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Mike Shanahan: No chance I’ll let RG3 play in the preseason

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Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III said today that he doesn’t like the team’s handling of his knee injury and wants to convince the coaching staff to let him play in the preseason. Shortly after Griffin raised that issue, head coach Mike Shanahan slammed the door on it.

No, no possibility,” Shanahan said when asked if there was any chance he’d play Griffin in the preseason.

Although Shanahan and Griffin seem to be at odds about the timetable for Griffin’s return, Griffin took to Twitter to say there’s “no friction” between himself and his coach, while Shanahan said he’s glad Griffin is the kind of competitor who wants to be out there with his teammates, even for meaningless exhibition games.

“I love it when somebody wants to be out there; that’s a good problem to have as a head coach,” Shanahan added. “But my job is to make sure that we do the best thing for Robert. And that’s what I’m going to try to do.”

Shanahan is making the right call here: It would be foolish to risk a setback for Griffin in the preseason. But it’s a good sign that Griffin thinks he’d be ready to play this week if the team would let him.

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51 Responses to “Mike Shanahan: No chance I’ll let RG3 play in the preseason”
  1. s0merand0mguy says: Aug 12, 2013 7:42 PM

    Don’t really matter… He will be hurt by week 5. Book it

  2. officialgame says: Aug 12, 2013 7:46 PM

    Skeletor and Son of Skeletor both understand their lives depends on it. If RG3 went down in the pre season Snyder would want them both dead.

  3. jbaxt says: Aug 12, 2013 7:46 PM

    So test him out in the season opener? Shanahans screwed no matter his decision.

  4. jjb0811 says: Aug 12, 2013 8:08 PM

    The mastermind will soon be part of the 7.6% unemployed

  5. edithpiaf51 says: Aug 12, 2013 8:12 PM

    Good call Shanahan

  6. jakec4 says: Aug 12, 2013 8:18 PM

    Out of Kap, Wilson, Luck, and Griffin at least one is going to be a fluke. I’m thinking it’s this guy.

  7. thirdistheworrd says: Aug 12, 2013 8:18 PM

    It’s particularly relevant in this case, but the whole preseason is stupid. Yes, Griffin is coming off an injury, but it was a freak injury, one which could just as easily happen to Rodgers, or Eli, or Romo, or Brady on any given snap.

    Ideally, coaches would love to hold all of their starters out until the regular season. At the same time, the preseason helps teams iron out the kinks, and allows to NFL hopefuls to earn a spot on the roster.

    I don’t have any ideas– maybe an 18 game season, but teams can carry a 90 man roster for the first three? But the point is the preseason will always be a dangerous problem without a solution and the Shanahans certainly aren’t doing anything wrong by holding Griffin out of it. In fact, I can virtually guarantee that McCarthy, Coughlin, and Belichick are a little jealous that they don’t have a good reason to keep their guys off the field.

  8. briang123 says: Aug 12, 2013 8:21 PM

    7.6 %. In what dream world? Oh hat’s right, the one where people who “gave up” looking for work are somehow not counted an unemployed despite not having a job. Anyway, Shanahan appears to have learned his lesson and is now making the call, whether RG3 likes it or not.

  9. ravensrooster94 says: Aug 12, 2013 8:23 PM

    Shanny’s caught between a rock and hard place here. If he plays Griffin in the preseason and he gets hurt, he’s out of a job quicker than you can say WTEM and Andy Pollin.

    If RG III sits out and the only reps he gets are in practice, the he will come in rusty to face live bullets for the first time. Then, trying to do too much, RG III will get himself hurt.

    I hope I’m wrong but I can’t see this turning out for the better for anyone concerned.

    I say play him in the preseason.

  10. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 12, 2013 8:26 PM

    However if it were the post season, Shanahan sends RG out there with his boot on.

  11. thesmartestmanever says: Aug 12, 2013 8:27 PM

    Shanny’s not dumb. no matter how sure he is regarding RIII’s knee he’s not going to risk anything in the preseason.

  12. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 12, 2013 8:31 PM

    There’s also “no chance” IRG3yearsandoutoftheleague will take this joke of a franchise to the SB or injury free his whole career

  13. jbeagles23 says: Aug 12, 2013 8:31 PM

    I think shanahan knows rg3 isn’t a healthy as he says

  14. cdrion21 says: Aug 12, 2013 8:33 PM

    Out of Kap, Wilson, Luck, and Griffin at least one is going to be a fluke. I’m thinking it’s this guy.
    ——-
    That’s interesting. Why? Out of those guys Griffin played for the least talented team last season. So I would say with talent around he could be the best out of the four

  15. ososrule says: Aug 12, 2013 8:34 PM

    Crutches and Wheelchairs

  16. goawaydog says: Aug 12, 2013 8:36 PM

    “we do the best thing for Robert” … um that would have been to take him out of the playoff game before he swiss cheesed his knee.

  17. peytonsnecki8 says: Aug 12, 2013 8:36 PM

    so how many actual fans have commented…..besides trolls and haters (you know who you are)….Shanny is making the correct decision!…. HTTR!!!!

  18. abninf says: Aug 12, 2013 8:36 PM

    Good PR move to try to repair his PR damage from last season.

  19. blueballz77 says: Aug 12, 2013 8:37 PM

    What Shanny is really saying…Man I like this Kirk more and more every day let’s get him more reps Qb controversy??

  20. blackhawks2010 says: Aug 12, 2013 8:37 PM

    Smart move! Pre Season is meaningless.

  21. ddogdaddy says: Aug 12, 2013 8:39 PM

    Like a guy getting ready to fight someone he has no business fighting and telling his friends “you better hold be back” and hoping like hell they do.

  22. thereyougo2 says: Aug 12, 2013 8:44 PM

    Game too late.

  23. iceburgskin202 says: Aug 12, 2013 8:49 PM

    He isn’t gonna play and he shouldn’t he’s the reigning rookie of the year he can play…. When healthy!! Key word healthy!! Good move!! HTTR

  24. boyshole25 says: Aug 12, 2013 8:52 PM

    Play cousins til week 6!!!

  25. koolrepetoire says: Aug 12, 2013 8:54 PM

    I absolutely love how HC Mike Shanahan is playing this. Do you really think the Shanahans are going to show any new wrinkles in the Read option portion of the offense? Do you think they will show you the Pistol formation new wrinkles that RG3 will run? I guarantee you there are or will be closed practices where RG3 will or has been running 11 on 11 full speed stuff. Since it was so publized how defenses are concerned about the Read option & the Pistol formation, it is only right they get no new footage to scheme on. Now while Chip Kelley tries to be coy about who will start on Monday night 9/9, which we know will be Vick, prepare for last year’s offense. Rusty Week 1? Ok. Yeah right.

  26. ziplock10 says: Aug 12, 2013 8:56 PM

    officialgame says: Aug 12, 2013 7:46 PM

    Skeletor and Son of Skeletor both understand their lives depends on it. If RG3 went down in the pre season Snyder would want them both dead.

    __________________________________

    OG! That made me piss myself!!!

  27. skoobyfl says: Aug 12, 2013 9:13 PM

    They’re treating RGIII like She-ra now.

  28. sillec28 says: Aug 12, 2013 9:24 PM

    The good news is that Shanahan learns from his mistakes. The bad news is he has so many opportunities to learn.

  29. greymares says: Aug 12, 2013 9:37 PM

    The clown prince of football coaches.

  30. siggtacular says: Aug 12, 2013 9:57 PM

    Ravens>redskins

  31. bennyb82 says: Aug 12, 2013 9:59 PM

    RG3 should be smart enough to know that playing in the preseason puts him at risk for injury, with little to no benefit for him or the team.

  32. thirdistheworrd says: Aug 12, 2013 10:15 PM

    abninf says: Aug 12, 2013 8:36 PM

    Good PR move to try to repair his PR damage from last season.
    __________
    This attitude makes less than no sense. If I don’t check my sideview mirror and end up sideswiping your car, should I continue not checking my sideview mirrors in the future.? If a QB throws 2 picks one Sunday, and doesn’t throw any the next, is he making a PR move?

    Sometimes mistakes are just mistakes- we make them, we learn from them, and we shouldn’t be incriminated for trying to avoid making the same mistake in the future.

  33. nygiants4rings says: Aug 12, 2013 10:15 PM

    You can only protect a glass knee for a limited period of time.

  34. hibrownsfan says: Aug 12, 2013 10:26 PM

    “But it’s a good sign that Griffin thinks he’d be ready to play this week if the team would let him”

    How is this a good sign? The guy hurt himself even more last year because he refused to admit he was hurt and come out. This guy would tell you two months ago he’s ready to play.

  35. thirdistheworrd says: Aug 12, 2013 10:32 PM

    cdrion21 says: Aug 12, 2013 8:33 PM

    Out of Kap, Wilson, Luck, and Griffin at least one is going to be a fluke. I’m thinking it’s this guy.
    ——-
    That’s interesting. Why? Out of those guys Griffin played for the least talented team last season. So I would say with talent around he could be the best out of the four
    _______________
    I agree with cdrion, but my question is why does one of them have to be a fluke? Every one of these guys showed everything you could possibly expect from a future NFL star last year. I’m not saying they’ll all form some kind of four-way Manning-Brady-Rodgers rivalry, but I don’t think any one of these guys will be a fluke.

    That said, of all these guys, Griffin is probably the least fluke-prone due to the dependability and decision-making he demonstrated last season. All four are dynamic playmakers, but Griffin led the league in ypc, and was third in completion percent and passer rating, and threw the fewest picks of any starting quarterback.

    I’m not saying he will necessarily be the best, but it’s hard to make an argument that he’ll be the worst.

  36. blackqbwhiterb says: Aug 12, 2013 10:45 PM

    Until Cousins gets traded RG3 will continue to insist he’s fine no matter what his knee says…

  37. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 12, 2013 11:48 PM

    isnt this the same QB last year that said practice is harder than an actual NFL game after one preseason game? sorry to tell u skins fans, but u guys will be looking for a new savior next season, better hope u can find a good QB in the 2nd round oor later , cause the Rams after pulling the biggest heist in nfl, owns yr 1st pick, again!!! HTTR-horrible team the redskins

  38. nflpoker says: Aug 13, 2013 12:08 AM

    What’s the big deal? The same thing happened with AD last season.

  39. raiderrob21 says: Aug 13, 2013 12:22 AM

    little late for that shannarat, you should have taken that stance when he was limping around with his about to fall off last year.

    RAIDER NATION!!!!!!!

  40. saintjohnwhodat says: Aug 13, 2013 12:36 AM

    Rg3 continues to win me over

  41. richndc says: Aug 13, 2013 12:42 AM

    Personally, I thought it was a bit weird when Shanahan slipped in the ole “well, we have some new condoms to try out, Rough Rider lambskins, maybe we will revisit this conversation after we go through a couple of boxes of those”. I mean did anyone else find that a strange remark?!?!

  42. ezg1 says: Aug 13, 2013 12:44 AM

    Skeletor knows Football!

  43. johninthewest says: Aug 13, 2013 2:01 AM

    No way he makes it to game 3. Shanny knows this..

  44. jahbird says: Aug 13, 2013 8:44 AM

    Skins articles get more trolls and idiots than any other team on this site.

    Shanny and RG3 are doing something right!

  45. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Aug 13, 2013 8:47 AM

    The fluffybunnies will struggle at QB this year after losing RGknee and your cousin to the asteroid turf stadium known as FedEx field.

  46. steelerben says: Aug 13, 2013 9:04 AM

    I am of the mindset that RG3 should get some game time in the preseason running vanilla offense just to get back up to NFL speed. Give him a series or two.

    I compare the situation to a Ferrari with a rebuilt engine. Do you want to have the first drive be on a race track at 200mph or do you want to take it around the block a few times to break it in?

  47. skinsfansince71 says: Aug 13, 2013 9:11 AM

    ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Aug 13, 2013 8:47 AM

    The fluffybunnies will struggle at QB this year after losing RGknee and your cousin to the asteroid turf stadium known as FedEx field.

    The field has been fixed.

  48. rasta028 says: Aug 13, 2013 10:28 AM

    Don’t worry raiderron21 I’ll be in Oakland on the 29th to watch RGIII and the Skins trample your pathetic team. :)-

  49. gibbskins9 says: Aug 13, 2013 1:30 PM

    Good what would the point be in letting him play in a PRESEASON game anyway. We need him HEALTHY week 18 and beyond

  50. aamboca says: Aug 13, 2013 3:28 PM

    The Redskins have GOT to be one of the best teams in the NFL and RG3 one of the best QB’s, why else are the haters so loud? RG3 a fluke? out of the NFL next season? Did anyone of you haters, ANYONE, of you watch this kid last year? Oh wait, you saw the INJURY highlights on Sportscenter or Redzone, so you are experts on Shanny’s coaching and RG3’s talents. This kid is the REAL DEAL!!!! So keep rooting for what ever team you root for and when YOUR team appears in FIVE count um FIVE super bowls and has 3 trophies, THEN and ONLY then can you open your mouths. Steeler fans with their 6 and I hate to say it, Cowboy fans have way too much class to rip teams and players the way you haters do. Can you say Iggles????

  51. flipola says: Aug 13, 2013 9:25 PM

    If David Stern ran things, the Redskins would be facing a hefty fine.

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