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RG3 “concerns” identified?

Aug 30, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

ESPN host Trey Wingo tweeted the following early this afternoon.

Shortly after that, ESPN’s Adam Schefter followed up with this:

So, as some suspected, the “concerns” of Dr. James Andrews that Mike Shanahan referred to last night may not be not medical but had more to do with football strategy and, perhaps, the need for Griffin to do a better job of protecting himself when he runs the ball or scrambles.

Of course, it is impossible for any football player to participate in a game and not expose his knees to some degree of punishment. It doesn’t require too much of a leap here to think that in the interest of brevity that the words “excessive” and/or “unnecessary” in front of “punishment” were left out.

Andrews’ concerns are not necessarily in conflict with the assertion that his right knee is sound. Griffin tore the ACL in the same knee in 2009 as a sophomore at Baylor. You would certainly expect Andrews to recommend an abundance of caution under those circumstances.

Or are there any concerns at all? Andrews texted a few media organizations, including the Washington Post. “None of it is true. No concerns,” the message read.

Maybe it’s a matter of semantics. Perhaps these “concerns” were common sense advice that perhaps Griffin should throw more and run less and when he does run he should quickly look for the nearest sliding area or sideline. And maybe Shanahan is using these “concerns” to slow down the process a bit and establish that the final decision here belongs to him.

And it’s hard to blame him for that. The last time Griffin said he could play and Andrews gave the green light Shanahan went along with it and it turned out to be the biggest, most disastrous mistake of the coach’s stellar career. It’s hard to find issue with him slowing things down a bit and making absolutely sure that starting Griffin is the best thing to do for the long term good of the player and the organization.

It is very likely that Shanahan’s answer will be “yes” and Griffin will start a week from Monday but the coach taking his time and making sure of the best way to proceed is the smart thing to do.

  1. aprilwalker2013 - Aug 30, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Lets let Doctor do his job, and not tell Coach how to do his! If RG3 not ready to play, why clear him? This is about to get on my nerves! Dr. Needs to Dr. Coach needs to coach, Robert needs to play! Simple as that! If he can’t play, don’t let him play! HTTR

    • brucefan1 - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      He’ll play. That’s all we need to know. We have no IMPORTANT reason to worry about any of the rest. Haha!

      Not saying you April, but I have noticed that a lot of people who complain that they’re sick of hearing about Robert’s injury and recovery sure spend a lot of time following all the articles, AND then taking the time to post comments complaining about it! Seems obvious that if the coverage annoys them, they should ignore it. Don’t click on the link! Simple as that.

      But maybe that’s not human nature. Gotta laugh!

      • aprilwalker2013 - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        Know you said not me, thank you! I just want to say I do agree with you! I just got so tired of all info out today! I, of course want to know anything about my team! But this has been going on all summer and its mostly people seeming to point fingers at our coach and organization. I haven’t commented on more articles in my life than I did today! I just lost it a tad and needed to vent I guess. Never been so glad to see 9/9 in my life!! Thanks for understanding, guess everyone needs to vent sometimes!! HTTR

  2. duranedurane - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Feels like the CD is on REPEAT….. Dr andrew said..Dr andrew said…Dr andrew said…Dr andr…..

  3. bigdaddytm - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Does anyone else see ‘smoke screen’ here? I’m watching Shannahan’s press conference and busted out laughing when he got to this part! All I saw were his normal Shannahanigans!!!

    • aprilwalker2013 - Aug 31, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      Haha.. I do think that has to have smthg to divwith why he said that!! He’s too smart to not know it would cause a s**t storm! Not but one maybe two reasons he would go through all this again! I’m riding with coach on this!! Wherever it may take me!! Lets go!! HTTR

  4. polofourme - Aug 31, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    What is the sense in a smoke screen…I find all that talk to be silly….you don’t think PHIL is game planning for Griffin…this hc tries this stuff all the time and its lost its gleam…same old same old for Sr…this act isn’t fooling anyone and IMO its moronic…the real issue is, is Griffin fit to play? Simple as that…Andrews gives his opinion and that’s all it is..his opinion. The hc makes this call unless Snyder is sticking his nose into this matter. Griffin doesn’t have a say…if I am the HC and it all rests on me..I get all the blame or credit. I am going to make the call. And YES I am really fed up with this story. I am tired of all the press conferences..all the drama…get over it. Just shut up Griffin and do what you are told…if this turns out to be another Clinton Portis issue where the player goes over the head of the hc..that’s not going to work….all TC and preseason its been the same story..Griffin said, Sr said, Andrews said, Snyder said…will you all just shut up and get ready for PHIL..this is not going to be a cake walk against PHIL…get your head screwed on right and focus on whats in front of you PHIL! Archives

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