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Shanahan admits he has “no idea” if RG3 can start season

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III accepts the the award for the NFL Offensive Rookie of the year during the NFL Honors award show in New Orleans Reuters

After everyone went overboard early on with enthusiasm for Robert Griffin III’s return from knee surgery, even his doctor tried to slow the parade.

So while Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Griffin is “ahead of schedule” in his rehab, he also admitted he had “no idea” if he’d be ready for the opener.

“Robert is doing well,” Shanahan said, via Mark Maske of the Washington Post. “He’s getting some great work in here, working out a couple times a day, about six hours a day, seven hours. He is ahead of schedule according to Larry [Hess, head athletic trainer]. That means the muscles are stronger than they anticipated and he is doing everything he can to be ready for this season.

“Is he going to be ready? I have no idea. I’m sure keeping my fingers crossed. And if work has anything to do with it, he probably will.”

The fact the Redskins are acknowledging that he might not is probably the best news for Griffin, as the burden of expectation has been lifted a bit.

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34 Responses to “Shanahan admits he has “no idea” if RG3 can start season”
  1. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Mar 12, 2013 7:37 AM

    Ready or not, Mike will have him out there for the opener.

  2. joetoronto says: Mar 12, 2013 7:41 AM

    Based on his ultra poor decision to leave him in the game when a blind man could see he was hurt, I wouldn’t trust Shanahan’s judgement on RG3’s health.

  3. fuglyflorio says: Mar 12, 2013 7:42 AM

    Start? He may never be the same again. They shamelessly burned this kid’s career into the ground … for a one-and-done playoff humiliation. Brilliant.

  4. breastfedted says: Mar 12, 2013 7:43 AM

    They drafted Cousins for a reason, then choked on the decision to use him in the manner they drafted him until it was too late. Now they are paying the price. RG3 is awesome, but when he can only play on one leg, Cousins is better. How an NFL coaching staff could let this happen is mind boggling.

  5. stevenray72 says: Mar 12, 2013 7:55 AM

    The Redskins will be smart on his come back. They know and understand how valuable he is . The key is to get Robert to understand and make sure he does not do anything to further hurt himself.

  6. burgandyandgold says: Mar 12, 2013 7:56 AM

    he will be ready. but if not, kirk cousins is capable of standing in. plus, the skins schedule will likely have the tougher games later in the year because the networks will want to make sure rgiii is good to go. httr

  7. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 12, 2013 7:58 AM

    The Redskins and Robert Griffin will be fine. Coach knows the deal…he’s the smartest HC in professional Football and knows how to psyche out folks.

  8. musicman495 says: Mar 12, 2013 8:00 AM

    Thank God. This is what Redskins fans refer to as “Progress.”

  9. stevenwilliams2013 says: Mar 12, 2013 8:14 AM

    Shanahan, would start him even he had 2 broken legs.

  10. skeeeiins says: Mar 12, 2013 8:18 AM

    RGIII is 23 years old and a freak of nature athletically. I have no doubt he will be able to recover from the ACL tear and return to form just like he did in college. Sure glad we drafted Kirk Cousins as insurance and have a solid run game to lean on in Griffin’s absence.

  11. getyourownname says: Mar 12, 2013 8:29 AM

    The famous rite of spring – every March, Skins fans think they have won the championship.

  12. tincansailor981 says: Mar 12, 2013 8:33 AM

    If you believe anything this guy says, I have beachfront property in Montana to sell you.

  13. speters0630 says: Mar 12, 2013 8:47 AM

    Wow, I’m impressed as to how many people that post here apparently are physicians, psychologists and even psychics. Despite all your amazing credentials, what will happen remains to be seen. I sure as hell won’t bet against Griffin.

  14. h1ndrix says: Mar 12, 2013 8:49 AM

    It was a tough call for Shanny in the playoffs. Even hurt RG3 had us dominating the Seahawks and they were on their way to an easy victory. Hindsight is 20/20 but pulling the team leader when he refuses to disclose the severity of an injury is difficult.

  15. officialgame says: Mar 12, 2013 8:58 AM

    “The Redskins and Robert Griffin will be fine. Coach knows the deal…he’s the smartest HC in professional Football and knows how to psyche out folks”.

    You got it backwards for a change. Shannahan is the biggest imbecile in professional coaching for letting RG3 stay in last years playoff game when everybody and their mother knew he was hurt.

  16. conormacleod says: Mar 12, 2013 9:10 AM

    He’s ahead of schedule. But way behind AP from last year. Unfortunately, people will compare. Nobody is AP except AP.

  17. blackqbwhiterb says: Mar 12, 2013 9:24 AM

    I think it’s just fantastic everyone’s talking about the Redskins constantly… For most of 20 years they were on your radar about as much as a USFL franchise…

  18. blamatina says: Mar 12, 2013 9:28 AM

    Adidas has a pretty good idea he’ll be starting week 1.

  19. east96st says: Mar 12, 2013 9:38 AM

    “The Redskins will be smart on his come back. They know and understand how valuable he is .”

    Yes, we all saw that when they quickly pulled him from the playoff game in order to avoid him suffering a major injury. I was moved to see Shanahan put RGIII’s safety and welfare ahead of Shanny’s pursuit of his first playoff win since 2005.

  20. trollhammer20 says: Mar 12, 2013 9:39 AM

    Adidas will now sue Shanahan for casting negativity on their “ALL IN FOR WEEK ONE” ad campaign.

  21. romosmicrodongs says: Mar 12, 2013 9:57 AM

    griffins injuries were exaggerated for the sake of allowing people to underestimate. he had partial tears. he is already working out 7 hrs a day. he’ll be fine

  22. jahbird says: Mar 12, 2013 10:29 AM

    All these RG3 haters are a riot. You guys are trembling in your boots, we can hear it through your weak jokes and lame potshots. The kid is superman. He’ll be fine. What won’t be OK are your virtual tough-guy egos when he shreds the league (again) next year.

    A little history, first time he hurt his knee he threw passes seated from a chair to his dad and friends running routes. He credits it with developing his accuracy (see JJ Riddick for a similar story on two broken wrists and his perfect form jump shot).

    Let’s recap that real quick; he gets hurt, isn’t mobile, and yet gets better in recovery. He actually improved, instead of just getting back to healthy. Think on that for a second. The trash talkers make the mistake of thinking because they are incapable of overcoming adversity that RG3 is as well. RG3 responds to adversity with work ethic; he thrives on your doubt.

    Don’t believe me? Ask the NFC East.

    Imagine what other aspects of his game he is tweaking right now because he can’t do the running stuff. It is a good time to be skins fan, the real scandal we should be talking about is our stolen 36 Mill.

  23. tampaskinsfan says: Mar 12, 2013 10:32 AM

    The kid is only 23 and walked off the field. He’ll be fine, now I hear all you haters moms calling from upstairs saying your PB&Js are ready. Go eat your snack and maybe mommy will let you get back on the Internet and hate some more before dinner.

  24. jacksrants says: Mar 12, 2013 10:46 AM

    Shanahan is an idiot who knows his days are numbered . His past shows us he has no regard for the health of his players …see Brian Griese and Terrell Davis .

    He severely damaged Griffin and the shine is clearly off the turd that is Shanahan

    How can an owner hang onto a coach that uses 3 1st rders on a QB then subjects him to the most savage hits I’ve ever seen a QB take over a season , then play him when he is obviously injured until he actually tears ligaments in his knee ?? Go ahead Mike rush him back and finish him off . Snyder should have fired him for how he risked RG’s future numerous times . Any normal person who saw the hit in the Ravens game would have sat him down for at least 3 weeks .

    I don’t care how great you are a knee isn’t made to bend like that . Why Skins fans are oblivious to what really happened is beyond comprehension .

  25. tampaskinsfan says: Mar 12, 2013 11:19 AM

    I was forced by my family to be a Pittsburgh Penguins fan at a young age and I’m fine with that. When Malkin had major mcl surgery punks in the hockey forums said he was done. He won the scoring title the next season. A year later Crosby suffers a major concussion that sidelined him for a season and a half and he’s on cruise control this year for his second NHL scoring title. The moral of this story is…You haters know nothing so shut up.

  26. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 12, 2013 11:43 AM

    Redskins are the joke of the NFL 20 plus years and counting! !!

  27. michiganhockey11 says: Mar 12, 2013 11:57 AM

    Cousins is a very serviceable, if not completely capable to step into the role.

    Not an issue for Redskins fans, my opinion.

  28. wolfmagic2012 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:17 PM

    peyton you Troll – – Pretty funny joke: Champs of NFC East – WAY funny! I’d say the joke’s on YOU…I love this young man, and being a long-time Skins fan, I am thrilled at what RG3’s done for us… Having said that, Shanny’s coaching conduct was a total failure for not taking Robert out of the game at the end of the first qtr against Seattle. I hope Shanny has had a come-to-Jesus moment after that horrible example of coaching – and I also hope we go all the way in 2013! HTTR

  29. blu4l1fe says: Mar 12, 2013 1:07 PM

    I am glad I can always depend on the Skins and their fans for alleviating my usual “mid-day-work” doldrum. If anything, this is one thing they can be counted on. It did not fail last year, nor the YEARS before that. I believe someone up there said “this kid is superman.”

    Thanks, that was a good laugh!!!

  30. gdeli says: Mar 12, 2013 1:28 PM

    should shanatan start the season for the redskins(change that name)? or should he be canned for his stupid greed to win and risk the long term health of his rg3? the way rg3 runs, he’s asking for trouble too.

  31. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 12, 2013 1:31 PM

    Don’t fall for the soft talk. Shanahan will have RG3 on the field for the opener if he has to roll him out there in a wheel chair.

  32. jwreck says: Mar 12, 2013 1:43 PM

    This whole storyline has gone way beyond the point of purely inflammatory journalism, into the realm of obnoxiously deceptive puff pieces: which you will see if you read the article, listen to the Shanahan interview, or check with any sources cited above.

    First off, Shanahan didn’t “admit” anything. “Admitting” makes it sound like he was lying or trying to cover up something.

    What the actual interview with Shanahan said is that “[he's very excited about Griffin's progress. Griffin is doing two workouts a day at Redskins park, for a total of six or more hours, which is vastly better than what the Redskins or the training staff and medical staff expected at this point in his recovery process]“.

    That being said, Shanahan is not going to confirm anything one way or another. And at this point, three months into a 6-8 month recovery process, the only thing statement Shanahan is willing to commit to is ““Is he going to be ready? I have no idea. I’m sure keeping my fingers crossed. And if work has anything to do with it, he probably will.”
    (which sounds a heck of a lot better than “admits he has ‘no idea'”.)

  33. rocktheredskins says: Mar 12, 2013 3:59 PM

    Ummmm…Yeah. Last I checked it is March and the season opens in September, 6 months away. How is this news? Sounds like fluff to me….

  34. thirdistheworrd says: Mar 12, 2013 9:54 PM

    rocktheredskins says: Mar 12, 2013 3:59 PM

    Ummmm…Yeah. Last I checked it is March and the season opens in September, 6 months away. How is this news? Sounds like fluff to me….
    ________
    jwreck says: Mar 12, 2013 1:43 PM
    First off, Shanahan didn’t “admit” anything. “Admitting” makes it sound like he was lying or trying to cover up something… Shanahan is willing to commit to is ““Is he going to be ready? I have no idea. I’m sure keeping my fingers crossed. And if work has anything to do with it, he probably will.”
    _______
    Exactly. Did anybody bother looking at the source of the article? Anybody?

    Shanahan: ““Is he going to be ready?…he probably will.” That was the message the article was trying to convey.

    At no point was he “admitting” to something. He “said” that Griffin will probably be ready for the season opener; but since Shanahan received a scholarship to play football at Northern Illinois and not Hogwarts, he realistically has “no idea” when Griffin will be able to start.

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