The Washington Redskins and head coach Mike Shanahan have decided to shut down Robert Griffin III for the rest of the season, meaning Kirk Cousins will start the rest of the way.
This, after it was reported this past weekend that Shanahan had his locker cleaned out prior the the Redskins playoff game against the Seahawks as a result of owner Dan Snyder’s favoritism towards RGIII.
Shanahan’s reasoning for the move is to prevent Griffin from getting hurt.
“I think the risk is too great. I don’t want him going to his third year on IR. We’re in here to win games, but I’m going to do the right thing,” he said.
In the last 5 games, Griffin’s been sacked 24 times, and he hasn’t come close to resembling the the guy who lead Washington to the NFC East title in 2012, though he was entering this season coming off ACL surgery.
RGIII has been adamant he’s 100 percent healthy, but based on the way he’s played, that’s pretty hard to believe.
This year has been a disaster in Washington. The defense has been dreadful, and the Redskins have stumbled to a 3-10 record.
There are multiple layers to this decision beyond what Shanahan said today. Washington could very well be attempting to build Kirk Cousins trade value to the point where the team could get significant value in return, much like what happened during Matt Flynn’s first stint in Green Bay.
Another reason although unlikely, is based on RGIII’s inability to stay one the field, Washington wants to see if Cousins could be the teams long-term answer.
It could also be an indirect shot at Dan Snyder who wanted RGIII so bad, while Shanahan wanted either Ryan Tannehill, or Kirk Cousins. Despite trading multiple first round picks for RGIII, Shanahan still drafted Cousins.
No matter what happens the rest of the season with Cousins though, it’s clear Mike Shanahan’s days in Washington are numbered based on his relationship with Snyder.