nothing but the best to RG3. He’s a good player but an even better person.

  81. lgwelsh1 says: Jan 7, 2013 1:14 AM

    Washington should count there blessings tonight, the kids career could have been over. RGIII is not only great for Washington, he is great for the NFL.

    No reason to jeopardize the future by keeping him in the game while he is 50%. That’s exactly how he looked most of the game.

  82. ashilling7963 says: Jan 7, 2013 1:17 AM

    Cowboys fan here that will give credit to RGIII a tough kid, hope he isn’t and don’t think he is seriously (career in danger) injured. But I will smile that while yes his Skins beat Dallas the still didn’t win one playoff game! having read comment after comment on here about how the Redskins were gonna win it all I will sleep well tonight knowing my rival won’t be carrying a Super Bowl trophy this year!

  83. baymac408 says: Jan 7, 2013 1:21 AM

    Beast mode 5150 we will be there .. Will u? Ill be at the game.. Will u?? If so let me know so we can meet and I can beat you down after or before we beat you and anybody else down at THE STICK

  84. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Jan 7, 2013 1:45 AM

    RGIII has always seemed very self-centered. After he beat Drew Brees, all he could talk about is how Brees told him he was proud of him. After Russell Wilson beat Tom Brady, he said something along the lines of what an honor it was to compete against him.

    And to anyone saying Wilson won’t last long either, think about their body types and play styles once more. RGIII seems to compare to Vick. He has a lanky body, was staring down receivers ALL night, and running is at least 50% of his game. Wilson, at least partially due to his height, has a very compact body with a low center of gravity. He also looks to pass first every time. Even when he gets outside of the pocket, his eyes are down the field until he crosses the line of scrimmage. Wilson will be a star for a long time in this league.

  85. kappy32 says: Jan 7, 2013 1:58 AM

    Sorry, but he needs to know his place. I can think of about a dozen other players that if they were to respond with clear disregard for their coach’s authority, the readers on here would murder them. The bottom line is that from the point he reaggravated his knee in the first, he was a liability to the team. He couldn’t plant his foot and use it to torque the ball with any sense authority. The reason why he is so dangerous is because he keeps LBs and Safeties honest with his ability to run, and he has a cannon of an arm off the play action. He couldn’t do either after he reaggravated the injury and for the benefit of his team, he should have taken himself out of the game when he knew he couldn’t perfrom at a top level. Had he removed himself when he should have, the Skins may have had a chance because it is like night and day between him and Cousins. The Seahawks gameplanned for RG & his pistol, “gimmick” offense. If they threw Cousins in there mid-game, the Seahawks would’ve been lost; it’s like bringing in a high 90′s MPH relief pitcher after a knuckleballer just threw 7 innings. Nevertheless, Shannahan shouldn’t have put the decision in his hands and he should have pulled him. If RG had a problem with that, well too damn bad, kid, it’s the way the world works. RG is NOT AD Peterson and if he tore his ACL, he will never be the same. Not only will it take a couple years for him to get back to top speed – and he will take numerous more hard hits while he’s at 75% – the team will be much more cautious with him given what they gave up for him. Without the running element and real play action threat off the spread option, RG is just an average to below average pocket passer with his accuracy and long delivery. I’ve been saying it all along and after today everyone will see it: RG is the THIRD best rookie QB this year. First is Andrew Luck, a DISTANT second is Russell Wilson and an even more distant third is RG.

  86. screechdaddy says: Jan 7, 2013 2:31 AM

    Hawks fan here. When RG3 was unable to pick up the bad snap because his knee failed so badly he fell flat on his face not even caring what was happening with the ball, I got extremely upset at Shanahan for quite possibly ruining this young kid’s career.

    It was already apparent he was hurting so much he couldn’t properly plant his foot, resulting in several awful throws. Any player will tell you they can still play, even if they’re in effing traction, so for Shanahan to hide behind that is bush league. If the doctor says there’s a risk to continue, you pull him, period. Cousins is a quite capable backup. Pure selfishness on Shanahan’s part to keep Robert in the game. I hope he heals 100% and plays ELSEWHERE because clearly Washington doesn’t deserve him.

  87. ddogdaddy says: Jan 7, 2013 2:55 AM

    Each player is different. Say the same thing happens to Suh in Detroit. He tells the coach ” take me out and I will kill you”. Coach is thinking that may be a real possiblity. So he keeps him in the game out of gear for his safety.
    Fast forward to Redskins game. RG3 tells Shanahan “take me out and I am going to be really mad”. So Shanahan leaves him in the game not because he fears for his life but because he is just an idiot and a liar who doesn’t care about any of his players health or safety. I am afraid this could be the proverbial straw. What a tool.

  88. louhudson23 says: Jan 7, 2013 3:12 AM

    I read Griffin’s comments this week concerning the use of his brace and his not really needing it with concern. Clearly the young man does not understand the true nature of injury.Playing hurt is part of the game,and you cannot be successful without doing so. But the injury he suffered does not heal in three weeks. He seemed to truly believe he could play the week after he suffered it and that he was healed enough to play without his brace this week. Injuries are real. They are not just speed bumps on the way to glory.Much better players than he have had their career’s and legacy’s destroyed by injury. Understanding the difference between being injured and being hurt can be a difficult thing,but to be sure,there is a difference. If he does not understand the existence of this difference,he will find himself finished before he even really gets started.

  89. avoidtheboyd says: Jan 7, 2013 4:31 AM

    RG3 used to be a quarterback like you, then he took a Seahawk to the knee.

  90. kingpel says: Jan 7, 2013 5:22 AM

    I think RG3 may be a little bit insecure about Kirk Cousins getting all that praise after the Brown game and was not letting his backup step in to win a playoff game.

    The comments he made to Romo were very telling. It showed me that RG3 is very aware about what “everyone is saying”.

  91. jetfanfolife says: Jan 7, 2013 6:29 AM

    I seen one play where he could’ve ran out of bounds but instead stayed in just for one yard over the first down marker.

    If I was the coach I would’ve yelled at him for such a stupid move.

    I hope he recovers and remembers all this next year…Don’t be a hero; you’ve got a team next to you, use them, and run out of bounds when you can.

    You don’t want too much of an early retirement

  92. chattanola says: Jan 7, 2013 6:52 AM

    We were wondering about why Dr. Anderson’s comments came out in the media just prior to this game. Now we can guess that there was a raging debate between doctor, coach, and player about RGIII’s condition going into this game.

    To learn something from this, Griffin and Shanahan should ask themselves one simple question: Did I do it for the good of myself? or did I do it for the good of the team?

    What makes this situation more of head shaker is that the ‘Skins’ Defense was playing well and that backup QB Cousins had proved himself capable earlier in the season.

  93. nokoolaidcowboy says: Jan 7, 2013 7:04 AM

    Typical young person today. They think they are invincible. And not this not necessarily a bad thing. It was up to the Coach (and his wisdom) to guide his young star toward staying smart and healthy.

    Earlier this week there was a story that pitted the Team Dr. against the Coach in a previous game about letting RG come back into a game before being cleared. One obviously lied.

    Any questions?

  94. ham1 says: Jan 7, 2013 7:26 AM

    I will never forgive Shanny for this. He is going to get that kid killed eventually unless he steps in and starts acting like a coach.

    I would totally understand taking the ball from RG3 when they were up 14-0 and handing it to Cousins and putting Rg3 on the bench. That might have made it a closer game or they can pull out a win.
    Everybody watching the game from home, or in the stadium, your own team and the hawks team knows they have a cripple that wont come out of the game.

    Its a losing decision to keep him and a slap in the face of the whole team not to try and win that game with the best QB that can field. That was not BOB.
    Too many egos behind that decision.

    On the other hand it made the Seahawks look better that what they are. They are a good team and I take nothing away from Russell Wilson. Still, they will get exposed. Watch.

  95. hor2012 says: Jan 7, 2013 7:29 AM

    eigglesnosuperbowls

    I hope you’re trying to make a point and not trying to be funny. Because; if you’re trying to be funny then you’re a racist or insane. If you’re trying to make a point it’s well taken

  96. gmen1983 says: Jan 7, 2013 7:33 AM

    Where’s logicalvoice when you need him? You know, with his rational thought and objective analysis. Thought for sure he’d been on here proudly supporting “HIS” Skins. Interesting.

  97. patsfan13 says: Jan 7, 2013 7:37 AM

    I’m just your ordinary fan, but it was obvious that RG3″s knee was gone in the first quarter, when he went out of bounds before the 2nd TD. No matter how brave, tough, and stubborn RG3 was, Shanahan should have taken him out of the game. Not going into a little cubby hole to get shot up with pain killers. The doctor didn’t even go in, just a trainer. Cousins had proved he could run the team, but Shanahan risked RG3s future when it was obvious he was ineffective due to his knee.

  98. sakatak says: Jan 7, 2013 7:48 AM

    Wow, RGIII and Russell Wilson the face of the NFL for years to come. The NFL is in excellent shape with men like this.

  99. gmsingh says: Jan 7, 2013 7:52 AM

    Russell Wilson just proved that slow and steady wins the race. He’s just a more talented version of Christian Ponder.

  100. giantsfanlewis says: Jan 7, 2013 8:00 AM

    Over under on rgiii lasting til the skins get a first round draft pick?

  101. jjm18 says: Jan 7, 2013 8:17 AM

    Do not attack this guy’s character! He is not Cam N, Mike V, Jamarcus R, Terrell P, Ryan L. He is a good guy who wants to win. He is smart and wants to win. Mikey S felt that was the best way for the team to win and he trusts his QB. Just enjoy watching him for years to come.

    Some of you just shut your mouth and watch Atlanta whoop Seattle this week. Also Green Bay will win to.

    Signed a true skins fan for 29 years.

  102. metitometin says: Jan 7, 2013 8:19 AM

    Mike Shanahan needs to be fired for leaving RG3 in the game and at further risk to injury. It was clear from the 2nd quarter on that RG3 was hurt and couldn’t do much of anything. A stupid and stubborn decision by Shanny and it could end up costing RG3 his career. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb. Players should never dictate when they come in or out of a game. That’s why coaches get paid the big bucks. To make decisions. Shanny’s loyalty to RG3 will end up costing him and the team.

  103. steves11 says: Jan 7, 2013 8:20 AM

    It was Jeff Lurie and Howie Roseman of the Eagles putting voodoo curse on RGIII. That’s how he got hurt on Sunday!

  104. electionconfidential says: Jan 7, 2013 8:36 AM

    A running back needs a heart, but a quarterback needs a head. This reminds me of what happened with Derek Rose last season. You go out and play on a compromised knee until it just tears up completely.

    The doctor’s comments last week were telling. He obviously saw this coming. A blind man could see Griffin was hurt through much of the game yesterday and now Shanahan has mortgaged next season because he’s short-sighted.

    Young men are expected to make poor choices sometimes. Old men like Shanahan have no excuse. I hope the league takes a good look on how the Skins have been reporting this injury.

  105. packerbadger says: Jan 7, 2013 9:00 AM

    Before the game, he probably didn’t have much of an ACL. Should have taken himself out for the TEAM. Now, he may have a torn medial meniscus and a torn MCL as well. Skins would have had a much better chance putting Cousins in and would have probably won in my opinion. Griffin forced his way back. Should have let it heal properly. Now, who knows if it will cost him a step or two……which is huge in NFL.

  106. packerjer says: Jan 7, 2013 9:08 AM

    What is this, the NBA? Last I checked, the coach is still the boss, right? Once the NFL makes their regular season meaningless with expanded playoffs, the transformation will be complete.

  107. laserw says: Jan 7, 2013 9:08 AM

    Like most 22 year olds, he knows everything yet knows nothing.

    I figured he would throw a tantrum if Shanny had pulled him out; Griffin’s reaction to not playing in Cleveland gave hints at how selfish, greedy, arrogant, and foolish he truly is. Had Shanny decided to pull Griffin during the Seagull game, there would have been a true blowup. With the players so conned by his smoozing and superfluous “leadership” off the field, they would have been adversely affected on the field.

    Griffin stayed on the field because he knows Kirk Cousins is far better than an average quarterback and having Cousins in the game with a half of ball to play would have given Cousins a chance to succeed. The longer Griffin stayed in, the less likely Cousins would become a darling (again) and a less of a chance of a quarterback controversy.

    Griffin’s selfishness, pigheadedness, idiocy, and arrogance cost his team the game. The defense played well and was holding things together. The fact that Griffin was wretched from the mid point of the second quarter on was a glaring warning sign – this guy is holding his team back.

    I know what I say is unpopular but if you read Griffin by watching his body language and how he performs running the two minute offense, you get an ENTIRELY different take on this guy than the media has given you. Add to this that he was charging Redskin fans for autographs before he was drafted, and you cannot claim him to be so wonderful. He’s a snow job of the first order.

    Doubt me on his persona? Watch him in his last football game in college. He’s selfishness and self-centered conduct was like a red-flag.

  108. darth71 says: Jan 7, 2013 9:16 AM

    So Big Ben , Favre play hurt they are warriors . RG3 plays hurt and he is selfish , dumb ,etc. Starting NFL qbs do not quit except Cutler. Cousins I guess is going to make the Seahawk defense tremble? Cousins is a back up NOT a starter . Cousins is going to get the Redskins WRs open? LOL .

  109. greymares says: Jan 7, 2013 9:16 AM

    once again when Shanahan was forced to coach the lump came up.

  110. 2ndaryinsanity says: Jan 7, 2013 10:25 AM

    Personally, I think people are being too harsh with RG3. He is very young…how many of us made some big time mistakes in our early 20′s? Being tough and playing through pain is part of the football culture. The “warrior” mentality is celebrated by the players, coaches, and fans. In fact, sometimes a player’s heart and very manhood is questioned if they don’t play ( Phillip Rivers, anyone?)
    That being said, Shanahan should be FIRED. You don’t keep your franchise quarterback in the game when he’s obviously injured like that! It shouldn’t matter what the player says or what he wants….as the head coach, Shanahan has a responsibility to make the hard decisions. Parents don’t let their children eat all of their Halloween candy at one time, even though the kids want to.
    Besides, it was obvious RG3 couldn’t play worth a crap
    after he re-injured his knee. It didn’t just affect his mobility, but it screwed up his throwing mechanics as well. Cousins gave the redskins the best chance of winning. So, not only did the skins lose a playoff game, they most likely lost their franchise quarterback as well. Hopefully RG3 is a freak of nature like Adrian Peterson and can recover quickly and be good as new.

  111. amanwithoutboundaries says: Jan 7, 2013 11:30 AM

    Players WANT to play, winners WANT the ball in their hands. RG3 is both a football player and a winner, there was no way sort of being physically restrained that he was not going to play until he broke down and he was right to do it. RG3 even on a leg and a half gave the Skins the best chance to win the football game and when nothing else matters but getting the win, you ride that guy till he can’t go anymore. Barbaric? Yes. Wrong to do? Probably. No way though that a coach sits down his star QB in the playoffs unless there’s just absolutely no way he can be effective at all.

  112. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 7, 2013 5:40 PM

    goldrush36 says: Jan 6, 2013 11:37 PM

    macdaddyspeed says:
    Jan 6, 2013 10:45 PM
    Immerse yourselves in the glory that is the SEAHAWKS EMPIRE. The light of the Hawks will shine bright and it will shine long. Unbelievers, accept your fate, bow down and look upon this empire in awe. The arrival of the SEAHAWKS EMPIRE has begun. Kneel before them or be disgraced.
    __________________________________

    Wow we know you like to emulate everythimg else like the 49ers. Afterall the team is built the exact same way but now you are even trying to tag onto the whole empire thing too? God get a grip already. Pete has one winning season in his entire head coaching career in the nfl and its is for a franchise that hasn’t won anything ever. Lets not get carried away just yet
    ————

    You act like SF didn’t just come out of nowhere last year.

    And the Seahawks are better built than SF, not emulating anything that SF does. SF is hype, Seattle is reality.

  113. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 7, 2013 6:50 PM

    Not surprised to see a competitor like RG want to stay in even when hurt. That’s expected but I am surprised that an experienced coach like Shanahan didn’t look after his player’s best interest and pull him.

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