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Shanahan: RG3 will “set a record” for recovery from knee surgery

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The talk that Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is making an unprecedented recovery from reconstructive knee surgery continues.

Two weeks after Dr. James Andrews, who performed Griffin’s surgery, referred to Griffin’s recovery as “superhuman,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said in an interview on NFL Network that Griffin’s hard work in rehab is already leading to significant progress.

“He’s over at the facility, rehabbing all of the time. He’ll set a record for coming back because that’s how hard he works,” Shanahan said.

Shanahan cautioned, however, that the Redskins won’t rush Griffin and won’t even have an estimate for when he’ll be back to full-speed on-field work until training camp starts.

“He is ahead, but there’s a process. It takes time. Robert will do it the right way and we’ll find out in July exactly where he’s at,” Shanahan said. “He will not come back until he’s 100 percent.”

Shanahan also continues to say that the read-option offense, which some people think exposes Griffin to too many hits, actually protects Griffin. Shanahan says the biggest thing he wants Griffin to pick up is knowing when to slide at the end of a run.

“When most people take a look and they take a look at Robert, they’re thinking, ‘Oh, you can’t run the option,’” Shanahan said. “People don’t realize that the option protects the quarterback. The thing I have to get with Robert is when to slide, when not to take a hit. These quarterbacks are so competitive but they don’t realize sometimes how valuable they are to your franchise.”

Everyone who watched the Redskins last year realizes how valuable Griffin is to the franchise. And how big a boost it would be if he really is able to follow in Adrian Peterson’s footsteps and come back from reconstructive knee surgery better than ever.

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164 Responses to “Shanahan: RG3 will “set a record” for recovery from knee surgery”
  1. mikefromla says: Apr 6, 2013 11:42 AM

    Dude, Shanahan. You seriously think it’s still a good idea to rush RG3 back into the game?

  2. billinva says: Apr 6, 2013 11:43 AM

    And then destroy his knee again.

    Let the guy heal properly Shanahan!

  3. mjkelly77 says: Apr 6, 2013 11:44 AM

    Two weeks after Dr. James Andrews, who performed Griffin’s surgery, referred to Griffin’s recovery as “superhuman” …
    _______________________

    A “superhuman” wouldn’t have been hurt in the first place.

  4. mjkelly77 says: Apr 6, 2013 11:45 AM

    Ahhhh, the miracle of HGH.

  5. indywilson40 says: Apr 6, 2013 11:46 AM

    The Rat just doesn’t get it.

  6. steelernationisuperiortothelowlyplebsofthenfllolol says: Apr 6, 2013 11:46 AM

    Anyone that trusts Shanahan’s skinny lips has questionable character.

  7. latchbeam says: Apr 6, 2013 11:47 AM

    No pressure though…

  8. ososrule says: Apr 6, 2013 11:48 AM

    less time to rest, more time to re-injure! This guy will never last, he will be hurt every season.

  9. jamesmatthiascox says: Apr 6, 2013 11:48 AM

    Logicalvoicessays

  10. gonavybeatarmy says: Apr 6, 2013 11:48 AM

    Robert Griffin III- Superhuman

  11. gfin433 says: Apr 6, 2013 11:48 AM

    H-G-H *clap* *clap* *clapclapclap*

  12. timcast12 says: Apr 6, 2013 11:49 AM

    Top 5- Rodgers, Brady, Peyton, Brees & Matt Ryan. I’m not sure if RG3 is a top 10

  13. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Apr 6, 2013 11:50 AM

    Of course, we all hope RG3 recovers fully and quickly as possible — Griff is an amazing talent and a special person in how he carries himself under the full spectrum of circumstance.

    But isn’t Shanahan’s misguided optimism about RG3’s knee — a very large factor in why RG3 is in this position in the first place?

    Also — I do NOT think Shanahan’s continued public escalation of the expectation level is a good idea. The higher you raise an expectation level – the more likely the result will be disappointment.

    Just support Griff as he heals in every way possible (best medical care, physical therapy, encouragement, off-season work from the cerebral perspective, etc.). But don’t jack up the expectation level to heights it really doesn’t need to go. The upside to that is minimal — but the downside is notable.

  14. dawglb says: Apr 6, 2013 11:51 AM

    Setting records for recoveries simply means he gets injured…..and may continue to do so. Keep setting recovery records!
    Love, NFC Opponents

  15. blabidibla says: Apr 6, 2013 11:52 AM

    He was clearly healthy for that last playoff game too.

  16. fastwillie39 says: Apr 6, 2013 11:53 AM

    Shanahan is the biggest idiot when it comes to blabbing his mouth, the whole redskins organization know they could be in hot water if RG3 doesn’t come awesome. They are setting him up to fail, by these crazy predictions.

  17. hehateme2 says: Apr 6, 2013 11:53 AM

    FAIL!

  18. steelers4385 says: Apr 6, 2013 11:54 AM

    Roids

  19. wryly1 says: Apr 6, 2013 11:54 AM

    I’ll go on record wagering his rookie year will turn out to be the best of an abbreviated career.

  20. pocketcow says: Apr 6, 2013 11:54 AM

    And then the next new record of how fast the ACL can be torn in game 1.

  21. finster1989 says: Apr 6, 2013 11:55 AM

    I love the unbridled optimism of EVERY Redskins offseason which is always followed by the cold hard slap of reality with another awful season of unwatchable football courtesy of Dan, Mike and the rest of the gang. RG3 is going to have an awesome 3 year career before his knees force him into early retirement .

  22. Ram says: Apr 6, 2013 11:56 AM

    Talk is cheap, actions (see wild card game vs. Seahawks) speak in VOLUMES. As a Rams’ fan I want to Redskins to suck and have their 1st round pick be extremely high next year. But, not at the expense of rushing Robert Griffin III back and then to get a major injury AGAIN.

  23. hawkforlife says: Apr 6, 2013 11:58 AM

    Just in time to step in another hole at FedEx field.

  24. inyofaceagain says: Apr 6, 2013 11:58 AM

    He’s not Adrian Peterson but he can try. Even if RG3 has a full recovery I don’t the Skins making the playoffs.

  25. kevindeezy says: Apr 6, 2013 11:58 AM

    If you didn’t think Robert wasn’t superhuman already wait till next year. No one will work harder to be back and ready. I can hear the chants of RG3 RG3 RG3 coming from fed ex now…

  26. isonic1 says: Apr 6, 2013 12:00 PM

    Funny how only haters post about RG3. It because you realize how great he is! He was worth everything the Redskins gave up to get him. As for the poster above saying he’s not even top 10, please look at his stats from last year before you post. He threw only 4 interceptions!!! “4” FOUR… FOUR…

  27. anthonyjnovelli says: Apr 6, 2013 12:01 PM

    and 2 weeks after his return he will set the record for most amount of knee surgerys by a nfl qb.

  28. htowntexan says: Apr 6, 2013 12:02 PM

    perhaps he can get some of the same “help” AP got last year, and come back stronger than ever . . . .

  29. anthonyjnovelli says: Apr 6, 2013 12:02 PM

    on an nfl qb*

  30. inyofaceagain says: Apr 6, 2013 12:02 PM

    I don’t see the Skins making the playoffs. They have a terrible defense and besides RG3, no dangerous offensive weapons.

  31. peppel25 says: Apr 6, 2013 12:02 PM

    this is the only time im looking forward to see what logicalvoice has to say. when peterson made his speedy recovery it was because of the P.E.Ds. He talked all kinds of trash on peterson. well logical whats the reason for griffens recovery?

  32. raiders4life says: Apr 6, 2013 12:02 PM

    Recovered or not, Shanahan will have RG3 on the field come opening day of the 2013 season. For RG3’s sake, I hope he can resist returning prematurely and further risking his potentially great career, something Shanahan clearly does not respect (i.e. allowing him to continue to play while badly injured versus Seattle). Take a hike Mike!!

  33. qdog112 says: Apr 6, 2013 12:02 PM

    The problem with RG3’s running style stems from the the fact that he is a trackster. He runs very fast, but in a straight line and upright posture.

    In football quickness and elusiveness trumps straight line speed. It also helps when a player stays low in traffic and can slide.

    Russell Wilson is nowhere nearly as fast as RG3, but makes people miss, stays low and can slide. Perhaps his baseball background can be linked to his sliding.

    After such an injury, I’m not so sure learning to slide will be so easy. As a matter of fact, reinjury could happen if a cleat gets stuck or a hypo or hyperextension of the leg occurs while sliding.

    It’s gonna be harder than just rehabbing.

  34. trollhammer20 says: Apr 6, 2013 12:02 PM

    HTTHGH!

    : – |

  35. allinskins says: Apr 6, 2013 12:03 PM

    As a skins fan I just need my coach to put a end to the ahead of schedule talk. He will be back when we think he is ready. It’s not rocket science!

  36. strokeytheclown says: Apr 6, 2013 12:04 PM

    Could we stop with the Griffin non-stories please? Are you having that bad a news week?

  37. kerryc21realty says: Apr 6, 2013 12:06 PM

    What are you all talking about? I heard shanny say he would not play until he is 100 percent…. Look at all the haters just looking for something

  38. ravenkiller1986 says: Apr 6, 2013 12:06 PM

    Hey i like rg3 but what record will he break? well they they use him it might be the fastest player to get injured.??

  39. fightforalldc says: Apr 6, 2013 12:06 PM

    How does everyone come to conclussion that shanny is rushing rg? He just said he will break a record with his recovery. Which with his drive and pain tolerance unless there is a set back will be accomplished.

    He also stats read option protects qbs. Which is completely true. It makes a d scared to rush the passer when they know he will dump off ball to morris or simply toss it over them as they come. Shanny just states rg need to basically pick his battles more carefully. Due to the value of him on the team

  40. cmonelisha says: Apr 6, 2013 12:07 PM

    RhGh3

  41. sanfranfanyouknowit says: Apr 6, 2013 12:07 PM

    It talks about how valuable Griffin is but didn’t Cousins come in and win against the Ravens when they were looking like they would lose and then won the first game he started. They probably would have beat Seattle if they took RG3 out and played cousins when up by 14. Cousins proved he is more than able to fill RG3’s shoes, so quit rushing back your franchise guy or else he won’t be able to last long enough to make to a 2nd contract.

  42. ravenmomma says: Apr 6, 2013 12:11 PM

    timcast12 says: Apr 6, 2013 11:49 AM

    Top 5- Rodgers, Brady, Peyton, Brees & Matt Ryan. I’m not sure if RG3 is a top 10
    ———————

    Matt Ryan as a top 5 QB? You need to quit sharing a bong with LogicalVoice…

  43. outlawjerseywhales says: Apr 6, 2013 12:12 PM

    wryly1 says:Apr 6, 2013 11:54 AM

    “I’ll go on record wagering his rookie year will turn out to be the best of an abbreviated career.”

    ———————————————————————

    Please supply the following, for the record;

    1) Full name.
    2) Address (not a post office box, please).
    3) The amount, in $US, of your wager.
    4) Your definition of “abbreviated”.

    Thank you.

  44. hail74 says: Apr 6, 2013 12:12 PM

    Clearly most posters didn’t read article just headline. Yes it was tough watching him gimp around vs seattle but he wanted to stay in, and we were beating them, just like previous week vs dallas. Hindsight being what it is I’m sure shanny would’ve done different. I do love how so many people say they hate skins fans because of our brovado, yet take the time to post on skins articles simply to get a reaction. Yes our team has been terrible for 20 years thanks to the passing of one of the best owners in sports, but we skins fans arent fairweather like most.

  45. dannyglover21 says: Apr 6, 2013 12:13 PM

    “He is ahead, but there’s a process. It takes time. Robert will do it the right way and we’ll find out in July exactly where he’s at,” Shanahan said. “He will not come back until he’s 100 percent.”

    Did any of you bother to read that paragraph before rushing to call a guy with two rings an idiot? Didn’t think so. Spend more time watching football and you might learn a thing or two.

  46. pillowporkers says: Apr 6, 2013 12:14 PM

    He’s not Adrian Peterson because Peterson’s injury was WAY worse. RG3 only had a “fix up” of the ACL after Andrews was already in there fixing RG3’s MCL (a less serious tendon) that he played through. Adrian Peterson had torn ACL, MCL, and meniscus. Go watch the hit on AD and his knee absolutely caving in and tell me these injuries are the same. No way he’d be able to continue playing on that his knee was crushed in. You don’t have to have a media driven conversation like he’s going to one up All Day. He doesn’t need to. It’s annoying the media is creating a story out of nothing. “Oh AD did something amazing, can RG3 one up him?” Talk about no real football news right now.

  47. roylp says: Apr 6, 2013 12:15 PM

    Who ever is in here saying RG3 is using HGH is a moron. I believe he’s smart enough not to touch that stuff. When everyone knows there will be testing for that soon.

  48. blackqbwhiterb says: Apr 6, 2013 12:16 PM

    When Cousins shines all through July and August, and looks more than capable, Bobby will heal faster than you can imagine… Then, if Cousins wins a few regular season games, he’ll REALLY hurry it up… It’s not Shanny that will rush Griffin back, it’s Griffin looking over his shoulder that will compel him to try whether ready or not.

  49. kerryc21realty says: Apr 6, 2013 12:18 PM

    RG3 is the best of the rookie quarterbacks this year and last year. All you skins haters just look at his stats last year. The skins won 7 games in a row to win the division and did it with a huge cap penalty that should never have been, and you fools still rip this team. Get used to it, the skins are back. HTTR

  50. officialgame says: Apr 6, 2013 12:19 PM

    The knee is part of the human anatomy, RG3 is human, and this is his second major operation on the same knee, and he is still in the early stages of recovery. Why say anything other then RG3 continues to rehab and make progress? Why anyone including Shannahann concerned with rehab time records is beyond me?

  51. TeamBalco says: Apr 6, 2013 12:21 PM

    This message is “Team Balco” approved.

  52. keylimelight says: Apr 6, 2013 12:22 PM

    Shanahan says: The thing I have to get with Robert is when to slide, when not to take a hit. These quarterbacks are so competitive but they don’t realize sometimes how valuable they are to your franchise.

    See what he did there? This is Shanahan’s subtle way of shifting the responsibility for what happened in that last playoff game onto his QB. Griffin may have insisted on playing but, as Head Coach, it was Shanahan’s responsibility to pull him from that game and thus avoid the further damage to RGIII’s knees. Sliding may have caused the initial injury but the rigors of standard play is what took his already compromised knee out. Griffin should have been pulled when they were ahead.

    I know the media is asking him about RGIII but, Shanny should maintain a conservative stance on his QB’s return instead of cranking up expectations.

  53. logicailvoicesays says: Apr 6, 2013 12:24 PM

    No one should be surprised that RG3, the best athlete in NFL history, who is super smart and has the best work ethic in the NFL, is outdoing Adrian Peterson. Plus, RG3 is part of the Redskins organization, and the Redskins have the best management and team doctors in the NFL. That’s why the Redskins win Super Bowls and other teams wish they could. It’s why the Super Bowl trophy is named for a former Redskins coach.

  54. kingaldon99 says: Apr 6, 2013 12:30 PM

    Great athlete whose career is gonna be ruined by a horrible organization lead by horrible people Dan on down just a group of worthless, selfish pricks

  55. dannymac17 says: Apr 6, 2013 12:31 PM

    Adrian Peterson: “Thats cute”

  56. isonic1 says: Apr 6, 2013 12:31 PM

    inyofaceagain says: Apr 6, 2013 12:02 PM

    I don’t see the Skins making the playoffs. They have a terrible defense and besides RG3, no dangerous offensive weapons.

    Uhhhh yeahhh… Morris!? 1600+ yard back… Garcon!?. The skins offense is just getting started, this is year 4 of the rebuild and all the pieces are in place. The defense is a lot better than people realize, had a ton of injuries last year but still made plays when it counted. They won 7 games in a row to end the season… “7” seven…. seven…

  57. 16to87 says: Apr 6, 2013 12:31 PM

    I hope RG3 fully recovers so that no excuses will be made when Kap takes him to school this year

  58. wgray981 says: Apr 6, 2013 12:31 PM

    Smells like steroids

  59. musicman495 says: Apr 6, 2013 12:33 PM

    Can those who constantly blame Shanahan for playing Griffin in last year’s playoff game please get their facts straight? Shanahan did not force Griffin to play hurt. Griffin pressed Shanahan to let him play despite being hurt and ineffective. The coach is to blame for caving in to his star player, but the coach did not exploit or force his star player to play. And Shanahan will not make the same mistake of giving in to his star player again. Case closed.

  60. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 6, 2013 12:35 PM

    I said weeks ago that I really hoped RG3 would voluntarily get tested for HGH while he was recovering so there was no way it could be inferred that he was using.

    The numerous posts above making that claim makes it clear I was right. If he’s fully recovered and playing to start the season he’ll never live down the stigma even though there’s no factual evidence he’s used HGH.

  61. daknight93 says: Apr 6, 2013 12:36 PM

    PFT needs to close down the comment section, the negativity on here is out of control!

  62. michaeljacksonisback says: Apr 6, 2013 12:38 PM

    Do they test coaches for Adderal?

  63. aoc57 says: Apr 6, 2013 12:38 PM

    This is an old story.

    Slow news day boys?

  64. wisewoo says: Apr 6, 2013 12:39 PM

    PFT Article: “Shanahan cautioned, however, that the Redskins won’t rush Griffin and won’t even have an estimate for when he’ll be back to full-speed on-field work until training camp starts.”

    First commenter, Mikefromla: “Dude, Shanahan. You seriously think it’s still a good idea to rush RG3 back into the game”

    Alrighty now…lets try reading the article before we comment.

  65. EJ says: Apr 6, 2013 12:44 PM

    RGIII might set records for healing from his knee surgery, but If he’s not careful he might set the record for quickest re-injury.

    The Redskins have a good back-up QB, so they should let him take over the reins until Griffin is absolutely sure that he’s ready to go at full speed.
    Otherwise, they are playing with fire and could get burnt.

  66. stillworker says: Apr 6, 2013 12:44 PM

    What medical school did ‘ferret-face’ graduate from? He’s hoping RG3 recovers quickly………this injury is totally on Shanahan’s head!!

  67. jthammerstix says: Apr 6, 2013 12:45 PM

    No he won’t.

  68. slugdc says: Apr 6, 2013 12:48 PM

    ITT: People who didn’t actually *read* the article.

  69. khmer379 says: Apr 6, 2013 12:55 PM

    He might recover faster or the same as.AP but he will not have a mvp type season like him

  70. immafubared says: Apr 6, 2013 1:03 PM

    I see this guy being another Mike Vick: Oft injured. To their credit they play with abandon but the bodies not there to withstand the punishment of NFL football on QB’s.
    I can’t beleive Rogers is still amoung the living? He was hit more than any QB ever last year. I’m predicting he goes out by game three. There rivals are beefing up the pass rush to put even more pressure on him this year. Without that O line protection, ditto Washington, both of these guys could be in for some pain this year.

  71. ravenkiller1986 says: Apr 6, 2013 1:05 PM

    Ok ok i admit it. i didnt read the article it just looked so boring….my bad

  72. chawk12thman says: Apr 6, 2013 1:08 PM

    Glad its going well, but what pressure and expectations he, Doc Andrews and RGIII with his commercials have set.

    Its easy to say that you will not rush him back onto the field, but the comments made associated with that indicates otherwise.

    For the good of his career I hope that caution is taken.

  73. sixjak says: Apr 6, 2013 1:11 PM

    So says the idiot who put RG3 into this situation in the 1st place.
    Shanahan = idiot.

  74. Always On Slightly Off says: Apr 6, 2013 1:14 PM

    Between the “Lets change the team name” and the Griffin recovery” postings you guys at PFT are just driving us all crazy. Please, please, please stop. Even if those are the only two topics to cover, please stop.

  75. djstat says: Apr 6, 2013 1:15 PM

    A QB should not have the option of sliding on the read option. That is a designed run. No QB should get a free pass

  76. kerryc21realty says: Apr 6, 2013 1:16 PM

    @16to87
    Who started the read option last year? So who took who to school, Kap is learning from the best, RG3. HTTR

  77. sschmiggles says: Apr 6, 2013 1:17 PM

    Adrian Peterson is the exception, not the expectation. If there’s a record to be broken, then he already broke it.

    Other great athletes have torn their ACLs late in the year, but it took them a full season to get back to normal- thinking of guys like Wes Welker and Jerry Rice. Chances are that RG3 is no different. That’s not a knock against him, it’s just the reality of knee injuries.

  78. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 6, 2013 1:17 PM

    the redskins havent been relevant since leather helmets without facemask days

  79. grandpoopah says: Apr 6, 2013 1:18 PM

    He might set a record for how quickly he reinjures the same knee.

  80. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 6, 2013 1:19 PM

    every year at this time of the year we will get fed with all these stories about IRG3 recovering from some major injury he had the year before, until 2 years down the road his frail cornball body gives out on him, fail

  81. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 6, 2013 1:19 PM

    IRG3 the king of Ir’d Qb’s

  82. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 6, 2013 1:20 PM

    u guys see that picture above, thats how weak and puney IRG3 is, hes gona be a sandwhich artist in 3 years

  83. funshipm174 says: Apr 6, 2013 1:21 PM

    Talking about putting the whammy on someone!

  84. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 6, 2013 1:24 PM

    (in 3 years) Luck walks into a food place, greeted by rg3 working behind the counter,welcome to (insert any fast food restaurant) my name is IRG3 how may i take your order, would u like to biggie size that SB winning QB andrew luck?

  85. balzer41 says: Apr 6, 2013 1:31 PM

    With all the stories about this guy and the more crap they push on us about his “superhuman” recovery, they are actually making me root against him. I never want to see anybody fail or get injured but I’m so sick of seeing the headlines about this guy, I almost want to see him crash and burn.

  86. dlr4skins says: Apr 6, 2013 1:31 PM

    SUPERBOWL!!!!!!

    Luck must have struggled as RG3 won Rookie of the Year even though he was injured.

    The New York Snitches better realize there’s a new leader in the Division, this year’s Champs the Washington Redskins!!!!!!!!

  87. thesmartestmanever says: Apr 6, 2013 1:33 PM

    Shanahan is just trying to give hope to the fan base. he won’t rush RGIII onto the field if he’s not 100%. read the article. If we need to start Cousins to open the season I feel confident we won’t hurt our chances of winning the east again, and going deeper into the playoffs. HTTR!!

  88. vik3z says: Apr 6, 2013 1:33 PM

    there is only one Adrian Peterson. sorry redskin fans. he may be ready for week one but theres no way he will destroy the league like All Day

  89. wonton46 says: Apr 6, 2013 1:35 PM

    There are the same recycled comments comments on these posts every time.

    You all yearn for updates on the man’s recovery and whenever you get one you chastise the source, then go on to restate that it’s all part of Shanahan’s plot to rush him back.

    The there’s the always tasteful and one demensional perspective that he’s taking every possible drug and regenerative procedure known to man. Ala “RHGH3″

    Or better yet the tactical genius of comments that remind us “he needs to learn to slide!!”

    This is 2013, not 1970. The man will recovery at a faster rate due to advancements in recuperation methods and his genetics. He will learn to protect himself better seeing as it was his rookie year. Keep in mind he’s a QB not a RB, so for all of you hoping his career is cut short please crawl back into your teams under .500 holes because he will be torching you for many years to come.

  90. dirtydrynn27 says: Apr 6, 2013 1:38 PM

    To all of you Redskins haters…….DIE SLOW!!!!!

  91. outlawjerseywhales says: Apr 6, 2013 1:41 PM

    peytonsneck18 says:Apr 6, 2013 1:20 PM

    u guys see that picture above, thats how weak and puney IRG3 is, hes gona be a sandwhich artist in 3 years

    ———————————————————————

    Doubtful.
    RGIII can spell, first of all.
    Secondly, he has expressed an interest in attending graduate school.
    Lastly, being a charitable and forgiving (yes, even to the likes of you) soul, he couldn’t possibly accept the position of “sandwhich” artist knowing it would deprive you of your job.

  92. graham4jc says: Apr 6, 2013 1:42 PM

    Most of the comments on this page explain exactly why I recently voted that PFT stop allowing comments on their reports, and why I am an idiot for even looking at these comment sections.

  93. briang123 says: Apr 6, 2013 1:47 PM

    Calvin Candie would be embarrassed to do what Shanahan is doing to RGIII.

  94. skarkattack1234 says: Apr 6, 2013 1:52 PM

    I’m by no means a redskins fan, but I do like Rg3.
    He showed a lot of gritt in that play-off game. I think the read-option will be a fad, and most likely fade by mid-season, once defenses have adjusted. That doesn’t mean much, as the biggest qb runs come from broken shotgun plays, so Rg3 can still be effective in a more traditional offense. And it would probably better for his career.

    I see shannahan as the kind of guy who refuses to admit when something isn’t working though. He will have the kid injured at some point this season. Even if he plays 16 games, I doubt he comes anywhere close to last years numbers. His WRs are nothing special at all. I would say they are among the worst in the league. Garçon is too fragile, and not a gamebreaker at 100%. Moss is old. Hankerson is a bust. I’m not even sure Morgan is still on that team.

    Everyone talks about the skins stealing Rg3, and garçon from Cleveland. But Cleveland got a great wr that rg3 was begging for. Josh Gordon is already better than their entire corps.

    Either way, best of luck to rg3 and the skins. You can’t deny that they are really fun to watch.

    Oh, and hgh is just a given at this point. No use bashing him for it. If your fav teams qb was injured, he would be using it.

  95. divious24 says: Apr 6, 2013 1:54 PM

    Is this really a record that players want???

  96. imbetterthanyou says: Apr 6, 2013 1:55 PM

    if mike shanahan’s opinion had any merit he wouldn’t be be talking about his stud qb having a comeback from recovery because he would have been a smart enough coach to not send his franchise qb into a game when he was broke already…

    logicalvoicesays…please try to defend the idiocy of the redskins organization again…old, unfunyy and played out

  97. kennymooseandgoose says: Apr 6, 2013 1:55 PM

    Quick recoveries can also lead to quick re-injuries, although Adrian Peterson is the exception. The Giants CB Terrell Thomas also had a prior knee history, and his return was derailed in camp after a minor collision. If the Redskins truly see him having a 10 year career, they it might be best to start him out on the PUP. Until then, no contact, and no running on wet grass.

  98. boycord says: Apr 6, 2013 2:02 PM

    Cool. The Redskins can make up t-shirts about Griffin’s recovery and make the season-ticket holders buy them. Just let the man recover!!

  99. ahawkalypse says: Apr 6, 2013 2:02 PM

    If Shanny has his way he’ll set a record all right. Fastest ever back to Dr Andrews.

  100. jbcommonsense says: Apr 6, 2013 2:03 PM

    As a huge Redskins fan, and great admirer of RG3, I want his health to always be the first priority. Do not bring him back until his knee is fully stable, and take him out whenever it is not. HTTR!

  101. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Apr 6, 2013 2:04 PM

    Hmm. Well, he’s already set records for most playoff losses by a mobile QB still in the game in spite of known ligament damage to the knee.

    Why do I sense a cautionary tale in the making? St Louis will still be swimming in these picks after RG3 is out of the league.

    If he’s superhuman, it’s only because they’re injecting his knee with superhuman growth hormone.

  102. banlarson says: Apr 6, 2013 2:07 PM

    Why make comments like that and put pressure on him. You have a very good backup that you can develop and potential get top picks in trade for if needed, why not take the time to build him up and let RG3 recover on his own time.

    Redskins organization showed how dumb they were by playing him with a blown out knee last year and are showing more ignorance in his recovery. Wait until he blows it out again from coming back too early.

  103. greatestgamensports says: Apr 6, 2013 2:24 PM

    Please, what a lame!

  104. thisonesforpat says: Apr 6, 2013 2:30 PM

    Don’t you just love to see where really rich guys make cheap, stupid moves…like Snyder and that HORRIBLE field! Are you telling me, he didn’t know? The Head Groundskeeper was Carl Spakler?

    Put in the field turf (Field Turf?) and give Bob Griffin half a chance!

  105. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Apr 6, 2013 2:56 PM

    This recovery is exactly why HGH should be allowed…..

    IMO that’s a lot safer and better way then having players shot up with all kinds of pain killers to get back on the field. I remember an interview with Dick Butkus who said the Bear team doctor would shoot guys up through the uniform while they were sitting on the bench waiting to go back in. Same kind of thing happened when Bruce Gradkowski was Raider QB. He separated his shoulder. They took him in the tunnel thinking they were off camera and shot him up. Grad came back in the game….

  106. seatownballers says: Apr 6, 2013 3:10 PM

    Please please please
    Fix that garbage excuse of a field. Use the money from jersey sales if ya must.
    I don’t care how long it takes rg to get healthy.

  107. bnwillard says: Apr 6, 2013 3:13 PM

    Maybe he’ll be well enough to walk Cam Newton’s dog by September.

  108. souldogdave says: Apr 6, 2013 3:15 PM

    Shanarat. When he’s hurt again, it still won’t be Shanarat’s fault. Shanarat.

  109. wmelch says: Apr 6, 2013 3:19 PM

    loggy sez:

    It’s why the Super Bowl trophy is named for a former Redskins coach.

    I can’t wait for the Packers to hoist the Pardee trophy in 2013.

  110. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 6, 2013 3:23 PM

    IRG3 career is like the titanic heading towards a iceberg

  111. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 6, 2013 3:26 PM

    if he was so superhuman as everybody keeps saying, then why did he get smashed by the falcons and missed games, why did he tear his ACL, not once but TWICE!!!! riddle me that ratahan

  112. handsofsweed says: Apr 6, 2013 3:27 PM

    The title of this article made me think immediately of one person only:

    Hall-of-Famer Rod Woodson.

    The End.

  113. thenew013 says: Apr 6, 2013 3:27 PM

    i hope he comes back 100 percent and has learned from the very few mistakes he made last year. not a skins fan but that was some entertaining football.

  114. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 6, 2013 3:28 PM

    redskins fans, i hope u enjoyed yr one year playoff run since jimmy carter was prez, cause u guys are going back into the basement, the eagles will be better than u guys next year IRG3=fail

  115. Roger Emeka says: Apr 6, 2013 3:36 PM

    The notion that the read-option protects the quarterback is correct. When you have that duality of the running back and quarterback who can hurt you on the ground, it forces the ends and rushers to contain more and rush upfield towards the quarterback less. They have to stay in their lanes to ensure that they do not get gashed.

    Really, the onus is on Griffin to make sure he slides. He had no business takings those hits against Atlanta and especially Baltimore.

  116. taintedsaints2009 says: Apr 6, 2013 3:40 PM

    i guess the manhood of these guys are going to be judged on how quickly their knee ligaments heal.

    Look at how Derrick Rose is being questioned. People think he is being a wimp because he didn’t recover as quickly as Adrian Peterson

  117. kerryc21realty says: Apr 6, 2013 3:42 PM

    Hey, peytonsneck, you were the one saying rg3 would be no good and called him rgleaf Do you think you were wrong then? Ha ha ha you made a fool of yourself like I knew you would

  118. fightforalldc says: Apr 6, 2013 3:49 PM

    Must say after most who say shanny is rushing his recovery. Or that rg is taking hgh or steriods

    Hi hater lol

    Most people crack me up. Either you didn’t read article or don’t understand english. No where in it did he even come close to saying he was gonna be rushed. It was the opposite.

    Saw many knocks saying he wasn’t a top ten qb as well. Do u even bother to look up stats? Had basically highest qb rating in league. Rush for a rookie record. Threw for a ton of yards ans only had four picks all season. Brady threw 3 in a game and most say he is best qb out there.

    So once again hi hater

  119. khmer379 says: Apr 6, 2013 4:02 PM

    RG-need-knee ! Lol

  120. trevor123698 says: Apr 6, 2013 4:06 PM

    This will blow up in the face of all redskins fans. you can bet on it. You might as well give up being a fan of them

  121. inyofaceagain says: Apr 6, 2013 4:06 PM

    Logicalvoicesays wonders why nobody takes him seriously. Listen to the delusional statements he makes: 1) RG3 is the greatest athlete in the NFL, ever. 2) RG3 has the best work ethic in the NFL. 3) The Redskins have the best management, that’s why “they win championships”… I mean seriously? Get real man. I understand rooting for your home team but to consistently spew illogical statements calling a player with less than a full season under his belt “the greatest ever”. Its super obvious that Logicalvoicesays has deep feelings for RG3 but anybody who agrees with what this fool writes belongs in the puzzle factory with the rest of the loonies.

  122. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 6, 2013 4:15 PM

    Hey, peytonsneck, you were the one saying rg3 would be no good and called him rgleaf Do you think you were wrong then? Ha ha ha you made a fool of yourself like I knew you would

    yaaaaaaaaaaawn, wake me up when he can play a full season and not get knocked into next week, heck even Leaf played a couple of season, IRG3 still isnt out the “bust” woods yet!!

  123. kev86 says: Apr 6, 2013 4:19 PM

    Eli Manning is football royalty. Good try Shannahan.

  124. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 6, 2013 4:19 PM

    Weeden > IRG3

  125. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 6, 2013 4:20 PM

    RG3 makes wayne brady look like malcolm X

  126. trevor123698 says: Apr 6, 2013 4:23 PM

    If I had a fifty spot for every “superstar” who rose, got injured, and faded into obscurity out of the league in a year I’d have millions of dollars.

  127. duggyd2001 says: Apr 6, 2013 4:24 PM

    Wow did I just see a Redskins fan claim Lombardi as their coach. His time in Washington is an *. He will always be the coach of the Green Bay Packers plain and simple.

  128. fightforalldc says: Apr 6, 2013 4:26 PM

    Omg eli manning is football royalty. Just peed myself a little reading that lol. What does eli do? Other than throw the ball into triple coverage at end of game to have wr bail him out. And then I have to listen to the fools talk about how he dug deep and found the strength to put together a game winning drive.

    I call it how I see it and say a wr made a great catch from a poorly thrown ball.

  129. elwayshanny says: Apr 6, 2013 4:38 PM

    this is lazy journalism. this interview was from the owners meeting from a couple of weeks ago and was shown on nfl network at that time so i dont know why its presented as new quotes from shanahan.

    coach is right about RG3 its when he escapes the pocket during pass plays, he has to learn to get out of bounds or slide. the two monster hits he got hurt from last season were both scrambles against atlanta the concussion and the ngata hit against the ravens.

    mike vick has never learned this, but i think RG3 is on another level when it comes to football IQ and smarts.

    cant wait to see coach shanahan come back to mile high next season. thanks for the great memories coach.

  130. nflgiant says: Apr 6, 2013 4:42 PM

    Shananigans is up to his old tricks again,Elway could not stand the guy,and soon after he retired Shananigans was fired.It will be the same in D.C.,as soon as RG-3 is used up,he’s gone.

  131. kerryc21realty says: Apr 6, 2013 4:42 PM

    Hey, peytonsneck, you were the one saying rg3 would be no good and called him rgleaf Do you think you were wrong then? Ha ha ha you made a fool of yourself like I knew you would

  132. raideralex99 says: Apr 6, 2013 4:45 PM

    Truck hit small car … small car gets repaired
    Truck hit small car again … small car gets repaired again.
    Eventually that small car will be written off.

  133. theclaim says: Apr 6, 2013 4:45 PM

    peytonsneck18 says:
    Apr 6, 2013 1:24 PM
    (in 3 years) Luck walks into a food place, greeted by rg3 working behind the counter,welcome to (insert any fast food restaurant) my name is IRG3 how may i take your order, would u like to biggie size that SB winning QB andrew luck?

     Dude, you make us all laugh out loud. You are by far one of the biggest illiterate boneheads on this site! You ALMOST make Logical seem sane. How are Lucks endorsement deals coming? Haven’t seen or heard about him since BEFORE last years draft. Again, you have a good QB, I’m not going to berate Luck because YOU Have no clue. However, is he going to win said SUPERBOWL with his new no 1 wideout Derrius Heyward Bey? Maybe Donald Brown? Even Curtis Painter thinks that’s funny! Grab yourself a butterfly net and see if you can’t catch yourself a brain!

  134. skarkattack1234 says: Apr 6, 2013 4:48 PM

    I’m a browns fan, and peytonsneck claim of;

    Weeden>rg3

    Is super-wrong.

    I like weeden and think he can be very good, maybe even great. I mean he did flash an aweful lot of potential around mid-season, but rg3 IS better. He was unreal last year. He willed a team with mediocre talent to the play-offs. You have to give him his props.

    I will say this, I wouldn’t be shocked if weeden has a better statistical year than rg3. He is likely to play 3-5 more games.

  135. thenotoriousbigeasy says: Apr 6, 2013 4:48 PM

    So begins the Kirk Cousins era!

  136. baddegg says: Apr 6, 2013 4:49 PM

    Apparently all the people trashing Shanahan for rushing RG3 back cannot read beyond a headline:

    Shanahan cautioned, however, that the Redskins won’t rush Griffin and won’t even have an estimate for when he’ll be back to full-speed on-field work until training camp starts.

    “He is ahead, but there’s a process. It takes time. Robert will do it the right way and we’ll find out in July exactly where he’s at,” Shanahan said. “He will not come back until he’s 100 percent.”

    Geeze people at least read the article.

  137. 1uniquename says: Apr 6, 2013 4:52 PM

    Out of this draft class only Andrew Luck and Ryan Tannehill will end of being successful super bowl winning QBs. Rg3 and Wilson will both be good but neither have the size or strength to truly succeed and be consistent at it. Kapernick might outlast them all though but he wasn’t in that draft.

  138. stopdk12 says: Apr 6, 2013 5:00 PM

    look at that still picture up there folks…

    that is where the knee injury happened…that’s where the ACL popped… the 4th quarter was the MCL and the Meniscus… after that TD toss, the knee surgery was going down, whether he came out of the game or not…

    he still should have been pulled…in retrospect that is

  139. fightforalldc says: Apr 6, 2013 5:34 PM

    Do u even own a tv? Tannehill would be more succesful tha. Wilson and griffin. Maybe luck will be but as it stands now. Both russell and robert have been more succesful. So let the play on the field decide.

    Cause the way toy talk you are talking out the wrong end. Hope u wipe good.

  140. knew8411 says: Apr 6, 2013 5:55 PM

    Instead of lauding RGIII’s super human accomplishment (which is great I might add) you should spend your time riding Daniel Snyder’s ass about getting a new playing surface on that field. In addition to the two knee injuries there this past season, that is the same piece of *&^% field that Adrian Peterson tore his knee up on two years ago.

  141. mungman69 says: Apr 6, 2013 6:06 PM

    Why put pressure on RG3 to get back before he is ready. He has his whole career ahead of him.

  142. dukeearl says: Apr 6, 2013 6:30 PM

    I sincerely hope that RG3 gets returned to complete health.
    If the Seahawks get a return match I want both teams at full strength.

  143. pepsilvia says: Apr 6, 2013 6:59 PM

    it seems to me that most of you don’t understand what you’re reading. both have said that he won’t be back till he’s 100% and healthy and won’t be rushed yet you keep posting that hes being rushed and will be back at half strength . do you asshats even read the articles?

  144. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 6, 2013 7:12 PM

    Shanahan will set a record for playing a guy the most plays when he was too injured to be playing.

  145. baddegg says: Apr 6, 2013 7:48 PM

    HeadLines and Site Clicks

    So I followed the link in the article to the NFL.com article. The headline of the interview is: “Shanahan says he won’t rush RG3 back.”

    The headline HERE is “Shanahan says that RG3 superhuman ahead of schedule” or whatever.

    This shows how journalist lead lemmings to react how they want them to.

  146. 69finfan says: Apr 6, 2013 7:52 PM

    Shanny will set a record for ruining a QB’s career the fastest!

  147. ronbelle says: Apr 6, 2013 8:01 PM

    Most of y’all talk about how could he or why should he & never lived the life or wasn’t athletic enuf to play sports . This is someone’s life here , it’s not right 4 ppl to assume or make assumptions of a person we all wish to be or had on your favorite sports club. Its objectionably wrong to make atrocious gestures about RGIII’s career when we can’t even decipher our own next moves. We don’t know what would become if RGIII plus his injury , it’s a 59/50 chance he’ll recover or not & that’s it . The future will be manifested in time . We’re just spectators looking into a fish bowl wondering what’s on the fish’s mind . These sport players now & days are builded like machines & have big money team owners willing to protect their profit . RGIII , is Redskins new golden goose & if you could conceive the notation of the Skins not taking care of their Brady type player ( Yes I said IT BRADY) must be on some type of new high in which I want no parts of . This is a business of making money & if you can’t see that then your sadly mistaken .

  148. skinsfan91 says: Apr 6, 2013 8:08 PM

    Can’t wait till all you haters are forced to eat your words. RGIII, future HOF, and all you haters worst nightmare.

  149. swaggyy says: Apr 6, 2013 8:19 PM

    Coming back from an injury like that this fast is not a good thing. He should do what D rose is doing and take it slow and steady. He’s just at risk at injuring himself again or in another area.

  150. cmonelisha says: Apr 6, 2013 8:28 PM

    fightforalldc says:
    Apr 6, 2013 4:26 PM
    Omg eli manning is football royalty. Just peed myself a little reading that lol. What does eli do? Other than throw the ball into triple coverage at end of game to have wr bail him out. And then I have to listen to the fools talk about how he dug deep and found the strength to put together a game winning drive.

    I call it how I see it and say a wr made a great catch from a poorly thrown ball.

    __________
    what does eli do?
    ohhh ya know, nothing important just a little thing in sports we call winning superbowlS.s.s.s.s.s… S as in plural as in more than 1 as in 1 more than peyton, brees. as in 2 more than marino as in 1 away from tom brady. get my drift?

  151. ronbelle says: Apr 6, 2013 8:30 PM

    Every player in the NFL , will or receive some type of injury so expect the the unexpected . Any team can loose a marquee type player , whether it’s Offensive or Defensive player , key players are injected each year of the NFL , Collage or High school . So why even shoot chatters about RGIII on his freak injury when it’s 100’s of players that make the NFL what it is today . A Money Maker …

  152. realskipbayless says: Apr 6, 2013 8:41 PM

    I like RG3 but I do feel he is a fragile player. If he keeps playing the way he has been he’s gonna end up a more classy version of mike Vick.

  153. ronbelle says: Apr 6, 2013 8:46 PM

    Yes it’s hard to come back from any injury when you’re not an athlete . This is what makes them ( Athletes ) momentous to our own beliefs . We call them superman , a person or being that can preform measures that seem to be unreal . So when something that come into existence like a injury we say things like HE’S DONE !!! Player like Jordan , Brady , Brees , Manning , Peterson & the list goes on don’t understand the word DONE . Not comparing RGIII , to those players but he has that superman quality that makes him special in his own way .

  154. realskipbayless says: Apr 6, 2013 8:47 PM

    Ronbelle in the words of Justin Timberlake… “Cry me a river”.. We are all on this site to read what’s goin on and voice our opinions on it. Don’t like it don’t read it.

  155. amflanagan1 says: Apr 6, 2013 8:51 PM

    Skins fans aren’t worrying about a thing. RG3! RG3! RG3!

    I can hear the chants now the first game of the season.

  156. theicebox12311 says: Apr 6, 2013 9:10 PM

    i like rg3 commit to get better and stronger,but i feel that the best thing to do is to rest and let it heal the right way, otherwise he will be in the same situation that he is in now

  157. dcbronco says: Apr 6, 2013 11:27 PM

    People keep talking about RG3 being rushed back. I think that is because he was supposed to have torn his ACL. I don’t think he did. I think they had to repair a botched ACL surgery from college. It hadn’t been re-injured completely.

    Every time I’ve heard of a case where someone tore a ACL, they had to wait a couple of weeks for the swelling to go down. Or at least a week. Lindsey Vonn took about a week. RG3 had his surgery 2 days later. He hurt it Sunday and had surgery on Tuesday. That doesn’t seem right. People are different, but physical therapist said that they notice a lot of give in his knee in one of the subway commercials.

    You have to wonder if they are covering for the previous doctor.

  158. redbengalnation says: Apr 7, 2013 12:41 AM

    Oh I left out he also has the best knee surgeon in the world. If he just comes out and says what he said about RG3 you can take it to the bank. No worries skins fans.

  159. fearthehoody says: Apr 7, 2013 3:03 AM

    All that Bronzer has seeped into Shanny’s brain

  160. immafubared says: Apr 7, 2013 11:41 AM

    If I was Shanahan I’be be more worried he sets a record for going back on IR.

  161. skinsfansince71 says: Apr 7, 2013 1:31 PM

    Redskins Rule

  162. turfrage says: Apr 7, 2013 5:19 PM

    He’ll be holding his breath on every hit. All that ligament and bone damage… We’ll see. I see a short career.

  163. redskinfansince82 says: Apr 7, 2013 11:51 PM

    If coach sounds giddy look out he got something cooking and it ain’t good for the NFC East. Last time he sounded this giddy was before he drafted RGIII.

    Bottom line RGIII will be ready trust me!

  164. musicman495 says: Apr 8, 2013 1:28 PM

    bnwillard says: Apr 6, 2013 3:13 PM

    Maybe he’ll be well enough to walk Cam Newton’s dog by September.
    —————–
    Let’s see…Cam Newton, Cam Newton… Vaguely remember the name, just can’t place him….

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