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Need to Know: Shanahan has no regrets about starting RG3 in Week 1

Dec 12, 2013, 5:39 AM EST

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Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, December 11, three days before the Washington Redskins visit the Atlanta Falcons.

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Five notes and quotes from Wednesday’s epic Mike Shanahan news conference (the full transcript is available right here).

1. Does Shanahan have second thoughts about starting Robert Griffin III in Week 1? He said that he might but he doesn’t. “I think you can always go back and always question yourself on what’s the best situation, but at the time that we decided to go with Robert, the doctors said he was 100 percent. So you go with the doctors. Robert felt that he was 100 percent.”

2. Do you want to win these last three games? So why are you sitting your franchise QB “I think it’s 100 percent different when you take a look at the quarterback position. A quarterback needs an offseason program. It’s important to him. When you take a look at a quarterback who is your franchise quarterback, he’s your future. If you miss two offseasons in a row, it’d be the hardest thing to do is recover from that. I take a look at the next three games, I’d like him to have that experience, but at the risk of setting him back where he doesn’t go into the offseason [healthy], I think that would be devastating to him.”

3. So Bruce Allen and Dan Snyder are both behind this move? “Well, just put it this way, I said if either one wasn’t 100 percent behind my reasoning that I’m giving you, I said we won’t go there. Nothing needs to be said. We’ll just keep it status quo.”

4. I asked Shanahan why his offensive line that has been together for two years had trouble protecting the quarterback to the point where he had to bench his starter. “It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter where it’s at. You’ll see as time goes on — is it the offensive line? Is it the quarterback? Is it the receivers? There’s a combination of different things and I don’t get into detail, but at the end of the day you’re always trying to improve your football team. I think when you take a look at the year before, when we’re the No. 1 offense in the National Football League — for every time the ball’s snapped we had more yards rushing and more yards passing — that’s pretty good with a bad offensive line, isn’t it?”

5. Finally, he was asked about the ESPN report that he planned to quit after last season. Why not just say no, the report isn’t true? “What I said is there’s always bits and pieces of an article that are true. I’m not going to go into detail what was true about the article. I don’t think it’s fair to the organization and I would speak to that person first before I would speak to anybody else.”

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Stat of the day

—If Robert Griffin III is indeed done for the season he will finish the year with a passer rating of 82.2. In the 22 seasons since the Redskins won their last Super Bowl that is the seventh-best passer rating among quarterbacks who threw at least 125 passes in a season.

Timeline

Days until: Redskins @ Falcons 3; Cowboys @ Redskins 10; Start of NFL free agency 89

Today’s schedule: Practice 11:50; Mike Shanahan, Kyle Shanahan and Jim Haslett news conferences and player availability after practice (approx. 2:00)

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  1. hailyeah1 - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    makes sense but doesn’t make sense what if cousins get hurt behind at sorry accuse for oline .then what ole rex has to come in ..if thats the case they should sit morris helu garcon moss etc..at this point it doesn’t matter what they do the season was gone after game 4 .well sitting griffin could the best thing or the worst thing all i know they have made a mess of things now.
    a defensive coach with no clue ,special teams coach with know clue now it seem the head coach with no clue
    a offensive coordinator that can’t figure out how too run/jam the ball down defenses throat,and the owner that wants to win but hasn’t figured that out yet .
    how did we get here,,spinning in circles again?

  2. manchild157 - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    1. I don’t have a problem with what he says here.
    2. Shanahan can’t catch a break on this. 4-5 weeks ago when Shanahan said rg3 needed all the snaps he could get people would say why, he’s playing terrible. Now he got alot of work, hasn’t played well and wants to shut him down to prevent injury people are all over him about that. So, what are you going to do?He’s already expressed regrets for not going with his gut and sitting him during the Seahawk game. Now he’s showing good judgement, saving him from injury in these last 3 ”meaningless” games and giving Cousins the last 3 games with the starting unit. We all know that if Rg3 got hurt in these last 3 games he would be accused of playing him when he wasn’t 100%(again), when he knew that he was #2 in the league in hits this season with the porous oline. It would be like playing your franchise qb for a full preseason game when it wasn’t warrented.
    3.Nothing there to discuss.
    4.I like the way you asked the question about the oline can’t protect rg3 so you have to sit him to protect him. Brilliantly worded, and I think he circled his wagons to put up a wall so as to not condemn his oline. He’s going to remain a players coach and not throw his guys directly under the bus. Rest assured he knows it was the oline pass protection and rg3’s inability to play at a high level. Typical Shanahan spin.
    5.if I said anything about that I would be spinning. But if he said ”no” nobody would have believed it at this point.

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