Mike Shanahan is not done talking about what went wrong with RGIII

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The sensational rookie season of Robert Griffin III was five years ago, but neither he nor his old coach Mike Shanahan is done talking about why everything went wrong after that great season.

Griffin complained recently that he was in an impossible situation because Shanahan didn’t want him, and Shanahan said Friday on FOX Sports 1 that the real problem was Griffin wouldn’t listen to him.

“I was really disappointed myself, because I knew where Robert was going,” Shanahan said, via the Washington Post. “I knew where his dad was going. I knew where [Redskins owner] Dan Snyder was going. It was up to me to convince this guy that, ‘Hey, if you don’t run, your drop-back game . . . it’s not there now, but you can get there.’ I blame myself for not getting to the kid. He really believes he was Aaron Rodgers. In his mind, he believed he was Aaron Rodgers. I said, ‘You know what? You’re not Aaron Rodgers, and Aaron Rodgers is not you.’ ”

Shanahan says he warned Griffin after his knee injury following his rookie year that he needed to improve as a pocket passer or else he wouldn’t last long.

“You can come back from that knee [injury], but what you have to do is get better at the drop-back game, doing some of the things we’ve been doing,” Shanahan said. “With that, I said, ‘You got a chance. If not, you’ll be out of the game in four to five years.’ ”

At this time five years ago, Shanahan and Griffin both thought they had a big future together. Instead they’re both out of the NFL, with each seeming to place plenty of blame on the other.

44 responses to “Mike Shanahan is not done talking about what went wrong with RGIII

  1. So we have 2 choices here: A Super Bowl winning coach who has no axe to grind who is considered an offensive genius and an unemployed QB who couldn’t even catch on with the Browns. And every year he got worse than the year before, why should he listen?? Not Kap, but RGIII “could” be playing if he got his head out of his rear end.

  2. Maybe if Shanny hadn’t ran him out onto that horrible field on an already bad knee in that playoff game things would have ended differently. Plenty RG3 did wrong but Shanahan was awful in his time with Washington yet takes responsibility for nothing.

  3. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Mike Shanahan’s W/L record is mediocre when he hasn’t Elway as the starting QB for his teams (which was most of his career as a HC). And the Rat’s son is a complete failure as the HC in Frisco.

  4. Everyone saw Shanahan put Griffen back in the game when he was not only clearly injured, but also at risk for catastrophic injury. That fact alone destroys any credibility Shanahan ever had.

  5. I’ve always disliked Shanahan, but I have to agree with him on this issue. Who is more likely to be right, a highly successful professional coach, or a one year wonder fresh out of college?

  6. Sounds like to me, Shanny blames himself for not being able to reach the kid. Now all we need the kid to do is get a little humility and realize that there were things he could have done different that might have led to a better result. If that happens, then we all can finally be done with this.

  7. Great coaches are good at managing and convincing people to follow them!!!! Shanny in DC was a loser while he was there accept for the 2012 season with RG3! And now he isn’t even doing anything to right that wrong ship after ruining this young mans career-RG3 did not draft Washington or Shannahan. He has lots of contacts and yet he has done nothing to get this guy on a roster. Did you ever see any other team trade so many draft picks for a QB and then think it was wise to use another MUCH NEEDED top pick for a QB who played the exact opposite style in Kirk Cousins? Actions are a great proof when people don’t want to come clean and keep it real. No, they use those other positions to get other key help!!!! You can always get a later round QB in the next years draft as needed. Shannahan did not bring in a veteran for RG3. Shannahan should have known better. Truth is evident he preferred Cousins at the time but he is not saying it. And even when Cousins did come in during Shanny’s reign, he was a turnover machine and played up and down and was not dependable during that exact same period.

  8. brendafortheboyz says:
    November 11, 2017 at 11:09 am
    Give me RGIII any day over CK!!!!!!!! Why are there no articles, trying to get him on a team??
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    Because the idea that RGIII is simply not good enough to be on an NFL roster is actually accurate. The other guy helped lead his team to the super bowl, RGIII has been terrible for a long time. Just because they’re both black, mobile QBs doesn’t mean they’re even close to the same player.

  9. I dunno, I don’t have a dog in this hunt. But, as an NFL fan, I was astounded that Shanahan sent RGIII back into that playoff game when, seemingly, everyone watching except for Shanahan could tell the guy was severely injured.

    I’m not an RGIII fan, but I’ve never had an iota of respect for Shanahan since that day.

  10. And we haven’t forgotten Shanahan’s (and Elway’s) 2 SB “victories” with Denver came courtesy of not one but two massive $29M cap violations at a time when the cap itself was only $57M!! Fraud. Take out those 3 uber-fraudulent years and his record is 131-130 and 1-5 in playoffs.

  11. There was a third party to that relationship: Dan Snyder. He had a man-crush on RGIII that had no end. How can a coach instill learning and discipline on his player, when the player is having dinner at the owner’s house, or when said owner allows the player’s father make training decisions, and the player’s wife is attending practices? Given that treatment, many 22 year olds would get it into their heads that they’re above discipline, and flaunt what they see as independence from their coach’s authority. As to Shanahan, I agree with an earlier poster that he was once promising assistant coach who failed to deliver on two teams as a HC until Elway fell into his lap—and even then failed to produce consistent results until Elway matured.

  12. Say what you want but the analysis of Griffin is spot on but Shanahan has to share in blame for putting him on the field having to have known he was not right

  13. I’m sorry. All the evidence, logic and other player testimony has been on the side of Shanahan. The problem is that the logic of Shanahan’s side just isn’t sexy enough for the conspiracy lovers. It has to be a black/white thing or it has to be a beaten down old coach with an axe to grind against a young player he can’t relate to.

    Shanahans points make total sense, other players who witnessed it all have chimed in and backed Shanahan and confirmed the attitude change that took place with RGIII. It’s time to let it go. The guy was a shooting star that faded very quickly. Let’s move on.

  14. Unfortunately for Rodgers he is now one step closer to being like RGme……on IR.

    Something tells me he’ll recover and be back to a top QB in this league because the man can throw the pigskin…..accurately, something Griffin could never do.

  15. It turnsout, rg3 did not make successful transition to the nfl. It is not surprising as most drop back passers don’t make it. As far as being spoil, most footballers are; the best of these guys have been getting special treatment since high school. High schools now take students out of the classroom so that some kid can announce on espn his college choice. The president has the national chamoon out to the white house–maybe we should start inviting the team that wins the math bowl.

  16. It seems clear to me that Shanahan should have taken RGIII out after he was hurt in that playoff game. After that his knee was hurt much worse, and he was never the same again.

  17. Dan Snyder wouldn’t and couldn’t get out of his own way in this situation. He’s the culprit. I’m not a great fan of either Shanny nor RGIII, but it was obvious he told the head coach to play the QB in that now infamous playoff game against Seattle when RGIII went down. It wasn’t the first time that this owner went above the head coach’s game plan and it won’t be the last.

  18. They were both egomaniacs. They couldn’t co-exist because both of them thought they were the greatest thing ever. The only reason the local media defends Shanahan so much was because he was a mouthpiece to them throughout the whole thing. I wish both would just shut up and move on.

  19. RG3 may not be much of a QB following his injury, but there is nothing Shanahan can say that is ever going to erase his performance and what he did to that kid in Washington for me.

  20. Should have taken Russell Wilson. At least he knows how to slide and not get injured.

    Robert was straight crazy out there it’s like his brain stopped working when he was running. He thought he was Herschel Walker.

  21. araidersfan says:
    November 11, 2017 at 11:30 am
    People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Mike Shanahan’s W/L record is mediocre when he hasn’t Elway as the starting QB for his teams (which was most of his career as a HC). And the Rat’s son is a complete failure as the HC in Frisco.
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    As for the raiders it hasn’t mattered who the HC and QB have been … the raiders have been far LESS than mediocre. Lol. Check yourself.

  22. streetyson says:
    November 11, 2017 at 12:25 pm
    And we haven’t forgotten Shanahan’s (and Elway’s) 2 SB “victories” with Denver came courtesy of not one but two massive $29M cap violations at a time when the cap itself was only $57M!! Fraud. Take out those 3 uber-fraudulent years and his record is 131-130 and 1-5 in playoffs.

    46 18 Rate Thi

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    the greatest (real and actual) cheating scandal in nfl history

    shanacheat is right about rg3, though

    had entitled bust written all over him

  23. Must be a DC thing to repeatedly talk about the past, Shanahan talks about RGIII and Trump talks about Clinton 🙂 Both conversations are now ancient history

  24. RGIII’s body was a high performance race car, but he drove it around football field like a truck at a derby. Smash after smash, and RGIII never figured it out. Sure enough he’s gone.

  25. streetyson says:
    November 11, 2017 at 12:25 pm
    And we haven’t forgotten Shanahan’s (and Elway’s) 2 SB “victories” with Denver came courtesy of not one but two massive $29M cap violations at a time when the cap itself was only $57M!! Fraud. Take out those 3 uber-fraudulent years and his record is 131-130 and 1-5 in playoffs.

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    Tylawspick6: the greatest (real and actual) cheating scandal in nfl history

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    Uh, no. You people are way off base. What the Broncos did violated the CBA, not the salary cap. They improperly deferred payments (that had to do with cash flow problems Bowlen had because of the stadium that was to be built). Those rules were put in the CBA to protect teams from bad owners. There was no competitive advantage to be gained.

    If you want to talk about actual salary cap violations, look at the 90’s 49ers. They were the kings of it. Heck, they may have told a player (Steve Wallace in 1996) that they cut to suck at his next team just so he could re-sign with them at a reduced rate (Wallace went to Philly that season, sucked in the pre-season, was cut, and went back to SF at a better price. And, the signing bonus Wallace signed with the Eagles still counted against their cap, not SF’s).

  26. Why do teams continue to draft QBs whose success included running and then try to turn then into passers with much lower success trying to train out of them what made them good in the first place. Just let them be them even if their careers are shorter but brighter.

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