Shanahan still won’t confirm Griffin will start Week 1


Last season, Washington coach Mike Shanahan was criticized for not showing enough caution with Robert Griffin III’s knee. This year, Shanahan is showing an excess of caution.

Even after Dr. James Andrews cleared Griffin to play in the Monday night opener against the Eagles, Shanahan hedged, saying that he still isn’t ready to announce that Griffin is, in fact, the Week One starter.

Shanahan said Andrews had “a couple of concerns,” and Shanahan told reporters he would “let you know on Monday where we’re at.” Shanahan declined to address was those concerns were, but whatever they were, they weren’t serious enough for Andrews to recommend that Griffin remain sidelined.

“I did talk to Dr. Andrews. He did talk to Robert and after talking to him he did clear Robert to play,” Shanahan said.

If Andrews has cleared Griffin, and Griffin says he’s ready to go, there’s no way Shanahan is going to keep his franchise quarterback on the sideline. Shanahan may not be ready to publicly announce it, but there’s no doubt that Griffin is playing Week One.

15 responses to “Shanahan still won’t confirm Griffin will start Week 1

  1. Have we not learned yet? It’s shanahan he beats around the bush with everything. He wants to leave the slightest door open for philly. SHANAHANAGANS

  2. There is always doubt with Shanny. He has said all along that he perfered to hold him out until after the week 5 bye, so we shall see…Personally i think Cousins can go at least 2 2 before the bye,so…

  3. stop it of course he plays. If he doesn’t play the Skins lose by 20, if he plays they only lose by 10. lol.

  4. The Eagles want to make sure RG III is 100% cleared to play. They do not think he should play if he is only 99%. They will call Roger. They asked John Mara from the Giants to help out also because they need a favor (owed from Capgate).

  5. I guarantee Griffin will start the first game. I guarantee he will throw 3 picks before having his knee blown up by the Eagles D. Also, I guarantee I will continue to get endless laughs from this pathetic franchise of loser crybabies.

  6. hor2012 says:Aug 30, 2013 11:27 AM

    Why do coaches do this? Everyone knows he’s going to start. The fact that Mike isn’t saying it doesn’t fool anyone


    You’re probably right and it’s for strategic purposes that your opponent doesn’t know. However, it’d be so funny (for you) if you were wrong.

  7. @ ravanator:

    I guarantee the Redskins will win their 6th championship before the Ravens win their 3rd.

    Shouldn’t the Ravens be packing up to move again?

  8. I wish he would hurry up so I can get a good nights sleep…..lmao…….who cares??.

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