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Bruce Allen: RG3 was asked to do the impossible last year

Redskins' Griffin III is tackled by Eagles' Ryans during second half action of their NFL football game in Landover Reuters

Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III was rushed into starting Week One last season after an offseason of rehabbing his surgically repaired knee left him unprepared to run the offense.

That’s the word from team President Bruce Allen, who said on ESPN 950 that Griffin was unprepared last year through no fault of his own.

“What you saw last year was almost a little disrespectful to the game of football,” Allen said, via the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “It’s impossible to ask a player to perform well during the regular season if you haven’t practiced. Last year at this time, he was still rehabbing his knee, and he wasn’t allowed to practice or work in team drills. We put him on the spot by trying to do that. And this year he’s had a full offseason, his knee is 100 percent, knock on wood, and he’s had all [the practices], and that’s how you get ready to play a football season.”

Although Allen didn’t name former head coach Mike Shanahan by name, that sure sounds like Allen is saying Shanahan botched the Griffin situation by starting him in Week One, rather than letting Griffin come along slowly. Just about everyone in Washington seems to agree that Griffin will be better off this year, with Jay Gruden as his coach.

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103 Responses to “Bruce Allen: RG3 was asked to do the impossible last year”
  1. elwaysagenius says: Jul 29, 2014 6:44 AM

    Wasn’t it RG3 who was making commercials proclaiming he was “all in for week 1″

  2. greymares says: Jul 29, 2014 6:50 AM

    The Impossible ? Yes he was asked to play QB.

  3. dabears2485 says: Jul 29, 2014 6:57 AM

    He said “We put him on the spot.” Sounds like he accepts some blame as well. And he’s right. They rushed him back. They pushed his marketing ads. If RGIII had held back and said “No, I’m not ready,” then he would be labeled a quitter. It’s up to coaches and team doctors to hold a player back who isn’t ready. Shanahan failed in that. And Allen failed by allowing it. And Dr. James Andrews fed the this by calling RGIII “superhuman” in his healing. There was plenty if blame to go around. Looks like Allen knows that.

  4. baddegg says: Jul 29, 2014 6:58 AM

    elwaysagenius says:
    Jul 29, 2014 6:44 AM
    Wasn’t it RG3 who was making commercials proclaiming he was “all in for week 1″

    —————

    Yes, that’s why you need a strong coach and front office staff to check the player’s competitive instincts and force him to sit.

    A lot of these players are very competitive and wan to play through everything — if you think that’s just RGIII then you are fooling yourself.

    Hey, if my son wants to eat candy for breakfast I am the grown up I tell him no.

    If the coaches and front office didn’t tell RGIII “no” then you can’t just later say, “well he wanted to play.” The coaches certainly bear some of the responsibility for this.

    But so does Allen and even the owner…they all bought into the “all in for week 1 hype.” They should have all squashed that hype as soon as it came out.

    So yeah, I hold RGIII responsible for pushing it. But keep in mind, he is the inexperienced kid in all this, surrounded by seasoned coaches and front office staff. They are supposed to be there to guide the player.

  5. dccowboy says: Jul 29, 2014 7:03 AM

    The commonly known business rule that ‘for at least a year after you leave and organization, everything that went wrong will be blamed on you by those who remain’ is in force in the NFL.

    If Allen knew this, why did he not step in?

  6. nonetruerthanblue says: Jul 29, 2014 7:04 AM

    Allen, you know that’s on you too, right? You were in those meetings. You also had a QB named Cousins that you could’ve better prepared.

  7. kegowhisky says: Jul 29, 2014 7:04 AM

    The vibe from last year was more of Griffin doing everything to start in week one, and that Shanahan accommodated his wishes despite knowing he really wasn’t ready. I’m far from a Shanahan fan after the shenanigans of last year, but this new info is totally contradictory from my understanding. Let’s put the past behind us and move forward!

  8. djstat says: Jul 29, 2014 7:05 AM

    He was the one making commercials, tweets etc. saying “All In for Week 1″

  9. vipod4ever says: Jul 29, 2014 7:07 AM

    Sorry Bruce, that blame starts from the top, through the staff, to the coach and the player. Not a fan of RG3, but when healthy and on the run at times he’s special. That second round pick is not that special any longer.

  10. clownsfan says: Jul 29, 2014 7:07 AM

    Yup. It was all Mike Shanahan’s fault. Who you gonna blame next year when you finish 4th in the East?

  11. 6thsense10 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:10 AM

    elwaysagenius says:
    Jul 29, 2014 6:44 AM
    Wasn’t it RG3 who was making commercials proclaiming he was “all in for week 1″
    ——

    Yes and so what? As a player you expect that they would try to get on the field as soon as they can even if not ready. It’s the job of the doctors to protect the player against himself and the coach or team to protect the team’s long term investment in the player.

  12. kwgator says: Jul 29, 2014 7:10 AM

    The “Impossible” is RG3 getting a Haircut

  13. DaveKShape says: Jul 29, 2014 7:12 AM

    To be fair, the guy wanted to play as well – he wasn’t forced out there. They would have played Kirk Cousins for the first four games before the bye-week if he told them he wasn’t ready and needed more time (which was obviously the right thing to do in hindsight)… so you know he was going to “be ready” regardless of whether he was or not.

    He even said something like “Well, he (Shanahan) made a promise to me that he’s going to start me on week one.” Doesn’t sound like the Skins are pushing him out there against his will. There’s blame on both sides to go around.

  14. ssraebel says: Jul 29, 2014 7:14 AM

    It is amazing the amount of hate this guy receives from some. He tried to please his head coach at the time and be ready for the season. I can’t stand the skins and Snyder but Shanahan did everything he could to ruin RG3. RG3 should never been on the field in the first place to be injured and then to rush him back compounded the issue. RG3 is a young man that should have had somebody in the organization looking out for his best interests and his own long term. Shanahan was on the hot seat and didn’t care about RG3 nor the team, he cared about his own job. RG3′s knee was destroyed and he was expected to be on the field in way to short a period of time. Too bad the posters so full of hate are not blaming the guys responsible.

  15. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Jul 29, 2014 7:20 AM

    RG3&13

  16. logicalvoicesays says: Jul 29, 2014 7:21 AM

    Best. Quarterback. Since. Elway. Period. #HTTR

  17. beattention says: Jul 29, 2014 7:23 AM

    The Washington Redskins are going to the SB…. naaah.

  18. ericbleedspurple says: Jul 29, 2014 7:28 AM

    People keep saying RG3 wanted to start but what athlete doesn’t? First of all no one wants to sit on the bench and risk losing their job to the replacement performing very well. It’s up to the coaches to take control and do what’s best for the team. Not risking permanent damage to your franchise player is the coaching staff and owners responsibility. I don’t know a competitive athlete who wants to sit out. Look at Ibaka for the Thunder. He route his calf and admits he’s been out at least a month had it been the regular season but came back in ten days playing on one leg because it was the playoffs. Kirk Cousins is pretty good so you can’t blame RG3 for wanting to play.

  19. realfootballfan says: Jul 29, 2014 7:29 AM

    Everyone knows Mike Shanahan and his son are horrible people. The real soap opera I’m waiting to watch is how Kyle deals with Johnny Manziel in Cleveland, lol. That should be fun.

    That being said, who didn’t know Griffin was a diva? The guy was aloof in ollege and during his rookie season when we were being fed his hype. I’m shocked that marriage didn’t work, lol.

  20. sullivandeezoldeezol67 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:32 AM

    This is akin to the “ulterior motives” comment by RGIII. Why doesn’t this kid shut up about last year and prepare himself for this season? What do you expect from an owner, GM, and “star” of a team that consistently lies to itself just about everything? Yeah, the name “redskin” pays respect to native Americans all right. Give me a break.

  21. weareluckytohavemikeflorio says: Jul 29, 2014 7:32 AM

    was that a greyhound bus or a chartered tour bus that bruce just threw shanny under?

  22. hugeredskinsfan says: Jul 29, 2014 7:32 AM

    I know the Shanahans screwed up…

    Does every article about RG3 or the Redskins need to end in a comment about controversy?

  23. ziplock10 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:33 AM

    It’s the fact that the adults didn’t sit him. Real simple. Shanny sat RGIII the wrong 3 games!

    They should’ve sat him the first 3 games, let him run a series in the preseason game against Oakland, then after the bye week, start him if he was ready..

    I’m at a loss as to understand how Shanny has anything to say bad about his tenure in D.C.

    He folded like a chair then acted like he was in charge when it was all over..

    Nothing like having it both ways….. Yes RGIII should’ve shut up also..

  24. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 29, 2014 7:38 AM

    Expectations are high when a team gives so much for one player. Besides not like RG3 was saying who couldn’t go week one. Quite the opposite. Interesting to see what excuse they will offer after this season.

  25. GettingNoRespect says: Jul 29, 2014 7:44 AM

    baddegg, well said. All the RGIII haters will point to this being a bad thing about him, but will berate a player who takes himself out and call him lazy or weak. Players want to play, if they don’t then they are not long for the NFL.

  26. gayforbrady says: Jul 29, 2014 7:52 AM

    I am sorry but I have to call BS on this.

    I think it was game 3 or 4 last year where I saw RG3. Scramble backwards away from a charging linebacker and then make him fall on his face and then run for a first down.

    His leg was fine he just was a very bad Quarterback last year.

    And I am going to say this year will be the same. Good QB’s don’t make excuses for their failure. All RG3 did was blame others.

  27. scoonie97 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:53 AM

    The Washington Redskins organization is going to ruin this kid. If he were in an environment with proven leadership (or one fewer idiot), they could foster better decision making in Griffin.

  28. themightywhitey says: Jul 29, 2014 7:57 AM

    somewhere John Elway is thinking ….” so Shanahan wasnt the reason I finally won Super Bowls after getting destroyed in 3 others ??”

  29. blackqbwhiterb says: Jul 29, 2014 7:58 AM

    Allen & Shanahan were in a no-win situation. If they start Cousins, they have a HUGE marketing and PR situation, and the makings of a QB controversy (with racial overtones). Especially if they go 3-1 and Cousins plays well. So they hoped Griffin would play well and rolled the dice. Wrong gamble.

    I believe in the long run Griffin and all of them will learn from this experience and be better off for it….All the greats have had to overcome adversity…Well, Bobby, let’s see you come back a better stronger person for having gone through this experience! Hail!

  30. dcstinks says: Jul 29, 2014 8:00 AM

    It was RGKnee that wanted to play. Now he blames Shannarat? Come one man. Please? I guess you are gonna blame Gruden for all your interceptions and your sub-par play this season. He is going to throw anyone under the bus but himself. DJax Garcon, and anyone else that is in his way.

    #ICWT
    #RGDiva
    #SaintNick
    #ChangeUrRacistName
    #RedSkinPotatoes

  31. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Jul 29, 2014 8:06 AM

    actually shanahan was the only one trying to slow griffin’s publicity roll last summer. yet he was accused of undercutting griffin at the time. of not being supportive, as i recall. on these very pages, no less.

  32. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Jul 29, 2014 8:06 AM

    Griffin better hope he has a good season otherwise he’ll be surprised when he gets an average qb contract.

  33. jimthebuilder27 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:12 AM

    Shanahan would rather do anything to win than care about the health of his players. Pretty sure he was the same way in Denver.

  34. eagleswin says: Jul 29, 2014 8:13 AM

    The entire redskins organization was promoting the hype last year from the owner on down. It’s always popular to blame the guy who just left for all the problems but 90% of the problem is still there.

  35. jackburton77 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:19 AM

    Shanatan risked alienating his top pick if he didn’t play him.

    Now he’s facing scrutiny for being pressured to play him. (All in for week 1 ring a bell?)

    What happened to Operation Patience in all of this?

    Anyway, the real story is that Griffin was scared to death to lose his job to Cousins (Wilson had just taken Flynn’s job a year before..it happens to top picks and free agent acquisitions) so he rushed back and cost the Skins the worst season since ’94.

  36. abninf says: Jul 29, 2014 8:21 AM

    Allen and Griffin have been classless about the whole thing. You have a new coach, it’s time to move on. The more you cry the worse you’ll look if you have a dud 2014 season.

  37. isphet71 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:31 AM

    Cousins should have started last year, period. I was screaming it then, and I’ll say it now. He was their best chance to win last year, and it would have given RG3 a chance to heal up properly.

    Also would have increased Cousins’ value on the market. If he played well, the Skins could have pulled a Patriots/Cassel deal.

    They would have had a better year last year, a Cousins with more value, and an RG3 that didn’t have a bad year he has to try to rebound from.

    But instead, the entire organization decided to start RG3. They will regret that decision in the years to come. It will cost them. Really dumb move, period.

  38. dchetz says: Jul 29, 2014 8:31 AM

    Impossible? No.
    Impossible is a man actually giving birth to a baby. Or breathing without assistance in outer space. He just couldn’t do something you kinda forced him to do, so now you’re making it sound more difficult than it was to CYA. But thanks for playing.

  39. cash804 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:33 AM

    Hail to RGIII!!!

    Hail to the REDSKINS!!!

    #10WinsIn14

  40. dc1to1 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:34 AM

    @none
    Please keep in mind that at the time Bruce reported to Mike Shanahan.
    Mike was the president of team operation: all things stopped with him.
    Most of us knew and everyone else found out that Robert (even when very hurt) was still better than Kurt.
    But last yast year’s problems were so much more than QB play. Funny that most ‘Football fans’ don’t appreciate this.

  41. fanofthegame1 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:39 AM

    His ego took a hit!

  42. hollywood26 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:39 AM

    So we are blaming RG3 for WANTING to play? Really? He’s an athlete, competitive juices are going to make him want to play. It’s up to the coaches and GM to look to the best interest of the organization. They failed completely.

    I’m a little tired of everyone hating on the dude for being competitive. He comes from a military background and it forges his mindset. It may lead him into unwise territory but that’s why you have others above him. This dude will literally tear his body apart to win. That’s a good thing. But we need someone else to make sure they make a better risk calculation and last year that just wasn’t there.

  43. davisacross says: Jul 29, 2014 8:50 AM

    Allen gives us another peek at how innovative front offices in the NFL are. Here, they take the approach of blaming those who are no longer with the company. Next up, a policy where every employee a typewriter, not just the secretaries.

  44. enkay85 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:52 AM

    elwaysagenius says:
    Jul 29, 2014 6:44 AM
    Wasn’t it RG3 who was making commercials proclaiming he was “all in for week 1″

    __________________________________

    I’m sure it was a contractual obligation for him to do that with adidas. Just like his logo was designed for him his rookie year with a planned roll out for a few months ago. It isn’t like these athletes go to their sponsors with pitch and marketing plans.

  45. peopletrains says: Jul 29, 2014 8:54 AM

    Another day of coddling RG3… doesn’t he already have enough of an ego?

  46. mnesmith77 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:56 AM

    When any player goes down due to injury their goal is always to be ready for week one the following season. Shanahan could/should have sat him down but he knew that weak offense that he and Kyle were running would not work without the threat of having Griffin run the ball.

    When Shanahan was hired he was also granted control of player personal therefore he had final say on whether Griffin started or not even if Snyder or Allen said otherwise. I know that sounds hard to believe but I look at it like this. If Shanahan does what’s right and benches Griffin and gets fired at least he doesn’t get fired and all the blame after it’s all said and done.

  47. paulz624 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:59 AM

    This is ridiculous , I remember it was Shanahan who got blasted last year cause he DIDN’T want to play RG3, they even made dr Andrews make a statement saying he could play to make Shanahan play him, what a joke!

  48. joshm5683 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:02 AM

    I think most people would agree that he was rushed back too fast, especially for a player who relies so much on explosiveness and athleticism. However, if I we’re a Washington fan I would want to hear RGIII accept some blame. I think 1 of the problems people have with him is that he doesn’t show what appears to be a ton of work ethic and accepting responsibility. I hope last year humbled him some, he is very fun to watch.

  49. notthetroll says: Jul 29, 2014 9:02 AM

    Probably refers to the fact Dan Snyder wanted to play with his favorite toy rather than protect it. People can speculate about Shanahan, which is convenient, since it’s common to blame past failures on the fired guy by the people who remain.

  50. tomwatson9854 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:05 AM

    Dr Andrews said he was all in to practice

  51. theparadoxx82 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:08 AM

    That’s kind of implied when you make more in 1 year than the average person will in a lifetime.

  52. pastorbobs says: Jul 29, 2014 9:09 AM

    As I skins fan I am not sure how I feel about the GM coming out and saying this. Although he uses “we” it sure seems like he means “Shanahan”. It just doesn’t seem necessary at this point. Last season is the past. Learn from it and move on.

    Last year did expose something, the fact that RG3 needs to work on his QB skills, mechanics and the mental aspect of the position. Gruden seems to be challenging him in all of these. Hopefully RG3 will develop into the QB he has the potential to be.

  53. Straight Cash Homie says: Jul 29, 2014 9:10 AM

    Don’t really dig the guy but I think Adrian Peterson begs to differ. All he did coming off of knee surgery was all most break the single season rushing record. Oh and if I’m not mistaking had a sports hernia while playing as well.

  54. 700levelvet says: Jul 29, 2014 9:14 AM

    The dumpster fire continues to smolder…

  55. officialgame says: Jul 29, 2014 9:16 AM

    If true Allen should name names and Redskin fans should be ashamed because they were relentless in their support of Coach Skeletor.

  56. micknangold says: Jul 29, 2014 9:17 AM

    Wasn’t it RG3 who was making commercials proclaiming he was “all in for week 1″

    Totally besides the point. Griffin wanting to play Week 1 and the coaches and front office allowing it are two totally different things.

  57. thefootballgodssay says: Jul 29, 2014 9:18 AM

    WHY DID THE REDSKINS PUT HIM OUT THERE WEEK 1 ?

  58. jimfix says: Jul 29, 2014 9:23 AM

    Haha, I’m sure it was Shannahan and not the corporate sponsored documentary/ad-campaign focused exclusively on his return by… RG3…!

  59. billco6192013 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:26 AM

    That right side of the o line hasnt been fixed and colombo is a joke.Too all teams on skins schedule all plays are going left to trent williams side.MAKE OR BREAK YEAR FOR RG KNEE.CAN YOU CALL BITZING MIKE S CHECK DOWN TOO YOUR THIRD RECIEVER AND MOST OF ALL CHECK OUT OF A PLAY ON THE LINE WHEN YOU KNOW THAT THE PLAY ISNT GOING TO WORK. I MEAN READ DEFENCES.YOU HAVE TO BE THE SMARTEST GUY ON THE FIELD TO BE THE QB.LOL

  60. billco6192013 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:29 AM

    HE WILL STRUGGLE IN THE POCKET AND DEFENCES HAVE FIGURED OUT THE OPTION ,YOUR MOVE RG KNEE.

  61. 23rdusernameused says: Jul 29, 2014 9:32 AM

    “his knee is 100 percent, knock on wood”, better knock on that knee too Brucey!
    rg3and13 will crash and burn this year… not real accurate and not too special w/o the running option. Bruce will be fired and Jay Gruden back to some hole in the ground in no time!
    FTTR

  62. floratiotime says: Jul 29, 2014 9:41 AM

    That’s true … he doesn’t have what it takes to be a top QB in the NFL, so asking him to play like one is impossible.

  63. largent80100 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:42 AM

    Classic Redskins mismanagement, no wonder only the Lions and the Browns have a worse record than Washington in the 21st century. Not great for a 3-time superbowl winner franchise.

    After more than a decade without winning the division they finally have something to celebrate then go 3-13 next year, Dan Snyder is lucky to escape the backlash usually reserved for late-years Al Davis and Jerry Jones.

  64. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 29, 2014 9:48 AM

    who cares…

    new year, it was ugly but we survived….

    I like Redskins chances this year; see running away with division and…….maybe making a legit push for it all…

  65. ebrownwareagle says: Jul 29, 2014 9:48 AM

    For ALL the Kirk Cousins Supporters ready to crown him as The Better Choice or option than RG3… Stop It. And the More you speak the Less Credible you sound. Here are the Covenant Stats from Said Player. Kirk Cousins. LMAO. Not even close to RG3(and he wAs hurt) what’s Kirks excuse for being Healthy.

    KC/ATL/DAL/NYG
    TDS
    4
    INT/FUM
    7/3
    YDS
    854
    RTG
    58.4

  66. TheDPR says: Jul 29, 2014 9:50 AM

    Bad owners have bad management have bad football teams. It isn’t complicated. Snyder is one of the worst owners in the league and the results on the field show it.

  67. zatoichi7 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:50 AM

    bruce allen’s memory is selective. he himself said griffin was on pace to be ready to go for week one.

  68. jackburton77 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:52 AM

    enkay85 says:
    Jul 29, 2014 8:52 AM
    elwaysagenius says:
    Jul 29, 2014 6:44 AM
    Wasn’t it RG3 who was making commercials proclaiming he was “all in for week 1″

    __________________________________

    I’m sure it was a contractual obligation for him to do that with adidas. Just like his logo was designed for him his rookie year with a planned roll out for a few months ago. It isn’t like these athletes go to their sponsors with pitch and marketing plans.

    ————————————————–

    Haha there’s no contractual obligation for him to say he’s coming back after an ACL tear. WHAT?

  69. blkandgld4eva says: Jul 29, 2014 9:54 AM

    davisacross says:
    Jul 29, 2014 8:50 AM

    Allen gives us another peek at how innovative front offices in the NFL are. Here, they take the approach of blaming those who are no longer with the company. Next up, a policy where every employee a typewriter, not just the secretaries.
    ——————————————————-
    Exactly. Allen is supposedly the GM so you would think he’d have some say in the matter, but IMO he is just a “yes” man for Daniel Snyder. And his disrespectful to the game of football remark is way over the top.

  70. realfootballfan says: Jul 29, 2014 9:59 AM

    blackqbwhiterb,

    That’s nonsense. Jaworski commented on how Griffin was still limping around this time last year. Players on opposing teams commented on it. But the coach who’s job it is to win games is going to say forget that, just like he did in that playoff game they were up 14-0 and still was calling read option plays. Shanahan and his kid are the scum of the earth for doing that, period. We have precedence of this like when Jimmy Johnson played Steve Beurlein and won the bulk of the 11-5 in Troy Aikman’s 3rd season after he was far from a lock as anyone people thought would win Super Bowls. Inserting race into that is a pathetic thing to bring up as I don’t recall any outcry when Kevin Kolb took McNabb’s job.

    Shanahan simply mismanaged the situation, but we’re used to that since Elway stopped carrying him 16 years ago.

  71. zatoichi7 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:00 AM

    paulz624 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:59 AM

    This is ridiculous , I remember it was Shanahan who got blasted last year cause he DIDN’T want to play RG3, they even made dr Andrews make a statement saying he could play to make Shanahan play him, what a joke
    ———————————————————–
    you’re exactly right. rg3 forced his way into game one by forcing a promise that he could play if he was cleared medically. he called it “operation patience”. i’ve never known shanahan to not be the shot caller on a team that he’s coached, so i always suspected that dan snyder played a role in this.

  72. macjacmccoy says: Jul 29, 2014 10:15 AM

    Wow I have never seen revisionist history as much about anything then i have about RG3 playing g last year. He was the one rushing not Shanahan. He kept calling his coach out in public seemingly once a week. Then he would say he was gonna be quiet then 2 days later he’s complain about not playing again. No fault of his own. Your kidding me right? He put unbelievable amounts of pressure on his coach. It was one of most blatantly disrespectful acts I have ever seen a qb make towards his coach. The guy had all in for week 1 commercials running multiple times a day not even 6 months after surgery. It was all griffen and griffen only who was responsible. He was trying to run his coach out of town and he put Shanahan in a corner where he had no option but to start him. Bob hyped it up Bob was talking like he was gonna 1 up AP and Bob was the one who wet the bed. No one else just him.

  73. macjacmccoy says: Jul 29, 2014 10:21 AM

    I wonder if Foles sucks this year will everyone say it wasn’t his fault at all, that it was chips because he cut desean. Will everyone in the media talk like he is a superstar who just got a raw deal. Will everyone forget all the horrible plays he made that desean would have had no effect on, just like they have done for RG3 and the plays his knee had no effect on? I wonder.

  74. tinbender2000 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:22 AM

    “What you saw last year was almost a little disrespectful to the game of football,” Allen said, via the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    No, the team name is disrespectful to the game of football, and native Americans everywhere.

  75. jackburton77 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:28 AM

    Please stop with the Snyder blame.

    He gave Allen and Shanatan autonomy. Now Allen is throwing tan under the bus and tan is doing the same thing on his side.

    It’s the business.

    Snyder has learned his lesson and is staying out of day to day operations. Tan and Allen wanted Griffin just as bad as anyone else.

    I agree Snyder comes off as a sneaky little worm BUT he’s no Jerry Jones, and that’s a good thing.

  76. weneedlinemen42 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:30 AM

    Wasn’t it RG3 who was making commercials proclaiming he was “all in for week 1″

    Well yeah, he wanted to play. As a player it is kind of his job to get back so that he can play as fast as possible.

    A player shouldn’t have to qualify everything he says with:

    “I’m all in for week 1, just so long as my head coach doesn’t feel pressurised or can’t actually make the correct decision for the team by himself. ”

    Mike Shanahan was Heach Coach and Team President. He had final say on all football decisions. It was a requirement of his return to football.

    A 2nd year football player shouldn’t need to explain that he will respect his Head Coaches choice, he would have taken it as read.

    Mike Shanahan is a highly experienced, Super Bowl winning head coach. Should players have to watch what they say just in case it made him feel uncomfortable or pressurised.

  77. normaneinstein7 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:50 AM

    lol at all the ignorant trolls and haters. Shanahan had the final say on all things related to the football side of things. Period. It didn’t matter if Robert wanted to play so bad that he was trying to force himself back to soon. Shanahan should’ve been the grown up and sat him.

    Heck, Robert Griffin, Alfred Morris and Garcon are really the only reasons the Redskins had a successful 2012. They won the division in spite of Shanahan. Shanahan basically gave up on the season when they were sitting at 3-6 in 2012. It took two rookies and a free agent to rally the team to a seven game win streak.

  78. realfootballfan says: Jul 29, 2014 11:11 AM

    Also, for those saying “He wanted to play.” Hello, how many people ripped Jay Cutler for checking out of a playoff game? People did everything but mail female products to him for not being able to play. Shanahan made a big deal out of getting “total control” before taking that job, so he contractually had final say, period. That’s kind of why most former players don’t like him. Nothing was ever his fault. He fired a defensive coordinator annually his last 6 or 7 years in Denver until he was finally fired by Pat Bowlen in Denver. Now, he’s probably sitting in a room with a voodoo doll of Griffin, hoping this kid fails just so he’ll be right. That’s just who Mike Shanahan is.

  79. gammynomnom says: Jul 29, 2014 11:16 AM

    RGME is the one who wanted to rush back, Shanahan was the adult in the room telling him “no”.
    We know what happens to grown ups who tell RGME ” no”

  80. jdbaker01 says: Jul 29, 2014 11:18 AM

    The only thing that is impossible is for Mike Shanahan to smile normally. What’s with the choppers?

  81. youafool says: Jul 29, 2014 11:21 AM

    This is hindsight garbage….the “shanny and RGME” disagreements started when Shanny was holding him back from work because he wasn’t ready. RG3 pushed to start week 1 because he was afraid of losing his spot to Cousins. I think Shanny is garbage but coming back and trying to put the blame on him for “rushing RGME” is ludicrous at best.

  82. youafool says: Jul 29, 2014 11:23 AM

    regarding jackburton77…you are right Dan Snyder is no Jerry Jones…what with his 3 rings and most valuable franchise in sports. Danny has a way to go to catch him.

    Plus Jerry is like a foot taller.

  83. jetsbandwagon says: Jul 29, 2014 11:26 AM

    I’m so sick of people using that offensive slur! You don’t know what it’s like to be called that! I’m so glad my team has a name that’s acceptable to everyone!

    #JetsDynasty
    #ChangeTheName

  84. granadafan says: Jul 29, 2014 11:29 AM

    LOL at the ignorant homers. RG3 was the one who pushed to start before he was ready. @normaneinstein, don’t kid yourself that Shanahan had the “final say on all things related to the football side of things”. RG3 could and did go over his head to the owner Daniel Snyder to get his way like playing in the playoff game when his knee was already torn up.

    It’s easy to kick the guy who is no longer in the organization, but don’t ignore the facts or RG3′s role in the disaster year.

  85. jackburton77 says: Jul 29, 2014 11:39 AM

    youafool definitely lives up to his name.

    Jimmy Johnson won those rings..not Jerry.

    Ever since he started meddling, like the Scooby Doo squad, that team has SUCKED!

    Enjoy mediocrity as the Skins actually build towards a future.

  86. cash804 says: Jul 29, 2014 11:52 AM

    I love how these RGIII hating trolls flock to EVERY Redskins story…get a life.

    We WILL have a successful 1st season under new HC Jay Gruden.

    HTTR!!!

  87. FinFan68 says: Jul 29, 2014 12:02 PM

    But so does Allen and even the owner…they all bought into the “all in for week 1 hype.” They should have all squashed that hype as soon as it came out.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    They were too busy trying to make sure tickets were sold. Regardless, the player is the only one who knows if it hurts to do certain things. All the coaches and trainers can do is test him. If he passes the tests and says he is OK, it is more on him than them. The coaches should have not given him the option to play early based on the nature of the injury but they lose fans if their star player is on the bench and he says he can play.

  88. rcali says: Jul 29, 2014 12:04 PM

    When did the state of Washington get another NFL football team?

  89. tangovader says: Jul 29, 2014 12:04 PM

    This is spin. And it’s smart. Blame the Shanahans completely for last year and set up this year as a fresh start with a healthy QB and a new head coach. RG3 was bound to say something stupid if asked about last season so Allen is setting the narrative before the media gets a chance to hijack it themselves. We’ll see if it works, but it’s good strategy. Now RG3 can come across classy when he replies, “Last year is last year. I’m not looking to go into the past and pointing fingers. I’m just focused on this season and trying to improve as a quarterback.”

  90. GettingNoRespect says: Jul 29, 2014 12:21 PM

    A player should want to play as soon as he can. A coach should be making the final decision as to when he plays regardless of ANY outside sources. Not the GM, not the owner, but the coach.

  91. normaneinstein7 says: Jul 29, 2014 12:22 PM

    granadafan says: Jul 29, 2014 11:29 AM

    LOL at the ignorant homers. RG3 was the one who pushed to start before he was ready. @normaneinstein, don’t kid yourself that Shanahan had the “final say on all things related to the football side of things”. RG3 could and did go over his head to the owner Daniel Snyder to get his way like playing in the playoff game when his knee was already torn up.
    _______________________

    Complete BS and spoken from someone who’s knowledge of the Skins comes from some played out talking point about Snyder being meddlesome. Anyone who has followed the Skins closely knows that Shanahan was given TOTAL control of the football team. Allen was simply more of a cap guy. Snyder DID NOT meddle during Shanahan’s stint.

    Shanahan failed to be the responsible adult. Robert could’ve gotten a marching band, pounding the drums, in order to get attention about wanting to start. It doesn’t matter. Shanahan effed up and started him well before he was ready. The buck stops with him.

  92. tjacks7 says: Jul 29, 2014 12:26 PM

    At least he had all that extra time on his hands to come up with that super duper cool RG3 logo. Silver lining.

  93. GettingNoRespect says: Jul 29, 2014 12:31 PM

    granadafan, you must work for the REDSKINS. Where else would you be privy to that inside information. I know it isn’t lies and conjecture made up by a fan who is a hater.

  94. FinFan68 says: Jul 29, 2014 12:47 PM

    GettingNoRespect says:
    Jul 29, 2014 12:31 PM
    granadafan, you must work for the REDSKINS. Where else would you be privy to that inside information. I know it isn’t lies and conjecture made up by a fan who is a hater.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    It was speculated about quite a bit and there were a few stories where it was brought up on this site. I remember a lot of it was when Shanahan’s job status was unsure and it was speculated as the sole reason for Shanahan considering to leave on his own–before last season. It’s not insider information or made up lies by a fan. If it was made up it was done by someone close to Shanahan (or himself) or that famous “unknown source” that is cited every other article on here

  95. GettingNoRespect says: Jul 29, 2014 12:56 PM

    Speculation is not fact. Grandafan wrote his post as if it were. And, as you say, those leaked stories that shift the blame to RGIII and Snyder, likely came from “someone close to Shanahan (or himself)”.

  96. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 29, 2014 1:00 PM

    Now wait just a minute.

    How can anything be impossible for Superman ?

  97. devildog911 says: Jul 29, 2014 1:08 PM

    Excuses, excuses…

    Does it matter whether he started or sat out, dude just can’t play. Please stop making excuses for this bum.

  98. metalman5150 says: Jul 29, 2014 1:38 PM

    Hail to the Redskins

  99. squackduckhawk says: Jul 29, 2014 3:27 PM

    Excuses are like anuses… Everyone has ‘em and they all stink. I havent heard a single soundbyte out of the Redskins office that is not an excuse in well over a year. Then you hop on this board and you see the fans following suit. Drinking every last drop of that koolaid. DC is not about facts, just how you spin them. Accountability from top to bottom is what this team needs. Expect more of the same until the culture changes.

  100. skinsfan91 says: Jul 29, 2014 5:45 PM

    The players job is to play, a coach’s job is to decide whether that player should play. And whether him playing is what’s best for the team. Shanahan failed in that, he failed in the playoff game where we were up 14 to 0 against Seahawks and he failed next season but not looking out for the team.

  101. skinsfan91 says: Jul 29, 2014 6:37 PM

    RGIII just can’t play? What did Eli Manning throw last year, 27 interceptions? RG 3 won rookie of the year his first-year, second-year he has a bad season, okay, why bring everything to an extreme? He has one mediocre season and suddenly he’s an all-time bust? It’s impossible for him to ever play the position at a decent level? Do you even know anything about football? Are you just some neurotic, angry person who for some reason wants to see a guy who does all sorts of positive things in the off-season completely fail?

  102. laserw says: Jul 29, 2014 7:17 PM

    Anyone who says that RGME was rushed to start last season knows nothing about what happens in Washington.

    Daddy dearest, RGME’s sperm donor, is the one who is calling the shots. He is the one making RGME uncoachable – he is the one rushing this prima donna to perform.

    And RGME is as selfish a player as you will find – his is a pure gimmick.

    Shanny and company had many faults, but they did not rush the clown RGME back – he was throwing tantrums and pouting.

  103. GettingNoRespect says: Jul 30, 2014 2:46 PM

    jetsbandwagon is offensive

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