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SPEAK OUT: Should Shanahan Have Pulled RGIII?

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III's knee gave way in Sunday's playoff game, raising questions about the decision to keep him in.

It's the talk of the Washington water cooler this morning: should RGIII have stayed in?

For those who missed Sunday's wild card matchup at FedEx Field between the Washington Redskins and the Seattle Seahawks, suffice it to say that it was not a happy affair for the Burgundy and Gold.

After building up a 14-0 lead against the red hot Seahawks, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III appeared to aggravate a lingering right knee injury incurred against the Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 9.

Though the signal-caller showed signs of pain and limited mobility, Griffin reportedly told Coach Mike Shanahan he was still up to the task. Shanahan evidently agreed, keeping his starter in the game even as a total lack of production by the 'Skins offense helped the Seahawks nab a 21-14 lead.

Then things got worse.

In the fourth quarter, Griffin—pressed up against his own goal line—reached awkwardly for a bungled snap. His heavily-braced knee gave way in horrifying fashion, and the rookie sensation crumpled to the ground, where he stayed for several minutes as Redskins personnel tended to him.

Griffin eventually limped off the field, but his day was clearly over. Despite the efforts of backup quarterback Kirk Cousins, the Redskins' promising season came to a close minutes later in a 24-14 loss.

So where do you stand on the question of RGIII? Should Shanahan have pulled him sooner? Was he right to take Griffin's word on his condition? And does the grounds crew deserve any blame for the situation, given the apparently choppy condition of the field? Let us know in the comments!

Sonia Dasgupta (Editor) January 07, 2013 at 09:58 PM
I think they should have pulled him. He along with other key players took the Redskins to the playoffs and even if he didn't play he'd still be a part of the team win. Now everyone will have to wait until next season.
Ryan D. Estabrook January 07, 2013 at 11:27 PM
You dont change horses in mid-stream! If cousins had come in and thrown a pic, then Shannahan would have looked like an idiot! At least Bobby 3 sticks didnt blow it. You stick with who got you there. After he hurt his knee in the first quarter, it noticeably affected everyone on the team. Their leader was down. I wish him a speedy recovery and that there's no major damage there
Tom Rossing January 08, 2013 at 04:46 AM
The saying is everything you need to know in life you learned as a kid. When I was a kid and got new toys to play with, unlike the other kids in the neighborhood who treated their possessions like Rock'em Sock'em Robots and smashed the up in competition, I learned to play carefully with my play equipment to make it last. Snyder and Shanahan take heed.
Glenn Harris January 08, 2013 at 02:47 PM
If we learn in 2014 that RGIII has been released, put on waivers, traded, etc., then we'll have our answer.
jag January 08, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Of course that won't happen.
mjinmd January 08, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Anyone in their right mind saw that he should have been pulled out of the game. I agree with Glenn Harris. They may have put our team in permanent jeopardy. Why is a rookie allowed to override an expensive coach who is paid to make those decisions.
SBrown January 10, 2013 at 02:44 PM
He should have been pulled. Kirk Cousins has not let us down yet. If Kirk had been put in after RGIII's knee was tweeked the first time, I believe Kirk would have come through, as he has always done. And RGIII would be ready for next season.
Jerome bent January 10, 2013 at 06:39 PM
He should have been pulled. Love RG3, but he showed us to be not so smart after all. Every idiot with one eye saw that Rg3 was ineffective and hurt, so what does that say for Shanahan? RG3 and Shanahan failed the TEAM.
Tom Timmins January 12, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Yes, Coach S should have pulled RGIII at half-time. Cousins already proved he coulds step in and win games. That would have been their best chance to win.

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