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RGIII wants to convince coaches to let him play in preseason

Robert Griffin III AP

Monday was a day of new things for Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

He saw an uptick in reps during the walkthrough portion of practice and debuted a new haircut when he met the media after the session was over. He said that he changed the do because he was entering a new phase in his recovery, one that he said will include his first snaps during 11-on-11 team work on Tuesday.

“You’ll get to see me play football, not just do 7-on-7. Live action…have fun with my boys,” Griffin said, via the team’s website.

Griffin would also like the next phase of his preparation for the regular season to include action in preseason games, something that coach Mike Shanahan has said doesn’t make sense as part of their effort to reach their goal of having Griffin healthy for Week One. Griffin doesn’t see the door as totally closed, however, and said Monday that he’s going to try to change some minds.

“Let’s get that straight — I want to play in the preseason,” Griffin said.” It’s a hard ‘no’ right now…my job is to make that a yes.”

Griffin’s desire to get on the field for a game as soon as possible is understandable, but there’s not much reason to think that a Redskins staff that has moved the quarterback along slowly thus far will suddenly change tracks and put him in the lineup for a game that doesn’t count in the standings. Doing 11-on-11 work in practice will likely remain Griffin’s closest simulation of a game until he’s on the field against the Eagles in September.

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35 Responses to “RGIII wants to convince coaches to let him play in preseason”
  1. xavier145 says: Aug 12, 2013 1:02 PM

    Why risk getting re-injured in meaningless games? Especially with him being a mobile QB. Shanahan made the right decision, hope he sticks by it.

  2. ztaylor89 says: Aug 12, 2013 1:03 PM

    He convinced his coaches to let him play again in the postseason and we all saw how that went… After all the scrutiny this organization went through over how they dealt with his injuries last year there is no way they rush him back on to the field.

  3. laserw says: Aug 12, 2013 1:07 PM

    I hope Shanny ignores this jerk – we all know now that this worthless player will lie and deceive in order to stay in the game – he cost his team a victory in the playoffs with his selfish play and the decision to draft him will go down as the most expensive failure in history.

    Bench him for this season and trade him next year.

  4. vbe2 says: Aug 12, 2013 1:08 PM

    This fool just doesn’t learn does he?

  5. onearmsteven says: Aug 12, 2013 1:12 PM

    laserw says:
    Aug 12, 2013 1:07 PM
    I hope Shanny ignores this jerk – we all know now that this worthless player will lie and deceive in order to stay in the game – he cost his team a victory in the playoffs with his selfish play and the decision to draft him will go down as the most expensive failure in history.

    Bench him for this season and trade him next year.

    dumb post is dumb.

  6. alphaq2 says: Aug 12, 2013 1:13 PM

    I love this kids competitiveness. I wouldn’t want my starting QB to say anything else, but there is no way they will play him during the preseason. Watch out Eagles! You are going to see a ferocious QB come September.

  7. goindy2006 says: Aug 12, 2013 1:17 PM

    I like seeing the motivation from RG3 but he has to let Mike do his job. Mike could take a page out of the Tuna’s book and let the player know he will play when the time is right. Pre-season is not the right time young RG3. Your a young stud and Mike will reel you in sir… It’s fun to watch the drama though.

  8. bobbyhoying says: Aug 12, 2013 1:23 PM

    He should wait until after the team plays the Eagles. He won’t be necessary. Steve Spurrier could move the ball on the Eagles’ defense.

  9. jessepinkman1199 says: Aug 12, 2013 1:24 PM

    Abject warrior.

    The Perfect Quarterback.

  10. ravanator says: Aug 12, 2013 1:25 PM

    If this fool is dumb enough to want to play in preseason games beofer he is healthy, I say let him. He knows his 15 minutes of fame is coming to an end, and wants to get the most out of it. I quess a positive thing is if he is playing he won’t have as much time to be sexting with a Hooters waitress.

  11. rasta028 says: Aug 12, 2013 1:25 PM

    No…and trolls shut up!

  12. buckethead1 says: Aug 12, 2013 1:26 PM

    I can’t stand this clown anymore…Go ahead and play, the u and your dad can blame Shanahan when u break like a china doll…

  13. brianforster says: Aug 12, 2013 1:27 PM

    this is a huge year for RGIII in the grand scheme of his career. if he can become a runner like wilson and kaepernick who seemed to NEVER get hit last year, i have no doubts he will have a long and productive career.

    his problem is going to be managing his competitiveness. its very clear that he wants to win to the point that he will sacrifice his body (both the good, and the bad way). we need him to make the jump in his brain and become a safe, mobile quarterback.

  14. endzone says: Aug 12, 2013 1:30 PM

    If I were Shanny, I’d lose my patience and holler at RG3 to get out my office before I found the nearest chain link fence to handcuff him to for his own damn good. I think he has himself all in a twist because Cousins is doing so well. It just comes off as insecurity and arrogance. Patience is a virtue he needs a lot of work on. Cousins now has had nothing but patience for his own situation and it is paying off for him.

  15. 80sbroncofan says: Aug 12, 2013 1:33 PM

    And when he gets hurt again he will be blaming the coaching staff for making him play. Again

  16. bennyb82 says: Aug 12, 2013 1:37 PM

    If Shanahan played him in the preseason and he got seriously hurt, Shanahan would probably be out of a job. Absolutely no point in risking it.

  17. jimmyt says: Aug 12, 2013 1:37 PM

    He does need to play a few quarters. I find it comical that these teams with second and third year QBs are giving them one series and then taking them out like they are grizzled old veterans that just need to knock the rust off and they are ready to go for the regular season. They need the work and this philosophy will back fire.

  18. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 12, 2013 1:53 PM

    They do need to know how RG is going to hold up to contact prior to that first game so that they can prepare properly. Makes the most sense to let him play a little in that 3rd preseason dress rehersal game.

    His first snap this year shouldn’t be that first game. Just sayin’

  19. s0merand0mguy says: Aug 12, 2013 1:54 PM

    bobbyhoying says: Aug 12, 2013 1:23 PM

    He should wait until after the team plays the Eagles. He won’t be necessary. Steve Spurrier could move the ball on the Eagles’ defense.

    LOL@little bobby. You know it’s the first time that defense played together against a Patriots group that has played together last season almost as a whole correct? So when the eagles brilliant coach figures it out and rail roads the skins I assume you will not be found right little bobby? You will go stomp your feet and make weird noises under the bridge you live at.

  20. Waffle 2.0 says: Aug 12, 2013 1:56 PM

    See guys, i’m a warrior, see guys, right? right? I’m a team guy, just want the team to win, amiright???? amiright???

    We get it dude, you want to play. Stop being a bag.

  21. justintuckrule says: Aug 12, 2013 1:59 PM

    Don’t worry Skins’ fans. By halftime of game 1 when that overrated bum Cousins has them down 20 at half, like a meth addict wanting a little tasty-taste and watching his coaching career whirlpool down the toilet drain, Shanny won’t be able to help himself bringing Knee off the bench. End result… well . . . I don’t have to tell you Skins’ fans how these things usually end up other than another top 10 pick in the draft, which you don’t have this year.

  22. jdphx says: Aug 12, 2013 2:05 PM

    Wasn’t this exact “desire”, what caused your problems last time…Bob?

    Admirable or stupid? I’m not sure which…

  23. firestarter0728 says: Aug 12, 2013 2:17 PM

    Who runs this team anyway, Shanahan or RG3?

    The guy is becoming very annoying with his Favre-like expectation that he should be consulted on how the team is run.

    Just shut up and do what the coach tells you. Your opinion is irrelevant.

  24. alphaq2 says: Aug 12, 2013 2:21 PM

    s0merand0mguy says: Aug 12, 2013 1:54 PM

    bobbyhoying says: Aug 12, 2013 1:23 PM

    He should wait until after the team plays the Eagles. He won’t be necessary. Steve Spurrier could move the ball on the Eagles’ defense.

    LOL@little bobby. You know it’s the first time that defense played together against a Patriots group that has played together last season almost as a whole correct? So when the eagles brilliant coach figures it out and rail roads the skins I assume you will not be found right little bobby? You will go stomp your feet and make weird noises under the bridge you live at.
    ==================

    Please! All Griff would have to do is hand the ball off to Alfred Morris.

    You obviously don’t understand how coaching turnover affects a team. As Skins fans we are very used to new coaches / systems and the time it takes for the team to become familiar (if that even happens). Jim Harbaughs early success is the exception not the rule. Eagles fans have had Reid for something like 14 years and think a new coach is going to miraculously turn things around. The overwhelming odds are that it won’t happen. Deal with it.

  25. ceschatz says: Aug 12, 2013 2:27 PM

    I thought this guy was smart

  26. drdre8424 says: Aug 12, 2013 2:29 PM

    one person that loves this is Kirk Cousins, he’s getting that valuable playing time before he winds up leading a team of his own in a year or two…

  27. rg3baby says: Aug 12, 2013 2:36 PM

    Kid wants to get some reps in. No reason for hate. Some of y’all overreact to everything.

  28. skinsfan91 says: Aug 12, 2013 2:40 PM

    Our starting qb wants to play and playfully comments that he’s going to bug the coach to let him play in the PS and all you chumps lose your mind. Obsessed much?

  29. jessejames182 says: Aug 12, 2013 2:55 PM

    Don’t worry Robert, Mike will have you hobbling around soon enough then he’ll play cousins, let him play in the pocket, which you could do, but he’d rather see your knee break playing the read-option.

  30. skinsterpsbullscubs says: Aug 12, 2013 3:15 PM

    there are some excessively dumb comments here today…1) he’s competitive and feels healthy so he wants to play and is sending a message 2) he doesn’t like the ‘arbitrary’ nature of the schedule for bringing him back but he ‘respects’ it. Doesn’t like it, but respects it 3) his comments about preseason are sending a message to his team that he doesn’t like that they are putting it on the line in preseason and he gets to swoop in on week one and play…that is just messaging, nothing else 4) shanny is doing the right thing…everything else is just noise…

  31. ososrule says: Aug 12, 2013 3:24 PM

    crutches and wheelchairs wants to ruin his season before it even starts….let him out there shanny….

  32. steelerben says: Aug 12, 2013 4:25 PM

    How many of you that are roasting RG3 for wanting to play roasted Santonio Holmes for taking his time to get back?

  33. dwats says: Aug 12, 2013 6:48 PM

    I thought he was super human!?

  34. s0merand0mguy says: Aug 12, 2013 7:11 PM

    alphaq2 says: Aug 12, 2013 2:21 PM
    Eagles fans have had Reid for something like 14 years and think a new coach is going to miraculously turn things around. The overwhelming odds are that it won’t happen. Deal with it.

    Well Alpha, let’s talk about how wrong you are shall we? 1. yes skins go through a lot of coach/personnel changes. All dead beats like the current coach you have. You can’t tell me a coach cannot come in and turn it around within a year when he has a crop of good players and is known for being a football genius. You can’t expect the eagles to look good right now being the first time they played together was last Thursday but given a few games they can gel. Just like vegas you can beat the house and prevail. I like to look at the glass as half full. Redskins will be a good team but if you think my Eagles are just going to roll over and hand you a victory you are mistaken ;)

    The real question will be can YOU deal with it when the skins don’t make the playoffs and once again disappoint the fan base. I don’t think you can. Being a fan of the Eagles I am use to losing too. The big difference is we didn’t win the big one yet, your team did and still sucks :)

  35. ejphenom says: Aug 13, 2013 1:02 AM

    I like his enthusiasm but he should sit the preseason. No need for him to risk injury for meaningless games. And you idiots that says he’s dumb and so forth need to shut up. The guys a warrior and he is saying the right things. He could be up there saying the opposite and telling the press he’s scared to play and risk injury. Like that sounds better.

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